Hampshire: James Vince takes reins after penning new contract

James Vince Picture; Neil Marshall
James Vince Picture; Neil Marshall
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James Vince penned a new four-year deal and then revealed his pride at becoming Hampshire captain.

And now the 24-year-old is targeting more trophies.

Vince put pen to paper on a long-term contract extension at the Ageas Bowl yesterday.

He was rewarded with the captaincy following Jimmy Adams’ decision to step down.

Vince’s new deal will take him up until the end of the 2019 campaign.

He said: ‘I’m delighted to have this opportunity to become club captain.

‘I really enjoyed the taste of it I had this year and I feel I’ve got much more to offer.

‘Year in, year out, we compete in limited-overs competitions.

‘I’m hoping we can go on to win trophies over the next few years and challenge at the top of the Championship, which I feel we are more than capable of doing.

‘I am very grateful to Hampshire for giving me opportunities at a young age and it’s a great feeling to have signed to the club for the next four years.’

Vince takes the reins from Jimmy Adams, who officially stepped down this week.

The batsman is no stranger to the role, though, having skippered the NatWest T20 Blast side for the past two seasons and the Royal London One-Day Cup team this summer.

The England Lions skipper also stepped in as captain of the four-day team in July – as Adams attempted to find his form in Hampshire’s fight for survival in division one.

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove said: ‘James has developed into a genuinely gifted and creative captain and has demonstrated a maturity well beyond his years.

‘I am thrilled another graduate of our superb academy has emerged with the characteristics required to fulfil the role of club captain.

‘His commitment is absolute and he has further demonstrated this by entering a long term contract with the club.

‘Following in the footsteps of some quite outstanding players and men, James understands the heritage and the values of this club.

‘I have every confidence that, in time, he will rank equally among the best of his predecessors.

‘I am sure all Hampshire supporters will join myself and the board of directors in wishing James every success in his new role.’

Born in Sussex but raised in Wiltshire, Vince worked his way through Hampshire’s junior ranks before making his second team debut in 2007.

Two years later he played his first matches for the senior side before becoming a regular in 2010.

Vince has played a key role in all formats ever since.

He was an ever-present in Hampshire’s limited overs triumphs in 2010 and 2012 and finished the 2013 and 2014 campaigns as the club’s leading runs-scorer in the Championship.

Vince has scored 6,379 first-class runs at an average of 41.15.

The right-hander has notched 17 centuries, including one for the Lions, and has a career best of 240.

He has also racked up 4,781 runs in limited-overs games.

Vince, who was awarded with his first full England call up at the end of April, will spend the winter skippering the Lions team in a five-match T20 series against Pakistan A in the UAE in December.

Prior to that he will link up with the England side for their T20 clashes with Pakistan at the end of November.