London: Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi demolished Derbyshire’s dream of reaching NatWest T20 Blast finals day for the first time with a brutal display of power hitting as Hampshire cruised to a 101-run victory in a one-sided quarter-final at Derby.
The Pakistan all-rounder smashed 101, including seven sixes and 10 fours, from 42 balls to power Hampshire to 249 for eight – their highest T20 score.
The captain James Vince made 55 from 36 balls as Hampshire passed their previous best of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006. In reply, the Falcons crumbled to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each taking three wickets.
Hampshire promoted Afridi to opener against the county he played for in 2003, and he swept and drove four boundaries from Wayne Madsen’s first over.
Afridi’s previous high score in the competition this season was just 18. He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen.
It proved expensive as Afridi dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a 42-ball hundred before he top-edged another big pull and was caught at long-leg.
By then the damage had been done, and both Vince and George Bailey continued the plunder with the Hampshire captain reaching his fifty with consecutive sixes off Cotton before wickets tumbled in the closing overs.
Critchley took three in the 19th over as the leg-spinner finished with three for 32 but Hampshire’s score was the biggest ever at Derby and the fourth highest in domestic T20 matches.