Adams emotional at thrilling CB40 win
Victorious Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams admitted even his wildest dreams did not depict the grandstand finish of their last-ball victory over Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final at Lord’s.
Adams presided over the club’s second cup triumph of the campaign as Kabir Ali bowled a dot ball to Neil Carter to ensure the Royals won having lost fewer wickets after the scores were tied.
Friends Life t20 champions Hampshire had set an imposing 244 for five, a CB40 final record, after being put in to bat and Adams collected the man-of-the-match award having led his side with 66 runs.
The captain stated the dramatic rollercoaster of the domestic season’s finale would likely leave him emotional once he had time to reflect.
“It’s just brilliant, you dare to have a think about what it might be like and how it might be panned out, but I certainly wouldn’t have scripted it like that,” he said.
“It’s an amazing feeling. You dream of playing Lord’s finals, being lucky enough to get there, but I never even dreamed of captaining a side and having the honour of being out here with the boys behind me.
“I’ll sit back tonight and savour that. I’ll sit there probably with my dad and probably get a bit emotional with it, but at the minute it hasn’t really sunk in.”
Adams believes this success, achieved without t20 skipper Dimi Mascarenhas and England spinner Danny Briggs, was more impressive than their sprint-format triumph in Cardiff, particularly given that it came against the LV= County Championship Division One winners.
Indeed, it was Briggs’ absence which paved the way for Kabir’s inclusion and Adams' trust in the seamer was rewarded when he turned to him at the death.
When asked what words of advice he gave Kabir prior to that final set of six, Adams added: “Sometimes you can actually say too much to a bowler. Sometimes the easiest thing is to keep it simple.
“I’m very happy for him because it’s been a tough old year for him, tough old couples of years with various injuries and stuff, and he came to the party today and was brilliant.”
It was a party which almost had Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton as its master of ceremonies.
He was understandably drained after the energy-sapping loss, particularly after the Bears’ batting line-up had chased down Hampshire’s hefty total.
“It’s pretty hard to take,” said Troughton. “That’s really disappointing - to get as close as we did, we tie the game, obviously the wickets are part of what’s done us, but I backed us. I thought that last over – I’d have taken that.”
While Adams did not envisage such a thrilling conclusion, Troughton believed Carter, playing in his last match for the Bears, was about to pen a fitting sign-off having struck a four from the penultimate ball.
Warwickshire’s captain added: “We did think as he walked out, especially when he hit that one through extra (cover), we thought maybe it is written in the stars for him to do it.”
Troughton went on to confess he had conversed with Hampshire’s hero of the hour prior to the start of play, when Kabir’s inclusion was not necessarily a foregone conclusion.
“Kabs bowled well, put it in that hole,” Troughton added. “I spoke to him before the game and he wasn’t sure he was going to play. I met him out in the middle in the morning and I think he’s glad he did now!”