Hampshire Cricket History

Another Aussie
May 31, 2012, 6:28 am
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You’ve probably seen this story about the signing of Glen Maxwell. Once upon a time we used to sign West Indians – we could field a full XI. It took until 1980 for the first Aussie, Shaun Graf, to arrive and the next, Matthew Hayden was a good while after that, but now we’ve had XI (plus) of them too including Warne, Katich, Watson, Clark, Clarke, Thorneley, Voges, Bichel, North – and the guy playing Scottish club cricket who came for two (away) limited overs games and I suspect never visited the county. I’ve even forgotten his name – I’ll check it later

Notts will arrive today with Michael Lumb. In recent years we had Logan and KP from them but I reckon that signing Mike Taylor in 1973 was the best deal ever. Can you think of any English county player who came to us having played first-class for another county who was a better signing for Hampshire? I think Carberry is poised to pull level but not until we win the Championship again – others include: Cannings, Fry, Gower, Bob Herman, Horton, James, Maru, Rice, Stephenson, Stevenson, Walker. Does Mullally count as one of these? He started with us, went off and came back.

Look on the sunny side
May 27, 2012, 7:41 pm
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In the past eight days Hampshire have played six days cricket without a single rain break, winning three matches. They have now a deserved three-day break before the day/night match v Notts on Thursday. Today’s win in Taunton was especially impressive.

They have three wins from three in the CB40. Last year the four qualifiers won 10, 9 (x2) and 8 of their 12 matches.

Hampshire Win!
May 26, 2012, 3:40 pm
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OK it wasn’t a tie – but here’s the moment when, for the first time in almost two years, Hampshire won a match at their headquarters – it’s Glamorgan’s last man Reed about to be caught at forward-short-leg by Vince off Kabir Ali. Hampshire won by 31 runs which Bob Murrell tells me is our narrowest victory on that ground. Well done Hampshire!

Back the Tie!
May 25, 2012, 6:57 pm
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On arrival this morning I posted a sheet on the Members’ Board suggesting Hampshire v Glamorgan would end in a tie. At the end of the day I still hope for that result! It must be possible

There have been four tied Championship matches in Hampshire’s history:

1947         v LANCASHIRE at Bournemouth

1950         v KENT at Southampton

1955         v SUSSEX at Eastbourne

1967         v MIDDLESEX at Portsmouth

Hampshire’s captain Desmond Eagar played in the first three of these matches – the first man ever to play in three tied matches in England. Derek Shackleton played in the second, third and fourth matches.

The most ‘precise’ of the tied games was in May 1950:

Kent:          162 (Evans 71, Knott 4-49)

Hampshire: 180 (Walker 46, Wright 6-91)

Kent:          170 (Ames ‘retired’ 55, Knott 5-46)

Hampshire:         152 (Arnold 52, Shirreff 3-27)

Cannings and Knott added 21 for Hampshire’s 10th wicket before Knott was caught by Fagg off Wright and the match tied

In the Portsmouth match in 1967, Bob Herman, son of ‘Lofty’ and a future Hampshire bowler took the final wicket, bowling Bob Cottam.

May 24, 2012, 5:50 am
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(Shot by NJM Photography)

Sean Ervine batted superbly yesterday to take Hampshire to respectability. As in his record innings against Somerset a couple of years ago he batted really well with the tail – I find it so refreshing to see him trust them rather than manipulating everything. Frequently Glamorgan offered a single early in the over and frequently Ervine took it which helped him to his century and Hampshire past 300. As for Balcombe, from his debut he’s always looked capable of scoring runs and he batted really well yesterday. My pal Bob Murrell, our stats man, tells me their 10th wicket partnership was the highest against any county at the Rose/Ageas Bowl. Let’s hope for lots of wickets today on that very green strip.

Shaun on Sky
May 22, 2012, 9:25 pm
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Shaun Udal was at the Ageas Bowl today recording a piece ‘behind the scenes’ – here he was talking about his “proudest moment” leading his county to the 2005 Lord’s triumph. The young lady (producer) on the left is the daughter of the Hon Timothy Lamb, ECB, Middlesex and Northants.

It will probably be shown during the one day international.

PS ‘Dimi’ was there too and running around, jumping about and sometimes sitting down. Apparently he may play tomorrow.

North Comes South At Last!
May 22, 2012, 2:15 pm
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Marcus North’s sponsored car at the Rose Bowl today. He’s here with Glamorgan of course but three years ago he played on the first day for Hampshire at Edgbaston before being whisked away by the Australians and replaced by Michael Lumb. He never played for Hampshire in a home game but he’s here now.

Incidentally there are ‘one match wonders’ who spent less time on the field for Hampshire – and one who never crossed the boundary line!