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Wood savours Hampshire's second t20 triumph in three years
10:32pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in Sport
Hampshire bowler Chris Wood described their Friends Life t20 victory over Yorkshire as 'unbelievable' after they captured the trophy for the second time in three years.
The 22-year-old held his nerve and went for just three runs in the last over of the match as Yorkshire fell 10 runs short of Hampshire's 150 for six.
"It is unbelievable," Wood said. "To be here three years in a row was a revelation in itself and to take two wins is unbelievable and we will have a jolly good night.
"All year I have been practising that yorker at the death. I backed myself and it came off tonight."
Wood (three for 26) and 21-year-old Danny Briggs (one for 27) took the plaudits and batsman Neil McKenzie was full of praise for the young pair.
"The guys played fabulously, there was some great death bowling at the end there - all the guys put in a great effort," he said.
"They (Wood and Briggs) may be youngsters but have been with the squad last three or four years. One (Briggs) has played for England and the other one, he could be if he keeps carrying on. They are youngsters but have great experience."
Yorkshire's David Miller was named man of the match after his unbeaten 72 from 46 kept his side in with a chance of victory and Hampshire opener Jimmy Adams, who himself made 43, admitted that he thought the South African could lead his side to victory.
"David Miller played an incredible innings, when he was on strike I feared the worst," he said. "I thought 150 was competitive. Obviously you want as many as you can get but 150 gives us a really good chance.
"It is about time I had some runs this year. It would been nice to make few more, but I set a reasonable platform for us to have a go at the end."
Coming so close was little consolation to Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale, who vowed that his side would return stronger. "(We're) gutted to fall at the last over," he said. "It was a great knock by David Miller, it was a fantastic effort.
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