White sees momentum build

Owais Shah. Picture: Neil Marshall
Owais Shah. Picture: Neil Marshall
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GILES WHITE believes Hampshire have momentum on their side after their strong t20 showing at Lord’s.

The Hampshire director of cricket saw the team earn a 21-run success over Middlesex in front of around 18,000 fans to chalk up a fifth win in seven outings.

It means that they are now top of the south group as they go for another victory at home to Sussex tonight.

And White thinks another success can put Hampshire in a great position going into the final few fixtures in the group stage of the competition.

He said: ‘It’s all about that momentum that everyone talks about.

‘We’ve got another game against Sussex and they are another strong side so if we can get another result, it sets uus up nicely for the rest of the group stage.

‘It was nice to be here at Lord’s because we have played a lot of our t20 cricket at out-grounds against Middlesex.

‘It was a big crowd, good wicket and a really good game for us.

‘The London games tend to attract these sorts of crowds.

‘We had a couple of games at The Oval where they had a full house but it was a great atmosphere and a great advert for the game.

‘It’s lovely to come here and get the result. Everyone is really pleased.’

Michael Carberry and Owais Shah were the key contributors with the bat in Hampshire’s total of 199 for five.

And Carberry admitted it was a welcome knock after he he had been short of runs.

He said: ‘It is good to get some runs because I’ve been a bit quiet in the competition so far.

‘I thought Owais Shah really read the situation well when he joined me.

‘We’d lost those two early wickets and I didn’t feel I was timing the ball that well at the beginning of the innings.

‘But often in t20, when the ball is swinging and seaming, you have to catch up with the scoring rate later on.’