Bransgrove eyes Caribbean glory

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Vince relishing ‘second chance’

Rod Bransgrove admitted he had been impressed by the Caribbean t20 experience and he insisted: Now we want to win it.

Ahead of tomorrow's final group clash against Trinidad & Tobago in Barbados (8pm Eurosport), Hampshire Royals require another victory to be certain of qualification for the semi-finals.

But while the Rose Bowl chairman was among those with reservations about the worth of the tournament before it started, he has since been converted and now has his eyes on the top prize.

He said: 'I must admit, the tournament has surprised us a little bit. It is well organised, it's high quality and it's been a very enjoyable experience so far.

'In terms of experience and preparation, it's been much better than we expected.

'I think we have already got a lot out of it.

'We're here to try to win it. We've got an important game against Trinidad & Tobago, who are a good side.

'If we win that, we will put ourselves in a strong position.

'I've been pretty encouraged by what I've seen already but I think there is more to come from us.'

Trinidad & Tobago have recorded two wins from their two matches so far, but scraped to a final-ball success against Canada at the weekend.

But Hampshire boast the top batsman in Johann Myburgh and the top bowler in Simon Jones from the Antigua stage of the competition.

Bransgrove said: 'I think we've been impressed by what we've seen of Johann Myburgh. We expected him to be good but he's been very good.

'Jonah's (Simon Jones) been great but we have to look after him – he's still a work in progress.

'But it's thrilling to see him playing like that again and he is chuffed to bits to be doing it.'