Dimitri Mascarenhas played through injury in Twenty20 finals day

Dimitri Mascarenhas reveals that he played through injury to help the Hampshire Royals win their second Twenty20 title.

Hampshire Royals captain Dimitri Mascarenhas has admitted that he played through yesterday's Twenty20 finals day carrying a shoulder injury.

Mascarenhas helped his side win their second t20 tournament in three years and was pleased to be involved after missing the county's first win in 2010 through injury.

"I've torn my lat tendon," PA Sport quotes Mascarenhas as saying. "I tore it two weeks ago and then I tore it again last week when I tried to play Pro 40. I had a scan and it's torn so I had to grin and bear it today. It was a huge stress to be honest. It's not one of those where you can have an injection.

"We were trying to sort out team selection if I didn't play and for the team balance. It's not easy when your captain is looking like he's not going to be fit. I was lucky enough to get through.

"Personally for me it's the best [t20 tournament] by far. I missed the first win two years ago because I was injured. To win two games today and captain a young and inexperienced side was a great thrill and one I'll remember for a long time."

The Royals took the trophy from the Leicestershire Foxes, who won their third title in 2011.

James Anderson
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