Hampshire Cricket History

April 21, 2014, 11:08 am
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Some interesting stats which I think reveal a GREAT DEAL about the current role of a wicketkeeper

Some stats which may be relevant to this debate
In First-class Cricket:

Walter Livsey Hampshire’s keeper through the 1920s made 629 dismissals and 40% were stumpings
In the 1980s, Bob Parks, 700 dismissals - 10% were stumpings
At start of this season Bates had 125 f/c dismissals and Wheater 97  first-class dismissals – Bates 4% stumpings, Wheater 3% stumpings
In other words, ‘stumpers’ mostly now ‘just’ stand back and catch or field the ball from fast/medium pacers – especially as Hampshire don’t select a specialist spinner
HOWEVER: Bates, has 16% stumpings in List A and 30% stumpings in T20. Wheater 22% in List A and 35% in T20 – it suggests that wicketkeeping is now more sophisticated in limited overs (think Bates and Kabir Ali at the Lord’s Final)


The Opportunity he needs?
April 21, 2014, 10:30 am
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Late last night Hampshire were 230-4, now they are 248-7 and Michael Bates has arrived. He’s in with Gatting who seems set, so this is a real opportunity for him to make some valuable runs. His place cannot hinge on one innings if he ‘fails’, but if he can make a contribution that will be highly valued

And he’s just off the mark with a cover drive for four – one more bonus point.

AD Mullally
April 20, 2014, 12:05 pm
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I believe he’s poorly and therefore not commentating with KD James this year. Here’s a happier Mullally story from what I think was my last visit to Derby, in August 2000 (match drawn)

Derbys first innings: 310 all out
AD Mullally 37.3 – 12 – 93 -9
Second innings: 293 all out
AD Mullally 33 – 8 – 95 – 5
14-188 in match
Pretty good, not least since no one has ever taken 10 in an innings for Hampshire and only three men have ever taken more than 14 wickets in a match – none since 1927


New Coach
April 18, 2014, 6:18 pm
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Who is the favourite then? Or even favourites:

BBC website: The England and Wales Cricket Board will announce the identity of the new England coaching team at 10:30 BST on Saturday.

PS: Shortly after posting this, I read on the BBC Website that they already know it’s Peter Moores. If so, last year he did describe Carberry as the best limited overs batsman in England, so his chance may come again. ‘Carbs’ was of course particularly severe on Lancashire. 

The True Supporter?
April 18, 2014, 2:25 pm
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My wife and I have been together over 30 years. She was not at all a cricket person when we met and the first time I took her to a match was the Saturday of Pompey Week (1984?) where she had a couple of beers, then after play mixed with Tim Tremlett, Malcolm Marshall and others (there’s a photo too!), had a couple more beers and rather enjoyed herself. Four years later her next trip to cricket was the 1988 Lord’s FInal and then in 1994 she managed two days of a Test Match, which just happened to be in Barbados (and England won!)

She began to think this cricket lark was OK and now she’s an Exec Member at the Ageas Bowl but I keep explaining she’s not a real cricket supporter until she’s had a wet Tuesday in Derby (based on the old three-day format). Incidentally substituting Leicester or Northampton is entirely acceptable.

Well now it’s possible. I’ve got a lively Easter weekend but I’m thinking of driving up and back on Tuesday. However I’ve just seen a forecast. I have done a wet Thursday in Derby so I guess that counts but I’m not sure yet whether I’ll go next week.

Team News: Wheater is out, Bates in, Briggs and Balcombe added. I can’t see David playing and I reckon Danny is less likely with Michael in – unless the wicket indicates turn (that would be a revelation wouldn’t it?). I suspect Coles will bat 8 and Michael 9. Let’s hope the rain permits them to stay at the top of the table.



Many Thanks
April 17, 2014, 5:10 pm
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To Keith in particular (previous post Comment) for doing the work on the catchers – and some interesting names too.

This is one of two Blogs I’ve been running for just over four years now (hence my Comment name as Pompey Pop which isn’t just because I’m very old). This cricket one has been slow to get going, but I’d like to thanks all the contributors this year – there are many more and many new names which is excellent

It is principally about the history of course but I figure history is the last over (last ball?) so equally happy to follow the current season

For those of you interested in way back, I have just approved for printing Hampshire Cricket Heritage’s second publication. It’s by Alan Edwards and describes the match and the players in July 1864 v Sussex at Southampton’s Antelope Ground – Hampshire County Cricket Club’s first official match. I’ll let you know as soon as I receive copies.

Dawson’s catches
April 17, 2014, 8:47 am
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I noted below that he has 98 catches and that is better than one per match

VERY FEW Hampshire cricketers have managed that. I’m a bit busy today but I will check (unless Bob Murrell gets there first!) but the names of Barnard, Sainsbury and Eagar spring to mind. I don’t think there is anyone else in the current squad. Wicketkeepers are more of course and the difficult ones are George Brown and Leo Harrison who both played as fielders quite often.


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