Manager Giles White calls for Hampshire fighting sprit

Giles White
White was pleased with a battling draw against Yorkshire

Hampshire manager Giles White has urged his county to keep fighting as they look to lift themselves out of the bottom two in Division One.

Hants have failed to win any of their opening five County Championship games.

"It's been a tough start, but we've got to show character and keep fighting," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"The players know that and we'll look forward to welcoming Lancashire down to the Rose Bowl [on Monday] and hopefully we can get the right result there."

Hampshire all-rounder Sean Ervine scored a half-century on Saturday to earn the club a draw with Yorkshire.

Ervine was set to leave the club earlier this year to resume his international career with Zimbabwe but in January he changed his mind and pulled out of their World Cup squad.

White says he is glad to have the all-rounder available, and that he remains an important player for the club.

"It is nice to see him back," he said. "He's moving well at the crease and he's found his timing. Hopefully that's him back in form - he's a key player for us.

"It was a close game and credit to Yorkshire, they played well.

"Their first-innings lead was significant and from there it would have taken something special for us to come back and win the game, so it was a case of hanging on and I'm pleased we did," added White.

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