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Danny Briggs

England Lions and Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs is hoping to add to his 24 wickets on the tour so far against an experienced Jamaica side

England Lions spinner Danny Briggs is in confident mood ahead of the WICB regional four-day championship clash with Jamaica that gets underway at Sabina Park today.

It will be the final game of a very successful tour for the Hampshire man who has taken 24 wickets in five matches to date, including career-best first-class figures of 6-45 against Windward Islands last time out.

The Lions hold a three-point advantage at the top of the table and victory over Jamaica, who sit joint second alongside the Combined Campuses & Colleges, would ensure they remain at the summit.

James Hildreth's side cannot win the competition outright as only the regional sides qualify for the semi-finals and final, which clashes with the start of the county season.

However, Briggs told ecb.co.uk: "It would be a good way to finish the tour if we could come away with the win."

"It would cap it all off, especially against a team like Jamaica who are playing well at the minute and obviously doing well with us in the league."

Former West Indies internationals Wavell Hinds and Marlon Samuels are among the leading names in a talented Jamaica side, but Briggs is ready to do battle.

He added: "They've got a few more experienced players than other teams we have played against. It's going to be a challenge, but one everyone is looking forward to to. We can't wait to get going."

Briggs has enjoyed a hugely successful winter, having also impressed during his time with the England Performance Programme in Australia.

Referring to how well things have gone for him, he said: "I didn't expect the winter I have had to be fair. It's gone really well and it's just a case of being able to carry it on now.

"The whole tour has given me a lot of confidence. I just need to keep working hard in the county season and hopefully get some success there too."

Having impressed on this tour, there will inevitably be talk about Briggs working his way into the full England set-up at some point in the future.

However, the 19-year-old is determined to take one step at a time and insists “the main thing is to be concentrating on what I am doing.”

This will include a productive 2011 season with Hampshire, where he is hoping to play a major part in helping the team to success in the LV= County Championship as well as the one-day formats.

"It would be nice to win a four-day competition,” he admitted. “We've won trophies consistently over the last few years in the one-day game. For the team to be successful in all forms of cricket would be the best thing."

Before focusing on Hampshire matters, Briggs has one last game to play on this tour and he will be doing everything he can to ensure he goes home with the biggest smile possible.

"It's been a long tour, but we've enjoyed it. Everyone in the team has contributed throughout the whole tour,” he explained.

"Hopefully in this last week we can send everyone home even happier."

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