Ervine can’t watch as Hampshire grab last-gasp win

Sean Ervine. Picture: Neil Marshall
Sean Ervine. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (170455-8793)

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Sean Ervine had to rely on his team-mates to tell him what was happening in Hampshire’s nail-biting quest for victory as he revealed: I couldn’t bring myself to watch it.

The powerful Zimbabwean hit a crucial 75, before Hampshire scrambled home by two wickets with just one ball to spare in their Championship division two clash at Glamorgan.

But after getting his side so close to the winning line, Ervine admitted that he was holed up behind the scenes.

He was beating himself up that he was not there to finish the job, after getting out with two overs remaining.

He said: ‘I always knew that we were going to get close and I knew that I had to be there at the end, so I was pretty disappointed not to be there.

‘I was in the back on the physio’s bench. I thought I’d thrown the game away.

‘I said “I’m not watching it” but the boys kept passing on bits of commentary.

‘And I could tell from the roar that we had got over the line.

‘One of the goals I have set myself for the season is to be there at the end and actually win games for Hampshire.

‘I missed out this time but Riaz (Hamza Riazuddin) and Balcs (David Balcombe) got us over the line, so it doesn’t really matter now.

‘It’s an awesome feeling to get the win and it was an incredible game of cricket.’

Riazuddin struck the winning runs.

But the tail-ender admitted he thought he had also blown his chance in the final over.

A drive to mid-on appeared to be sailing straight towards Graham Wagg, only to clip the Glamorgan man’s fingers on its way to the boundary.

Riazuddin said: ‘Fortunately, I hit one just over mid-on.

‘When I hit it, I didn’t think I had enough of it and I thought it was straight to him.

‘On another day, I would have been out, but things went my way.

‘I’ve been waiting to win a game for Hampshire for such a long time – it was a great moment.

‘It’s probably my best moment in cricket. I know it was only 12 not out, but it means a lot to me.

‘I thought it was an excellent team performance.’