Wood fires Hampshire to victory

Chris Wood. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Chris Wood. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Chris Wood felt Hampshire’s intent was back after their vital Natwest T20 Blast victory at Kent.

The Hampshire bowler picked up career best t20 figures as he picked up four wickets for 24 runs just seven days after he was despatched to all parts of The Oval in the heavy loss at Surrey.

But Wood, who underwent knee surgery during the close season, was back to his best with a fine display.

And he believes it has got the team back in the hunt to finish in the top two of the south division, which would guarantee a home quarter-final in the knockout phase of the competition ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Somerset (2.30pm)

Wood said: ‘It was much-needed after our poor performance at The Oval.

‘We needed to get back to winning ways, especially if we want a home quarter-final so it was great to win and we did it in emphatic fashion.

‘It was nice to get back in the wickets. Jason Roy took me apart at The Oval, as he’s been doing to most people at the moment because he’s been in top form.

‘But it was nice to get wickets and keep the runs down to a minimum. We bowled really well.

‘We knew that if we could get some early wickets and get under their skin, we should defend that total.’

While Hampshire lost early wickets again, it did not seem to halt their momentum during the innings.

And Wood revealed that a few pre-match thoughts had ensured that Hampshire did not take a step back from their normal aggressive style.

He said: ‘We said we had to play with intent and back ourselves and we seemed to be in fifth gear for the whole innings.

‘There didn’t seem to be any stage where we slowed up.

‘We didn’t want to lose early wickets and we could have got bowled out cheaply when we were 60 for three.

‘But we just picked it up again.

‘It’s good to see a bit of intent back in the side again.

‘We got told that 166 was a par score here so we knew anything above 170 would definitely give us a good chance of winning.’

Meanwhile, Michael Carberry revealed he is keen to finish his career at Hampshire after signing a new three-year deal at the club.

The powerful opener, who hit 18 last night, penned the extension after lengthy negotiations but is now determined to continue his prolific form for the county.

He said: ‘It took some time and at this stage of my career, you’ve got to get things right because you don’t know what lies ahead after that.

‘We had to make sure it was the right possible deal for me.

‘But I’ve had a lot of great years here and it would be good if I could finish my career here.

‘I’m just delighted to be around for another three years and I’m looking forward to it.’