GILES WHITE has backed Hampshire to bounce back from their disastrous Natwest T20 Blast rout at Essex.
The Ageas Bowl outfit were smashed by 78 runs as they turned in an abject display at Chelmsford.
It was their biggest runs defeat in t20 cricket, eclipsing their previous worst display – a 73-run loss at Sussex in 2007.
And it capped a dreadful week for the club after their nine-wicket demolition by Somerset in the Championship.
Jesse Ryder struck a fabulous 107 not out and Mark Pettini blasted 74 for the home side as they posted a mighty 212 for five.
And Hampshire’s reply never got going as they slumped to 134 all out in the penultimate over with Owais Shah (26) top-scoring in a poor team display.
Hampshire’s director of cricket refused to be too downbeat but admitted it was a night to forget.
White said: ‘It was one of those nights to forget really but it does happen in t20.
‘It’s the nature of the game and unfortunately we are on the receiving end of it.
‘Over the years, the lads have played brilliantly in this competition and I’m sure we will bounce back.
‘There were two outstanding innings by Ryder and I thought Pettini played particularly well.
‘We’ve done that to other sides in the past and now it’s about bouncing back.’
Hampshire now travel to Middlesex in the Championship before they face Glamorgan next Friday in the t20.
And White knows his men need a victory after the team slipped to fourth place in the south group.
He said: ‘It’s important to get that next win.
‘We’ve had a good start but we’ve had a couple of losses now and we need to get back on track.’
Ryder destroyed the Hampshire attack with eight sixes and eight fours in his 55-ball knock.
Pettini shared an opening partnership of 126 in 14 overs and gave Essex a platform for a huge total.
Hampshire began their reply needing to get off to a flying start.
But they lost three wickets in the first three overs with James Vince (nought), Michael Carberry (eight) and the recalled Joe Gatting (two) all sent on their way.
One-time Essex batsman Shah did his best to repair the damage.
But having struck three fours and one six from 20 balls, he was superbly caught by Ryan ten Doeschate at wide mid-on who dived to his right to pluck the ball an inch or so off the ground.
Ravi Bopara ended all hopes for Hampshire with three wickets in an over as he dismissed Jimmy Adams (15), Will Smith (eight) and Gareth Berg (nought) to leave the scoreboard at 66 for seven.
Bopara finished with three for 23 while Reece Topley (three for 25) ended a sequence of six successive defeats against Hampshire in this competition.
Adam Wheater (24 not out) and Chris Wood (23) showed late resistance but it was a dismal night for Hampshire.