Briggs relishes starring role as Hampshire make it four

during Hampshire Royals v Glamorgan Dragons, Friends Life t20, Rose Bowl, Eastleigh, Hampshire, 8th June 2011.

during Hampshire Royals v Glamorgan Dragons, Friends Life t20, Rose Bowl, Eastleigh, Hampshire, 8th June 2011.

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Danny Briggs revelled in his status as match-winning batsman for Hampshire and admitted: I want to do it again.

The young spinner added another impressive chapter to his growing reputation as the Royals made it four wins out of four in the Friends Life t20.

He grabbed four wickets for 24 runs, a new t20 career best, and then kept his nerve to seal a final-over success with an assured four not out to knock off the winning runs.

While Briggs, from Newport, Isle of Wight, may not have elevated himself to all-rounder status quite yet, he certainly knows how to bat and looked composed in a tense finale at the Rose Bowl.

But having got a taste of batting glory with skipper Dominic Cork offering words of advice at the other end, Briggs is keen to enjoy the experience again in the future.

He smiled: ‘When I went out there near the end, Corky said “just watch the ball and stay calm” and that was obviously my plan as well!

‘I just wanted to get bat on ball and luckily I got two deliveries where I could do that.

‘I was thinking “get a single and get him back on strike” but I hit a gap twice so it was nice to finish it off in two balls.

‘I’m always working on my batting but in t20, I don’t get too many chances to bat. When you get out there, you’ve really got to make the most of it.

‘Hopefully, I did that in this game and maybe there will be other chances this season.

‘I wasn’t expecting it when they got 120 but it was a great feeling to get out there and score the winning runs for us.’

While his batting finished the job, it was his efforts with the ball that set his side on their way to victory in a cracking game that showed t20 is not all about a flurry of boundaries and batsmen thriving.

Briggs said: ‘The game went up and down the whole way through.

‘We started well and then Vincey came in and batted really well but then both sides had a chance to win.

‘It looked like it was always going to come down to a tight finish but thankfully we came out on the right side of it.

‘There was a bit in the pitch for all of the bowlers, which was probably a nice difference in t20 cricket.

‘It was difficult for batsmen because it was half and half, with some spinning and some not.

‘Some balls skidded on and some balls turned – but I think it was the same for the seamers.’

And the two-wicket success took the Royals to the top of the table, even with their two-point deduction for a poor pitch last term, as they bid to make it five in a row at Gloucestershire tomorrow.

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