Hampshire Cricket History

Back to bed then
October 24, 2016, 4:24 am
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20 minutes of TV drama! Was it worth getting up – not sure, I might suffer later. Interesting that Cook turned (again) to his seamers and England got away with it despite their top-order batsmen struggling against spin and their spinners struggling for consistency.


The Question Is
October 23, 2016, 1:55 pm
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Who’s getting up at 5am?

Boring this first-class cricket huh?

Meanwhile Jeremy alerts us to a story on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph’s Sports Section headlined “Counties target ECB chief Graves over conflict of interest”. This has to do with the fact that the Graves Family Trust is owed £18m by Yorkshire so it perhaps suits Graves for Yorkshire to get Tests, one of the eight-team ‘franchises’ etc. An ECB spokesman says “Our awarding of major matches is firmly based on principles of good governance” which I seem to recall, was not quite what Rod Bransgrove used to say about the allocation of Ashes Test Matches (especially to Cardiff).

It may all be a storm in a teacup, but it suggests that the ECB Chairman does not enjoy unconditional support from all the counties.

Hedgehog mentions
October 22, 2016, 7:21 am
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I’m sitting here, loving watching the Bangladesh spinners – Ballance had no idea how to play them and has just gone to the slow-left-armer Taijul

It reminded me that Hedgehog recalled John Southern and how we don’t mention him here, which we should. Do you remember him? As tall as his successor Raj was short and like Raj came from London, he left at the end of the 1983 season around his 31st birthday, which is young for a spinner. In 164 matches, he took 412 first-class wickets at just under 30 each, and that’s probably more wickets than anyone will ever manage for Hampshire again. He played a bit in limited-overs games (14 wickets, 25 games). He has lived in New Zealand for many years.


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What? Why?
October 21, 2016, 3:42 pm
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From The Cricketer October 2016:

In their review of the 2016 county season, the magazine has identified the Top Tens for: Best Bowling, Most Economical Bowling, Most Incisive Bowling, Best Averages (Bat & Bowl), Fastest Scorers, Highest Scores, and Leading All-Rounders. Hampshire have just one player among those eighty: Ryan McLaren who is fourth in the All Rounders list.

Only they don’t have him any more:



Why 2020?
October 21, 2016, 10:43 am
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Why has the start date for the ‘Solent Sparklers’ v the ‘Sheffield Sloggers’ been put back to 2020? Why not 2018?

I spoke at Dorset Cricket Society yesterday – I go most years and it is always lively and informative. The audience is broadly retired and mostly male and shared my concerns about the future of the Championship – again like me, without necessarily being opposed to developing the T20

We talked considerably about the current and future game. I speculated that the decision to delay until 2020 might be something to do with TV deals – there was an implication of that sort in a brief report in The Times this week.

One member of the audience is originally from Kent and still in touch with people on their Committee. He confirmed this. According to what he has heard, the ECB believed their contract with Sky (running out in 2019) covered only all existing competitions, whereas it actually covers all competitions run by the ECB – including new ones.

If that is so, then a new competition in 2018 could not be on the table and open to new bids – it wouldn’t therefore generate lots of new money, and this can’t happen until all the deals are renegotiated in 2020.

As I say this is a verbal report – but it seems to fit with the implications in other reports this week.

Once Again
October 20, 2016, 7:09 am
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England pick a promising batsman who has enjoyed domestic success.

And once again he ‘fails’

Premature I know for Duckett who might be fine, but he follows Borthwick, (Carberry?), Vince, Robson, Compton, Lyth … (Ballance?)

The answer obviously is to reduce the number of first-class matches they play – especially on turning pitches against quality spinners.

PS Mind you Bangladesh are lucky that Mr Pigot isn’t there, inspecting the pitch – turning on the first day?

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New Name?
October 19, 2016, 3:33 pm
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I think James has perhaps excelled himself and warrants a special post rather than just a Comment. Here he is:

Perhaps any T20 franchise based at the Rose Bowl could be called “Not Hampshire”?

They could then use the strap line “Not Hampshire, Not Cricket” and I could add my own “Not Going”.

I think I was a great loss to the marketing world!