Skipper’s delight at Hampshire progress

Sean Ervine celebrates with James Vince Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Sean Ervine celebrates with James Vince Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Hampshire skipper James Vince has set his sights on a third t20 title after guiding his team to finals day yet again.

The captain fired his team into the semi-finals at Edgbaston with a brilliant 107 not out – his first t20 century – with another match-winning quarter-final knock.

After his outstanding innings against Nottinghamshire 12 months ago, Vince proved once again he is a batsman for the big occasion.

But he is now looking to find a similar performance later in the month as Hampshire go hunting their third title in the shortest format of the game.

Vince said: ‘It means a lot getting through to finals day.

‘It’s good fun and it’s a day you don’t want to miss out on as a county cricketer.

‘Hopefully, we can go one better this year and win it but it’s nice to be there again.

‘We’ve been there for the past couple of years and haven’t got through the semis so it’s a big aim to go there looking to win it.

‘Obviously we are delighted to get there again.

‘It’s a great day and one as a county team, you don’t want to miss out on.

‘It’s nice to contribute to the team winning and always nice to do it in big games like this.

‘Getting a century was not a massive barrier for me.

‘If we are winning games and I am getting into the 90s, I don’t mind.

‘But it was extra nice to get to three figures though.

‘All the batters around me came in and scored quickly so it was a great effort all round.’

It made something of a mockery of the scheduling that bad light was even a factor as the New Road venue does not have floodlights.

And although it was a slight anti-climax to the game with an early conclusion, Vince insisted he had no complaints.

He said: ‘We didn’t mind too much in the end.

‘It was pretty dark even at the start.

‘It was hard for them to chase a score like that but it was a decent pitch.

‘They’ve got Moeen Ali and few dangerous players but the bowlers came out and did a great job for us.

‘It was getting dark and starting at 5.30pm was probably not ideal. Then Woody has taken one on the nose. It looks like he’s had a few rounds with Mike Tyson.

‘So I think it was the right call in the end for the umpires to call it off.

‘We were ahead on Duckworth-Lewis so we deserve to win.

‘Now we’re looking forward to finals day.’