Three is the magic number for White in new trophy hunt

First-team manager Giles White
First-team manager Giles White
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Giles White has targeted a third major trophy in three years as his side prepare to hit the new campaign trail.

The affable Hampshire manager succeeded Paul Terry late in the 2008 season and enjoyed a Lord’s triumph in the 50-over competition in 2009 and then followed that with a memorable t20 victory last term.

While White is after a third piece of silverware, the County Championship remains the top prize in the domestic game.

White said: ‘It would be nice to win another trophy but you start every season with a clean slate and we need to play good cricket.

‘That’s all you can say at the start of every season.

‘They are all there to go for but the Championship is one we haven’t perhaps competed for in the past few years.

‘It’s something we’ve got our eye on to make sure we are up there to challenge this year.’

While injuries took their toll last season and robbed Hampshire of half of their first-choice team at times, White is aware his squad will be tested once again and his young stars could once more get their chance.

He said: ‘You need some early form and a bit of luck with fitness to get the right players out on the pitch but of course, we’ve got a chance.

‘You need fit bowlers but if we can get the right side out and get on a bit of a roll, we’ll see where that takes us.

‘We’ve got players who stepped up last year and performed really well so we know we have quality players throughout the squad.’