Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger has told his side that their three-wicket win over Yorkshire Vikings has set the standard for the remainder of their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.
Gloucestershire bounced back from their opening defeat to Northants Steelbacks with a confident display at Headingley.
After bowling out the Vikings for 192, the visitors eventually strolled home with 28 balls to spare thanks to Will Gidman’s unbeaten 71 from 89 balls.
Klinger has called for more of the same when they host Hampshire – who have also split their opening two 50-over games – at Bristol tomorrow.
“Like Yorkshire, Hampshire are a very talented one-day side, with a lot of quality players,” he told the club’s website.
“After the game at Headingley I called the team together and told them they had set the standard for this competition with the bowling and fielding display.
“We can still do better as a batting unit, but the Yorkshire game suggested that if we do get everything right on a particular day, we are capable of beating anyone.
“We know Hampshire’s strengths and we will have to be at our best to beat them. But there was a lot of confidence to be drawn from beating Yorkshire and now we need to build on it.”
Hampshire showed how dangerous they can be when they hammered Lancashire Lightning by 148 runs last time out.
Glenn Maxwell smacked 146 in a mammoth total of 360 for nine and the Australian is set to play his last cup match before returning to his homeland.
Derbyshire Falcons lead Group A after winning their opening two matches – after back-to-back Wayne Madsen tons - and travel to New Road to take on a Worcestershire side who could be forgiven for thinking ahead to their NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final against Surrey at the weekend.
Worcestershire have never reached Finals Day, but they could ill-afford to underestimate the Falcons who welcome Marcus North into their squad after Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s return to the West Indies for their upcoming series against Bangladesh.
Leicestershire will be without limited-overs captain Josh Cobb for their trip to Essex Eagles.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris signed a deal to remain at Grace Road during the cup competition today and is set to stand in as skipper.
The Foxes also welcome Shiv Thakor and Ollie Freckingham into their squad after injury.
In Group B, Surrey have rested Jason Roy and Matthew Dunn for their London derby against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Roy has been the stand-out batsman in the Blast and will be a key man when they host Worcestershire Rapids on Saturday.
Kent Spitfires make the trip to Taunton to face Somerset after snatching victory in their opener against Durham on Tuesday.
Head coach Jimmy Adams has stuck with the same 14-man squad, adding: “The lads put in a good team performance (against Durham), one that we aim to build on as this new competition gets underway.
“We have managed to beat Somerset a couple of times in NatWest T20 Blast but this is a new competition, new format so we need to be at our best.”
Durham will be able to call on England all-rounder Ben Stokes when they aim to get back to winnings ways against Warwickshire at Gosforth.