Simon Katich assessed Hampshire’s crucial CB40 return clash with Nottinghamshire and admitted: We cannot make the same mistakes like last time.
The Australian batsman was in the Royals side who were humbled in the reverse fixture at the Ageas Bowl back in May as James Taylor took the Hampshire bowlers to the cleaners with a fabulous 115 not out.
That helped the Outlaws to an imposing total of 277 – 12 runs too many for the Royals on the day.
But Katich believes Hampshire have learned from their errors they made in those final stages which cost a staggering 71 runs from the last four overs.
Katich said: ‘That Taylor knock will be in the back of our minds but we will learn from that and bowl a bit differently to him this time.
‘We did a lot of things well for the first 30-odd overs and then those last four or five overs of the game really hurt us. They ended up scoring 70-odd runs.
‘If we can get that part right, it will be a big turnaround from that game.
‘To be fair to our guys, we didn’t get it right, but it was drizzling pretty steadily and maybe that contributed to it.
‘But we will definitely need to have better plans than we did last time.
‘We got it horribly wrong and it cost us the game in the end. We know we can do better than that.’
Today’s day-night encounter at Trent Bridge is the first of a double-header between the sides, with Hampshire also heading back in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final next Wednesday.
And Katich admitted the second of the two encounters is the more important at the moment.
He said: ‘The second one is pretty important given that it would get us through to the finals day in the t20.
‘At this point in time, I would take that one but that’s not to discount the will to win in this one coming up.
‘That would really set us up in this competition as well to knock Nottinghamshire back.
‘They are probably the next team who can catch us.
‘They’ve got a powerful batting line-up but we’ve got a good bowling line-up and should be able to restrict them.
‘It would be nice to get the wood on them and then back it up the following week. But we know it will be a tough game.’
Katich also admitted the prospect of a Lord’s final in the competition is a key motivational tool.
He said: ‘It would be awesome to get to a Lord’s final but there is still a lot of work to be done.
‘There are plenty of teams up there vying for the semi-finals. But we’ve got ourselves into a good position and it’s good to start the back half of the season well.’