Hampshire Cricket History


From 50 to 100
July 23, 2010, 2:57 pm
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One of the criteria often used to judge the quality of individual batsmen is the number of times that he moves from 50 to 100+. For example, on 63% of the occasions when Don Bradman reached fifty, he went on to complete a century (and often more). The great England batsman Peter May did so in 40% of his first-class innings, while in Test Matches Robin Smith reached 100 in almost 25% of the 37 times when he had reached 50.

For Hampshire in first-class cricket, Robin Smith had a conversion rate of 37.12%, just slightly below the 37.4% rate of the great Phil Mead. But at this precise moment, following the home match v Kent in July 2010, Michael Carberry’s record for the county is 40.54% – better than any REGULAR batsmen in the county’s history. (NB: KP in seven matches has three centuries and one fifty – so 75%, while CB Fry played only 44 matches in nine seasons but his rate is 48.28%.)

One other current player has a rate better than 30% (Nick Pothas) – of past players only nine others exceed 30% (including Mead and Smith). There are some surprising inclusions and omissions: Greenidge, AJL Hill, T Middleton, RH Moore, MCJ Nicholas, CL Smith, VP Terry

The figures also tend to reveal things about certain periods in English county cricket. For example the eleven players to exceed 30% for Hampshire do not include any batsmen who batted on uncovered wickets in the bowler-dominated 1950s and 1960s – not one, not RE Marshall (27.15), not even Richards (29.46).

In alphabetical order others above 25% are MJ Brown, G Brown, TE Jesty, CB Llewellyn, D Mascarenhas, NH Rogers, J Stephenson,, C Walker


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