James Vince believes Hampshire have picked up some vital momentum after their demolition of Essex.
The Hampshire skipper saw his side storm to a five-wicket win at Chelmsford as they turned in their best all-round performance of the season in this year’s Natwest T20 Blast.
While Vince spoke of his relief at leading the side to the quarter-finals in his first year as t20 captain, he now feels Hampshire will be feared among their rivals.
But he conceded his side look set to be drawn away from home in the quarter-finals with Surrey needing to win just one of their two remaining games.
Vince said: ‘Taking over for the first year as captain, I’m relieved to be honest.
‘It’s the sixth straight time we’ve made the quarter-finals and you try not to think about not making it at any stage.
‘We lost the first game but we strung some wins together.
‘We slipped up in the past few games and the side was a bit low on confidence.
‘But we know that we are a side capable of beating anyone on our day.
‘We’ve shown that against the best side in the division this year.
‘Coming into the game, the win was the only chance of us getting a home quarter-final.
‘But even if we don’t get the home tie, it’s good to put in a performance like that leading into the quarter-finals.
‘It’s given us some real momentum for the next stage of the competition.
‘I’m sure whoever we go and play, they won’t be looking forward to playing us.’
Vince was also full of praise for Michael Carberry and Matt Coles, who peppered the short boundaries to complete an easy win for the visitors.
‘Carbs got us off to a flying start but we decided after a couple of overs to get Colesy in higher up the order and it paid off.
‘We’ve seen him strike the ball pretty consistently throughout the tournament but normally at the back end.
‘He struck the ball brilliantly and he can put the opposition under pressure when the boundaries are so small.
‘It was a great innings.’