HAMPSHIRE opener Jimmy Adams says winning today’s CB40 match with Durham would be the perfect way to prepare for next month’s t20 quarter-final clash between the two sides.
After topping the south group of the 20-over competition, the Royals have landed a home tie against the Dynamos, with a place at Edgbaston finals day the reward for the winner.
Before that, the north-east side visit the Rose Bowl this evening, chasing a place in the CB40 last four.
Targeting the top-two spots in Group B to keep their hopes of glory alive, Durham currently sit third and seemingly have more to play for than Hants, who have won just once in the competition this summer.
Despite that, Adams believes a win for the hosts would be the ideal way to prepare for the t20 ‘rematch’ on Sunday, August 7.
He said: ‘It would be fantastic to get one over on Durham as a precursor to the quarters of the t20.
‘They’ve got some potential match-winners in their side, so it will be a tough test, but I think it will be a good test for us.
‘If we come out with the right result, it should give us a little boost ahead of that t20 match.
‘I don’t know if you can read too much into it with regards to the quarter-final or not, but you’d definitely prefer to go into it having won a couple of weeks earlier than the other way round.’
Adams, who hit a quick-fire 50 in Sunday’s washed-out CB40 encounter at Leicester, also feels that confidence-boosting victories in the competition over the second half of the summer could have a massive bearing on the Royals’ t20 and County Championship hopes.
‘Every game you play, you want to come out on the right side of,’ said Adams.
‘In terms of this competition I think I’m right in saying that our chances of winning it are pretty much gone.
‘But it’s still vitally important that we keep picking up good results.
‘We’ve still got a lot to play for Championship-wise as we try to get ourselves out of a hole, and we desperately want to maintain some form in limited-overs for the t20 quarter-finals that are coming up.’
‘The season is probably only just gone halfway, so there’s still a long way to go.’
Adams added: ‘First of all, we want some decent weather after playing just 14 overs at Grace Road. The guys will be looking forward to it and raring to go after sitting on their backsides most of Sunday.
‘It will be great to get out there, have a run around, score some runs and take some wickets.’