Maxwell: Victory is the motivation, not revenge

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell
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Glenn Maxwell insists the Royals ‘have a few tricks’ up their sleeves ahead of their crucial Friends Life t20 clash with Middlesex Panthers.

The south group rivals went head-to-head just nine days ago when the Panthers cruised to a six-wicket victory at the Ageas Bowl.

Despite James Vince’s excellent half-century, visiting batsmen Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan were the stars of the show that night.

The pair put on a superb 107-run partnership for the third wicket to pave the way for victory.

While young Irish batsman Stirling clubbed 71 off only 49 balls, Malan struck 46 from 35 as the home bowlers failed to defend a target of 158.

Since then, Hampshire have picked up their first t20 success of the summer – Sunday’s six-wicket win over Kent.

And Maxwell showed his all-round capabilities at Canterbury.

The 23-year-old took two wickets to help restrict the hosts to 135 for six and then smashed 66 not out off just 32 balls to ensure a successful run chase.

But with only the top two sides from the group guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals, the Australian believes it is vital the Royals make it two victories on the bounce.

‘Sunday was really good for us, we desperately needed that victory over Kent,’ he said.

‘Getting some winning momentum will be massive for us.

‘And to clinch that match after not starting off so well should give us huge amounts of confidence for the games coming up.

‘Our t20 season is far from over. A couple more wins in a row and we’re are right in the mix for the top two or three spots.

‘The group has been very closely fought so far and is still wide open.’

Maxwell had been plying his trade with South Wilts in the Southern Electric Premier League prior to his Hampshire debut in the defeat to Middlesex earlier this month.

But the all-rounder has managed to keep fellow overseas star Simon Katich out of the side since then.

And the Victorian, who hit a quickfire 15 on that occasion, insists the first defeat to the Panthers will have no bearing on events at Richmond this evening.

Maxwell added: ‘It’s not so much about revenge for us. It’s more about getting the wins we need to qualify from this group and make the quarter-finals.

‘Middlesex played very well last time out at the Ageas Bowl.

‘They had two guys who batted really well and turned the game in their favour.

‘We learned a lot from that match, especially in terms of what fielding positions to use against them, and we have a few tricks up our sleeves.

‘Stirling hit some big shots in that match and Malan at the other end played really well. So we’ll be doing all we can to slow them down.’