Hampshire Cricket History

I’m Worried
February 21, 2017, 2:27 pm
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Apparently Hedgehog is not familiar with Craig David – how will he know whether to buy tickets? Well I hope this might help him, and indeed anyone else out there who is not sure.

It does help to get up and shake your hips to this, and I have chosen it deliberately and especially to all my pals in Southampton, as not only is it Craig from the city, but the group Artful Dodger are from there too.





February 21, 2017, 2:20 pm
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An interesting piece from the Daily Telegraph about how much England players earn, how much they will be docked for going to the IPL etc. As far as I can figure poor Ben Stokes will now only get about £1.6m



Not Me Then
February 20, 2017, 6:54 pm
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I’ve just seen Craig David on TV from the Ageas Bowl with “some amazing news for all the Southamptoners (?) out there”, about the gig he will do at the ground in September. The reporter told us it will be his “first show in his home city”.

For around 20 years now, since I was (then) Chairman of Portsmouth Area Supporters of Hampshire County Cricket Club, I’ve tried to persuade people that since ceasing to play in Portsmouth (2000), Hampshire Cricket are not now exclusively based in Southampton. It’s not very sensible that some Pompey people deprive themselves of county cricket because of an aversion to the city along the coast (frequently reciprocated of course) but I meet that view quite frequently around the city; to which I reply that the ground is in Eastleigh – both the Council and the Parliamentary Constituency – and the club is supported, the ground part-owned by Eastleigh Council

But that story above won’t help me to win the argument.

Abbott free?
February 20, 2017, 3:00 pm
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Thanks to Ian for picking up this news “Kyle Abbott not picked up at IPL auction”

Presumably he can come straight over here now (and cover for Mason while we try to steal him back?)

Mason Crane
February 18, 2017, 6:56 pm
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No, not part of the ‘I Remember You’ series (although I hope you do)

In today’s Cricket Paper, there is a major feature on his Australian season (he’s still there) and the influence of Stuart MacGill – Mason took three consecutive seven-wicket hauls for his club side and said “it has all started to click for me”. Jolly good!

In addition, Terry Crump (thanks) has sent this link


Rescue Me?
February 17, 2017, 8:47 am
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Today’s Guardian is asking the Fontella Bass question

“Can cricket rescue itself or is ICC flirting with reform?”

One interesting comment in the piece from a “sports governance expert” at Loughborough University is that the ICC is “unique” among sports federations in having such a “concentration of power … one wonders whether the ICC’s big powers are actually brought to account”. One of those is of course the ECB.

If you don’t wish to shell out, you can find this extensive piece at


All Change
February 15, 2017, 9:39 am
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Many thanks to Ron Griffiths for alerting us to the latest moves that will I suspect lead to the end of COUNTY cricket as we have known and loved it. Probably not in the lifetimes of those of us who watched say, before the advent of limited-overs cricket in 1963, but if you’re one of the youngsters out there …

Ron has sent the link to a Cricinfo  Report on current ECB thinking – the emphases are mine:

“The ECB is considering a report that calls for the number of county academies to be cut. The report, titled “County Talent Pathway”, recommends the creation of “regional training hubs as opposed to county programmes” as part of a plan to “define a new cricket pathway for English cricket”.

It also suggests that the creation of eight new teams for the relaunched domestic T20 competition, planned for 2020, “may impact on the future structure” of the game in England and Wales and calls upon the ECB to “reorganise the geographical structure of county cricket to ensure open and fair access to the cricket pathway”.