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Dimi philosophical after semi-final defeat
ONE semi-final defeat is hard enough to take but to lose two in three weeks was a bitterly disappointing way for Dimi Mascarenhas’s career to end.
“At least one final would have been nice, but we haven’t performed to our best in two semi-finals and those are the ones that count, it just wasn’t to be,” he said.
Mascarenhas still has the Lord’s successes of 2005 and 2009 to treasure as well as last year’s T20 title (he was injured for the double-clinching win at headquarters).
“We’ve had a lot of success over the years, especially recently,” he said. “It took me ten years to get to Lord’s the first time so to play a couple more finals and get to Finals Day a couple of times has been phenomenal.”
Coming so soon after the t20 setback at Edgbaston made Saturday’s defeat even harder to take for a Hampshire side that was the most consistent in the country during the group stages of the two competitions they won last year.
“We played some really good cricket to get to a semi-final in this 18-county competition but unfortunately weren’t good enough on the day,” said Mascarenhas.
“A number of things went wrong. We probably gave 25 too many with the ball and in the field and didn’t get going with the bat.
“The wicket was tough, we definitely read the wicket wrong. We didn’t think it would deteriorate as much as it did but take nothing away from them, they bowled really well and deserved to win.
“We still thought 235 was gettable and it probably was if a few of the top order went big.
“It wasn’t an easy day.”
It will not be easy to replace Mascarenhas either. Hampshire now have to fill the void left by 12,000-plus runs and more than 900 wickets in all cricket.
“Going out on my own terms doesn’t make it any easier, I still enjoy playing and feel I’m performing well enough to contribute to the team,” he said.
“But it’s time for someone else now. A lot of the boys will do a lot better than I’ve done and it will be good to sit back and watch.
There may be one last hurrah if Mascarenhas earns another T20 contract but a coaching career beckons in the long term.
“I’ve got a lot to give back,” he added.
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