Vince steps up

James Vince, right, is Hampshire's new vice-captain. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince, right, is Hampshire's new vice-captain. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire have named James Vince as vice-captain for the 2014 season.

The gifted batsman has been handed extra responsibility in the club’s new era, with Jimmy Adams continuing as skipper.

With Dale Benkenstein joining the club as first-team coach and a clutch of new players, there will be a different feel to the Hampshire side this season.

And it underlines Vince’s importance to the group that he has been promoted to a more senior role at the relatively tender age of 22.

Vince said: ‘I was delighted when Chalks (Giles White) and Jimmy approached me about the role and I can’t wait to get started.

‘I’ve got plenty of fresh ideas, so I’m really looking forward to supporting Jimmy as much as I can.

‘We are a young side but we are equally experienced, and with our recruitment over the winter, I fully expect us to be a strong four-day team this season and hopefully we’ll challenge for promotion.

‘We’ve done well in the one-day competitions over the past few years and hopefully that can continue.’

Hampshire begin with a County Championship division two clash with Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, April 6-9.