Vince blames fielding for defeat

Hampshire's James Vince hits a six during the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham. PPP-170309-212743001

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James Vince pointed to his side’s fielding as the main factor behind their shock defeat to Kent.

The Hampshire t20 skipper saw his side hauled back from what looked like a match-winning position to go down by five wickets in the final over as Sam Northeast and Alex Blake staged a superb fightback for their side to snatch the win.

Hampshire looked well in control as they reduced the visitors to 70 for five as they chased 173 for victory.

But the Ageas Bowl outfit had no answer as the tide was turned by some brutal boundary-hitting and some rare errors in the field.

Vince said: ‘I don’t think we bowled as well as we could do.

‘In the field, we probably let ourselves down a bit.

‘We’ve set high standards and we leaked a few runs and missed a couple of half-chances that can change a game.

‘It’s an area that can win you games. Five or 10 runs can make all the difference.

‘It’s disappointing because at halfway, we were fairly happy.

‘When you have got a side 70 for five and they end up chasing 170, it’s hard to take.’

Vince insisted complacency had not crept into the ranks, even though Hampshire were well on course to make it two wins out of two.

He said: ‘In t20, the game is never done and when someone gets going like that, it can be dangerous.

‘We’ve got some experienced bowlers who probably could have done a little bit more but you’ve got to give credit to the two guys who saw them home.

‘Northeast and Blake played brilliantly and sometimes that is going to happen in t20.

‘We knew it would be tough but after the start we got off to, we would back ourselves to defend that nine times out of 10.

‘It’s a tough loss but now we need to bounce back with a win at Glamorgan next week.’