Benks looks for improvement

Dale Benkenstein. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dale Benkenstein. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Dale Benkenstein admits he already has one eye on next season as Hampshire face early elimination from the Royal London One-Day Cup today.

The Ageas Bowl outfit have claimed just one win in the revived 50-over format so far, although their past two matches have been abandoned because of the weather.

Hampshire travel to Essex today knowing that anything other than a win will see them bow out.

But even if a quarter-final place is beyond them, the first-team coach wants to see some improvement to act as a springboard for next season’s campaign.

‘Getting our 50-over cricket going has been a bit of a struggle,’ said Benkenstein.

‘We’ve played good cricket in the other formats but we haven’t found that consistency and method in this form.

‘It would be nice to finish these last two games with some good cricket.

‘Obviously, the wins would be crucial.

‘But just going into next year knowing that we are starting to get the formula right for winning is quite important. I don’t think we have got that yet.

‘We are a side that can do well in this competition, but we just haven’t found our feet.

‘It’s a short competition compared with the other ones.

‘If we win two on the bounce then we have got a chance.

‘If we don’t, I still want us to play good cricket, no matter what our position is in the table.’

After today’s clash, Hampshire return to the four-day game against Kent on Friday, before facing Yorkshire in a 50-over showdown next Thursday.

But after seeing his side produce a storming performance at Chelmsford in the t20 last month, Benkenstein believes they could have a psychological edge.

He said: ‘I think it plays a part. If we had lost that game, we would go there with a few more doubts.

‘We’ve had some success there this season and it’s come down to that again.

‘It’s a must-win game.’