Vince: Hampshire are still on track

James Vince led his Hampshire troops at the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince led his Hampshire troops at the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jonny Bairstow, right, thanks skipper Eoin Morgan. Picture: Neil Marshall

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JAMES VINCE believes Hampshire are still right on track for a home quarter-final, despite their home loss to Sussex.

The Ageas Bowl outfit went down by seven wickets to their south coast neighbours to halt their charge towards top spot in the Natwest T20 Blast south group.

But the Hampshire skipper shrugged off the reverse and is still confident his side are on course to qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.

Vince said: ‘I think we are still in a good position and if we can get a couple of wins out of the next few games, we should hopefully be looking at a home quarter-final.

‘I think we have been playing well and there have been a lot of contributions from a lot of players.

‘We are not just relying on one or two guys and everyone is chipping in at different times.

‘Ideally, we would like to win every game but in reality that is not going to happen.

‘I think we did a lot of stuff well against Sussex. Maybe we were a couple of runs short at the halfway stage.

‘But we did as much with the ball as we could and we were sharp in the field but Craig Cachopa and Matt Machan played really well.

‘The wicket was a bit slow and it was quite hard to time the ball out there.

‘When the floodlights came on and the dew got on the pitch, it made it a bit easier so that helped them a bit more than it did us.’

Vince will now miss Hampshire’s Championship home clash with Somerset, which starts tomorrow, as he heads off for England duty in their t20 international clash with New Zealand.

He said: ‘I’m looking forward to it. I’m not sure what the team will be but I would love to be involved.

‘I’m not sure they will want to change the one-day team that much but if they call me up and want to have a look at me, then great.

‘Hopefully, the boys can do well without me.’