Vince eyes successive away wins

Hampshire vice-captain James Vince  Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire vice-captain James Vince Picture: Neil Marshall

Tom Alsop hit an unbeaten century. Picture: Neil Marshall

Tommy guns down the Spitfires

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James Vince challenged his Hampshire team-mates to secure back-to-back away victories in the County Championship at Derbyshire tomorrow (11am).

Vice-captain Vince played an integral part in the Ageas Bowl outfit’s eight-wicket win at Gloucestershire last week and is targeting a repeat performance from the early division two pacesetters.

A fluent first-innings century (144) and a composed second-innings knock of 58 not out – alongside Michael Carberry’s unbeaten 100 – ensured the visitors returned from Bristol on Wednesday with a 24-point haul.

The impressive result followed an opening-fixture draw with Worcestershire – and Vince is keen to keep the unbeaten run alive at Derbyshire’s 3aaa County Ground.

He said: ‘It was a good performance from everyone last week against Gloucestershire, and we’re looking forward to going to Derbyshire and trying to get another win on the board.

‘They’ll be a different opposition for us to face and a different wicket I would have thought.

‘I don’t know what wicket they will try to prepare – we will have to wait and see when we get up there and see what team they put out.

‘But, hopefully, we’ll match them and go one better and win the game.’

Vince was full of praise for team-mate Carberry and believes the England man’s timely ton at Gloucestershire proved his opening-day duck against Worcestershire has not played on his mind.

‘He (Carberry) played really well in the second innings,’ said Vince.

‘A couple of low scores early in the season can sometimes put you under pressure, but it was a really good innings to see us over the line.’

Adam Wheater is not included in Hampshire’s 13-man squad after injuring his hand during the victory over Gloucestershire.

Wheater is replaced by Michael Bates, with David Balcombe and Danny Briggs also returning, after failing to feature at Gloucestershire.

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