Giles White has refused to write off Hampshire’s promotion hopes despite their humbling by Gloucestershire.
The Hampshire manager saw his charges beaten by 198 runs with both sides forfeiting an innings to create a chance for a win after the first day’s play was washed out.
With Hampshire set 411 to win with more than five sessions to play, a good batting display would have given them a chance.
But after they were bowled out for 212, White admitted his players need to step things up if they hope to maintain any hopes of success in County Championship division two this season.
He said: ‘I still think there is a chance of getting promoted – absolutely.
‘The nature of the competition is that if you get over the line and win a game like that, you are off and running again.
‘That’s why we put ourselves in these positions to win games and it was worth a risk.
‘If you win, you get 16 points. If you draw, you get three points so you might as well forego three points to try to win 16.
‘If you get on the right side of a couple of those games, in no time you will find yourselves in the top block.
‘Last year we were still in there until the last few weeks of the season.
‘Yes, we are behind the eight ball at this stage but it is the midway point.
‘We have still got the second half of the season to come.
‘Back-to-back wins in this competition can make a huge difference.
‘But we’ve got to up our game – there is no doubt about that.’
Hampshire look out of sorts in the four-day game at the moment and while it’s hard to identify exactly what is missing, they don’t look confident or a side that is used to winning Championship games.
White said: ‘It just takes a bit of momentum and some good individual performances.
‘I don’t see it being too long until we get that win and get some momentum again.
‘I think you always need a spark when you aren’t winning games.
‘Whether that’s an individual performance or not, the team ethic shines through underneath that.
‘It was a disappointing two days for us. We felt that chasing 410 was achievable if we batted well.
‘But we weren’t able to do that.
‘We weren’t at our best with the bat or ball in this game and that has shown with the result but I think you have to give credit to the opposition as well.
‘Now we’ve got to dust ourselves off and go again.’