Hampshire Cricket History

It’s Frustrating!
May 27, 2016, 4:27 pm
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I really want him to do well. Lovely guy, beautiful batsman but …

In 2015 he got back into Division One where he has since played 35 Championship innings (not including any other first-class games, just for Hampshire)

In 20% of those innings, he has passed 50 and in 6% he has passed 100 (ie twice)

Here’s a comparison with Hampshire’s great batsmen, the ones of international class who played regularly for the county (so not that other bloke). The stats here are just in matches for Hampshire

Centuries: Mead 12%, Richards 11%, Greenidge 10%, Robin Smith 10%, Marshall 7%

Over 50: Richards 38%, Mead 32%, Greenidge 31%, Smith 26%, Marshall 25%

In fairness, I’m not comparing like-with-like above. At the start of 2016 James Vince in all first-class Hampshire matches had played 166 innings with 16 centuries (10%) and 41 over 50 (25%) but he has played a lot of Div Two cricket, all on covered pitches over four days not three, and when batsmen are overall averaging higher scores than they did back in the post-war decades (although towards the end of his career Greenidge batted on covered pitches).

The worry is that people already know how to get him out and Test bowlers are good enough to do that regularly, as they have done in his first two innings.

May 27, 2016, 3:34 pm
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Somewhere over 20 and less than 50, looking set, toss the ball up outside off stump and it’s highly probable he’ll hit a catch to cover*. Today offered the perfect opportunity – VERY disappointing

*His first-class scores this season: 25, 21, 119, 25, 38, 0, 47, 9, 35 – that’s six times out of nine

v Middlesex T20
May 27, 2016, 7:38 am
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Hants: P23 Won 14 Lost 8 plus two abandoned/NR

Hampshire have won seven of the last nine matches, Middlesex two, with one additional match no result.

Middlesex won the T20 in 2008 at the Rose Bowl but otherwise have only reached the Quarter-Finals once – in 2005

Hants 225-2 v Middx at Rose Bowl in 2006 remains Hants highest total in T20

Middx 210-6 v Hants at Rose Bowl in 2005, third highest ever v Hants

Hants 99 all out v Middx at Rose Bowl in 2010, fourth lowest ever by Hants.

Middx have never been dismissed by Hampshire under 100. Their lowest v Hants is 121-9 at Uxbridge in 2011

MJ Lumb 93 in 2009 at Rose Bowl is Hants’ HS v Middx

PJ Stirling 82* in 2012 at Richmond is Middx HS v Hants

S Ervine 4-16 in 2009 at Uxbridge is Hants BB (wkts) v Middx

J Louw 4-18 in 2006 at Southgate is Middx BB (wkts) v Hants

Ali Back
May 26, 2016, 12:11 pm
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Hamza Ali has returned and is playing in the 2nd XI’s T20 today. In the first game Sussex scored 152-7 and Gareth Andrew, who took 2-40 is now opening the batting, but there’s no sign of Berg. Afridi starred with 3-21. I’m not sure whether Danny Briggs is playing as only the nine who batted are listed.

PS I was wrong about Berg, although he’s batting but didn’t bowl.

A bit later, Hampshire need 13 to win from 21 balls with four down. McManus 40, Afridi 32, Berg is not out in 40s but the site seems to have seized up. It’s either finished by now or rain stopped play (the sun is blazing down in Pompey but …)

3.10 CricHQ update. Apparently the first match is still “in progress” with Hampshire 140-4 after 16.3 overs chasing 153 to win. However the second match has started with Sussex 20-1 and so far the participants on the scorecard are also those who played the first game – and both matches are on the Nursery Ground. I wish I was there – it sounds a bit like the moment when the clowns run into the circus ring!

Darren Sammy is playing in the second game. Sussex 82-2

Another Good Result!
May 26, 2016, 10:26 am
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Ian spotted the opportunity, now The Echo have reported the ideal solution. Excellent news!


These teenagers!
May 26, 2016, 8:32 am
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I can’t work them out

Crane to Fletcher

Yesterday evening Mason Crane tweeted “No better feeling than a 4 day win”.

I thought that was just for us ageing ones. Isn’t he supposed to prefer the whizz-bang T20?

Five Down
May 26, 2016, 7:26 am
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HC Squad.jpg

Eleven to go. Last year the first great win was in match seven v Sussex, this year in match five – perhaps we’re getting the hang of it.

The matchwinners were Tom Alsop, Will Smith,  Sean Ervine and Ryan McLaren with the bat. No one reached three figures in an absorbing game because the bowlers got some help if they worked hard and hooray for that. With the ball, Tino, Ryan McLaren and Mason Crane were all highly effective in very different ways – I’m hoping we were misinformed about Ryan for this weekend!

This season is intriguingly similar to last year in a number of ways. The top order is a worry  again, with one century or half century each for Carberry, Adams, Smith and Vince in 31 innings. Dawson’s first four innings included 50* and 89 but since then 0, 18, 0, 2 and Tom Alsop’s 72 on Sunday is accompanied by scores of 1, 24, 1 and 7.

It puts pressure on the middle order where Ervine and McLaren have scored well and until this last match Wheater was as consistent as anyone. Last year in the mid-season Gatting (avge 46.67) and Terry (25.78) came in, both with some experience, but any batting changes now will have to turn to McManus or Weatherley who have less experience than Alsop.

It’s difficult to know what to say about the bowling because of the injuries, although we can discount Wood, Edwards and to a large extent Topley plus I guess Young. Yesterday’s heroes Best, McLaren and Crane are all important but as last year ‘Tommo’ deserves and probably needs a rest. Last year he took 15 wickets in his first four games then three in the next four. This year 13 in his first three then none in the last two. He’s heroic, intelligent and delightful but it might be too much. In which case, might Brad Wheal appear? Perhaps Andrew will return, perhaps Berg is near fitness? I hope the comment in the previous post is correct and there is nothing to worry about with Dawson, but he’s not having a very happy time just now. He’s just about my favourite Hampshire cricketer but I hope he can contribute more.



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