T20 Blast: Tom Banton Six’s outrageous reverse sweep on Nathan Ellis to turn 50. Watch | Cricket News

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Tom Banton knocked down Nathan Ellis for a six.©Twitter

England slugger Tom Banton hit an outrageous six to reach his half-century in the T20 Blast match between Hampshire and Somerset. In the 12th over of Somerset’s 209 pursuit, Nathan Ellis threw a long ball off a stump and Banton showed quick hands to hit a reverse sweep for a six-point deficit. He raised his half-century with shooting. The official T20 Blast handle tweeted the video of Banton’s shot and wrote “It’s a way to reach your half century.”

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Watch: Tom Banton talks about his half-century in style

Banton was cleaned up by Chris Wood in the next whole, however, finishing with 54 out of 38 deliveries.

Rilee Rossouw also beat 55 from 28 but a mid-order slump meant their half-centuries were wasted as Somerset trailed Hampshire’s tally by 14 points.

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Hampshire scored 208/5 on the back of James Vince’s superb 62-ball 129. It was his fourth century T20.

He has gained the backing of England U-19 World Cup 2022 star Tom Perst, who has scored 62 goals from 46 deliveries.

Fly-half Will Smeed and Banton gave Somerset a strong start in their pursuit, with the former hitting 43 from 27 deliveries.

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After Smeed fell, Rossouw came in and picked up the pace again. But once Banton fell, it triggered a meltdown.

Captain Tom Abell made 13 but everyone who came after him fell to single digits, with Rossouw himself losing his wicket in the penultimate.

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They eventually reached 194/9.

Chris Wood and Liam Dawson picked two wickets each for Hampshire.

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