James Vince admits winning the Natwest Blast T20 final as Hampshire captain tomorrow would be one of the stand-out moments of his career.
The Ageas Bowl side will appear in the limited-overs competition’s finals day for a record fifth-consecutive year and Vince is keen to get his hands on more silverware in his first season as skipper.
Hampshire play Lancashire in the second of two semi-finals at Edgbaston (2.30pm).
The winners of that encounter will take on either Surrey or Birmingham Bears in the final at 6.45pm.
At 23, Vince is Hampshire’s youngest post-war captain – but he has plenty of experience, having been involved in the club’s four previous finals days.
‘I’m looking forward to this t20 finals day even more now that I’m captain,’ said Vince.
‘To make five in a row is a great effort from the guys.
‘We’ve been lucky to win it twice in the last four years, but winning it as captain would be extra special.’
The England Lions batsman believes Hampshire’s ability to win under pressure could make all the difference on the Edgbaston big stage.
‘When matches get tight, we’ve come out on the right side which is a great habit to have,’ said Vince.
‘Two of the three trophies we’ve won we’ve tied, so we’ve literally scraped over the line.
‘Hopefully, if we’re in a tight situation, the guys will look at the past and be able to come through.’
However, Vince admits he felt under pressure to continue Hampshire’s success in the short form of the game.
He added: ‘It’s a privilege to be asked to take on the captaincy and having had success in the past four years there was always going to be a bit of pressure there.’
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