Hampshire Cricket History

Left, Right, Gone
August 24, 2016, 11:54 am
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I’m a bit slow in this hot weather but it occurred to me this morning that Hampshire’s top-scorers yesterday, Ervine and McLaren, are both left-handers – therefore having the advantage of playing against the two Somerset wicket-takers who bowl orthodox SLA, turning the ball into the left hander.

Seeing the conditions, the Hampshire selectors have chosen to give a game to a Minor Counties bowler of the same sort, but I was just wondering whether they could have picked any other left-handed batsman to counter the threat?

I’m thinking … was there one who wasn’t selected?

(No I’m not thinking of Kevan James)

Anyway this piece of magic cheers me up

I Can’t Explain
August 23, 2016, 5:34 pm
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(The Who)

I’m not sure whether anyone else can either

Was Tom Alsop dropped or is he indisposed? I guess it’s entirely reasonable to applaud the decision to pick Ervine at number 3. Meanwhile, I’m intrigued by the choice of Smith as captain.

It looks as though most of the games are moving towards results and tonight the weather forecast looks less serious on Thursday – the rain might come overnight

But Alsop? I understand that we have the best batting line-up in the country with loads of bonus points, while Alsop only got 93 last time out, with three half-centuries in his past six innings, but he still seems quite promising to me.

So, dropped or unavailable?

PS In 17 innings this season, three Hampshire bowlers have taken five (+) wickets in an innings: Best at Old Trafford (5-90), McLaren v Somerset (5-104) and Wheal in the last match (6-51). So Carter’s debut in the last match, 4-52 & 1-24, was pretty good too – good enough indeed for him also to be ‘rested’?

Walk On
August 22, 2016, 1:40 pm
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(Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee)

It looks like yet another name and number (544)* on the Board then

Hampshire have David Wainwright (SLA Shropshire, ex-Derbys/Yorks) in the squad of 14 and are talking as though he’ll play because Taunton is turning. So too James Vince & Sean Ervine (perhaps) – but if it’s turning, what about Brad Taylor?

Hampshire have just won their second game of the season but could be about to make three changes. Out go – well we know Dawson, but after him?

*Wainwright will also be their 22nd Championship player, plus Stevenson, Taylor, Sammy and Afridi in the white ball stuff. 26 players in one season is not a record, but excluding a single JPL match for John Rice, it is double the size of their 1973 squad in four competitions.

PS: Forecast looks very dodgy for Thursday. Might need lots of bonus points



That’s Your Lot
August 22, 2016, 7:16 am
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But remember, Taekwondo and Dressage are for life, not just for August.

Now, back to the serious stuff. Tomorrow’s team? Presumably Vince is back – is he a straight swop for Dawson, with just Crane (& Smith?) to bowl spin? We can opt to bowl first, therefore not last (ref leg-spin).

Interestingly Taunton has become increasingly a result pitch through the season, after starting off in its usual way.

Four seamers again? What if Ervine was fit?

And given recent success is it straightforward that Vince takes over the captaincy? It might do him good … I hope he scores 300.

Incidentally – no comments about the Vipers. Was it Fats Domino or is it not of particular interest to Hampshire fans? I’m just wondering.

Girls on Top
August 21, 2016, 4:46 pm
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Congratulations to the Vipers who are the first Champions of the Women’s Super LeagueVipers

Here’s Fats to add his congratulations:

Ha Ha
August 20, 2016, 9:32 pm
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Said the clown

Three teams at Edgbaston today have Test Match grounds so will presumably feature in the new City Franchise (or whatever) that is to be foisted on us

The other team won (again) but …

Willey & the Poor Boys
August 20, 2016, 5:39 pm
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(Album by Creedence Clearwater Revival)

The ‘Poor Boys’ – Northants and Durham, both broke apparently, are contesting the Final. The BIG boys are out

Four of England’s top six, Hales, Root, Ballance & Bairstow batted today and made 10 between them with two ‘ducks’

Willey has a broken hand. Perhaps ‘Tommo’ will get that England call up?



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