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Giles White insisted Hampshire would not be too despondent after they were thumped by Surrey in their latest Natwest T20 Blast clash.

James Vince’s side went down by eight wickets and were knocked off the top of the south division as they were put to the sword by a ruthless Surrey outfit in front a bumper crowd at The Oval.

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White   Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White Picture: Neil Marshall

But the Hampshire director of cricket insisted there was no time to lick wounds with the two sides meeting in a four-day Championship clash that starts today.

And he shrugged off the result as an annual blip.

White said: ‘It’s the nature of t20 cricket. It can happen.

‘We tend to have one of these games once a year and hopefully this is the only one this year.

‘Credit to Surrey – they played very well.

‘But it’s not a train smash. These things happen in t20 cricket and sometimes you are on the wrong side of a one-sided game.

‘Now it’s up to us to bounce back in the next game.

‘You don’t get too down after a defeat like that.

‘There is no point in getting down. The boys realise that we’ve had a bad night but we have a big Championship game.

‘When you play day in, day out, you will get days like this.

‘It is the sides that bounce back that are the ones that move forward.

‘But we didn’t get out of the blocks and we lost wickets consistently. We were never able to recover from that and never got into the contest.’

While there are concerns over the form of Glenn Maxwell who was out for just four, White believes the Australian will come good.

White said: ‘Hopefully Glenn will fire in the next game.

‘He is a high-quality player with a fine record and it’s a matter of time, in my opinion.

‘Glenn works very hard and he’s very upbeat so hopefully he will put in a match-winning performance that we all know he can play.

‘He is that sort of player that tries to make things happen quickly.

‘He is very aggressive and takes risks but that’s what we want him to do.

‘We want him to play his natural game and I’m sure he will come good before too long.’

While Hampshire are still looking good to finish in the top four and qualify for the quarter-finals, their attentions now turn back to their Championship campaign against the same opponents.

White said: ‘It’s always tight as you get to the back end of the competition and there will be a lot of sides in the mix.

‘We are fortunate to have had a good start but you do lose the odd game along the way.

‘But now we have got four very important days against a strong Surrey side.

‘We need to put this performance to bed quickly and move on.’