Will Smith believes Hampshire are into ‘must-win territory’ if they are to stand any chance of progression in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
A heavy downpour at the Ageas Bowl put paid to any hopes of a positive result against Northamptonshire yesterday, after the home side had posted a disappointing 249 all out in the 49th over.
Smith top-scored with 59, while Sean Terry – promoted to open the innings alongside Michael Carberry – struck a second successive half-century (53) as he produced another encouraging knock.
But another mid-innings collapse cost Hampshire all hope of a big total as they went from 189 for three to 196 for six in the blink of an eye.
Smith, however, felt his side would have claimed the win and believes nothing but victory will do against Worcestershire on Monday at the Ageas Bowl.
‘I think we could have defended that score,’ said Smith.
‘It’s a shame the weather intervened.
‘We are probably into must-win territory, which is where we like to be.
‘If you look at the t20, we thought we had to win the last two games in that.
‘It worked out so it might not be a bad thing that every game is must-win for us in this competition now.
‘It’s obviously not what we planned for but when we turn up on the day knowing we have to win, everybody seems to raise their performance by 10-15 per cent, which might help.
‘I think the game against Worcestershire on Monday has to be a must-win.
‘I think we would be struggling to qualify if we don’t win that one.
‘It might not be the case, but we have to approach it like that.’
Smith admitted that Hampshire have struggled to adjust to the new format during a poor opening to the competition, with three defeats from their first five games.
And he believes the batsmen are not making the match-winning scores that are required.
‘We’ve not been quick to appreciate the fact that 50 overs is a very long time,’ added Smith.
‘We’ve only got the one hundred in the competition, which was a phenomenal innings from Glenn Maxwell up at Lancashire. Ideally, you need someone scoring a century in every game and everyone else chipping in.
‘Scoring 50 or 60 is disappointing but it also shows that people are playing well.’