No extra needle for clash with Lumb

Dimi Mascarenhas is ready for a tough battle. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dimi Mascarenhas is ready for a tough battle. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Dimi Mascarenhas insists there is no ill feeling towards former Hampshire batsman Michael Lumb.

The Royals were drawn away to Lumb’s new county Nottinghamshire in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals.

After the club’s final South Group game against Essex was abandoned without a ball bowled, Hampshire were confirmed as runners-up in the standings.

It meant an away trip to one of the leading sides in this year’s competition and a trip to Trent Bridge later this month.

Mascarenhas played the match-up down but the Hampshire players would not be human if a duel against their old batsman, who left the club in controversial circumstances last year, would not add some extra spice.

Mascarenhas said: ‘It was tough when he left but it was one of those things.

‘He wanted to further his career and he felt that moving to Nottinghamshire was the best way to do it.

‘I’m sure the budget came into it from the Hampshire point of view but I don’t know all the ins and outs.

‘People move on and it was one of those things.

‘At the end of the day, we are going up against a team and he is part of that team.

‘We’ll do everything we can to get him out and win the game.

‘He will want to do well against his old county.

‘There may be some banter flying around but it will be fun stuff.

‘He’s a great bloke – he did very well for us and all the boys here love him.

‘I’ve bowled at him a little bit in the past when he played for Yorkshire and I bowled at him in the nets.

‘But we’ll have our plans and I’m sure he’ll have his own plans too.’

The Outlaws were edged into second place in North Group.

But Mascarenhas suggested it was the toughest draw Hampshire could have got, even with group winners Yorkshire, Sussex and Somerset potentially lying in wait.

‘On paper, I think it was probably the toughest draw we could have got,’ said Mascarenhas.

‘But we knew we were facing one of the top sides so now we have to go there and play well.

‘There can be a bit of swing there but over the years, Nottinghamshire have had a fantastic team so it can be a tough place to play.

‘We have to turn up on the day otherwise we are in trouble.

‘It will be a really big test for us.’