White looks to the future

Gareth Berg bowling in Hampshire's win against Surrey. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Giles White believes his Hampshire side have given further notice of their strength in depth after their plucky Caribbean t20 challenge ended in defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in the final.

The Royals went down by 36 runs in the showpiece event as their batsmen failed to fire.

Danny Briggs was the pick of the bowlers, producing an immaculate four-over spell with figures of two for nine. Benny Howell took two for 14, while Simon Jones kept the run-rate down conceding just 20 runs from his spell as they were left to chase 148 for victory.

But Johann Myburgh, who struck a superb 88 in the semi-final win over Windward Islands on Saturday, fell to the second ball of the reply and Hampshire failed to build any momentum to finish on 111 for eight.

Despite the loss, Hampshire manager White was still pleased with his side's efforts – especially with so many senior players unavailable for the West Indies trip.

He said: 'I think we did better than we expected.

'I was very pleased with the way we performed and we got a lot out of the competition.

'To get into a final was credit to the squad because they played very well.

'It's a bit disappointing we didn't quite finish the job. When you get to a final, the idea is to win it but it wasn't to be this time.

'We didn't play our best in the final but we were beaten by a very good side. Trinidad & Tobago were better than us on the day. That's the way that t20 cricket works.

'But there was some really good cricket and we showed that we've got some strength in depth.

'We were obviously quite a few short of the team who won our domestic t20 last summer and even that side was short of a number of senior players.

'In hindsight, it shows the depth that we have at Hampshire – there is some good, young talent coming through.'

Hamza Riazuddin was expensive in the final but grabbed four wickets in the last-four clash with a fine bowling display.

Howell – who struck an unbeaten 28 in the final – showed he has made progress, while Michael Bates impressed behind the stumps.

White believes those players will benefit from another important step in their development.

He said: 'It was a great overall experience.

'Everyone will take an awful lot from the competition and the whole trip. A lot of young players will have gained some very useful experience of different conditions and situations.

'It's also a useful learning experience to lose a final having won our past two.

'But I was really pleased with the tournament. It was well run and we gave a good account of ourselves.'

Aside from the young guns, it was a couple of more experienced performers who shone in the shape of Jones and Myburgh.

White said: 'It's good to see Simon Jones having such a wonderful tournament and Johann Myburgh looks like he is going to be a real asset to us.

'Those guys have really played well and when you come with such a young group, the older players have to stand up.

'It happened last summer and it has happened again for us this time around.

'Jones went at five runs per over throughout the competition, always looked dangerous and took wickets, while Myburgh got us off to some great starts.

'He's done very well and we're finding out about him as we go along but he played some important innings and looked very dangerous.'