Winning breeds confidence for Hampshire skipper

James Vince, above, feels he is growing into the role of Hampshire t20 captain Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
James Vince, above, feels he is growing into the role of Hampshire t20 captain Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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James Vince believes his confidence is growing as a captain after claiming his first Hampshire victory.

The 23-year-old took over from Dimi Mascarenhas to lead the club’s t20 challenge this summer.

But after defeat in his first match at the helm against Glamorgan last week, Vince hit back with the perfect response as he led Hampshire to an 18-run win at local rivals Sussex.

While he looked calm and in control in the field as the game got tense during the latter stages, it was his batting that was the highlight once again as he blitzed a tremendous 52 in Hampshire’s 177 for five.

And Vince feels he is becoming more and more comfortable as the t20 leader ahead of tomorrow’s t20 trip to Middlesex.

He said: ‘When we are batting, it’s the same approach. I just try to concentrate on my batting when I’m out there.

‘In the field, it’s good and it’s enjoyable.

‘I will keep learning all the way through this competition, I would have thought.

‘It’s only my second game but I’m already feeling more comfortable doing it.

‘I definitely feel like I am growing into the job now.

‘With every game I do it, I become more confident and hopefully when we wrap up a few more wins, the boys will have more confidence in me.’

It’s also noticeable that Vince is keen to make his own decisions, making the correct call on giving 17-year-old debutant Brad Taylor just one over after the bowler went for an expensive 16 runs.

The young spinner will get another chance in due course, but it was wise that Vince instead turned to Will Smith for his second spin option.

Vince said: ‘When it gets close, it’s easy for everyone to have an opinion.

‘But there is more than one way to the answer so there are a couple of senior guys I will go to if I need to do that.

‘Generally, it’s been pretty good.

‘I knew who was going to bowl which over towards the end.

‘But when Smudge (Smith) got that second wicket, it meant that I could use Briggsy. It was a crucial wicket for us.

‘If we had bowled first, it would have been a bit easier to get Brad Taylor on again.

‘But he’s a young lad and with the pressure on, I went with the experience this time.’

Vince felt Hampshire’s flying start to their innings played a major part in the win.

And he remained confident, even when Sussex stayed in the hunt well into their reply.

He said: ‘I think you are always in the game with a big total like that to defend.

‘We were confident going out to field but they got off a good start.

‘But we always knew that a couple of wickets would peg it right back.

‘We identified that the powerplay was going to be crucial and it was the best time to score when the field was in.

‘Myself and Jimmy (Adams) played well in those first six overs.

‘But I was proud of the win and it was a very good team effort.

‘Sussex have started the competition well and we lost at home in our first game.

‘But it was really encouraging that we bounced back with a good win.

‘Now we’ll go again and hopefully we can pick up another win at Middlesex.’