Hampshire Cricket History


In a Spin
March 27, 2012, 11:23 am
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It’s Day Two of the first Sri Lanka Test and there are two aspects of the wicket-crazy day which may strike a chord with Hampshire followers. Firstly, interesting to see HMRKB Herath taking 6-74. He came to Hampshire of course in the early weeks of 2010 and seemed delightful but almost had more intials than first-class wickets, with a best of 4-98 and an average of 46.30. I’m not sure he turned a ball then and his best contribution was to stick with McKenzie as we struggled to a winning target at Trent Bridge.

The other aspect is to note how English batsmen struggle to play spin whether they stand still or use their feet. Of course when county cricketers are invited to experience a rare turning wicket, the ECB send their inspectors to impose points penalties and groundsmen respond by producing flat tracks. If you’re not sure to what I’m referring, compare the scorecards from the Rose Bowl last season v Notts and immediately after v Yorks. In the Notts match, 36 wickets fell in 305 overs. A fortnight later against Yorkshire 13 wickets fell in 335 overs and it’s unlikely that the game would have finished in eight days. I know which I’d rather watch.


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