Ryan McLaren produced a solid all-round performance to take Hampshire across the line in their One Day Cup match against Sussex.
First, coming in at No 7, he slammed an unbeaten 46 off 39 balls in a late flurry, which gave Hampshire a defendable total of 268-9, and then he took 3-54 to help hold the hosts to 259-6. Most importantly, he dismissed Ben Browne (62), who had starred in a fifth-wicket stand of 125 in 17.3 overs with Chris Nash (69*) after they had been 109-4 from 29.
Earlier, McLaren came in when Hampshire were 190-5 after 37 overs, and he took control of the lower-order batting, hitting six fours off the 39 balls he faced. He ended second-highest scorer, after Jimmy Adams’ 92, as his various partners were able to scrape together just 32 runs between them.
Rory Kleinveldt played a similar role for Northants, as his late-order 37 off 27 (4×4, 2×6) helped his team through to 319 against Worcestershire. He was not as successful with the ball in terms of wickets, removing only Brett D’Oliveira, but gave away just 4.7 an over. That helped strangle Worcs, who could muster only 296, to fall by 23 runs.