Vince goes on the attack

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince is looking for Hampshire to go on the attack as they start their Royal London Cup campaign today (2pm).

The Hampshire skipper leads his team into a showdown with Sussex at the Ageas Bowl, fresh from sealing their Natwest T20 Blast quarter-final qualification.

Hampshire turned in a disappointing batting display but then grabbed a narrow victory over Somerset after a brilliant display in the field to save their hopes.

And Vince is looking for another important contribution from his bowlers as they adapt to the 50-over format – something they struggled with last year.

Vince said: ‘I think wicket-taking bowlers in the 50-over stuff is more important than perhaps what it was in the 40-over format.

‘I think guys that can contain with good control in the 40-over games were important and batsmen often tried to force the pace.

‘But with the slightly longer 50-over competition you need wicket-taking bowlers to slow the opposition scoring.

‘That’s something we’ll be looking at and that’s something that I think we have as a strength.’

Recent one-day international performances from England in 50-over cricket have seen a huge tilt towards big scores and an aggressive style.

Scores of 350-plus have become the norm and it remains to be seen if that transmits into the county game. But Vince is looking for a big improvement from his side this term.

He said: ‘It’s a competition that we under-performed in last year so it’s something we need to focus on to try to make that Lord’s final this year.

‘I think we’ve got a good enough squad to be able to win that competition.’

Vince also believes his men can take encouragement from the recent 20-over win against the same opposition.

He said: ‘Sussex are a good side so it will be a tough test but hopefully one that we can come out on the right side of.

‘It’s good we’ve got a win over them at their place last Friday night.

‘Hopefully we can take a lot of confidence from that when we face them.

‘We need to pick up an important win to start the competition well.’