Hampshire ride momentum for Lancashire clash

James Vince. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
James Vince. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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James Vince is looking for Hampshire to continue their momentum in their Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl today (2pm).

With the two clubs drawn to face each other in the semi-finals at the Natwest T20 Blast finals day later this month, it will be an opportunity to strike a psychological blow in the 50-over competition.

But more importantly, the skipper – who struck a fabulous unbeaten century in the t20 quarter-final win at Worcestershire on Friday night – believes his side have formed a winning habit at a crucial point in the campaign.

A win will also ensure Hampshire progress to the quarter-finals with four wins out of six in the competition so far.

Vince said: ‘The last two weeks have been brilliant – the lads have been superb and we’ve gathered momentum in all three formats.

‘We’ve got two big games coming up this week and hopefully we can get a couple of wins there and that can get us to another quarter-final, then we’ll be in a good place for the last month.

‘It was a great all-round performance from the boys on Friday and the confidence is growing.

‘We just need to keep it going now.’

Sean Ervine returns to the squad and is in line for his first 50-over appearance of the season after recovering from a fractured finger that saw him sidelined for two months.

The Zimbabwean was back in the ranks at New Road and his experience and ability is a welcome addition.

He is named in a 14-man squad but Hampshire look set to make changes to that side.

Talented leg-spinner Mason Crane seems the most likely to earn a recall of the four players who missed out at Worcestershire, while Jimmy Adams could also be back in the side.

As part of a new ‘Kids Go Free’ initiative, all under-17s are able to attend the fixture free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

Meanwhile, the t20 finals day on Saturday August 29 will see Hampshire in action in the second semi-final (2.30pm) after Northants go up against defending champions and home favourites Birmingham Bears (11am).