Liam Dawson believes Hampshire must shrug off any fatigue to rekindle their Royal London One-Day Cup hopes at Warwickshire today.
The all-rounder top-scored with 85 against Essex – the club where he spent a brief period on loan last month – but was on the losing side as Hampshire went down to a six-wicket loss.
But the team were straight on the bus after the game for the trip to Edgbaston, where Dawson believes a victory is required to boost their hopes of a quarter-final place in the 50-over competition.
Dawson said: ‘It’s a disappointing result. We were well short.
‘It was probably up there with the best wickets we’ve had in one-day cricket.
‘We needed 280-300 to have a chance of winning that game. It was a belting wicket.
‘It was flat and you could hit through the ball.
‘Big scores win you games on wickets like that.
‘But we batted poorly and lost early wickets.
‘We’ve now got a massive game at Warwickshire and I think we probably have to win that game now.
‘If we win that, it could give us a bit of breathing space.
‘There are a few tired bodies and there will be a few tired bodies all around the country.
‘We are straight on the bus and we go again.’
It is a punishing schedule with the next Championship game starting on Friday against Warwickshire.
But Dawson remains focused on the club’s hopes of progressing in the 50-over competition before they switch their attentions back to their relegation battle in division one.
He said: ‘We’ve got three games left and it’s in our hands.
‘If we win two out of three, we would probably be through. If we win all three, we would definitely be through.
‘We are not relying on anyone else and that’s where you want to be.’