Hampshire Cricket History

Here It Is Then …
April 16, 2021, 7:02 pm
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Eskinazi ct McManus b Abbas


Back on a Live Stream Near You
April 16, 2021, 6:39 am
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I’m pretty sure that Emily Windsor will be back on air this evening – if not, tomorrow for sure. Meanwhile Hampshire will be hoping for one more point at 300 and if the current pair of Abbott and Wheal add one more run this morning, they will equal Hampshire’s record ninth wicket partnership v Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl, Eastleigh.

I stress the Ageas Bowl in the parliamentary constituency of Eastleigh, in the Eastleigh Council district and with its own Eastleigh Football Club, because my Wisden came yesterday and I note they still insist on calling it the Rose Bowl, Southampton. It’s been the Ageas Bowl now almost as long as it was the Rose Bowl so, as I’ve pointed out before, if they object to attaching company names to grounds, then the Kia Oval becomes the Oval and the Ageas Bowl becomes the Bowl. And if they do object to free advertising for sponsors then in this modern world it’s the easiest thing in the world to remove logos from the coloured photos of players – but they don’t.

The Five Cricketers of the Year are Darren Stevens, Zac Crawley, Jason Holder, Dominic Sibley and Mohammad Rizwan – four of whom played at the Ageas Bowl last year.

I’ll add comments if and when relevant today on here. I’ll leave my laptop at home – one less thing to carry.

Shot of the Day?
April 15, 2021, 6:44 pm
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My apologies for being very quiet – unless you were following the live stream – but the wi fi at the ground didn’t work all day for me, except on my (4G) Ipad which has limited connections to useful sites.

BLIMEY! Look at those Blokes up there

Hampshire Cricketer banned!
April 14, 2021, 12:45 pm
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No, not him



It Was 20 Years Ago Today
April 14, 2021, 7:51 am
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Well, almost exactly. Here’s part one of an occasional series that will unfold over the next few months:


The first scheduled fixture at the Rose Bowl, a one-day B&H Match v Essex on 2 May never started because of rain. Two days later Hampshire lost to Surrey in the same competition and they lost the third game v Sussex and went no further in that year’s competition. Two visits by Worcestershire in two different competitions brought a change of fortune

On 9 May they started the first Championship fixture at the Rose Bowl and beat Worcestershire in just three days by 124 runs. ’Dimi’ Mascarenhas scored the first century as they recovered from 79-6, and he also took the first wicket, while Alex Morris had match figures of 8-66, and Graeme Hick scored 120 for the visitors. On Sunday 13 May they beat the same opponents in their first 45-over NU League game after Worcestershire scored 183-7 (Morris 3-31). Hampshire lost both openers at 18-2 but forties from Robin Smith, Will Kendall, and Lawrie Prittipaul saw them home by three wickets with two balls to spare.

In the next Championship match on the ground v Gloucestershire, Hampshire’s Alan Mullally, with 5-41 was the first man to take five wickets in an innings there. Later in the season, Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire by 338 runs, the third highest total in Hampshire’s all-time runs victories in the Championship, and their biggest victory by runs on the ground until 2014.

Neil Johnson (88, 37 & 2-50) was Man-of-the-Match in late July when Hampshire beat the Australians by two wickets. Hayden scored 142 against his old county, Warne took 4-31 and Robin Smith scored 113. The Australians first innings all out total of 97 remains the fourth lowest in a first-class match on the ground. This was only the second occasion on which Hampshire have beaten the Australians (previously 1912).

Photo below – Championship day one, by Innes Marlow

Sorry to Spoil your Supper
April 13, 2021, 10:21 am
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In case you’re interested, I’ve been lined up to do a live interview of Meridian News tonight (6pm) about the Duke of Edinburgh and Hampshire Cricket. I’m hoping there won’t be too many action replays if I goof!

Fine With Me
April 13, 2021, 7:32 am
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I’ve just read that those in charge of the Hundred are thinking of changing dismissals from ‘wickets’ to ‘outs’

Yesterday I got a text suggesting batsmen/batters might be called ‘hitters’

I like the idea. I think the more the language is distinct from cricket, the better

This week we’ll be following county cricket by whatever means, later in the summer there will be one-day cricket and Test cricket

Have you ever heard anyone use the term Hundred Cricket? I haven’t. It’s just ‘the Hundred’.

I like the idea that the title and terms are different wherever possible and that we never hitch the word Cricket to the word Hundred. That way, those who like the Hundred can like it, and those of us who don’t can ignore it, just as we might ignore baseball, rounders, stoolball and softball.

Snow Joke
April 12, 2021, 7:01 pm
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Sean asked about snow – there was that famous snow storm at Buxton in early June 1975, just a couple of weeks before the start of the first World Cup. It turned out to be a beautiful summer but that day stuffed the second day of Derbyshire v Lancashire.

I’m not sure whether I’ve shown you all this photo before. It’s the pre-season v Surrey and the invisible man is Danny Briggs – it was freezing and they gave up when it snowed!

(2nd XI closed on 26-1 after dismissing Surrey for 197. Three wickets for Fuller, two each for Turner, Currie and Dale. Organ is out)

April 12, 2021, 9:45 am
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Someone has added a Comment on my post below about the Duke of Edinburgh and signed it ‘Pompey Pop’. It’s a perfectly pleasant, even factual comment, but, I’ve been using that WordPress name since 2010 and it’s not me.

I’m not sure how that happens or whether I can do much about it, but if it’s a case of identity theft I can’t guarantee it won’t happen again.

April 11, 2021, 1:37 pm
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(It’s Middlesex)

Let’s assume that Lewis is playing (if not Tom Alsop will keep, creating a space). What happens if Keith Barker (n.b left arm) is fit – would you stick with Wheal (four wickets)? Holland made the least significant contribution but must be given a ‘run’ and let’s hope the pitch ensures Mason continues (it’s very dry and the forecast is OK).

So is it simply same again?

PS: Hampshire’s chances are improved with Somerset pitch points fine imposed and the probability of Gloucs to beat Surrey (if the weather holds).

PPS: (BBC) The nine County Championship matches scheduled on Saturday will be paused between 14:50 and 16:10.