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Hampshire look for Rose Bowl advantage in FP t20

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Giles White
White's side reached FP t20 finals day with victory at Warwickshire

Coach Giles White has set his sights on Hampshire becoming the first hosts of English cricket's Twenty20 finals day to win the competition.

White's side have reached finals day for the first time and will enjoy home advantage at The Rose Bowl for Saturday's FP t20 showpiece.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "This is our first finals day, so it's exciting.

"Winning would be great, it's why we've played all these games - but there are three good sides to contend with."

No side has ever won Twenty20 finals day on home soil since its inception in 2003 and Hampshire now have semi-final opponents Essex, and either Nottinghamshire or Somerset standing between them and a spot in the record books.

But White is hopeful that being familiar with their surroundings will be an added boost to his side.

"We'll go about our business as we do every day," he said.

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"We'll try and use The Rose Bowl to our advantage, park our cars where we usually park, use our changing room, practice where we usually do and make sure we're comfortable.

"And hopefully that will give us a feeling we can take into the day."

One thing Hampshire do not have in their favour is form in this season's competition, having been the least impressive of the four semi-finalists in qualifying.

Hampshire's results were distinctly average during their South Group campaign, winning eight and losing eight - including being beaten home and away by fellow semi-finalists Essex and Somerset.

And White's side, which will not include batsman Kevin Pietersen despite England making him available, have failed to win more than two games in a row throughout the entire competition.

They began with just two wins in their first five outings and appeared to have a struggle ahead of them to qualify.

Two comprehensive beatings of Gloucestershire - aided in the first encounter by Sean Ervine's best Twenty20 figures and in the second by 77 from 19-year-old James Vince - hinted at a revival.

Even then they were separated by an 11-run defeat at Surrey and followed by a nine-wicket home thrashing by Saturday's semi-final opponents Essex.

Back-to-back wins against Glamorgan and Kent followed, but they again proved to be false dawns as Hampshire lost their following two fixtures to Essex and Somerset.

Victory over Middlesex by six wickets was then followed by an eight wicket defeat by the same opponents.

That left Hampshire needing to win their last group game against Sussex to reach the last eight - a feat they managed by 45 runs.

In winning that game, and securing a nervy five-wicket quarter-final victory over Warwickshire off the penultimate ball at Edgbaston to secure a place in finals day, Hampshire proved they can cope with the pressure.

And White believes his side's success in must-win fixtures could be a good omen for Saturday.

"We've had a lot of must-win games and we've managed to win them," he said.

"There's a great buzz around the ground, everyone is running around and it will be a different day here.

"It's been a challenging year for everyone at the club. We're involved on the cricket side and things haven't panned out as we expected but everyone has shown a lot of character and fight."

White is optimistic that captain Dominic Cork and all-rounder Sean Ervine will shake off back injuries to play, while Australian Dan Christian is set to play despite being hit in the face by a ball in their Championship game against Somerset earlier this week.

Batsman Michael Lumb is ruled out with a broken foot, but Liam Dawson, Simon Jones, Hamza Riazuddin and Chris Benham have been added to the XI which beat Warwickshire in the quarter-finals.

Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, James Vince, Neil McKenzie, Michael Carberry, Sean Ervine, Dan Christian, Dominic Cork (capt), Michael Bates (wk), Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, Liam Dawson, Simon Jones, Hamza Riazuddin, Chris Benham.

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No fear for Notts at t20 - Nannes
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Pollard looking to make T20 mark
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Hampshire's Lumb out for season
12 Aug 10 |  Hampshire
Pietersen told to find new county
10 Aug 10 |  Cricket
England four available for finals
09 Aug 10 |  Cricket
Hants will enjoy finals day - Cork
26 Jul 10 |  Hampshire
Vince sees Hampshire to last four
26 Jul 10 |  Counties

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