Hampshire Cricket History

That’s the trick
December 8, 2016, 8:34 am
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Good stuff from Jennings – even if he was dropped on nought. Interesting to look at his county career – in three-and-a-half seasons, only last season did he average better than the low 30s, whereas Vince has played twice as much, with four seasons averaging more than that, including two over 60 – but that never converted into Test quality. So the trick is clearly to rely on the productive system that’s also given them Prior, Trott and Pietersen – and it’s cheaper!

PS There have only ever been three Hampshire-born, Hampshire cricketers who have played Tests for England, whereas four of the last five England batsmen to score a century on Test debut were born in South Africa (I forgot one above – and KP didn’t)

New Laws and Regulations
December 7, 2016, 1:59 pm
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Many thanks to John West (I’m sorry not to see substitutes mentioned)



Cricket at the Olympics
December 6, 2016, 1:35 pm
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Well not quite, but the main story in the Guardian’s sports section today is that the ECB plans to use the Olympic stadium, (the one where West Ham’s supporters fight anyone available), as one of the grounds in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

They will probably need drop-in pitches, there are doubts about boundary sizes and some counties are anxious that this will mean fewer matches to go around the county grounds than they had hoped. The ECB reckon a match like India v Pakistan might sell 60,000 tickets.

PS: It’s on the BBC site now, as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/38228798

Dawson in again, Vince out
December 5, 2016, 7:45 pm
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Liam Dawson has been selected for England’s ODI and T20 squads v India but there is no place for James Vince. I wonder whether his international days are over in all formats, now that he has reached a cricketing ‘middle age’?

No More Public Money
December 4, 2016, 7:42 am
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For the ECB. That’s the argument of Kevan Jones the MP for North Durham – the ECB received £20m from Sport England in the most recent four-year cycle.

On Friday, the Times reported that James told parliament that this should be the case until the ECB stops being “a cosy club”. He suggested that they acted “on a wing and a prayer” in imposing sanctions on Durham, while “hoarding” their money including reserves of £73m.

“It is clear to me they ignored their own financial regulations … Those should be public documents. With the RFU they are published on the website. What have the ECB got to hide unless they are trying to cover up the justification for the measures they took?”

He added that it is “scandalous that in 2016 we still have an organisation like the ECB which is shrouded in secrecy”.

The Times reported that Jones “without making an accusation … suggested that the ECB chairman Colin Graves should explain his own role in the Durham decision, given that a family trust has a financial interest in neighbouring Yorkshire”.

The T20 Years
December 1, 2016, 10:10 am
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Thanks to Terry Crump for this interesting alert



November 30, 2016, 10:06 am
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Ian’s comment alerted me to the call up for Liam. It wasn’t in the news earlier. Well done Liam, and good luck, although I’ll be surprised if he plays unless it’s to strengthen the batting (replacing say Batty).