James Vince hoping to get Hampshire party started

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince insists there will be no celebrations until the Sussex result is in.

The Hampshire skipper watched as Michael Carberry (84 not out) and Will Smith (34 not out) eased his side to an eight-wicket success at Nottinghamshire today.

However, the Ageas Bowl outfit still need Yorkshire to beat Sussex to complete their escape from the clutches of County Championship division one relegation.

Sussex are under heavy pressure at Headingley.

They were 88 for five at lunch after champions Yorkshire had set them a target of 309 for victory.

But Vince knows his side can take nothing for granted on a nailbiting final day of the Championship summer.

The skipper said: ‘We’re obviously delighted to win this game but we can’t celebrate properly until we know what’s happened at Headingley.

‘All we could do was get the result here and we’ve done that.

‘We’ve played some really good cricket in the last few weeks, I think we’ve got the balance of our side right and that will stand us in good stead for next season.

‘Fidel Edwards has been outstanding.

‘On a flat pitch like this one, having someone like him who can get wickets makes a big difference.’

Carberry, who looked in sublime touch as he signed off his summer with a superb innings, echoed Vince’s praise for the bowlers.

Fidel Edwards led them brilliantly, with match figures of 10 for 145 at Trent Bridge this week.

‘I think that’s a great win to come here and beat Notts,’ said Carberry.

‘I thought the bowlers put in a monumental effort to bowl them out yesterday to get us back in it and then myself and Jim (Jimmy Adams) got stuck in last night.

‘It was tough first up this morning but we toughed it out and then obviously it got easier late on.’