Adams: We’re ready for Scots battle

Dimi Mascarenhas is one of Hampshire's in-form players after his comeback performance against Notts last week    Picture: Neil Marshall
Dimi Mascarenhas is one of Hampshire's in-form players after his comeback performance against Notts last week Picture: Neil Marshall
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Jimmy Adams surveyed the visit of group underdogs Scotland and insisted: We won’t take them lightly.

The Hampshire skipper was left frustrated as yesterday’s trip to Surrey was abandoned after just eight overs of play.

But following the Royals’ first defeat of the CB40 campaign at home to Nottinghamshire on Thursday, they now have the chance to put that right against a Scotland side who shocked the Outlaws to beat them last month.

Adams is eager to get the Royals back into winning ways today but he does not believe they need to change too much from their efforts on their last outing at the Ageas Bowl.

He said: ‘I’m pleased with the way this team is performing.

‘We don’t need to change too much from what we’ve done already.

‘We will always look at perfecting our skills and execution but we played against a team the other day who didn’t do anything wrong. Sometimes that just happens,

‘I honestly don’t think we missed by that much but it’s very small margins in this game.

‘Going into this batch of three games, we were looking to win two of them and now we’ve lost one and one has been washed out.

‘So it makes the Scotland game even more important to get that win.

‘We never take any team lightly and we’ll be looking to put in another good performance.’

The Royals certainly have men in form at the moment and Adams is among them.

The skipper helped himself to a half-century in the defeat to Nottinghamshire. Michael Carberry and Sean Ervine also hit 50s, while Dimi Mascarenhas looked in good nick.

Adams said: ‘We’ve got guys playing well at the moment.

‘It’s good to have Dimi back, Sean is playing well and Carbs is striking the ball beautifully.

‘We always have good one-day wickets at the Ageas Bowl and there are usually lots of runs. As a batter, I’m not complaining.

‘Hopefully, it will be another good batting track.’

The club are offering the popular kids-for-a-quid promotion for today’s game with all under-16s gaining entry for just £1.

Adult tickets are £20 and concessions for over-60 and students are £15.

Meanwhile, as Hampshire’s efforts at forcing a result at The Oval were thwarted by the weather, they received some positive news from their incoming Friends Life t20 overseas player, Shahid Afridi, who came up with a match-winning display for Pakistan against Sri Lanka.

Afridi hit a 33-ball 52 not out and then picked up two wickets for 17 as he helped level the three-match series.

He is expected to miss the Royals’ first two t20 fixtures of the new campaign but will be one of three available overseas players alongside Simon Katich and Glenn Maxwell.