Glamorgan 229 for 3 (Bevan 134, Ingram 78*) beat Hampshire 228 for 9 (Gubbins 93) by seven wickets
Bevan reached his century off 88 balls and smashed eight sixes on his way to 134 as he guided Glamorgan to their 229-run target. “I’ve been involved with the club for a long time and it’s a very special feeling,” he said. “I went away to University at Cardiff Met, which was a massive step for me. I went to Cape Town after that and I have always been happy just to be playing and taking all the opportunities that come my way. My dad has been a massive help for me: even when I’ve not been scoring runs, he’s always willing to throw balls for me.”
His sixth wicket partnership with Ian Holland (63*) put on 72, but that was the best Hampshire had to offer. They then looked shell shocked in the field during Bevan’s onslaught.
As their bowlers struggled to find their lengths they were duly taken down by Cardiff-born Bevan and Colin Ingram. They put on 203 for the second wicket to turn the run chase into a stroll as Glamorgan won with 110 balls remaining.
Glamorgan took control early on, after winning the toss and sending Hampshire in to bat. Hampshire found themselves in a bit of trouble at 99 for 5. Only Gubbins looked to get the better of the conditions as the visitors struggled on a tricky pitch.
After a quiet period between overs 20 and 30, with only 29 runs scored, Hampshire started to rebuild their innings and began to up the rate, playing with a lot more positive intent. Gubbins looked at his fluent best, playing some stylish shots, before reaching his half century from 72 balls.
The Hampshire opener continued to find runs at a healthy rate throughout his innings, on his way to 93, but fell soon after, taking on Carlson’s off break with a lofted shot straight to Billy Root on the boundary.
Hampshire continued to attack, upping the rate in the final 10 overs. Ian Holland, fresh off international duty, got to his half century off 52 balls. Glamorgan’s bowling and fielding had lost all its shape in the later stages and Hampshire got to 228 for 8.
Hampshire had all the momentum heading into the innings break but they struggled to put Glamorgan under any real pressure, defending an under-par score.
Despite the loss of Chris Cooke for nought early on, Glamorgan never really looked in trouble with Bevan smashing the ball all around the ground. The combination of Bevan and Ingram racked up that double century partnership.
Bevan was eventually out for a magnificent 134, not before essentially winning the game for Glamorgan. Billy Root joined Ingram at the crease and the pair eased the home side to a shock victory over a very strong Hampshire side.