Hampshire v Essex: Owais Shah's brutal 68 not enough for Hants
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Hampshire 183-5 (19.2 overs) beat Essex 182-5 (20 overs) by wickets
Owais Shah's 68 from 43 balls was not enough as Hampshire reached the FLt20 quarter-finals, chasing down Essex's 182-5 to win by five wickets.
Shah departed in the 15th over but Ryan ten Doeschate (28no) and Graham Napier secured a formidable total.
The hosts started strongly, Michael Carberry making 54 from 41 balls but he edged behind at 114-2 in the 13th over.
Sean Ervine and Neil McKenzie then hit 66 in six overs to set up Hampshire's victory with four balls to spare.
Essex will guarantee themselves a place in the last eight if they beat Surrey at Chelmsford on Tuesday, but can still qualify if they lose and other results go their way.