Adams: We want Kent revenge

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Jimmy Adams is on the look-out for some instant revenge as Hampshire travel to Kent this evening.

The Royals batsman was in the side that crashed to a shock defeat against the previously winless Spitfires eight days ago.

With Hampshire looking in fine form and well positioned at the midway point of the game, their batsmen crumbled and failed to get the job done as they crashed to defeat by eight runs.

But Giles White’s men learned their lesson quickly and delivered a clinical performance in the win over Essex on Friday – a result that booked their place in the quarter-finals for the fifth year running.

Now the priority is to secure a home draw for the last eight and put Kent back in their place.

Adams said: ‘Kent have found a bit of form.

‘They have got some dangerous players but we do feel we did a lot of the running in that game and should have really seen it through.

‘Hopefully we can exact a bit of revenge on them and that goes some way to that home quarter-final.

‘We know we had a blip against Kent and we were disappointed with that because we did a lot of the hard work and weren’t able to get over the line. But against Essex we did the hard work and managed to get over the line, so that was great.’

There was a definite added competitive edge to Hampshire’s display against the Eagles as they successfully chased down a big total.

It bodes well that the Royals have seemingly stepped up a gear ahead of the final games in the group phase and the forthcoming knockout fixtures.

Adams said: ‘After the Kent game, we spoke about how we struggled to get ahead in the powerplay – which then made it tough in the middle overs.

‘So we were keen to at least be on par against Essex or to get ourselves ahead and we managed to do that.

‘Chasing a big total means you have to go out with a positive attitude – there are no two ways about it.

‘But if you have got that momentum after the powerplay, it makes life a fair bit easier for the rest of the innings and the rest of us coming in.’

It was Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie who led the way once again in the Essex win and Adams is keen to play his part, rather than becoming too reliant on the same players in every game.

Adams said: ‘Those guys have done brilliantly for us so far but we all want to do our bit.

‘I’ve been very lucky coming in at number three.

‘Carbs has had so many great starts and batted fantastically well throughout this competition and long may that continue.

‘And James Vince has done it with him, although he has probably not had the returns he would like.

‘Together they have had some great partnerships and that is credit to them.

‘But I am feeling in good nick myself.

‘It’s just the nature of t20 cricket that you have to score runs and do it quickly.

‘You don’t really get a chance to take too long to play yourself in.

‘But one of the good things about this side is we have a few people who can win us a game on their day.

‘We bat a long way down and every one of us can win games.’