Hampshire ready for decisive clash

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Hampshire can still take their place in the last eight of the Royal London One-Day Cup – according to Adam Wheater.

The wicketkeeper found himself on the losing side in the defeat to Lancashire, despite a brilliant century.

And it means the Ageas Bowl outfit will only be certain of a place in the quarter-finals with victory in tomorrow’s showdown at Trent Bridge

But Wheater remains upbeat on his team’s chances.

He said: ‘Now we know we have to win at Notts.

‘There is a little bit of a trend and we like to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.

‘Ideally, we would have liked to have been guaranteed a quarter-final place before that game because Notts is not an easy place to go and win.

‘But it is what it is and we have to go there and win.

‘We still have to be confident of going through.

‘We have got a serious one-day team.’

The former Essex man believes Hampshire let their opportunity for victory slip when they allowed Lancashire a late flurry.

He said: ‘If we’re being honest with ourselves, 300 was a very good score on a used wicket at the halfway point.

‘It was probably 20 runs too many and it almost proved our thoughts right at the end of the game.

‘We got close but not close enough.

‘It’s the second time I’ve got a hundred for Hampshire and been on the losing side so maybe I should chip one to cover for nought next time and let the other guys win the game.’

And while it was a daunting prospect to chase an imposing score, Hampshire were still in with a hunt with 10 overs remaining.

Wheater said: ‘It was a lot to get but we working in partnerships and we wanted to get it down to eight runs per over from the last 10.

‘We got to that point and we were in with a sniff but it didn’t quite go our way.

‘The guys found later on that getting in on that wicket was very hard work.’

Wheater revealed he had also felt sorry for opposite number Alex Davies, who failed to dismiss him with two stumping opportunities.

The Hampshire star said: ‘I think I might have been the only bloke on the field that felt sorry for him.

‘I knew exactly what he was going through.

‘What can you say? As a wicketkeeper, you always know you are not far away from a missed stumping yourself.

‘They won the game so it didn’t cost them too much.’