Mascarenhas is not finished yet

Dimi Mascarenhas.  Picture: Neil Marshall
Dimi Mascarenhas. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Giles White has told Dimi Mascarenhas: You’re not finished yet.

The long-serving Hampshire all-rounder was crestfallen on Saturday after the Royals’ semi-final loss to Surrey in the Friends Life t20.

But the team are back in action today with a Yorkshire Bank 40 encounter at Lancashire.

It’s a chance to seal their place in the semi-finals of the competition they won at Lord’s last year.

The Royals, though, will be without at least four players who played at Edgbaston, with Michael Carberry, James Vince and Danny Briggs on England Lions duty and Sohail Tanvir’s spell at the club now finished.

But the Hampshire manager is hopeful the defeat in the t20 will spur his side on towards defending their 40-over title.

And he believes Mascarenhas – who retires at the end of the season – still has a major role to play in that.

White said: ‘We have to move on from that defeat quickly.

‘We’ve got important games coming up in the YB40 and that gives us another chance at some silverware. This might just be the motivation we need to get over the line next time.

‘Dimi has been outstanding and has been one of this county’s greatest players.

‘It was a shame we couldn’t get the win in his final t20 game for us.

‘He has been great to work with as captain.

‘I was lucky enough to play alongside him in his first game and I was there in his last game in that format.

‘We will wish him all the best when the time is right but he has still got some important work to do this season.

‘He has still got a huge part to play this year.

‘He is a big character and he continues to be a wonderful player.

‘So we will get the last few performances out of him before he finishes – there is still a bit to come!’

Hampshire rode a wave of momentum last season when they claimed the t20 crown at Cardiff and then marched on to seal the double at Lord’s a few weeks later.

There could be fears it may work the opposite way this time after the disappointment of Edgbaston.

But White is confident there will be no hangover.

He feels the players will manage to quickly put the t20 defeat behind them.

‘We have to take that and move on because we still have plenty to play for this season,’ said White.

‘They are a good bunch of players and they will come back strongly.

‘I see no reason why we shouldn’t play more good one-day cricket from here on in.

‘That’s the way we have played all year and I think we’ve been outstanding.

‘I would hope that we can continue to put in good performances for the rest of the year.

‘If we play well, with our ability, we have got a real chance in the YB40.

‘As long as we keep putting in 100 per cent and keep working as hard as we have, we are a very good team and an intelligent team.

‘There is great camaraderie in this team, win or lose.

‘Hopefully we will see that again over the coming weeks.’