White: Pitch assessment cost Hampshire

Chris Wood. Picture: Neil Marshall
Chris Wood. Picture: Neil Marshall
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GILES WHITE felt Hampshire paid the price for failing to assess their situation quickly enough as their Natwest Blast T20 campaign was left hanging by a thread.

In difficult batting conditions, Hampshire were bowled out for just 116 – their third-lowest in t20 history.

And although they looked like they had dragged themselves back into the contest, they eventually went down by five wickets as Gloucestershire got home with eight balls to spare.

The club’s director of cricket said: ‘In hindsight, we were short of runs but not as short as we might have thought.

‘Looking back on it, we didn’t assess the wicket as quickly as we should have done.

‘The wicket was gripping and offering enough for the spinners and the seamers.

‘Maybe 140 might well have been a winning score.

‘If we had assessed the wicket better and earlier, we might have been in a strong position.

‘But where we were at 116, you rarely win a game unless you can take wickets all the way through.

‘It started off that way but they got a partnership in the middle and then it was tough to get over the line.

‘The new ball came on, the boys played well up front and we thought a higher score than 140 was necessary.

‘It was 160 a couple of days ago on the same wicket and it wasn’t enough.

‘Maybe batting second was a big advantage.

‘But we had to make the most of our situation and we weren’t good enough on the day.’

After their win over Surrey, may predicted an unchanged side.

But Hampshire opted to make two changes with young leg-spinner Mason Crane left out and Gareth Berg rested as Sean Terry and Chris Wood came in.

White said: ‘The pitch was suited to seam rather than spin and we wanted a bit of extra depth in the batting with Sean coming in.

‘Gareth Berg had a swollen knee so was just resting but it’s nothing serious.

‘Woody came in and it was a natural swap.’

And White insists the team’s fate is still in their own hands ahead of the final two fixtures.

He said: ‘It’s so tight. You look at the table and it changes from game to game because so many teams are in the mix.

‘It’s about going to Hove and getting the right result and then backing it up against Somerset.

‘It’s in our own hands, so we draw a line under this one.’