Mahmood's all-round class sends Hampshire crashing out of Champions League
14:52 GMT, 10 October 2012
Five wickets with the ball and an unbeaten 55 with the bat from Azhar Mahmood led Auckland Aces to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Hampshire at Centurion to send the county side crashing out of the Twenty20 Champions League.
The triumph sends the New Zealanders into the group stage of the event as winners of Pool One, while Hampshire and Sialkot Stallions, who face off tomorrow in Johannesburg, are eliminated.
Hampshire's below par score of 121 for eight from their 20 overs never looked enough as Martin Guptill's 38 and Mahmood ensured the win with over five overs remaining.
Menace with bat and ball: Azhar Mahmood celebrates taking the wicket of James Adams as the Auckland Aces beat Hampshire
After being put in by the Aces, Michael Carberry's knock of 65 was the only score of note for the English side with Sean Ervine's 16 the next highest total.
Hampshire made a fast start as Carberry cut Kyle Mills for six with just the second delivery of the innings but that was a rare high point as Azhar took control.
After James Vince smashed the Pakistani for six over long on before he mistimed to Andre Adams at mid-on trying to repeat the trick.
Too good: Mahmood took five wickets as Hampshire posted an under-par score of 121-8 after being put in to bat by the Auckland Aces
Group winners: Andre Adams celebrates the wicket of Shahid Afridi as Auckland progressed top of their group
Jimmy Adams and Shahid Afridi both went for ducks to Azhar before Sean Ervine became Ronnie Hira's first victim, skying to long on to leave Hampshire in trouble at 64 for four at the start of the 12th over.
Glenn Maxwell hit two fours off Azhar before he went to Hira forcing Liam Dawson and Carberry to rebuild rather than attack.
Dawson (11) then Dimitri Mascarenhas fell in the 18th before Carberry's attritional knock ended midway through the final over for a run a ball 65.
Hitting out: Michael Carberry's knock of 65 was the only score of note for Hampshire
Knowing they had a low total to chase Auckland made a measured start with Guptill and Lou Vincent pushing their score onto 50 from their first six overs, before Vincent went for 19 off the bowling of Wood.
That brought in Azhar who was in no mood to hang around , smashing a six of Chris Wood in the last ball of the seventh and off Dawson in the 10th.
Guptill went the next ball off Afridi, but Azhar continued to attack reaching his half century with a six in the 14th over before hitting the winning runs in the next over.