Hampshire must find a new hero

Neil McKenzie. Picture: Neil Marshall
Neil McKenzie. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire must find another Trent Bridge hero for tomorrow’s t20 shootout for a place at finals day.

Neil McKenzie played perhaps his most outstanding innings for the side with a superb match-winning 79 not out in a thrilling run-chase in 2012.

After Nottinghamshire had posted 178 for seven, Hampshire were in huge trouble at 78 for five until the unflappable South African held the innings together and then dragged his team to victory.

But since McKenzie called time on his Hampshire career at the end of last term, coach Dale Benkenstein knows someone else needs to stand up this time.

He said: ‘I know all about that game but we all know Macca left quite a big hole.

‘He stabilised things and he was the consistent performer in the team.

‘A lot of the guys who are still here have done it on different occasions.

‘He was one guy who kept doing it.

‘People have learnt from him but they need to step up and fill that hole.’

Nottinghamshire’s Riki Wessels has been their main man in this season’s competition with 408 runs but they have quality throughout their ranks.

And the Outlaws will surely remember what happened in the last meeting between the sides.

Benkenstein said: ‘They are a quality side but so are we.

‘It will come down to some big moments.’