Jim fixed it for Royals

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams lifts the trophy after the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final at Lord's
Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams lifts the trophy after the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final at Lord's
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If he’d written a letter for someone to fix it for him at the start of the season, Jim might have asked for a Lord’s final victory.

Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams – in his first full season at the helm of his home county – led the Royals to Clydesdale Bank 40 success just a few weeks after playing his part in their Friends Life t20 glory.

The split captaincy with Dimi Mascarenhas, who took over for t20 matches, worked well to allow Adams some vital down time from a demanding job.

But Adams admitted it made the win taste that little bit sweeter when he was the man in charge.

And having led from the front in the final to earn the man-of-the-match award, Adams is already casting his eye towards future success both at home and abroad in the forthcoming Champions League.

He said: ‘To win a domestic title at Lord’s as captain was a very special moment.

‘It was a fantastic way to finish the season.

‘But we’ll be looking for some four-day success next year and hope the one-day success continues.

‘It’s a tough act to follow after two trophies this term.

‘But we are making progress as a side all the time and I’m looking for that to continue next year.

‘We’ve also got the Champions League coming up and that will be a great experience.

‘But the guys have been outstanding for me this season and they have stuck to the task really well. I couldn’t have asked for any more from them.’

Adams’ under-stated and modest style was brilliantly illustrated during those final moments at Lord’s last weekend as he looked like a bloke playing a game on the village green as Kabir Ali and Michael Bates then combined to seal the title in that nerve-shredding finalé.

And the young Hampshire wicketkeeper was quick to pay tribute to Adams’ on-field leadership.

Bates said: ‘Jimmy is our rock. It’s unbelievable what he does and he just holds everything together.

‘He is Mr Calm. He’s a brilliant captain, a brilliant leader and we all look up to him.

‘He has done a fantastic job for us this season.’