HAMPSHIRE may be without Glenn Maxwell for the Natwest T20 Blast quarter-final against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge – which will be Kyle Abbott’s last game of the season.
Maxwell suffered a stomach injury while warming up for today’s Royal London One-Day Cup match against Gloucestershire at Bristol, a 35-run defeat, so may have played his last game of the season.
And it has been confirmed that Abbott will make his last appearance of the summer in Sunday’s last-eight clash at Notts, due to another South Africa call-up for a one-day series in Zimbabwe and next month’s T20 Champions League.
It leaves Hampshire without an overseas player so they are looking for a replacement with LV County Championship promotion still up for grabs.
To complete a bad day for Hampshire, Michael Carberry missed out on a return at Bristol as he continues to recover from a hand injury.
Hampshire’s second defeat in three 50-over games leaves them in the bottom three of Group A ahead of their first home game in the new competition, against Leicestershire next Wednesday.
In the absence of Carberry and Maxwell, Hampshire handed a debut to England U19 international Tom Alsop against Gloucestershire.
And James Tomlinson justified his place with 2-23, his best one-day figures for four years, as Gloucestershire were restricted to 233 all out after losing the toss.
Will Tavare, who made a century on his County Championship debut against Hampshire at Bristol in April, top-scored with 77 in his first one-day appearance of the season, while Benny Howell hit an unbeaten 43 against his former club.
Hampshire were well placed at 150-3 in the 34th over.
James Vince hit a 26-ball 27 out of a 65-run opening partnership, while Adam Wheater hit two sixes in his 38-ball 30.
But three run-outs and some accurate bowling saw Hampshire plunge to 198 all out, with rookie off-spinner Jack Taylor claiming a career-best 4-38.
Sean Ervine (23) was run out by Tavare's brilliant pick up and throw from mid-wicket having been called for single by Smith.
Coles was bowled by Howell for a duck, Dawson (eight) was run out by Chris Dent's throw from cover when sent back by Smith and suddenly the visitors needed 63 from their last 10 overs.
Wood (five) was lbw trying to sweep Taylor and Gidman bowled Briggs (five) before Taylor bowled Smith, whose 56-ball 47 included three fours and a six.
Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams, who top-scored with 48, said: "We mucked things up after doing everything right for two-thirds of the game. Credit Gloucestershire for their bowling and fielding, but in truth they didn't have to play that well.
"Three run-outs says everything about our innings. We had enough experienced players in the side to see it through after getting into a winning position, so we are very disappointed."
Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell said: "The game was won with some good old-fashioned cricket, accurate bowling and sharp fielding. We thought it was a 270 pitch and that our total was light."