Vince calls for victory to kick-start season

Hampshire batsman James Vince  Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire batsman James Vince Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince is adamant Hampshire are one performance away from finally kick-starting their spluttering season into action.

Giles White’s men have won just one match in all competitions so far in a desperately disappointing start to the campaign.

Today, they face high-flying Lancashire at the Rose Bowl, still looking to record their first triumph in the County Championship.

Hampshire are one of only two sides in the country currently winless in the four-day game.

The other is Worcestershire, who sit alongside them in the two division one relegation spots.

In contrast, today’s opposition are current leaders and undefeated in all five of their Championship matches.

Regardless, Vince is convinced one star display from a member of the underperforming Hampshire team can transform their season.

And he’s looking for the touchpaper to be lit today.

The batsman said: ‘Lancashire have been going fairly well. But one performance from someone can kick-start our season if we can get that win on the board.

‘We’ve just got to take each game as it comes. If other results go our way, then fine, but we’ve got to go out and win it.

‘But it can take just one performance.

‘We had it last year with Neil McKenzie, when he struck a fantastic hundred at Nottingham to give us our first Championship win.

‘And it will take something similar to kick-start this season.

‘I’ve done quite well against Lancashire in the past and it gives you confidence that you can do it against some of the best bowlers.

‘If you’re low on confidence, it can help to look back to another season when you’ve done well and try to picture it to put it into practice.

‘Hopefully, we can turn things around.’

Despite their poor Championship record, Vince has been one of the better performers.

Only Liam Dawson and Jimmy Adams have scored more runs than the 20-year-old, who is also one of three centurions so far.

Elsewhere among his team-mates, the runs have not flowed quite so freely.

But Vince is still looking to improve on his displays in all competitions.

He added: ‘My season has been okay. I’ve had a few good knocks and I’m feeling pretty good when I’m batting.

‘But now it’s a case of putting runs on the board and kicking on from starts.

‘Every year is important for everyone – it’s not just about me. Every time I walk out to bat I’m looking to stay there as long as possible and score as many runs as I can.’