Hampshire Cricket History

A Record Looms
August 23, 2014, 5:36 pm
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If Lancashire lose the Final it will be the first time a major English County Competition has been won by a non-county side. I think they should be sent to Coventry.

Not Even Close
August 23, 2014, 5:14 pm
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It’s often seemed to me that D/L works quite well over 40+ overs but nearly always favours the side batting second in T20. If I’m right, then Hampshire’s display today was even more abject than it appeared to be. If I’m not it was still pretty poor – Smith (ball) and Adams (bat) excepted. I wonder whether the poverty of Thursday’s performance rebounded on them – and in that respect I think I’ve finally tired of describing Coles as a good cricketer not quite playing to his potential. He’s had the occasional good day but it seems to me that the impressive triallist of 12 months ago is too often a great disappointment.

I have a confession too. I was invited to a free day with hospitaility today – a generous gesture from the club as a thank you for working as the Archivist. I don’t need thanks because it’s such fun, but I declined it. Why? Because I’ve been to Edgbaston before, where it’s always rained and we’ve always lost the first match after which I complete the second half of a 5/6 hour drive without bothering to watch the Final. Last year was enough for me (especially as I dislike all the noise and fuss at T20 games). I’m very glad I made the decision I did!

I’m still hoping for promotion which has always been my priority this year, but this Hampshire side is worryingly inconsistent. Would the current side survive in Div One? I’m not sure.

Final Eleven?
August 22, 2014, 8:23 am
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I understand that Will Smith will be fit and that Owais Shah is in the squad

I know nothing officially, but it seems the bowlers will be Coles, Wood, Ervine, Dawson, Briggs and Smith. With two games to play they must be taking at least one reserve paceman but who would that be? Maybe Tomlinson?

Wheater will keep wicket and the (non-bowling) batters are  Carberry, Vince, Adams and Shah. Terry will go in reserve I guess and they may take Bates ‘in case’.

I gather a bloke called Andrew is in the Lancashire squad. 

PS The final England Under19 ODI is on Sky Sports today from 2pm – I assume Alsop and Taylor will be playing

Basil Faulty
August 21, 2014, 8:59 pm
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Sorry couldn’t resist (having got the picture)

Basil Faulty

Basil Akram b Adil Rashid 1

PS: Hampshire faulty too – I’ve just noticed we finished last, just below Lancs. A third T20 Finals day team Surrey were last in their group. Birmingham don’t play 50 over cricket so there’s an interesting difference between high achievers in the short form and the longer limited overs stuff this year.

Picture Post
August 21, 2014, 8:44 pm
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Gale c Bates b Barber 0

Andrew Gale plays the shot off Barber from which he was caught first ball

Basil AkramAdams 91* v Yorks 14

Basil Akram (left), Jimmy Adams 91* (right) with James Tomlinson

Barber first wicket

Barber second wicket

Spot the Difference: Barber and teammates celebrate two wickets in two balls

That’s Entertainment!
August 21, 2014, 7:42 pm
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Or maybe not. I watch enough Hampshire cricket not to be overly bothered about today’s game, but imagine a family with a couple of kids who maybe only watch limited overs cricket and therefore came today for the last time this season and paid cash to get in. Not much of a game was it?

On the positive side, Jimmy Adams was terrific. He came in for the third legitimate ball of the innings and was therefore just those two balls away from being the first man ever to carry his bat in a limited overs game (for Hampshire). Then Tom Barber took two wickets in two balls in his first competitive over for Hampshire – a record he shares with CG Fynn in 1930 and maybe no one else (?). ‘Tommo’ bowled nicely and took a couple of wickets and Carberry was an active captain in a hopeless cause, but for the rest, silence may be the best option.

(My camera/computer connection is not behaving right now but if I can get it working I have a pic or two worth sharing) 

All Change!
August 20, 2014, 3:24 pm
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Not really ‘all”, but apparently the first side displayed on the website was incorrect. Wood is not playing and my curiosity about Basil Akram is answered – he’s in the team too.

Meanwhile Tom Alsop kept wicket for England U-19 today and Brad Taylor bowled another tight 10 overs. Alsop is batting now and England look odds on to make it four-from-four.


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