JOE Weatherley insists Hampshire Hawks don’t have an Edgbaston jinx despite losing a sixth Vitality Blast Finals Day semi-final at the ground.

The Hawks were downed by two wickets by Somerset having previously suffered defeats in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 in Birmingham, writes Aadam Patel.

When asked about a hoodoo Weatherley said: “It appears that way but I’m not sure that’s the case. We had a good practise session. The guys were relaxed.

“We did a lot right throughout the game, particularly with the ball we took wickets throughout. We were certainly confident when our spinners were bowling. Defending 46 off three, we’d have backed ourselves nine times out of 10.”

Weatherley has had a breakthrough Blast for the Hawks; scoring a team-leading 410 runs, while scoring a breath-taking 71 in the semi-final - a personal career-best T20 score.

“I’ve enjoyed the tournament," Weatherley said. "It’s my first full competition. I’ve worked hard at my T20 game and I feel confident with it.

“I came in after we lost a couple of early wickets and learnt from the past of trying to put something back on the bowlers and forming those partnerships.”

Now the focus turns to Liverpool on Tuesday where Hampshire will be looking to secure their third LV= Insurance County Championship title and a first title since 1973 when they face Lancashire at Aigburth.

“Next week is huge. We haven’t won the Championship for nearly 50 years," said Weatherley.

"Given where we were in the Groups and the Quarter-Final, it was all about enjoying finals day.

“All the tension goes to Liverpool on Tuesday and it’s extremely exciting. We wanted to win the double but we’ve still got a trophy to win and we’re desperate to win that.”

Man of the match Josh Davey, who took four for 34 and hit the winning runs, said: “It was a great game but a lot of credit goes to Tom (Abell) and Lewis (Gregory). That partnership got us back into the game and kept us within touching distance with a chance.

“It’s never easy at the end if you keep wickets in hand. We were happy enough at the halfway point with that score and we were definitely confident we could chase it down. It’s a great feeling to get over the line.”