Hampshire ease to win over Somerset
|Friends Life t20, The Rose Bowl|
|Hampshire 146-3 (18.3 ovs) beat Somerset 145-7 (20 ovs) by seven wickets|
Defending champions Hampshire began the FP t20 with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Somerset at The Rose Bowl.
In a repeat of last year's final, the home side overhauled Somerset's 145-7 with nine balls to spare.
Earlier, Dimitri Mascarenhas (3-19) helped reduce the visitors to 37-3, before Peter Trego (55) and Nick Compton (37) led the recovery.
But home openers Michael Lumb (53) and Jimmy Adams (39) shared 90, with James Vince (31) taking Hampshire to victory.
Mascarenhas' early burst included the key wicket of Marcus Trescothick, the Somerset opener caught at the second attempt by a diving Neil McKenzie at slip.
The all-rounder also accounted for the debuting Roelof van der Merwe and James Hildreth to leave Trego and Compton with the task of rebuilding the Somerset innings.
They added 63 for the fourth wicket until Trego was caught by a diving Vince at long-on off the bowling of Dominic Cork (2-24).
Compton was also undone by the Vince-Cork combination, leaving Somerset searching in vain for some late-innings acceleration.
Their total was made to look below-par by Adams and Lumb, who plundered 58 from the six powerplay overs.
Lumb showed glimpses of the form that has deserted him since he was part of the England side that won the World Twenty20 before being caught in the deep on the leg side off a Trego full toss.
Adams, the leading runscorer in last summer's competition, was more circumspect but looked comfortable before being bowled swiping across the line at the impressive Murali Kartik.
But the loss of the opening pair was no more than a blip to Hampshire, with Vince and McKenzie (17 no) sharing 44 before Vince was bowled by Trego with only one run needed.
That one run came from a Trego wide, earning Hampshire a win that erases the two-point deduction they were given for a sub-standard Rose Bowl pitch in last year's tournament.
They were however, forced to complete the victory without Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi.
The Pakistan Cricket Board withdrew their consent for Afridi to play in retaliation for comments he made after retiring from international cricket.
A Hampshire statement said: "The club would like to make it clear that although we respect this decision we have been, and continue to, urge the PCB to rethink this matter, and we are keen to have Shahid playing at some point in the season."