T20 Blast Milestone: Hampshire Skipper James Vince Surpasses Luke Wright As The Highest Run-Scorer In The Competition's History

On Wednesday 31st May, Hampshire skipper James Vince became T20 Blast’s leading run scorer of all time, Luke Wright’s tally of 5,026 runs. The 32-year old batsman also became this competition’s second batsman to have a cumulative score of more than 5,000 runs. However despite his performance, Surrey defeated Hampshire by 6 wickets.

Encompassing a total of 163 innings with an average of 35.34, James Vince has scored 5,054 runs in his T20 Blast career till now. He has four centuries and 35 fifties to his name. The next top run scorers after him are Luke Wright, Joe Denly (4,773 runs), Steven Croft (4,553 runs) and Alex Hales (4,489 runs).

Let us delve a bit further into the background of this player as well as his entrance into ODI cricket.

James Vince’s Debut

James Vince was born on 14th March 1991 in Cuckfield Sussex. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. After showing promising performances for the Hampshire side in 2009, Vince was selected for the England Under-19 team for the 2010 ICC Under-19 World Cup. In that World Cup he became his team’s top run-scorer, having 192 runs at an average of 48.

After this Vince became a regular in the Hampshire XI. The standout season for him in the Hampshire team was in 2014 when he scored a total of 1525 runs. It was the highest run tally in the country. I that season Hampshire won the Division Two of the County Championship.

James Vince’s ODI debut was against Ireland in 2015. But in that match in Dublin he did not get a chance to bat. His next ODI appearance was in the year 2016 against Sri Lanka where he made 51 runs.

Vince made his T20 debut in 2015 against Pakistan in Dubai. In this he scored 41. Due to his performance he was retained for the remaining games of the series. James Vince’s Test debut was in Leeds against Sri Lanka in 2016. However, his Test debut was not as was expected and he scored just 9 runs. He was in the rest of the series as well as the series against Pakistan before being dropped.

James Vince’s High Points

 Despite some disheartening performances, James Vince also has several high points in his cricketing career. Vince struck and important 46 in his third T20 against Pakistan in 2015. In that match, England was in a very bad condition as they had lost Jason Roy on their very first ball. However, Vince helped the team post 154.

Another important contribution by Vince was in his comeback test. He score an excellent 83 against Australia in the Opening Ashes Test in 2017 in Brisbane.

James Vince’s Stats

Here are Vince’s batting statistics:

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg SR 100 50 6s 4s
ODI 25 22 0 616 102 28.0 87.62 1 3 3 76
T20I 17 17 0 463 59 27.24 128.25 0 2 14 47
Test 13 22 0 548 83 24.91 49.82 0 3 0 86

Vince is also a right-arm medium fast bowler:

Format M Inn Runs Wkts Avg BBI BBM Econ
ODI 25 2 42 38 1 5.43 1/18 0
T20I 17 - - - - - - -
Test 13 4 24 13 0 3.25 0/0 0

Despite not having a remarkable international career, James Vince’s fantastic performance in domestic cricket have grabbed the attention of a number of franchises in different leagues around the world. He continues to represent his home team Hampshire in the English competition. Apart from that he also became a part of the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League edition of 2016. In 2017, he played in the KFC T20 Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder. He continues to be a part of such franchises.

What is the height of James Vince?
James Vince is 6 feet or 1.83 metres tall.
How many centuries does James Vince have in international cricket?
Vince only has one century in his international ODI cricket career.
How old is James Vince?
James Vince is 32 years old.