Hampshire return to County Championship action tomorrow when Essex visit the Ageas Bowl for a crunch division two encounter.
Just six points off second spot with two matches remaining, Jimmy Adams’ men then complete their campaign at champions-elect Derbyshire next week.
And the skipper has called on his side to keep their promotion hopes alive with a win on home turf.
‘We’re still in with a sniff,’ he said.
‘Two wins would obviously be ideal but with a win and a good draw we’ll be pushing hard.
‘It’s a big game against Essex and we need a result.
‘If we get a win, it puts pressure on the other teams around us going into that last round of matches.
‘We had a good result against them last time but every team we’ve played in the four-dayers this year have been tough.
‘We’ve got to push really hard – we don’t want to go into that last game having to dominate it because Derby are already up there.
‘It’s another big week.’