Adams: We’ve blown away the cobwebs

Jimmy Adams
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Jimmy Adams believes Hampshire can dust themselves off from their finals day misery to end the season on a high.

The skipper was the only batsman to shine at Edgbaston last weekend with a half-century as the team crumbled to a semi-final defeat to Lancashire.

But the attention turns back to the four-day game tomorrow as Hampshire host Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl with a promotion place still very much up for grabs.

While Adams admits it has taken time for the players to shake off the disappointment, he is confident the troops will be ready for the final push to return to County Championship division one next season.

Adams said: ‘It was a big disappointment and a real shame we just didn’t perform as well as we know we can.

‘It has taken us a while to get it out of our system, I think.

‘You could tell there were a few cobwebs when we had our first training session earlier this week.

‘But we seem to have blown those away now and we are ready to finish the job in terms of getting promotion from the Championship.

‘The season is far from finished just because of that one bad result.

‘We’ve still got a lot to play for and we haven’t been in this position in the Championship for a few seasons.

‘We can’t mope around or lick our wounds.

‘What’s done is done. We have to move on and get ourselves back on track.’

Hampshire are expected to name an unchanged team from their victory at Kent last time out as they bid to cement a place in the top two and confirm their return to the top flight.

With three games remaining, two wins would guarantee promotion but one win could yet be enough.

Imran Tahir – who has been lined up to return as an overseas player in the absence of Kyle Abbott – is due to arrive in time for the penultimate fixture in his short stint back at the county.

But seamer Basil Akram has been named in the 12-man squad again as bowling cover, depending on the pitch.

Adams has been pleased with his side’s efforts in the Championship over the course of the season and is determined to ensure the opportunity will not pass them by.

He said: ‘We have worked hard to get ourselves into this position.

‘We’ve played a good standard of cricket and now we need to find another good performance against Leicestershire.’