Hampshire Cricket History

On this day
July 22, 2012, 9:38 am
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(from the new Alan Edwards book) Hampshire played the final day of their last-ever County Championship match in Portsmouth. It was a bitter-sweet occasion for me – I was Chairman of Portsmouth Area Supporters at the time and entertained their Committee for the four days (the famous duel between Dravid and Warne). Their President was Colin Cowdrey who was charming throughout and I still have his letter thanking me for the hospitality. A few days later he suffered the stroke that killed him so it may have been his last view of county cricket. Paul Nixon, batting, won the game for Kent and in the Archive we still have one of the stumps, signed by Paul as well as a scorecard signed by Dravid.

Today is also the anniversary of Imran Tahir’s debut for Hampshire v Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2008, when he ¬†returned match figures of 12-189, Hampshire’s best ever on debut – his second innings 7-66, equalling Shane Bond’s debut best for the county. I wonder whether he’ll manage anything similar at the Oval today and tomorrow?

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