James Vince Hampshire Yorkshire
Hampshire captain James Vince, against Yorkshire © Getty Images

Hampshire captain James Vince led from the front with a brilliant century as his side beat Yorkshire on Monday to book their place in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord’s. Vince may be out of the England reckoning at present, but his 126-ball 171 (20 fours, 3 sixes) in Hampshire’s semi-final total of 348 for 9 at Southampton was a reminder of his talent. It proved all too much for visitors Yorkshire, who had five players away on England duty for the ODI series with Australia. The White Rose could only manage 241 in reply, with Hampshire and England spinner Liam Dawson taking 4 for 47.

“It is very pleasing,” said Vince, whose side will play Kent in the June 30 final. ”We set a big score and then came out with the ball and set the tone early. It means a lot to get to Lord’s. At the start of the tournament I got a couple of fifties but never got a big one, so to get a big one in the last one and this one is nice,” he added after his second successive List A century.

Vince, batting at number three, went to a hundred off just 83 balls before his second six, struck over long-on, took him to 150 in style. He was eventually caught in the deep off Adam Lyth.

Yorkshire suffered a setback in their chase when Cheteshwar Pujara was undone by a rising delivery from Dale Steyn that took the shoulder of the bat before finding it way to Jimmy Adams at second slip. Vince had the last word in the match when, at mid-off, he caught Ben Coad off Chris Wood.

Brief scores:

Hampshire 348 for 9 in 50 overs (James Vince 171) beat Yorkshire 241 in 43.4 overs (Jonathan Tattersall 89; Chris Wood 3 for 46, Liam Dawson 4 for 47) by 107 runs.

Player of the Match: James Vince.