Adams: Don’t write Royals off

Jimmy Adams pats James Vince on the head. Hampshire Royals v Surrey Lions. Friends Life t20. Ageas Bowl. June 30, 2012. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams pats James Vince on the head. Hampshire Royals v Surrey Lions. Friends Life t20. Ageas Bowl. June 30, 2012. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Jimmy Adams surveyed Hampshire’s do-or-die Friends Life t20 quarter-final clash at Nottinghamshire and insisted: Lightning won’t strike twice.

The Royals opener was in the side comprehensively outplayed by the Outlaws in the CB40 encounter last week at Trent Bridge as the home side cruised to victory.

But Adams, who will pass the captaincy back to Dimi Mascarenhas for tonight’s clash, is confident the result will have no bearing on the 20-over showdown as the two sides fight it out for a place at finals day.

Adams said: ‘I don’t see that result having too much of a bearing on what happens in this one.

‘It is always going to be tough going to Trent Bridge because they have a lot of very good players.

‘But we shouldn’t forget we’ve played some good t20 cricket ourselves over the past few years and sometimes it can be a toss of a coin between two good sides.

‘If you lose a couple of early wickets or you take a couple of early ones, it can often form the game.

‘That’s what happened in the CB40 game when we lost.

‘Hopefully, it’s the other way round in the t20.’

Nottinghamshire’s powerful batting line-up is arguably the best in the competition.

But it may not get quite the same opportunity to fire in the shorter format.

James Taylor, who has a fearsome record against Hampshire in two games this season, can sometimes take time to get going.

But he will not be afforded that luxury with just 20 overs to play with.

And Adams is optimistic on what Hampshire can do – especially with James Vince cracking a fine unbeaten century a week ago and the four-day side claiming a remarkable two-run success at Essex at the weekend.

The left-hander said: ‘I thought Vincey played beautifully up there last week.

‘I thought it was a very mature knock but, unfortunately, we just didn’t stick with him.

‘We didn’t really get a big partnership together.

‘Hopefully, we can put that right this time.

‘We’ve played Nottinghamshire a lot over the past few years, we know what they are capable of and we know they are very good players.

‘They have got some outstanding short-form players.

‘But we’ve got a team of very good players, too.

‘Everyone in our team is capable of winning a game.’