Ervine stays cool when it matters

Sean Ervine. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Sean Ervine. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Sean Ervine filled the shoes of Neil McKenzie to keep his cool and play a vital role in Hampshire’s extraordinary win at Nottinghamshire.

The long-serving Zimbabwean hit a blistering 39 from 24 balls at the venue where the diminutive South African batsman famously dragged Hampshire to victory two years ago.

And Ervine admitted he had cast his mind back to the 2012 success as he provided capable support to James Vince.

Ervine said: ‘You’ve got to take those games like the one in 2012, put them in your memory bank and feed off them when you come up to opportunities and big games like these.

‘We did that. A lot of guys panic in those situations but I have generally been quite calm under pressure.

‘I just knew I needed to get in and give Vincey the strike while I got myself in.

‘When James Franklin came on, we knew that was the time to kick on and it paid off for us.

‘I would have liked to have been in there at the end to see it off.

‘But I know my innings was important and it took the pressure off the guys coming in behind me.

‘We just about got it down to a run-a-ball.

‘When I got out I still middled it but I didn’t quite get the trajectory right!’

Ervine also admitted he played a part in keeping the skipper on an even keel as the tension increased.

He said: ‘Vincey’s knock was superb and he deserves every accolade that comes his way.

‘I’m hoping he will get England colours by the end of the season.

‘I was trying to keep him calm, to be honest.

‘We knew our areas where to score.

‘He played well. He hasn’t been in the greatest form but he got through that difficult period and played some wonderful cricket shots.’

Ervine, who came in facing a hat-trick ball from Ajmal Shahzad, said: ‘We just needed to steady the ship.

‘Glenn Maxwell went and then Jimmy Adams went the next ball but I didn’t even know he was on a hat-trick.

‘I just went out and played. But I’m delighted.’