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We did well to get to 143: Maxwell

Hampshire batsman says his team did well with the bat against Sialkot despite loss

After a disappointing six-wicket loss to Sialkot Stallions at the New Wanderers Stadium, Hampshire will be returning home winless. However, Glenn Maxwell’s innings was the bright spot for the English side in the game today. By scoring 42 runs, the middle-order bat helped his team set the opposition a modest target; but it wasn’t enough, and they will be returning home empty-handed.

In a chat with clt20.com Maxwell spoke about the match and his team’s CLT20 experience.

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On whether they didn’t have enough runs on the board and what went wrong in the match today

We probably had enough runs. Probably if we had got Haris Sohail out, and got into their middle order, we would have had a chance to hold them under 140 runs. It was a pretty difficult pitch, but the boys did well to get to 143 runs in tough conditions. We just lucked out, but that is Twenty20.

On his innings

It was tough out there. You just have to get lucky and be able get a few shots away and I was lucky enough to do that. I got a few balls in my area and it gave me the opportunity to get my score going and from there on I was able to clear the ropes a few times.

On Hampshire’s CLT20 outing

You got to win both games. You need to start well and we just didn’t start off well. We were under pressure right from the first six overs of the first game.

On coming here from the 2012 ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka and how different the wickets were here

The conditions are totally different. In Sri Lanka the ball was keeping a bit low; spinners were dominating the game over there and you come over here and quick bowlers are doing the job here. It is good fun to try and adjust to it.

On Yorkshire who have made it to the main tournament

Yes, it is good that they made it. We didn’t make it but hopefully English cricket can get behind them and back them in CLT20. That will be good.

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