Jones geared up to meet his fellow Welshmen

Simon Jones will put national loyalty to one side if he retains his place in Hampshire’s Friends Life t20 side against Glamorgan under the Rose Bowl lights on June 8.

The Welshman will try to extend the Royals’ t20 winning streak to eight matches, a run stretching back to last season’s group stage.

Jones said: “It’s always hard playing against your old county and maybe it would be the same if it was Worcestershire. You make friends, loyalties and being Welsh makes it hard to play against Glamorgan.

“But it’s a job. I play for Hampshire and you have to go out and almost forget who you are playing against and get the ball in the right place.

“Glamorgan are a good side and they have got some big hitters in Mark Cosgrove and Jim Allenby so we’ll have to go hard at them and get in their faces again. Hopefully we can take advantage of the fact that they have got a young attack and keep things going.”

Jones was outstanding in his first t20 match of the season, a rain-affected encounter against Kent reduced to five overs per side.

A late selection ahead of spinner Danny Briggs,  2005 Ashes hero Jones helped Hampshire to complete a 20-run win by defending a daunting 78 for one at Tunbridge Wells.

Bowling with genuine pace in poor light, he took two wickets and conceded only two runs in the second over of Kent’s reply.

“If the game was one-over spells I’d be laughing, I could play for another 10 years I reckon,” he laughed. “I just ran in and smashed it on a length as hard as I could to give myself the best chance. I bowled fast and it came out well.

“It’s been frustrating not to play the first two games. But you have to do what’s best for the team and it was nice to be out there on Sunday.”

Hampshire are without Imran Tahir for Glamorgan’s visit as the leg spinner is in Johannesburg for South Africa Cricket’s annual awards night.

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