HAMPSHIRE players enjoyed a morning on the River Solent as part of a team-building exercise leading into the start of their Vitality Blast campaign.

Hosted on Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth, it was designed to give players an opportunity to relax and spend time together following their Royal London One-Day Cup triumph five days ago.

Seamer Kyle Abbott said: “Team-building days like this are very important. We get so caught up in a busy schedule so to get time away from the game and not think about it, spending time with your team-mates and getting to know them off the field is priceless.

“Hopefully, going into the new competition, it will give us that extra little boost that we need. We hope to win it and have a good track record going into final’s day.”

Head coach Craig White said: “We’ve had a couple of days’ downtime, followed by this fun on the Solent and then back into training hard.

“I can’t wait for the T20 to start, we’ve a strong squad and a lot of confidence from the 50-over win, so hopefully we can put in some strong performances and do well in this competition.”

Hampshire have seven South Group matches at the Ageas Bowl during July and August and their campaign gets underway tomorrow when they host Glamorgan.