Relieved James Vince feared Hampshire exit

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James Vince revealed he feared Hampshire’s Natwest T20 Blast campaign was over at the midway point of their remarkable turnaround victory over Somerset.

With Hampshire posting just 143 for seven from their 20 overs after another batting collapse, the visitors were in the driving seat on a good pitch.

We have definitely had our doubts that we would make it through to the quarter-finals – the halfway stage in this game, I was pretty worried!

James Vince

But Hampshire then turned in a tremendous display in the field to drag themselves back into the contest and effectively secure their passage to the quarter-finals, barring miracle scores in the final round of fixtures tonight.

Vince said: ‘We have definitely had our doubts that we would make it through to the quarter-finals – the halfway stage in this game, I was pretty worried!

‘It looked like we were going to cruise through at one stage and then all of a sudden, we lost a few games and we were relying on other results.

‘It’s the way t20 goes – it ebbs and flows.

‘But in the big games we have had in recent years, we often seem to get over the line.

‘Credit to the boys because it was an amazing effort to defend that score on that wicket.

‘At the midway point, we were slightly disappointed we hadn’t scored more runs.

‘But we knew we were going out there to defend 143 runs and if we didn’t, we were out of the competition.

‘We were playing for every run in the field and the fact Somerset couldn’t qualify, maybe gave us that extra edge.’

Hampshire must now wait on tonight’s last fixtures in the group and will know that as long as Glamorgan don’t win by a record-breaking margin against Gloucestershire, they will be through.

They could also yet earn a home quarter-final but Vince insists he doesn’t care about the club’s next opponents in the shortest format and believes Hampshire could yet go all the way once again.

He said: ‘I’m not bothered who we get.

‘I’m just happy we will be there.

‘Now we will see how the results pan out and take whoever we get.

‘If you look back at the ways we have come through and had success in the past few years, we have come through the groups in a similar way.

‘Hopefully, it will stand us in good stead.

‘If you come through fairly comfortably, maybe you aren’t as prepared for those big occasions.

‘It definitely gives us confidence that we can go all the way now.’

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