Giles White believes Hampshire’s Friends Life t20 loss at Surrey will serve a useful purpose as he insisted: That was the wake-up call we needed.
The Royals manager saw his troops go down to a 38-run loss at The Oval as they suffered only their second defeat in 12 completed t20 matches this season.
But while the Royals were well below the high standards they have set for themselves in recent times, White feels it will be the reminder to his men that they cannot allow their performances to drop as they bid to defend their t20 crown.
White said: ‘Surrey played very well. They had a game plan and they executed it very well.
‘We didn’t put in as good a performance as we have been used to.
‘We were outplayed by a good Surrey side on the night.
‘But it’s a wake-up call in some ways.
‘We’ve played exceptionally well in this competition but we realise that we have to be at the top of our game to beat other sides.
‘There are a lot of good sides out there and we have to bring our A-game to the field every time.
‘It was all about the start with the bat.
‘When you lose four wickets in the first three overs, you are going to struggle to chase down a target of 150.
‘We needed a partnership and at the end, we weren’t that far off.
‘We just ran out of wickets and had we had one more partnership, we might have got close.’
The clatter of early wickets in chasing Surrey’s 151 for five left White’s men facing a huge task, with four of the top order back in the pavilion with just nine runs on the board.
But Shahid Afridi’s bright 36 – in his role as a pinch-hitting opener – was a positive, while Dimi Mascarenhas and Dominic Cork showed good form with the ball.
White said: ‘There were positives. Mascarenhas and Cork bowled well and they have gone under the radar a bit lately because of our spinners winning us games.
‘They perform consistently and Shahid showed some good form with the bat, which was good to see.
‘With Michael Lumb injured for around a month, we wanted to use Shahid up front. He’s a natural choice to open.
‘Liam (Dawson) came in and played nicely in his first game of the competition.’
But White is now looking ahead to tomorrow’s trip to Sussex to see his men get back to their previous levels of performance.
He said: ‘We’re just looking to win the next game. If someone plays outstandingly well and beats us then you can accept that.
‘But it’s when you don’t put in a good performance that you feel disappointed.
‘So we’re looking to put that right against Sussex.’