Ervine: We can make a late push

Sean Ervine. Picture: Neil Marshall
Sean Ervine. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Sean Ervine believes Hampshire can still mount a late Championship promotion push as they switch back to the four-day game today.

After completing their Friends Life t20 South Group fixtures with victory over Middlesex on Wednesday, Giles White’s men host Glamorgan in Championship division two.

They must win to keep alive their hopes of securing promotion back to the top flight.

Ervine believes teams will be looking to chase victories that little bit harder as the season takes shape.

The Hampshire ace, who hit a match-winning 60 not out in the win over Middlesex, said: ‘We know we need a win.

‘We need to try to catch up as much as we can.

‘Northants and Lancashire have sort of gone away from the rest of the group, but you never know.

‘We put in a good performance against Kent. Although it was a draw, it was a pretty good performance.

‘We have to win this game, regardless.

‘I think all the teams, bar Northants and Lancs, know that, so it’s up to everyone to try to close the gap and hopefully it will be more exciting cricket.

‘Everyone knows there needs to be results, so maybe that sets up a few games.’

It’s a quick switch to the four-day style of cricket for Hampshire – a format where they have not been able to match their success in limited overs so far this term.

But Ervine is sure they can make the transition again as they attempt to make up the ground on the leaders in the division.

He said: ‘It is difficult, but we’ve done this so many times now – four-day games, one-day games, t20s.

‘In this campaign we had a four-day game on the back of two t20s.

‘It is different but we’re all well experienced enough to know the difference and prepare equally.’