Dimi: Let’s just focus on our job

Hampshire's Dimi Mascarenhas
Hampshire's Dimi Mascarenhas
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire fall to Essex loss

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Dimi Mascarenhas insists Hampshire must concentrate on doing their own job as they hang on by a thread to their Championship division one status.

The long-serving all-rounder picked up three wickets for 52 as Warwickshire were eventually bowled out for 493 in their first innings, while the Rose Bowl outfit closed day two on 57 without loss.

But Mascarenhas – who was informed by a Sky Sports cameraman out on the pitch that relegation rivals Worcestershire had blown their opportunity to guarantee safety – knows that his side still need an extraordinary set of circumstances to slot together for Hampshire to stay up.

Giles White’s men now need to take maximum batting points and win the game, while hoping that Worcestershire lose to Durham, to clamber to safety by the narrowest of margins.

And the former England star knows it is probably a 1,000/1 shot that Hampshire can still escape but that there is still a remote possibility.

Mascarenhas said: ‘The odds are pretty high on us getting out of it.

‘It gives us a glimmer of hope, but there’s not a lot.

‘But we will go out there, do our best and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough.

‘Even if we get to 400, we’ve still got to bowl Warwickshire out and we saw in the first innings that it wasn’t very easy.

‘And there are not many times this year that we have made 400 in the overs so that obviously counts against us. First and foremost, we’ve got to focus on what we need to do and that is bat well.

‘We’ve got guys who can get big scores at a good rate so we will see what happens.’

With Worcestershire seemingly cruising towards sealing Hampshire’s fate in the clash up at Durham, Mascarenhas admitted he thought the game was already up for him and his team-mates.

But with Hampshire’s match being shown on Sky Sports, one of the television company’s crew passed on the information that Worcestershire had collapsed.

Mascarenhas said: ‘We weren’t really looking at it and then one of the cameramen told me that Worcestershire had fallen short.

‘We can only do what we can do and if we do go down, it will not be because of the last game of the season.

‘It will be what has gone on before that will have taken us down.’

With Shivnarine Chanderpaul eventually out for 171, bowled lbw by Liam Dawson, Warwickshire methodically plodded their way towards 500 and Mascarenhas questioned the visitors’ tactics with the title up for grabs.

He said: ‘I was a bit surprised with the way they went about it. I thought they could have got to their mark a lot quicker than they did.

‘They may have been thinking they needed only a draw with what was going on in the other game (Somerset v Lancashire), so maybe you can understand it from their point of view.

‘But if it was me, I would still be wanting to win the game and would have pushed on a lot earlier than they did.’