Briggs confident about Hampshire promotion

Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs Picture: Neil Marshall
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Danny Briggs is confident Hampshire can secure their place in division one next season.

Hampshire are within touching distance of getting promoted from division two of the County Championship.

They lie second in the table with two games remaining and could all but seal their place in the top flight with a win against Kent next week.

Worcestershire clinched the first of two promotion places yesterday with a narrow win over Surrey.

That result puts Hampshire 28 points behind the league leaders, leaving Essex as the only other realistic promotion contender.

However, following Hampshire’s emphatic innings-and-34-run victory over Leicestershire last time out, Briggs believes they have got themselves into the perfect position going into the final two games of the season.

He said: ‘I’m confident we can get promoted.

‘With two games left, we’re in a good position.

‘It’s going to be a big last two weeks of the season for us.’

The four-day match against Kent begins at the Ageas Bowl on Monday.

Hampshire go into the game having already beaten their rivals by 196 runs earlier in the season.

Briggs added: ‘The year’s gone fairly well but it would be nice to cap it off with promotion and two good performances from me.

‘We’ve had a week off without a game so we’ve been training hard.

‘Everyone’s feeling good and doing what they need to do to be in the best position to play on Monday.

‘We need to make sure we perform to the best of our abilities.’

Hampshire will be boosted by the return of leg-spinner Imran Tahir.