Hampshire Cricket History

July 27, 2016, 9:40 pm
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Of the remaining Royal London games, Hampshire have probably got to win both to go through (v Glams and Somerset) with 10 points. They have the poorest run-rate of teams on six

The top two sides, Essex and Somerset are each on nine points. It’s possible that Essex could lose both (v Middx & Glos) in which case Middx would go up to 8 points (plus game v Surrey) and Somerset could lose to Sussex and Hants and like Essex be stuck on nine. In that case, two wins for Hants would take them above both of them.

Of the teams on six points, Surrey play Middx & Glams so someone must win & lose those games (assuming no ties/rain etc) and Hampshire also play Glams.

However since Essex and Somerset (top two) play Glos & Sussex (bottom two) Hampshire might be scrapping with four other teams for two places and an away quarter final ‘up north’.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It
July 27, 2016, 9:22 pm
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(It’s the first line of Edwin Starr’s “Headline News”)

Good win tonight – still in with a chance of a quarter final and one of those spoons has certainly vanished for now!

Thanks to Paul for alerting us to the article in today’s Daily Telegraph, and in case you missed it the link is below. Very interesting – albeit as my interest in county cricket wanes almost by the day. Check in particular the attendance figures at the foot. I’m not clear about the calculations given Hampshire’s two postponements and their poor performances this year:


George Garton
July 27, 2016, 4:18 pm
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10-0-40-3 today and all three specialist batsmen (Adams, Dawson, Smith)

19-year old left-arm pace bowler, born in Brighton, plays for Sussex

A bit like that promising young Hampshire pace bowler born in Southampton/Portsmouth

Now what’s his name?

(Sadly once again, no Danny Briggs)

Headline News
July 27, 2016, 11:17 am
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(Edwin Starr)

From today’s Times:

Coles savours happy return” – the piece by Ivo Tennant describes his “match-winning performance” and goes on to report Jimmy Adams and Giles White both unwell, adding, “what with that, and not selecting Tino Best who does not make the cut in a poorly performing Championship side … and with Dale Benkenstein returning to SouthAfrica … these are trying times”.

“Bayliss tells Vince to tighten up” – selection is today and “Bayliss says Vince’s place will come under scrutiny”.

“Wood set to join cash-strapped Durham exodus”. Will they be the first county to go under? Stoneman has gone to Surrey, if Wood loses his central contract he’s likely to go, Mustard is on loan at Gloucs, Hampshire are one of the sides after Borthwick … Durham, the article says “are in a dire financial predicament” while “some county chairmen”are asking whether Durham should get extra ECB help while they “keep top players on high salaries given that other cash-strapped counties have had to make sacrifices”.

Down in the Bottom
July 27, 2016, 8:05 am
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(it’s another Howlin’ Wolf song)

Wooden Spoons.jpg

John (West) suggested this one. As it stands, tonight we would have to lose very heavily to Sussex to take last place on run-rate (with two to play) although we would then be level on points. As far as I can work out from run-rate it’s loser-takes-all on Friday. Tie, rain or win for Hampshire and we finish next-to-last. Win for Somerset and we’re last. In the Championship who knows? A 24-point win in our game in hand (indeed a more modest points victory) will get us off the foot of the table.

Why is it called the wooden spoon? They’re very useful for things like porridge, rice etc …

Goin’ Up the Country
July 27, 2016, 7:57 am
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I’ve just received a copy of the fifty year history of Ashford Hill CC

A Hill Book

For a seaside lad like me, they are way up north, near the border somewhere I think. Bob will almost certainly have a pavilion photo. If anyone is interested in a copy please email Barry Monger:


(I’m not completely sure about upper/lower case there)

Well done Barry and well done Ashford Hill CC – on to the century!

(Title? Canned Heat)

This Wheal’s on Fire
July 26, 2016, 9:05 pm
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Bit of a lone hand though

Wheal, Brad.jpg

So tomorrow, Hampshire (next-to-bottom) play last-placed Sussex

Then on Friday, Hampshire (next-to-bottom) play last-placed Somerset


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