Vince feels rhythm again

James Vince struck 66 against Kent. Picture: LMI Photography
James Vince struck 66 against Kent. Picture: LMI Photography
James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (170455-8793)

Vince relishing ‘second chance’

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James Vince feels like he has rediscovered some of his missing rhythm.

The Hampshire t20 skipper blazed a superb 66 but ended up on the losing side in last week’s home defeat to Kent.

Vince struck 10 fours and two sixes in just 43 balls and looked in supreme form before he holed out on the boundary going for another maximum.

After a patchy opening to the season in the longer form of the game, Vince admits he was missing some of his usual fluency.

But there were real signs it is on its way back last week.

And he is keen to continue his resurgence at Glamorgan in the latest Natwest T20 Blast encounter tonight.

Vince said: ‘I spent some good time in the middle towards the end of the last four-day game against Middlesex and it felt like I was starting to get some rhythm back with the bat.

‘The nature of t20 is that it frees you up to go out and hit a few boundaries.

‘It felt like I timed it well against Kent and I was doing that in the first game as well, even though I hit a couple of fielders.

‘It was just disappointing to get out when I did. But whenever you do get out, you always think you should have got more.

‘We were decent with the bat again last week but we need to be a bit sharper in the field than we were against Kent.’

Hampshire are expected to be unchanged with Jackson Bird still not fully fit.

And after Alex Blake’s unbeaten 71 from just 30 balls saw Kent produce a thrilling fightback to claim victory, director of cricket Giles White felt it should not take away from a decent display from the team.

White said: ‘After performing well for a good 75 per cent of last week’s game, an exceptional innings took it away from us.

‘But going into the next game it will be important to build some momentum going forward from that.’