Hampshire Cricket History

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.


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