We’ll be back stronger

Giles White
Giles White
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Giles White believes Hampshire can rebuild and come back stronger after their relegation was confirmed yesterday.

The Hampshire manager saw his men bowled out for 324 in their clash with Warwickshire when they knew they required at least 400 to have any hope of staying in division one.

Now with skipper Dominic Cork already confirmed as departing the club, there is the prospect of a major winter clear out.

And White is keen for the club’s exciting youngsters to lead the revival.

White said: ‘This season has been disappointing.

‘But we have something to look forward to.

‘We haven’t quite got the formula right in four-day cricket as we have in one-day cricket.

‘We’ve missed key players at certain times and it just hasn’t happened for us in four-day cricket for a number of reasons.

‘But now that we are in division two, the time is right to give our talented young players their opportunity and build from there.

‘I think some teams go down and then come back with a different kind of momentum and we will be looking to do that next year.’

The club’s dreadful start to the season left them staring down the barrel but their recent revival gave them hope of staying up.

And White is keen to see that form taken into next season’s division two campaign.

He said: ‘When we start the season as we did, it’s very hard to drag it back.

‘We’ve seen some encouraging signs in recent weeks and we’ve played some good cricket.

‘It suggests that there is a lot to look forward to.’