Hampshire Cricket History

So …
June 23, 2018, 9:32 pm
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That was a thriller then?

Of the Division One matches that started on Wednesday, Worcs v Lancs had 37 wickets; Surrey v Somerset 30 wkts; Essex v Notts 40 wkts, and all ended in results, in less than full four days, whereas Hants v Yorks managed just 26 wkts in four full days – with four wickets all day today including a run out.

All five Div Two games over the same four days ended in a win/loss except Derbys v Glams which had 35 wickets – and in every match at least 30 wickets fell.

So how much was our game the result of that pitch and how much the pink ball? (And how many were there at the close?)


Magical Mystery Tour
June 23, 2018, 9:53 am
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So I have my Cup Final tickets and I checked out the Luckett’s Coach site, which says “unavailable – please call”

So I called and no one answered

Anyone out there know anything?

PS I got a reply at the third attempt

They started with one coach, have now filled three coaches and there’s a waiting list for a fourth which I’m on. They’ll let people know Monday or Tuesday (in case you’re planning the same …)

It’s Such a Perfect Day
June 23, 2018, 7:59 am
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Here I am in shorts and T-shirt thinking what a fine morning to catch some cricket; pop over for a bacon sarnie and coffee, check the ‘paper and sit out to watch Hampshire and Yorkshire in a battle …

Oh well, never mind, I’ll wash the car. I can’t go to the Late Show as I have a gig later in Pompey. I might regret that if we win, but if Yorkshire are still batting towards the end of the second session (can’t call it the afternoon can I?) then the evening might be played out in front of a crowd of 2nd XI proportions.

Hampshire need wickets of course and have so far bowled 36 overs. Interviewed last night, Jack Brooks said “It was a tough slog out there. The ball goes soft after 30-35 overs and it starts peeling and the seam disappears so you have to work really hard to dry the runs up”.

That’s promising then. Maybe Ollie Rayner can set a record for a Hampshire debut bowler (Llewellyn took eight, more than a century ago).

My Best Side?
June 22, 2018, 8:56 pm
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So there I am, minding my own business at Arundel and Neil Marshall, Blogger of this Parish, and well known press photographer around our neck of the words, takes this snap unannounced and asks if the back of my head is copyright!


Top Spinners!
June 22, 2018, 3:44 pm
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Liam Dawson 10-1-30-4 for the Lions v India A (Topley 1-35)

Danny Briggs 3-57 and 3-71 v Durham (6-128 match).

Report in the Cricket Paper says Mason’s recent scan reveals no damage …

(Shame about Rayner)***


Yorkshire’s first innings total was easily their highest first innings score of the season (previously 256). Now Hampshire have passed their only other 300+ first innings score of 351-7 declared v Essex, also at home.

***A couple of hours later, and Rayner’s looking like a Top Spinner too!

Spot the Ball
June 21, 2018, 7:03 pm
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It ain’t pink!

Just back from a completely delightful day at Arundel – quite a few Hampshire supporters in the crowd of around 3,000 (as yesterday) and quite a few Hampshire cricketers on the field. Here Will Smith moves towards his highest score of the season, with Danny Briggs bowling:

Briggs to Will Smith

Briggs to Smith 2018

Will wins this one (four!)

Smith sweeps Briggs

Close of Play
June 20, 2018, 8:43 pm
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Hampshire 2nd XI won by nine wickets. ED Woods took 4-64, and Sean Ervine 3-35, and one each for Organ & Scriven. Hampshire won with 44-1; Organ went for 13 with Scriven 20* and Dickinson 10*.

At the Bowl it’s maybe honours even? (315-7)