Centurion: Azhar Mahmood’s fine allround showing helped Auckland Aces beat Hampshire by a huge eight wickets in a Champions League Twenty20 2012 qualifier and reach the main stage of the tournament on Wednesday at the Centurion.
Mahmood’s brilliant figures of 5 for 24 stifled the Hampshire batting, restricting their total to 121 in 20 overs. That Hampshire reached a three-digit figure was a surprise after their implosion and it was largely thanks to Mark Carberry’s run-a-ball 65 that they posed as much of a defence as they did.
In Auckland’s turn with the bat, Mahmood, coming in at No. 3, scored an unbeaten half-century to take his team home.\