Vince plays mature innings but it’s not enough

James Vince. Picture: Dave Vokes
James Vince. Picture: Dave Vokes
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 admitted he had to curb his attacking instincts as he hit a century in vain in Hampshire’s CB40 defeat at Nottinghamshire.

The gifted Royals batsman cracked an unbeaten 102.

But he paced his innings as wickets fell around him to drag his side to a relatively competitive total of 230 for seven from their 40 overs.

The crucial loss of those early wickets saw Hampshire lose momentum, however.

And the Outlaws showed what could be done by keeping wickets in hand as they blazed through the opening phase of their reply on the way to a convincing win.

Vince was disappointed with the result but his mature display demonstrated another important string to his bow as a batsman.

Vince explained: ‘I like to take advantage of the powerplays early on but I had to stop going for some of the shots.

‘In that situation, I just had to bat through and then hope that someone could get a few near the end.

‘If I’d have got out, we’d have been a long way short of where we were in the end.

‘It wasn’t the way I would have liked to play it ideally but I just knew we had to get as many as we could.

‘It’s a different way to how I would normally bat in one-day cricket but it’s pleasing to know that I can bat through and do it that way.

‘In some ways, I’m happy but the result puts a downer on things.

‘We lost too many wickets up front and that was the best time to bat when the field was up and the ball was skidding on nicely.

‘Unfortunately, it was a rebuilding phase after that.

‘To get 230 wasn’t too bad after that but once they got off to a good start, it was always going to be tough for us.’

Skipper Jimmy Adams admitted that Nottinghamshire’s blazing start to their innings was key.

Adams said: ‘They got away to a great start and they got away from us in those first 10 overs.

‘We shot ourselves in the foot a bit early on, but there were some decent performances and without James Vince, we were nowhere near getting a score.

‘Sometimes it is all about small margins.

‘We had a couple of nicks in those first few overs and if they go to hand, you can create pressure but if they go for boundaries, suddenly you are up against it.

‘It’s disappointing to lose, but hopefully it’s just a blip.’