Essex 153 for 6 (Zaidi 47) beat Hampshire 150 for 7 (Vince 62) by three runsScorecard Ashar Zaidi starred with both the bat and the ball to boost Essexs hopes of a quarter-final place - as the visitors edged out Hampshire in a three run thriller.Pakistani Zaidi helped Essex to a healthy 153 for six with a patient 47 before miserly figures of two for 16 halted Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.Essex are also top of Division Two of the Championship, leading Zaidi to say: It is amazing feeling winning four on the bounce and we are taking the momentum into the four day cricket.Michael Carberry and James Vince, having been set 154 by Essex, took the chase steadily - knowing exactly what they needed and scored on and just above the required run rate.Carberry looked more ready to open himself up, but it was his undoing when he slogged to cow corner, before Tom Alsop was caught and bowl for a duck by Dan Lawrence.Spin slowed dried the runs up with Zaidi impressive, his first over going for just four and his second picking up Liam Dawson - who was driving to extra-cover.But as Zaidi stocked up on dot balls, boundaries flowed off Vinces bat, on the back of another Test call-up. Vince reached his 19th Blast fifty from 37 balls, but the ball after Sean Ervine teed up to Tom Westley giving Zaidi a deserved second wicket.Shahid Afridi spliced one back to Matthew Quinn and Vince finally departed as he was bowled by Graham Napier. But just as Hampshire looked set for a seventh defeat Lewis McManus provided a fightback with a four and massive maximum in the penultimate over to leave the hosts needing eight from six.Wicket-keeper McManus was caught on the mid-wicket outfield from the second delivery, still seven needed but Ravi Bopara held his nerve - only going for two more runs.Earlier having won the toss, Essex set off at a blistering start reaching 67 by the end of the power play, with every other ball seemingly rushing to the boundary off Jessie Ryder, Kishen Velani and Westley. But for all their heaving they lost Velani in the third over - chipping up to Vince at mid-off.As easy as that catch was for captain Vince, his snaffle to see off Ryder, for 22, was unbelievable - as he gave international teammate Dawson his first of the night by diving full length once the ball had seemingly drifted over him. Dawson, who took three wickets on his England Twenty20 debut on the ground on Tuesday, grabbed the 50th 20-over wicket of his career when the booming Westley picked out Carberry on the point boundary.That quick flurry of wickets and the introduction of spin quelled the run scoring as Zaidi and Ravi Bopara stutter - although the former did smash a six onto the concourse.Zaidi accelerated from that bash, mainly scored on foot, to get within three runs of a third half century in a row but was the victim of a stunning direct hit from boundary rider Carberry and Bopara was caught at deep mid-wicket.Ryan ten Doeschate hammered the final ball to Ervine on the long-on rope to set Hampshire 154 to win - which proved just enough. Clayton Kershaw Jersey .com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. David Freese Dodgers Jersey . 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Russias Vladimir Grigorev was third. In the relay, Canada took control six laps from the finish line to beat Russia and the Netherlands. BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Curtis Luck was walking along the course, doing the math on how hed turned a close U.S. Amateur final into a rout by winning eight holes in a row.It was hard for the 20-year-old Australian to process.I think I started laughing, walking down the fairway, he said. I havent heard of that, and I havent seen it before. What an amazing thing to do while youre out in the final of the U.S. Amateur Championship.Luck built a commanding lead with that eight-hole run shortly after the midway point of Sundays final match, and he went on to beat Brad Dalke 6 and 4 to become the U.S. Amateurs third international champion in four years.The 36-hole final on the South Course at Oakland Hills was all square after 18, and Dalke won the first hole after the break. Luck answered with an eagle on the 20th to square it again, and that was the start of a decisive streak that eventually left him 7 up with nine holes remaining.Its so rare to be able to do that, especially in match play, which is, as you know, one hole at a time -- you win one and things can change so quickly, Luck said. I didnt expect it at all.Although Dalke finally snapped Lucks streak by winning a couple holes of his own, the University of Oklahoma sophomore couldnt close the gap any more. He conceded after missing a putt for par on the 32nd hole.I never really felt comfortable that second round. I dont know if it was the break or what, Dalke said. Now it seems like it was a blur. It went by pretty quick.Luck joins Matthew Fitzpatrick of England (2013) and Gunn Yang of South Korea (2014) among recent international winners of this event. Hes also only the third Australian-born champion. Nick Flanagan won in 2003 and Walter Travis won it in 1900, 1901 and 1903.There was no indication that this final match would become so lopsided. Neither player could gain much of an upper hand in the morning, and even after Lucks eagle on the 20th hole, the match was all square. Then Dalkes round began to unravel with bogeys on 21 and 22.Luck was 3 up after a birdiee on 23.dddddddddddd The next hole was a short par 4, but Dalkes tee shot went way to the right, settling in some tall grass. His shot from there caromed off a utility box that was a few feet in front of him, and Luck needed only a par to win that hole.Luck made a birdie on the 25th hole, and Dalke made bogeys on the following two, giving the Australian an almost insurmountable lead.Hes just solid. He makes a lot of good swings at it, doesnt get really wayward with the driver, great short game, Dalke said. Hes never out of a hole. He could be in a trash can 20 yards from the green and still get up-and-down.The eight-hole stretch Sunday that decided the championship was equal parts Lucks excellence (an eagle and two birdies) and Dalkes struggles (five bogeys). The final turned into a breeze for Luck, in contrast to his 21-hole semifinal win over Nick Carlson.Luck got up and down from about 135 yards in a bunker on the second extra hole to keep that match going Saturday.I know hes a fighter, and I know those pressure situations are really what switches him on, said Lucks father Stuart, who caddied for him. If you know him -- and I think you only have to look at Twitter comments tonight from all the people back home in Australia -- youll know that hes seriously dangerous in that situation.Luck was seventh in the world amateur ranking coming into this event, and he said hed previously been thinking about turning pro after the Asian Amateur in October. Now, he has some extra incentives to preserve his amateur status -- exemptions to next years U.S. Open and British Open and a likely invite to the Masters.Im super happy to say that Im going to be an amateur for another however long -- eight or nine months, Luck said. Get to play some unbelievable golf tournaments within those months, and I guess get even more experience for when I do turn pro.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister ' ' '
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