James Vince

Batsman & Club Captain
Squad No:
May 2009 v Loughborough MCCU
240 v Essex (June, 2014)
Playing Style:
Right Hand Bat, Right Arm Bowler
Sussex, England

“Vincey” is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium bowler.

He was born in Sussex but raised in Wiltshire and played for Hampshire’s junior sides before his 2nd XI debut in 2007.

Two years later he played his first matches for Hampshire’s first team but only became a regular player in 2010, making his highest first-class score of 180 v Yorkshire at Scarborough. In that innings he added 278 with Jimmy Adams, breaking Hampshire’s fourth-wicket record which had stood since 1970.

In 2011 he enjoyed stand-out performances against Sussex (150), Warwickshire at Edgbaston (145), and Scotland in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition (131) - in the latter registering one of the highest second-wicket List A partnerships (232 with Jimmy Adams) ever recorded at the home of Hampshire Cricket.

Further highlights followed in 2012's 40-over match away to Nottinghamshire (102*), and Championship match away to Derbyshire (114) - a match which he followed up by scoring a second successive First Class hundred (148) against Leicestershire during the first match of the 2013 season.

Vincey's honours include going past 1,000 career runs for the county while still a teenager – the second youngest in the county’s history behind Phil Mead. He has also played for England Under-19s in 2009-2010 and was selected for the England Performance Programme and Lions squads in the winters of 2011 and 2012.

In 2013, Vince hit an impressive 1101 runs in LV=CC Division Two and was subsequently awarded with the Players' Player of the Year Award.

After showing an increasing amount of potential as a leader, the Club awarded Vince with the Club Vice-Captaincy and T20 Captaincy ahead of the 2014 season.

Vince showed the extra responsibility helped him improve as a batsman as he hit more runs in the County Championship in 2014 than any other batsman in the country. This led Vince to being awarded Hampshire's 2014 Batsman of the Year. 

Ahead of the 2015 season it was announced that Vince would become captain for both One-Day formats, assuming the 50-over captaincy duties from Jimmy Adams. 

Vince was awarded with his first full England call up at the end of April 2015, featuring in an 11-man squad to face Ireland in a May ODI.

It was a 2015 campaign which saw Vince shine above the rest in the NatWest T20 Blast, amassing over 700 runs! This included his maiden T20 century in the quarter-final win over Worcestershire at New Road.

In the middle of July 2015, Vince took over the Championship captaincy from Adams who stood down to concentrate on his batting. The 24-year old led Hants to a brilliant end to the season as his side avoided relegation by just three points.

In October 2015, it was announced that Vince would be the club’s new captain in all formats.

The off-season saw the Hants batsman captain the England Lions, whilst he made his full England debut against Pakistan in an IT20 in November and impressed in scoring 41.

Vince was selected for England's Test series against Sri Lanka in May 2016, and made his Test debut at Headingly, as England won by an innings and 88 runs. He reached 3,000 T20 runs before featuring 7 times for England. Vince captained the Lions in the following winter, as well as skippering the South team for the North v South Series hosted in Dubai in the lead up to the 2017 season.

Hampshire were led to yet another T20 Finals Day in 2017 by Vince, making it 7 times in 8 seasons to the finale of the action-packed T20 tournament, following a less successful run in the Royal London One-Day Cup, even though Vince averaged 66.14 with the bat from 7 matches in the competition.

Following his consistent form with the bat, Vince has been rewarded by being included in the Ashes Test Squad to play against Australia 'down under'.