Hampshire Cricket History

Interesting Comment
July 5, 2015, 9:11 am
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By Dale Benkenstein in the Pompey News this week about Liam Dawson’s loan. Dale wanted him to stay and score the runs in the 2nd XI that would win his place back but Liam wanted first team cricket. Dale couldn’t offer this at present because he said (with some justification) that it’s not fair on the other reserves to keep picking a player who averages 20.

To be slightly pedantic he averages 23 (still not enough) and 37.80 with the ball. But James Vince averages 18.33. I’d very much like to see both players established and doing well in our side because they both came through our junior ranks but those comments make me wonder about tomorrow’s team …

Meanwhile in the same publication, Michael Carberry admitted that morale is low because they’re not doing well in any of the “three” formats. That had me even more worried since we’ve not started the 50 over fixtures yet. James Tomlinson has a weekly column in which he described his disappointment at being left out of the Lord’s side but then revealed he played this week at Shenley v an MCC side. With him were Brad Taylor who took five wickets and Joe Weatherley who scored a hundred. I’d like to get excited about the next group of youngsters, but …

Finally, Vinny Coddrington, Chief Exec of Middlesex has resigned after 18 years. So what you may ask? Well just that the news item revealed that in those 18 years Middlesex have won the T20 (at the Rose Bowl with Shaun Udal) and the Second Division title, and that’s it. Meanwhile, Hampshire won six titles in the ten years between 2005-2014.

Something to cheer us up then.

Bob Taylor
July 4, 2015, 6:41 am
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From the BBC comes the story that Bob Taylor (ex Derbys & England) has had a heart attack and is in hospital, awaiting an operation

Apart from natural sympathy why is this story on a Hampshire site?

Because Bob Taylor was the batsman caught by Danny Livingstone off Peter Sainsbury on 1 September 1961

(and if you’re wondering why that matters, look it up!)

Here are the two Bob’s, Taylor & Stephenson (both in 1960s, Derbys ‘keepers) at a PCA event last year in Arundel


Nasty Fortnight
July 3, 2015, 10:49 pm
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Two weeks ago tonight, Hampshire embarked on a period of five consecutive defeats that’s left them at the foot of the Championship and slipping down the T20 table. It’s been quite horrid and I’m sure all the playing/coaching staff are feeling very low. They haven’t lost three consecutive T20 games since 2007 and only lost one Championship match all last season.

I guess I didn’t miss too much tonight, although Bob asks a pertinent question (Comment below) about Briggs bowling just three overs. It appears Glamorgan used quite a lot of slower bowlers and they put a brake on things (?)

If Hampshire lose the next match (Four days at Worcester) things will look very bleak.

July 3, 2015, 8:30 am
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I’m going to miss tonight’s game – my first absence from a playing day at the Ageas Bowl this season. I thought I’d mind but the truth is I’m not sufficiently bothered about T20 so I don’t. For (pleasurable) musical reasons I cannot get to Worcester next week or to the first day v Durham and suddenly it looks like a two months period when I’ll watch hardly any cricket.

As Carole King once suggested “It Might As Well Rain Until September”.

Dawson to Essex
July 2, 2015, 8:00 am
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On a one month loan. Good luck to him but I hope we see him back on top form

Last night, Surrey beat Gloucs with a last-ball six – a good result for  Hampshire’s hopes of a T20 Quarter Final

Sussex and Warwickshire managed just 12 wickets in a very dull game. Mark Robinson at Sussex said “it was a poor game and the pitch just got deader and deader”. Apparently the groundsman suggested a different pitch but the cricket management at Warwickshire chose that one which was supposed to turn but didn’t. What do they know? Was there a refund for bored members and spectators? It’s like turning up to see Lionel Ritchie/the Who/Kanye West at Glastonbury and just getting a film instead.

Pitch inspection? Points fine?

Why fine teams for slow over rates in what can be nonetheless exciting cricket, while letting people get away with a match in which it would take six days to complete the first innings?

Next …
July 1, 2015, 7:26 am
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I’m assuming our fate is sealed today. If not, it’ll be front cover on next year’s Handbook!

Hampshire’s ‘managers’ made two tough decisions in this game Wheal instead of Tomlinson and Gatting instead of Dawson and to some degree both paid off

Alsop and McManus got runs yesterday for the 2nd XI (ok just a T20 but they got runs). So let’s imagine they both get picked at Worcester – in place of which two in the top five? Last six innings by them:

Adams 11, 30, 1, 5, 0, 28

Terry 30, 62*, 8, 19, 23, 52

Carberry 14, 6, 6, 28, 15, 1

Vince 8, 12, 76, 10, 13, 3

Smith 7, 6, 4, 37, 18, 30

Terry is the only one with a not out in that list and the top aggregate with 194, Adams (75) and Carberry (70) have the lowest aggregates and Carberry is on a terrible run with 90 in his past 8 innings and a highest of 28. In the four innings before that he scored 221 runs. Similarly Adams in the four innings before those above, scored 193 runs and Smith 212 in his previous four, with two not outs. The batting has seemed ‘dodgy’ all season, but in those last six innings it’s just sunk almost without trace. Vince, even with that Hove knock, has just 275 Championship runs in 15 innings.

The Good Old Days
July 1, 2015, 7:04 am
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KDJ Edmonton CC

Kevan James has been back on home turf this week and meeting up with pals from way back. Yesterday afternoon, Jim Borritt (left) and Colin Turner from his days at Edmonton CC were in the box to see Kevan’s working environment (no moths!).


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