HONEST captain James Vince admits Hampshire “haven’t been good enough this year”, adding: “We have been caught up and overtaken.”

Hants ended their 2020 season with a 20-run win over Middlesex, which halted a run of six straight defeats.

The victory at Ageas Bowl was mere consolation for Hampshire, who finished bottom of their Twenty20 Blast group for the first time since 2007, winning just two of their 10 contests.

That rounded off a miserable year on the pitch for the club, who also won just two of five group games in the Bob Willis Trophy.

Hampshire have been renowned for their impressive displays in the T20 format, winning the cup in 2010 and 2012, as well as making it to Finals Day four times since, most recently in 2017.

But their record since then has been poor, particularly this year with a string of losses.

“The results haven’t been for a lack of hard work,” said skipper Vince.

“We had good success as a one-day side three or four years ago where we made Finals Days regularly and won trophies but we haven’t gone forward as individuals and a side since then.

“Where we were leading the way we have been caught up and overtaken.

“It is important that we use this winter to get better.

“There is no question about it, we haven’t been good enough this year, and if we are being honest with ourselves, the last couple of years.”

England international Vince himself has not hit the heights of his past glories, where he was the T20 Blast top scorer with 710 runs back in 2015.

The 29-year-old did miss a chunk of Hampshire matches this term as he awaited the birth of his second child, but he ended the campaign with a batting average of just 15.5, scoring just 93 from his six outings.

His highest effort of 48 came in an eight-wicket loss to Kent on September 14.

“The games I have played at the back end, I haven’t felt great,” admitted Vince.

“I don’t want to make excuses – I should be performing better. For the more experienced guys, we should be more consistent.”