Hampshire Cricket History

Meanwhile at Chelmsford
September 23, 2014, 7:57 pm
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Hampshire fan David Wilson lives in Essex and went today. he told me “The pitch today was the greenest I’ve ever seen. I live in Shenfield, 10 miles from Chelmsford, where we’ve had very little rain for weeks and the local club pitch (uncovered) is dusty and straw coloured.”

Where’s Mr Pigot then?

Essex close
September 23, 2014, 4:54 pm
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on 198-3 so they are poised to take a batting point

Assuming they get to 200 but no further, then they will finish with 20 points in which case Hampshire would need 11 points to go up. They have four so far and can get three for bowling and five for a draw (12)

If Essex get to 250 they will finish with 21 points and Hampshire would need 12 points to go up

Hampshire probably won’t get to 400, so if Essex get to 300 tomorrow, Hampshire must win.

If Hampshire win, the bonus points become irrelevant

Points Looking Tight
September 23, 2014, 2:56 pm
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The scenario at tea is more cheering and very interesting. Let’s assume Essex are on their way to victory but they’re not scoring very quickly – perhaps they will fall short of 400?

If they do win but drop two batting points, we’d need 13 points to finish second. That’s a draw and a full haul of bonus points. Could we still get to 400?

If Essex drop three batting points (under 300), we can drop one bonus point and so on

September 23, 2014, 12:50 pm
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I spent a jolly hour in the Dentist first thing then had a rather more enjoyable band rehearsal. I decided not to check any scores until I was finished, which is now, about 30 minutes after lunch

I’ve rung the Dentist for an emergency appointment. I’d rather go back there!

The BIG question (can’t answerit just  yet) is do I still drive to Cardiff on Thursday morning and stay in that posh hotel overnight or shall I cancel everything and choose a day trip to Gosport?

Any advice welcome

PS I’m hoping Mr Pigot is at Chelmsford

Day One: First Task
September 23, 2014, 6:03 am
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Three points

Or three dropped by Essex

Or a combination of the two

After which Essex must win.

Since Bonus Points may be crucial it’s interesting to note that Hampshire have most for batting, Worcestershire most for bowling and Essex fewest batting points among the top five (and even fewer than Leicestershire). Only Gloucestershire have fewer bowling points than Hampshire.

And so it begins …
September 22, 2014, 11:54 am
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Carberry is still unfit so Hampshire travel to Wales with the same 13 as last week, the eleven who played plus Briggs and Terry. In the Pompey Sports paper on Saturday ‘Tommo’ predicted it would not turn much in Cardiff – probably low and slow.

Would you make any changes?

See also


John Manners
September 22, 2014, 10:46 am
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Things may be busy on here by Thursday so

On Thursday 25 September John Manners will reach his 100th birthday, only the third Hampshire cricketer to have played in the County Championship to reach that figure. As an officer in the Royal Navy, John played as an amateur and made his debut v Gloucestershire at Portsmouth on 19 August 1936, scoring 81.

He is the oldest living county cricketer; two others who played before the war are still alive, BD Carris (Middlesex) who was born 23.10.1917 and made his debut also v Gloucestershire (Lord’s) in July 1937, and another Hampshire player, Leo Harrison (born 5.6.1922) who made his debut v Worcestershire at Bournemouth in August 1939. Another Hampshire player Vic Cannings is 95 but did not play until after the War. With the very recent death of South Africa’s Norman Gordon (age 103) John Manners is probably the oldest first-class cricketer alive today.

John Manners played in 21 first-class matches between 1936-1953 for Hampshire, MCC, the Free Foresters and the Combined Services. He scored 1,162 runs at an average of 31.40 with four centuries including 121 for Hampshire v Kent at Canterbury in 1947.

Manners (l), Cannings (r)

John (left) with Vic Cannings in 2013


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