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One step at a time for Cork

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Watch post-match reaction from the Rose Bowl with Hampshire's Dominic Cork and Neil McKenzie

Hampshire captain Dominic Cork is only looking to the Royals’ next Friends Life t20 game despite his side staying clear at the top of the South Group with a 69-run thrashing of Kent.

The defending champions remained two points ahead of last year’s runners-up Somerset, who won at Surrey yesterday, after dismissing the Spitfires for a measly 72 at the Rose Bowl.

All-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas dismissed openers Joe Denly and Rob Key for ducks before Cork did likewise to number three Azhar Mahmood as Kent’s innings lasted only 14 overs.

Hampshire today face Middlesex at Uxbridge, knowing victory will all but secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Cork told ecb.co.uk: “It’s all about the game you’re playing that day. It’s not about where you are in the league because anybody can beat anybody in this South Group; it’s such a strong group.

“It’s great for the club, great for the guys and, again, that’s gone now. We’ve Middlesex tomorrow at Uxbridge and we need to win that game because it’s the biggest game of the season.”

However, Neil McKenzie, man of the match yesterday when he top-scored with 48, allowed his mind to drift towards the knockout stages.

He said: “In this format, 16 games up front, hopefully you make the quarters. It doesn’t matter how you’ve been playing until the quarters. We saw that last year; we just scraped in and then won the next four games.

“We’ll try and take as much momentum as we can and try and polish our game along the way.”

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