Adams happy to pass captaincy baton back to Dimi

Jimmy Adams and Dimi Mascarenhas with the CB40 trophy. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams and Dimi Mascarenhas with the CB40 trophy. Picture: Neil Marshall
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He led his troops to a famous Lord’s success, he’s since watched the recording on TV but now Jimmy Adams is more than happy to hand back the Hampshire captaincy to Dimi Mascarenhas for the Champions League t20 adventure.

The two skippers both got their hands on silverware in an unprecedented cup double for the county this season as Mascarenhas claimed the Friends Life t20 and Adams picked up the Clydesdale Bank40.

But now the Royals face two qualifying games against the Auckland Aces from New Zealand and Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions for a chance to face the cream of the crop in world t20 cricket.

And Adams is ready to take a back seat to allow the fit-again t20 captain Mascarenhas to lead the troops.

Adams said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed the captaincy this year.

‘But Dimi has that t20 experience and is the right man. He has shown that over the years.

‘I am more than happy to take the field after him.

‘I still feel I am learning a lot in t20 cricket and the captaincy side of things.

‘I quite like just going out to focus on the fielding side of it and hitting a cricket ball.

‘So I’m very happy to run with what Dimi does. I’ve got a lot of faith in him and the rest of the guys do, too.

‘There may be times when you might have done something in a slightly different way but the more important thing is that everyone is behind whatever decision is made.

‘I’m perfectly happy letting Dimi do it and I’m still learning from him.’

Adams will face his former side – the Auckland Aces – when Hampshire kick off their campaign on October 10. And they will need to top their three-team group to reach the main competition.

But the left-hander missed out on qualification with Auckland last year and is keen to make amends.

‘I spent four days in Hyderabad but it was so brief because we didn’t qualify,’ he said.

‘The big thing for us is to get through and get into the main competition. That would be a serious experience.

‘I looked at their squad and I’ve played with near enough all of them.

‘Not much has changed but they are a good bunch of lads.’

Hampshire have the winning habit behind them.

And Adams allowed himself to watch a re-run of the epic Lord’s final win over Warwickshire last week as a gentle reminder.

He explained: ‘I had a bit of time to reflect. I recorded the game at Lord’s and watched it back last week.

‘It all went so quickly at the time. It was nice to see the reaction on the guys’ faces because it all whizzes past.

‘Before you know it, you are waking up the next day with a hangover – only a slight one!

‘So I sat at home and massaged my ego a bit! It was a nice little break but I’m looking forward to the next step.’