Vince calls for hero to save season

James Vince hits out on his way to making 58 against Northants

James Vince hits out on his way to making 58 against Northants

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James Vince believes Hampshire are looking for one individual performance to turn their season around as he said: One of us needs to step up.

The 20-year-old top scored with 58 in Hampshire’s latest defeat – a seven-wicket thrashing by in-form Northamptonshire in the CB40 match at the Rose Bowl last night.

While manager Giles White and captain Dominic Cork were attempting to find the reasons on what has gone wrong with the county’s season in a post-match meeting, Vince was asked to address the media.

And the talented batsman did not try to disguise the fact that Hampshire simply aren’t at the races at the moment and need something special to change the complexion of a campaign that is going nowhere fast.

Vince said: ‘We need an individual performance that will get everyone going.

‘We’ve got the players in the changing room who are capable of doing it but it’s just a case of someone doing it.

‘It’s obviously frustrating to lose another game but we’re giving it our all.

‘We’re training hard and everyone is doing the right things so, hopefully, it will turn.’

The Royals players had a team meeting in the aftermath of a game which looked destined for defeat long before the result was confirmed.

And while Vince would not divulge exactly what was said, it doesn’t take an expert to tell you that there was precious little back slapping going on.

Vince said: ‘We had a chat in the changing room and when you lose a game, nobody is happy in the changing room.

‘But there were no raised voices. It’s about assessing your own performance and moving on from there.’

While Hampshire’s batsmen enjoyed very little fortune, Northamptonshire’s match-winner Niall O’Brien showed what can happen when you’re in form and luck is on your side with several lofted shots landing between fielders on his way to 121.

Vince said: ‘He took a few risks but he’s obviously playing with confidence and luck was on his side so fair play to him.

‘It was a fairly slow wicket but we got off to a decent start and then got stuck in the middle and lost a few wickets in a hurry.

‘We just didn’t quite get enough runs on the board and then a good innings from Niall O’Brien won them the game.

‘We could have had him out on several occasions but the ball was dropping in gaps.

‘It’s frustrating when it happens. But all you can do is keep doing what you’re doing and hope the luck turns for us.’

Hampshire now face a trip to Surrey tomorrow at Whitgift School, Croydon as their CB40 hopes hang by a thread.

Vince said: ‘It’s not ideal to lose three out of the first four games but we’ve still got time to turn it around.

‘Every game is a cup final now and we need to win every game we play.’

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