Classy Vince makes most of let-off

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Skipper James Vince revealed he had given himself a ‘kick up the backside’ after his latest half-century guided Hampshire to Natwest T20 Blast success over Essex.

The in-form Hampshire talent struck his third consecutive fifty with an unbeaten 57 in a match-winning partnership with Owais Shah (50 not out) as the duo shared a 103-run partnership to seal an eight-wicket success.

Vince hit two sixes and four fours in his 47-ball knock, while Shah cracked three sixes and three fours in his 35-ball innings.

But as well as Vince played, he also knew he had enjoyed a slice of luck when he was dropped on just 23 when Tom Moore shelled an easy catch on the long-on boundary, having also survived a very difficult caught and bowled chance.

And the skipper suggested it was the extra focus he needed.

Vince said: ‘At the time you might be flowing along and if you give a chance like that, it kicks you up a gear.

‘You don’t feel like you are drifting but it certainly gives you a kick up the backside and gets you going again.

‘When it was in the air, I thought I was in big trouble but that happens.

‘In the run of form I am in at the moment, things like that go your way.

‘Hopefully it won’t go the other way but it could be later this year when things are not going my way and someone pulls off a good catch.

‘You just have to make the most of it when it is going your way.’

Vince is certainly growing into the captaincy with every match and he took the responsibility again to lead his team home with minimal fuss.

But Shah played his part against his former club, playing himself in and then unleashing some superb strokes.

The 35-year-old was initially signed on a three-match deal but will now stay on a match by match basis.

And Vince believes it would be foolish not to extend the former England man’s stay.

Vince said: ‘The way he is playing, it’s not really a tough decision.

‘He has been brilliant since he has come in.

‘He offers that experience as well as the runs he has been scoring so it’s been brilliant to have him on board.

‘It would be silly not to sign him.

‘It will be tough to pick the side when Glenn Maxwell arrives but we could lose Michael Carberry to the Test squad or something like that, so it’s nice to have that problem.

‘Owais is similar to Neil McKenzie and that’s what makes him so good.

‘He doesn’t panic after a few dot balls.

‘The wicket wasn’t that easy to bat on and it was a bit slower than it normally is here.

‘But to have that experience to get yourself in and then kick on is invaluable.’

Vince added: ‘I’m pleased with another good team performance.’