Spirit the key as Hampshire bid to repeat feat

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Giles White believes Hampshire must rediscover the team spirit that lifted them to t20 success last season if they are to repeat their heroics.

The Hampshire manager steered his side to glory on their own turf last term for their maiden t20 silverware.

And it was against the odds as he saw injuries deprive him of around half of a first-choice side.

On paper, his resources look much stronger this time around.

But he has identified the spirit and togetherness as the secret to their success.

White said: ‘The spirit of the team was key last year. We stuck together through tough times.

‘We played with confidence and that was built up over the tournament.

‘Dominic Cork led very well last year and we will be looking for more of the same from him.

‘We haven’t performed as well as we know we can this season so this is a fresh competition for us to embrace and really kick-start everything.’

Last week’s 10-wicket humbling by Lancashire in the Championship clash summed up the start to the season that has yielded just one win in any form of the game so far.

But White is determined to draw a line under what has already happened as they start their defence – albeit with a two-point deduction in the southern group as punishment for a below-standard Rose Bowl pitch last season.

White said: ‘We are a good side and a feared side.

‘We’ve got some good players and if we play to our potential, we will give ourselves a good chance to qualify and that’s the main thing.

‘Once you get to the knockout stages, it’s about momentum. We had that last year at the end going into finals day and we need to find that from somewhere.

‘If we do find it, we’ve got every chance of having a good run in the competition.’