Essex chose to bat first in a rain reduced 45 over match. 

Keith Barker ended with his Hampshire career best list-A figures of 3-25, as Essex scored 236-9. 

Wicketkeeper Ben Brown and captain Nick Gubbins scored 50s as the hosts chased the total with eight balls to spare.

Barker struck with his second delivery of the morning as he dismissed Josh Rymell LBW without scoring. 

Hampshire were well on top as the left-armer took a second in the 4th over. Tom Westley holed out to Felix Organ on seven.

A third wicket fell in the power play as Barker castled Robin Das for 11 reducing Essex to 32-3 from the opening nine overs. 

Ian Holland missed a chance to add a fourth when Organ dropped a high catch over his shoulder from the bat of Beau Webster on 11. 

Noah Thain was caught pulling to Aneurin Donald off the bowling of Scott Currie for 8, bringing the score to 4-53.

South African international Simon Harmer, joined Webster to rebuild in a 121 run partnership for the 5th wicket. Webster was dropped again off a difficult low chance at mid-on but was finally dismissed when Ian Holland found some sharp bounce to force a catch to cover for 73. 

Scott Currie’s spell was cut short when he was pulled from the attack by the umpires for bowling a second chest high full toss. Things improved for the hosts when Nick Gubbins bowled Harmer who was looking dangerous on 68(75).

The 7th wicket of William Buttleman fell LBW to Gubbins. Charlie Allison followed shortly after, caught on the boundary to Holland, setting Hampshire 237. 

Fletcha Middleton was dropped first over of the Hants reply when his edge flew through the slips. The batter was caught at mid off for 36(24) in the 8th over. Jamie Porter added his second, the wicket of Tom Prest caught behind for four in the 10th over.

Nick Gubbins looked set to make three figures but was disappointed to chop on to his stumps from Westleys first delivery in the 29th over. The captain departed for 63 with his side 86 short of the target. 

Ben Brown was dismissed for 59 in the 39th over. Donald then tee’d off scoring two big sixes before being caught for 49 with his side just 14 short. 

The late wicket of Organ left the hosts four short with eight balls remaining. Barker settled any doubts as he smashed the next ball for four and secured the win.