Hampshire Cricket History

40-overs Centuries
May 30, 2010, 7:21 am
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Last weekend, Adams and Carberry hit centuries in the same 40-over match v Warwickshire. This is only the second time this has occurred for Hampshire – indeed apart from 1983, there have never been more than three 40-over centuries in a season.

In 1983 there were five, two by Greenidge v Lancs & Surrey, two by Jesty v Essex & Surrey, one by Terry v Leics

So the previous occasion was in 1983 when Greenidge & Jesty shared a partnership of 269* v Surrey at Portsmouth on 10 July. Jesty (166*) came to the wicket at 23-1 on the dismissal of Chris Smith and significantly outscored Greenidge (108*), The latter had scored 162* in Hampshire’s previous 40 over match v Lancs.

The West Stand
May 26, 2010, 8:46 pm
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Hanging Around
May 26, 2010, 8:35 pm
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Those of us  who have been at the Rose Bowl this week have seen the rapid progress on the two stands – I’m not sure what these two guys were doing today but they stayed up there for a fair time! The Rose Bowl bosses are confident that everything will be ready for the International on 22 June

Simon Jones
May 26, 2010, 7:24 am
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The morning of 25 May (day two v Yorkshire) and Simon Jones bowling on the outfield with Giles White in attendance. Simon took two wickets v Essex 2nd XI last week and will today play against Somerset 2nd XI (Taunton Vale) – alongside Dimi Mascarenhas.

May 22, 2010, 6:32 pm
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Perhaps Hampshire needed the warm weather! Having won their first Championship match on Thursday they have today won their first 40 over match by a considerable margin – against top-of-the-table Warwickshire. It was a real contrast to their defeat last week at a freezing cold Rose Bowl. Jimmy Adams scored his first List A century and Michael Carberry also completed three figures in rapid time. They shared a partnership of 168 which surprisingly is not Hampshire’s highest List A v Warwicks for the 2nd wicket – Terry and Robin Smith added 194* in 1993 (Southampton) although that was in 50 overs. Wood and Herath both recorded their best figures for Hampshire (see below) and Herath took a stunning catch.

Meanwhile Shahid Afridi announced his return to Test cricket. Pakistan’s first match in England is on 28 June which may have an impact on his plans to join Hampshire for the T20 – the Quarter Finals are about one month later.

May 20, 2010, 5:16 pm
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Neil McKenzie has just hit a six to win the game for Hampshire at Trent Bridge. He was the hero scoring his first century for the county and he and Herath added more than 50 for the ninth wicket to see Hampshire home in the penultimate over of a thrilling match (nb – below – McKenzie the first number four to reach three figures for either side in a Hampshire match this season).

So the awful run is over. Hampshire lost the first four Championship games as they did in 1906 (but note below how that was the start of better things) drew the fifth and now they’ve won. Perhaps they will manage a first List A victory at Edgbaston on Saturday?

Other Poor Starts:

In Mark Nicholas’s last year, 1995, they lost the first three Championship games then beat Sussex by an innings at Pompey. They also began with four List A defeats, although their first List A victory came before the third Championship defeat. In fact – as in 2010 – they lost their first six competitive matches but only two were in the Championship before they beat the Combined Universities in a B&H match on 9 May. Even that wasn’t simple because the scores were level and they won by losing fewer wickets.

In 1980, Nick Pocock’s first year as captain, they began with a draw, then lost three and finished bottom.

In 1958, Ingleby-Mackenzie’s first season as captain, they began with a one innings, one day defeat in Yorkshire after two days of rain, lost the next two yet finished runners-up for the first time ever!

In 1935 they lost six of first seven and in 1913 they lost four of first five but in neither case did they lose the first three.

In 1904, they lost the first match, drew the next and then lost eight in a row (plus a match against the tourists).

In 1900 they lost three, then drew one but lost 12 and drew three of the first 15.

Cricket USA
May 20, 2010, 12:51 pm
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There’s a lovely 5 minute slideshow at


about the current Lord’s exhibition connecting cricket and baseball.