IF HE doesn’t play for England in the next five years, something will have gone drastically wrong somewhere along the line.
When James Vince is in this kind of mood, it’s like watching the 16-year-old bully at the end of the street barge his way into a game on the common and steal the bat from a group of eight-year-olds.
He delivered a blistering 85 not out from just 49 balls – with six sixes – two of which were sent into the upper tier of the main stand with a mere dismissive flick.
Some choose to slog in the shortest version of the game, but Vince plays pure cricket shots.
He left the Sharks bowlers scratching their heads over where to bowl to him without seeing the ball disappear.
Vince was the key factor in Hampshire’s mammoth 193 for two but Jimmy Adams (34), Shahid Afridi (24) and Neil McKenzie (45 not out) delivered 17 fours and eight sixes between them to post their biggest t20 total of the campaign so far.
While it looked far too many for Sussex to chase, the home side should have done better than they did in reply.
But Hampshire’s bowlers were again in no mood make things easy in a glorious day beside the seaside. Dimi Mascarenhas (three for 20) took his customary early wickets before Danny Briggs (four for 17) gave plenty of reasons to keep him in the side for today’s Championship showdown.
The game was over long before Ollie Rayner became his fourth victim but Hampshire – near-invincible in t20 cricket – now face the tricky prospect of taking this form into four-day cricket.