Hampshire Squad and Fixtures in NatWest T20 Blast 2017
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It's quite unfortunate for a team to remain aloof from the coveted title despite reaching the semifinal twice in 2014 and 2015 consecutively. This has been Hampshire's narrative structure in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 so far. They played well, but hard lines to their disappointing ending scripted their fate ahead of the final in both the seasons. The 2016 edition, which they ended second from the bottom, hadn't befallen the way they would have fancied. Now going into the fresh season (2017), which is underway, Hampshire will refrain from repeating the mistakes they did in the first three seasons.
Already featuring veterans like Kyle Abbott and George Bailey, Hampshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 has also got the boost of Shahid Afridi, who is a real T20 basher. With Afridi comes the option of an extra spinner in the squad. Giles White, Hampshire's director of cricket looks pleased having the former Pakistan skipper in their ranks. Afridi has spread his magic in Hampshire's opening game against Glamorgan picking their 4 wickets. Apart from this, Hampshire has the likes of Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Lewis McManus and Reece Topley, who are in superb form at present.
The side has got a resounding start to their NatWest T20 Blast 2017 campaign. Two consecutive wins in the first two matches keep them afloat in the tournament. Hampshire is now top of the table with 4 points. They opened their account with a strenuous over Glamorgan. Backed by Lewis McManus's 35-ball 59, they posted 167 on the board batting first. When bowling to defend, Shahid Afridi's 4/20 and Reece Topley's 3/23 made the total way more difficult than it looked. Their next win came over Sussex. James Vince (81 off 48 balls) and Kyle Abbott (3/22) shared the credit of Hampshire's second win. Given the way they have played in the tournament so far, Hampshire's bid to go the distance has got a perfect start.
Hampshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 includes Kyle Abbott, James Vince(C), Michael Carberry, Fidel Edwards, Gareth Berg, Tom Alsop, Lewis McManus, Mason Crane, George Bailey, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Ryan Stevenson, Sean Ervine, Bradley Wheal, Brad Taylor, Chris Wood and Reece Topley.
Hampshire NatWest T20 fixtures is as follows:
Jul 07, Fri - Glamorgan vs Hampshire, Cardiff
Jul 12, Wed - Sussex vs Hampshire, Hove
Jul 14, Fri - Hampshire vs Middlesex, Southampton
Jul 20, Thu - Hampshire vs Sussex, Southampton
Jul 21, Fri - Essex vs Hampshire, Chelmsford
Jul 23, Sun - Hampshire vs Surrey, Southampton
Jul 26, Wed - Somerset vs Hampshire, Taunton
Jul 28, Fri - Gloucestershire vs Hampshire, Bristol
Aug 01, Tue - Hampshire vs Kent, Southampton
Aug 03, Thu - Middlesex vs Hampshire, London
Aug 04, Fri - Hampshire vs Essex, Southampton
Aug 10, Thu - Hampshire vs Glamorgan, Southampton
Aug 11, Fri - Kent vs Hampshire, Canterbury
Aug 18, Fri - Hampshire vs Somerset, Southampton.
Will James Vince make Hampshire win NatWest T20 Blast 2017 title?