Dawson: We won’t take Gloucestershire threat lightly

Liam Dawson. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Liam Dawson warmed up for the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final and insisted: We won’t underestimate Gloucestershire.

The Hampshire all-rounder reckons his side have been guilty of taking the threat of the Bristol-based outfit too lightly in the past.

The Ageas Bowl team suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Gloucestershire in the group stages of the NatWest T20 Blast last month.

And last season they succumbed by 35 runs to the same side in the group stages of this competition.

A place in the last four of the 50-over tournament is up for grabs as Hampshire travel to Bristol for today’s clash (10.30am).

And Dawson is confident the chance to return to Lord’s for a showpiece final is something the visitors are determined not to pass up.

He said: ‘Gloucestershire are a well-drilled outfit and when we’ve been there before we’ve perhaps underestimated them a bit as a side.

‘That’s something we’re not going to do this time.

‘We know if we play well we should beat them.

‘And as long as we are on our game and put in a good performance we should do well.’

Hampshire have been triumphant in each of their past two Lord’s finals.

They defeated Sussex by six wickets in the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009 – with Dominic Cork (four for 41) putting in a match-winning display with the ball.

Three years later they returned to edge a thriller against Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

That day, with the scores tied, they were awarded the silverware on fewer wickets lost.

Dawson played in both fixtures and knows exactly how special a final at the home of cricket can be.

And he insists that is all the motivation Hampshire need to give their best at Bristol – ahead of their record sixth consecutive NatWest T20 Blast finals day at Edgbaston on Saturday.

‘There’s a Lord’s final on the line, which is an unbelievable day out,’ said the 25-year-old.

‘So we’ll make sure we are switched on and hopefully take some confidence heading into finals day at the weekend.’

Dawson heads Hampshire’s batting and bowling charts in the Royal London One-Day Cup this season.

He has scored 303 runs at an average of 75.75 and taken 14 wickets at a cost of 21.71 runs each.

Hampshire’s squad is unchanged from the one which travelled to Nottinghamshire for the final group fixture – which was ultimately washed out.

In addition to the 11 who started that game, Mason Crane, Joe Gatting and Gareth Berg make up the 14.

Hampshire: Michael Carberry, Jimmy Adams, Adam Wheater, James Vince, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, Will Smith, Joe Gatting, Gareth Berg, Chris Wood, Yasir Arafat, Danny Briggs, Mason Crane, Fidel Edwards