Match Preview: Hampshire Hawks v Surrey, Vitality Blast

A 13-player Hawks squad has been selected for the opening Vitality Blast match against Surrey at Utilita Bowl

Hampshire Hawks v Surrey
Vitality Blast (South Group)
Thursday 30th May 2024 (7pm Start)
Utilita Bowl

Hampshire Hawks begin their 2024 Vitality Blast campaign on Thursday by welcoming Surrey to Utilita Bowl.

The match is the second part of the Vitality Blast Off Double-Header which follows women's double champions Southern Vipers' Charlotte Edwards Cup match against Western Storm.

James Vince's side will be looking for a good start as they hunt down an eleventh Finals Day, which would also be their fourth appearance at Edgbaston in a row. However, the Hawks have lost their opening match in the last three seasons.

Surrey, who are looking for their first T20 title since 2003, will also be looking to begin their campaign with a victory at Utilita Bowl.

The last meeting between the two sides was at The Kia Oval where the Hawks recorded a nine-wicket victory.

Hawks Squad

Hampshire Hawks have named a 13-player squad for their opening match against Surrey.

Australian wicket-keeper batter Ben McDermott is back for his third season with the Hawks, while Michael Neser made his Hampshire debut in their last Vitality County Championship match.

Ali Orr has recovered from a back spasm which saw him miss the last red-ball match.

Benny Howell, John Turner, Joe Weatherley and Chris Wood are all included in the squad, as is Academy prospect Eddie Jack.

Tom Prest is the main absentee with a fractured shoulder, while Brad Wheal has gone to the ICC T20 World Cup with Scotland.

Full Hampshire Squad

James Vince (14) Captain

Toby Albert (15)

Liam Dawson (8)

James Fuller (26)

Nick Gubbins (31)

Benny Howell (7)

Eddie Jack

Ben McDermott (28)

Michael Neser (20)

Ali Orr (27)

John Turner (6)

Joe Weatherley (5)

Chris Wood (25)



Squad: Ollie Pope (c), Sean Abbott, Gus Atkinson, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Jordan Clark, Laurie Evans, Spencer Johnson, Dan Lawrence, Jason Roy, Dom Sibley, Jamie Smith, Cam Steel, Dan Worrall

Surrey will once again be challengers in 2024, but are still yet to add to their only T20 title which they bagged during the inaugural 2003 season. Last season they qualified for Finals Day, seeing off Lancashire in the quarter-final with relative ease, only to be beaten by eventual winners Somerset at Edgbaston.

However, this season they face the challenge of four top players heading to the T20 World Cup with England – Sam Curran, Will Jacks, Reece Topley and captain Chris Jordan. As a result, it will be down to the likes of Laurie Evans, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Smith and new signing Dan Lawrence to pick up results early on. The performances of Jason Roy will also be interesting for the first eight matches before he departs for Major League Cricket in the USA. Meanwhile, an Australian overseas duo of Sean Abbott and Spencer Johnson further strengthens their bowling attack.

2023 Season In Numbers


Hampshire's record in Vitality Blast v Surrey

P: 29, W: 12, L: 17, A: 3

Last 5 meetings:


Tickets for the Vitality Blast Off Double-Header are available via the link below, while they’ll also be available on the gate on Thursday.

Gates open prior to the Southern Vipers match at 2pm.

Click here to buy tickets.

To access match tickets bought online and get into Utilita Bowl on Thursday, fans will need to have downloaded the free Hampshire Cricket App.

Information on how to download the App and access match tickets – as well as how to forward them onto family and friends – can be found in our Visitor Guide, available via the link below.

Vistitor Guide

For information on what to expect at Utilita Bowl during Thursday’s match please check out our Visitor Guide, available below.

Click here to view our Visitor Guide.


A live stream will be available for the match and a link to this stream will be available in the free-to-download Hampshire Cricket App and at

Both the Hampshire Cricket App and will also host a live match centre with scorecard, statistics and insight available throughout the match.

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