Dimi Mascarenhas rued the loss of early wickets as Hampshire slipped to a semi-final exit at the hands of Surrey in the Friends Life t20 finals day at Edgbaston.
In what turned out to be the Royals skipper’s last appearance for his county in the shortest form of the game, the 35-year-old saw his side limp to 142 for nine after being made to bat first.
Only Sean Ervine impressed, his 47 the stand-out contribution in a disappointing total before Surrey completed their chase with eight balls to spare.
And although Mascarenhas gave his side credit for their fightback in the field, he felt losing men early on was the key factor in the defeat.
‘160 odd was about par – that was a decent score and we thought if we got anywhere near that we’d have a chance of defending it,’ he said.
‘But the three wickets in the first six overs cost us.
‘We fought hard and if we had probably got another 10 runs we might have had a shout.
‘But at the end of the day our batters just didn’t bat well enough.
‘With the exception of Ervine, who played a beautiful knock, everyone else wasn’t good enough.’