Hampshire Cricket History

Well deserved
September 19, 2014, 4:29 pm
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Hampshire have just released the news that Jimmy Adams has been awarded a benefit next year. It couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke and I hope he does really well.

Pitch & Toss
September 19, 2014, 2:15 pm
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People were asking about the pitch on which Kent passed 500 but I suspect, having seen Kent’s spinners yesterday that it went pretty much as we planned, having signed Imran Tahir. The problem was we lost the toss! It does seem to me very risky to be playing such games but it’s out of our hands next week and if Essex prepare a result pitch they may end up dropping batting points.

Hampshire have won five tosses this year and lost 10

Of the five won, they went on to win four matches but their only defeat was at Colchester after calling correctly and batting

Of the 10 tosses lost, two matches ended in victory and eight were drawn

September 19, 2014, 8:32 am
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Worcestershire still need six points to be sure of being Champions

September 19, 2014, 7:35 am
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These figures assume neither game is tied (8 points each), there are no over rates fines and no pitch fines. If there are, the appropriate adjustments would be required. The pitch issue can only affect Essex.

If Hampshire take 16 points for a win, even with no bonus points, Essex cannot catch them. This table shows the current position and the points Hampshire must get from a draw to finish ahead of Essex. If Hampshire take maximum 13 points for a draw, Essex must win with 23 of the 24 possible points to overtake Hampshire.

There is a scenario in which Hampshire can finish level on points and still take 2nd place. It requires Hampshire’s result to be no worse than the Essex result. But if Essex win and Hampshire do not win, then the (first) tie-break will favour Essex (most wins).

If Hampshire take no points (heavy defeat) and Essex take 10, Hampshire would be second on the third tie-break of points between the two sides. So the minimum points Essex need to overtake Hampshire is 11.

In the table, the first four lines show Essex points for a draw – the maximum is 13. There is a gap then because after 13 for the draw, the minimum points either side can take is 16 for a win with no bonus points. That is unusual but most likely in a rain-affected, first innings forfeit match.

The current position is Hampshire 217 points, Essex 207 points. In the 4th column, the * indicates Essex winning and Hampshire not winning, so Hampshire needing one more point on a tie-break. Once Essex get to 23 points (230 total) Hampshire must win and Essex cannot catch them.







10 217 217 0
11 218 218 1
12 219 219 2
13 220 220 3
16 223 224 7*
17 224 225 8*
18 225 226 9*
19 226 227 10*
20 227 228 11*
21 228 229 12*
22 229 230 13*

That’s the Way to Do It!
September 18, 2014, 9:26 pm
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Smith 100

Will Smith celebrates his second century during the innings when he completed 1,000 runs in a season for the first time. For Hampshire, this was the first time in 22 years that three men have reached four figures. Below, Tomlinson is surrounded by nine Kent players – missing are Treadwell (bowling) and mid on – but James would not budge!

Tomlinson v Kent

If Essex draw next week
September 18, 2014, 6:01 pm
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They can only finish on 220 points maximum

Hampshire have 217, so three more points and they will be level with Essex

And level will do if Essex draw, because Hampshire are ahead on tie breaks

You’d bet on Hampshire getting three points somewhere along the line even if they play poorly.

Which means Essex must aim for a win, not a maximum points draw

September 18, 2014, 5:55 pm
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Kent end

Hampshire’s heroes, centurion Will Smith and ‘Tommo’ (again) shake hands with the Kent players after Rob Key decides the task is too much. Hampshire thus secured another five points but boy they made hard work of it after rain and good batting appeared to make them secure.

James Tomlinson was briefly in the bar afterwards and as always was delightful company. He’s always modest about his batting, thought Kent should have taken the new ball and had a couple more overs and said he had told his teammates “if we go up, that’s how it will be next year”. I hope they were listening!

It was a fabulous game of cricket – a perfect advert for the county championship – but I’d prefer an easier week next week when it now looks as though Essex pretty much have to win.


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