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Late drama gives Adams a win to savour
Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams reflected on a year to savour after the Royals completed a trophy double with a dramatic last-ball victory Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final.
Three weeks after winning the Twenty20 title, Hampshire held their nerve with the scores tied and one ball remaining to beat county champions Warwickshire by virtue of losing fewer wickets.
"It's just brilliant," Adams said. "You dare to have a think about what it might be like but I wouldn't have scripted it like that. It was a fantastic effort."
He added: "You dream of playing in Lord's finals but I never dreamed of captaining a side and walking out with the boys behind me. I'll sit down and think about it and perhaps get a bit emotional about it. It has been unbelievable.
"I am amazingly proud of what the guys have achieved and I wouldn't trade this year for anything."
Adams' 66 and a quick-fire half-century from Sean Ervine helped Hampshire to 244 for five, the highest total in three years of CB40 finals.
Warwickshire's chase was inspired by a magnificent 81 from Ian Bell and a four from the penultimate ball of the match from Neil Carter drew the scores level but Carter, in his last match for the Bears, failed to get a bat onto Kabir Ali's final delivery to leave Warwickshire on 244 for seven.
That was enough for Hampshire to claim a nailbiting victory.
Ali came into the side for Danny Briggs, who missed the final on England Twenty20 duty and Hampshire relied on his experience at the death.
"He is a big-game player," Adams said. "Kabir did a great job. I am very happy for him because it has been a tough old couple of years with various injuries and he came to the party today and was brilliant. In that last over I picked the brains of the experienced guys and picked the brains of the bowler."