Hampshire Cricket History

Do You Know
May 25, 2015, 10:08 am
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Who competed in yesterday’s IPL Final?

I didn’t, but I’m not alone

The Times carried out a ‘straw poll’ of spectators at yesterday’s Test Match and only one in ten could name the finalists

(incidentally I guess someone has won it by now, but I don’t know that either. However, I am enjoying the sight of the terrific crowd at the Test Match day five including lots of young people)

Ref the proposal for three equal (regional?) Championship divisions with an end-of-season play off – I can see the ‘excitement’ of the idea but I’ve never really got it in Rugby Union. On Saturday, Northampton, the best team throughout the season, lost their semi-final so won’t be ‘Champions’. Re-wind to 1973 or 1961 … horrid thought

David Lloyd is suggesting that Trevor Bayliss is about to become the new England coach. Not Jason Gillespie then, but at least the choice is not an Englishman. I suspect we have more qualified, ex pro coaches in England than any other country but apparently they are all second rate. We did try Peter Moores of course but before that Flower and Fletcher and the serious choices this time were all from overseas – a bit like football’s premiership.

Maybe someone should tell the Labour Party?

What If?
May 25, 2015, 9:56 am
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Last year Ollie Robinson was sacked by Yorkshire and played for Hampshire v Sri Lanka ‘A’ but we decided not to make him an offer and he went to Sussex. Yesterday he took 6-33 v Warwickshire, adding to his 12 wickets so far this year at 21.25. Meanwhile Matt Coles took the first wicket for Kent in Surrey’s 8 overs yesterday evening and has 26 wickets at around 25 apiece so far**. James Tomlinson (15 @ 33.66) and Gareth Berg (14 @ 30.57) are Hampshire’s leading wicket takers to date.

** Coles took the first one this morning too

Great Test Match!
May 25, 2015, 7:44 am
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You can see why people want to cut down on the longer form of the game huh?

Happy Birthday to You
May 24, 2015, 9:42 am
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Vince v Kent

Happy Birthday to one of our Blog followers, Paul Rowson. James Vince’s dad alerted me that Paul “has been a life long Hampshire cricket supporter (who) used to coach youngsters at Chippenham Cricket Club, which is where we first met him. He coached James from Under 11-Under 15s, giving up much of his spare time to help run youth cricket at Chippenham”.

Well done Paul and I hope you will enjoy the shot of James (above) showing some good form on Friday night (66). Incidentally, I also discovered you were raised in Hampshire and went to Portsmouth Grammar School. Me too, and we might have just crossed paths, although I am a little older than you

What to do?
May 23, 2015, 9:13 am
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If I’m a bit quiet over the next few days it is partly that I’m working on the history part of Hampshire’s new website (launch imminent)

I’ve watched ten days cricket over the past 13 days, including two Championship and two T20 games, the 2nd XI and the Academy. I reckon I’ve driven about 1,000 miles but now I’ve got eight days off. In some senses it comes as a bit of a relief but it’s a topsy-turvy season – and I am of course very fortunate to be part of the Oldplay generation, picking and choosing where and when I watch.

It’s an interesting thought too that despite all the claims of county cricketers playing too much, Hampshire’s players also have just one competitive match in eight days, while most of their Championship pace bowlers (Tomlinson, Wheal, Berg) haven’t bowled since Tuesday and won’t be needed again until Sunday week at the earliest. If Hampshire bat first it will be a break of nearly two weeks.

Final thought – while I welcome the break, once again a Bank Holiday arrives and Hampshire aren’t playing (other than a Benefit match in Andover on Monday).

Terrible Strip
May 22, 2015, 9:53 pm
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Alex Blake

But fine batting by Alex Blake

From 40-0 after three overs this always seemed Hampshire’s to lose but lose they did – thanks to a 100+ partnership by Blake and Northeast. I have a feeling Hampshire need a sixth bowler – either Dawson or Berg …

PS Hampshire’s three pacemen failed to take a wicket, while David Griffiths had the night’s best figures with 2-36

T20 Tonight
May 22, 2015, 11:39 am
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I made the mistake of watering the garden first thing, since when, in Pompey at least, there has been continuous drizzle  (12.30 now). The forecast seems ok (but …?)


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