All-rounder ready to go again in Kent

Liam Dawson. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson. Picture: Neil Marshall
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LIAM DAWSON believes his brief loan spell at Essex left him feeling refreshed.

The 25-year-old all-rounder was deemed surplus to requirements recently and was allowed to join the Chelmsford outfit.

But he was soon recalled and turned in a fine all-round display in Monday’s Royal London One Day Cup success over Sussex.

He hit 73 not out with the bat in Hampshire’s impressive total of 343 for six.

Dawson then picked up career best figures of six for 47 with the ball as Sussex were bowled out for 256 to seal a victory by 87 runs.

Now Dawson and his team-mates will attempt to make it two wins out of two at Kent to extend their flying start to a competition where they were dismal last season.

And the all-rounder is full of confidence for today’s trip to Canterbury (2pm).

Dawson said: ‘I enjoyed it for the couple of weeks I was there at Essex.

‘It was refreshing and I did pretty well there.

‘It helps wherever you play.

‘If you are playing cricket, that’s how you improve and that’s the main thing.

‘I love playing one-day cricket. I think I am more suited to that than four-day cricket.

‘I still haven’t hit my straps in four-day cricket and I will be the first to admit that.

‘But in one-day cricket, I will back myself against anyone with bat and ball.

‘Thankfully I have been able to show that against Sussex and now we will be looking to perform again at Canterbury.’

Dawson has also tipped his fellow spinners Mason Crane and Danny Briggs to play their part as the competition progresses.

He said: ‘We have got two out-and-out spinners in Briggsy and Mason, while I am playing as an all-rounder.

‘It adds that balance to the team but on another day it will be their turn to get the wickets. It was me against Sussex and I enjoyed it.’

n Hampshire’s Natwest T20 Blast quarter-final trip to Worcestershire will take place on August 14 (5.30pm).