Hampshire Cricket History

Closing In
September 15, 2019, 2:06 pm
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The 14-man squad for tomorrow is unchanged and I imagine the XI will be too

Liam Dawson completed 200 first-class wickets in the last game (182 for Hampshire), while Kyle Abbott is currently on 199 for Hampshire. His average for the county is 20.27 and only three men who have bowled regularly for Hampshire, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and Derek Shackleton have averages under 20.

Sam Northeast completed 10,000 career first-class runs recently and has 1,000 this season, 930 of them in the Championship. Keith Barker has 3,906 first-class runs and 392 first-class wickets.

I know that two teams, Glamorgan in 1948 at Bournemouth and Surrey in 1971 at Southampton have won the Championship on Hampshire grounds – I think that’s all (?). Yorkshire certainly played at least once at Bournemouth having clinched a title.

In the past two weeks The Cricket Paper has carried its usual section on 2nd XI cricket, with lots of details of post-competition friendly matches. It’s a shame however they didn’t mention that Hampshire won the title.

September 13, 2019, 3:55 pm
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This round of matches has ended with Somerset eight points ahead of Essex. It is therefore their title to lose, especially as the two sides meet in the final game. I think what follows is correct:

If Somerset beat us next week with 24 points, their lead would therefore increase to 32 points, and if Essex then fail to win v Surrey at Chelmsford, Somerset would be two victories ahead, so Essex would need to get nine points from a draw to keep the title alive. That figure of nine points would reduce with every point Somerset fail to gain, but it’s not impossible for Somerset to win the title at the Ageas Bowl.

(As an incurable Romantic – except when Hampshire are winning a trophy – I hope Somerset win their first title at some point)

PS Notts are down. Interesting that were it two down as usual, Surrey would not yet be safe. Sussex making a bid for promotion and I hope, for next year’s away games, it’s not Lancs, Northants & Durham!

Lightnin’ Strikes
September 13, 2019, 5:24 am
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The headline: “Promising young opening batsman takes five wickets in an innings as Hampshire beat Surrey in mid-September”

Felix Organ of course on Thursday 12 September 2019 at the Ageas Bowl

And Gordon Greenidge on Tuesday 14 September 1971 at Southampton. He was uncapped, just twenty years of age and in his first full season as Richards’ partner.

On the previous day, Surrey clinched the County Championship and perhaps celebrated too enthusiastically. On the final day they batted for a second time 26 behind Hampshire and after the openers Cottam & Castell failed to take a wicket (Edrich 95), Greenidge who was not really even an occasional medium-pace bowler had a turn alongside Sainsbury (4-28). His figures were 17-4-49-5, and Hampshire won the match with some quick scoring.

These were Gordon’s first wickets in first-class cricket but as you will no doubt realise it did not presage a great career as an all-rounder – there would be just 13 more wickets in his first-class career and this remained his best.

September 12, 2019, 5:52 pm
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Morkel’s middle stump bent backwards, Dawson has 200 wickets, and Hampshire have won for the first time since May  (up to fourth now)

Dawson's 200th Surrey


September 12, 2019, 3:43 pm
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It’s too dark for Fidel say the umpires, so we switch to Organ with Dawson. In sunshine Felix might not have bowled, but in his third over he has two wickets, having dismissed Foakes and lately Smith, who is here playing a defensive shot in Organ’s previous over (sorry, missed the exciting one)

Organ bowls


Down the Track
September 12, 2019, 10:53 am
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The shot with which McManus brought up the 100 partnership in what’s been a very good morning for Hampshire



Hampshire 331-5 v Warwickshire in 2007

Yorkshire 305-5 in 2015

Highest winning chase ever v Hampshire:

Lancashire 404-5 in 1910 at Southampton

Time for Tea
September 11, 2019, 1:47 pm
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Surrey’s commentator Mark Church has just wondered whether our 2.40pm tea interval might be the earliest ever


So with nothing to report, here’s my contribution to Jeremy’s painting question (“If the state of cricket in our lovely country was a painting, what would it be….. “)

This is (seriously) Ad Reinhardt’s ‘Black Painting’ (first shown in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, 1963)