Hampshire Cricket History

David Griffiths
September 26, 2016, 1:02 pm
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He was Kent’s leading T20 wicket-taker this season but now he’s left them. I don’t think he played any first-class games.

September 26, 2016, 10:42 am
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For 2016

It was the least successful season since 2003 in terms of final Championship place and/or achievements in the two limited overs competitions.

There were significant extenuating circumstances (Carberry, Edwards, Topley, Stevenson, Wood, Berg who missed the first six Championship matches and – while it probably didn’t affect the first team’s results – the emotional impact of the death of Hamza Ali). It was almost certainly the ‘unluckiest’ season in Hampshire’s history.

28 players appeared in competitive matches (twice as many as 1973 when we last won the Championship). Some of those felt like desperation signings – Best, Andrew, Carter each had a day or two of success but little more. Wainwright …???

The positives then are entirely for the future: Alsop, Crane, Goodwin, McManus, Weatherley, and Wheal are those who appeared in the first team and there are others. But since it was for me a very sad season I’m inclined to end with a cautionary tale – five/six years ago I was writing enthusiastically about the previous generation of whom only Vince and Dawson remain.

Batting 2016
September 26, 2016, 10:33 am
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Less to say probably – on the whole it was OK but the fact that the top six in the averages are (in order) Ervine, McLaren, Wheater, Adams, McManus and Dawson suggests that the top order didn’t fire properly. No doubt batting against the new ball was harder on this year’s pitches and the loss of Carberry was significant, but below those six came Vince, averaging 34, Alsop 33 and Smith (just) 30. Only Ervine (4) and Wheater (2) scored more than one century and despite Jimmy Adams’ reasonable return of 897 runs (after missing the first two matches) at 36, he didn’t get to three figures.

Equally worrying, the ages and futures of Adams, Smith, McLaren, Ervine and Carberry – plus Berg who was next in the list with an average of 29. Alsop looks very promising if less so against spin, and if you remove his first three and last two innings his average improves considerably. He made some big scores in the 50 overs games too.

A Proper Stumper
September 25, 2016, 5:08 pm
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Lewis McManus held 20 catches and executed six stumpings in the Championship. He is the first Hampshire ‘keeper to stump six men since Nic Pothas in 2007, when a famous Australian leg-spinner was captaining Hampshire. Since Adam Wheater also had one stumping (and 16 catches), the seven in 2016 was one more than in 2007.

Adams (13), Alsop (12) and Smith (11) were the main catchers. Dawson held just two and almost never fields in the slips these days. Nonetheless, in his Hampshire career he has 123 catches in 114 matches and is therefore one of very few Hampshire players to have more than 100 catches at better than one per match.

Bowling 2016
September 25, 2016, 4:56 pm
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Thanks to Tigger for pointing out that our bowlers took 182 wickets in the Championship, the lowest number. Lancashire were next with 215 and Warwickshire best with 267.

Hampshire took the fewest bowling bonus points (35), again followed by Lancashire – the only other team below 40.

Hampshire’s leading wicket-takers were McLaren 32 wkts at 39 and Crane, 31 at 45.

In the past ten years there has always been at least one bowler with 45+ wkts (and in five seasons with 50+) except in 2011 & 2016. In both seasons Hampshire were relegated.

In the list of all bowlers in Division One, James Tomlinson (14 at 35) was the highest placed among Hampshire’s ‘regular’ bowlers in 57th place. Only Tomlinson and Wheal (20 at 36) finished in the top 60 – albeit that the top 60 included occasional bowlers like Tom Alsop (two wickets). McLaren was 67th and Crane 79th.

The other regular Hampshire bowlers were Berg (19 at 37 in 62nd) and Dawson (20 at 44 in 77th)

News Flash
September 25, 2016, 7:58 am
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“We are in danger of sleepwalking into chaos”

We interrupt this statistical survey (briefly) to alert you to a very fine article by Vic Marks in today’s Observer:


Sunset Strip
September 24, 2016, 7:01 pm
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As the sun fades on another season here are the final figures for the various grounds in Division One. It’s interesting that the ground which yielded the fewest wickets per over was Lord’s which produced the County Champions, whereas the one where wickets fell most frequently was Taunton, almost home of the Champions.

The Ageas Bowl was on the slow side but how much was that because Hampshire (fewest bowling points) bowled there in every game? Only three of the nine main grounds averaged 10 wickets per 96 overs day.

Lord’s saw a wicket every 11.8 overs

Oval every 11.3 overs

Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford every 11.2 overs

Durham every 10.7 overs

Trent Bridge every 9.7overs

Headingley every 9.4 overs

Edgbaston every 9.03 overs

Taunton every 8.9 overs

(Outgrounds: Guildford 8.87; Scarborough (two matches) 9.3; Merchant Taylor’s 10.6)