Adams targeting more t20 success for the Royals
This years Friends Life t20 gets under way in familiar surroundings when the Hampshire Royals get their title defence under way at the Rose Bowl against the Somerset Sabres in a repeat of last years final.
The Royals pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in t20 history thanks to Jimmy Adams who scrambled for a quick leg bye to tie the game from the final delivery of the match to help the Royals claim the title by virtue of losing fewer wickets.
With the game edging towards a tense finish, Adams was called upon to be a runner after Daniel Christian pulled his hamstring after he picked up two runs from the penultimate ball of the game.
Having tasted glory, Adams, who scored 668 during last years tournament is hopeful the Royals can repeat their success thanks to their string t20 squad which includes overseas stars Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir.
"We've got a very strong side so I don't see any reason why we can't be there on finals day again," said Adams to BBC Radio Solent.
"Last year was fantastic and we will draw on those experiences and use them at times when there are pressure points in the game," he added.
The defending champions come into the game having suffered a disappointing start to this season having only won one, of their first eleven games in the County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40.
With morale low Adams admitted the arrival of Afridi, Tahir and Michael Lumb, who spent the last eight weeks playing for the Deccan Chargers in the IPL, will boost the squad ahead of their clash against the Sabres.
"I'm not going to deny that we are all pretty low at the moment, but we have time to rectify that with the help of those guys," said Adams.
"We've got three match winners there and they are going to add a huge amount to the camp. They haven't been around so hopefully they'll come in with a fresh spark and zest," he added.