Hampshire Cricket History

August 24, 2012, 4:41 pm
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In the post yesterday came the annual end-of-season renewal, accounts and latest newsletter from the Hampshire Cricket Society. The main feature in the latter was a piece by their excellent editor Alan Edwards about Hampshire’s best 10th wicket partnerships – including nine that have passed 100 and one recent one that ended on 99. Walter Livsey was there (70*) with the highest score by a Hampshire number 11 and so too Alec Bowell, EM Sprot, Phil Mead and two men who would not survive the First World War, CH Abercrombie and A Jacques.

Alan reported that the last century partnership for Hampshire’s 10th wicket came 60 years ago at Bournemouth, by Reg Dare and Ralph Prouton and then what happened? Just one day later Chris Wood (105*) and David Balcombe (73) put on 168, which is the second highest, just 24 short of the record by Bowell and Livsey, while Balcombe became the highest scoring number 11 in Hampshire’s history.

I think Alan may have secret powers!

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Quite extraordinary as you say. Balcombe’s wasn’t too unexpected as he has been scoring runs, batting well for some weeks now and showing the way to higher order batters. For Wood it’s no fluke to get to three figures and to me shows some real batting prowess which he has shown glimpses of this season already.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

I agree Peter – Wood shows promise as an all-rounder, perhaps the natural replacement for ‘Dimi’ and even on his debut Balcombe was a clean striker. The disappointment now is Bates whose runs seem to have almost dried up after a good start this year. On the other hand he could bat below Wood and Balcombe and we’d not worry. Then we just need more consistency from the ‘real’ batsmen!

Comment by pompeypop

Agree entirely. We need more consistency and application from some of our top order and I am mystified as to why Shafayat is given so few chances.

You asked below if this Hampshire side is ready for Division One cricket and I’m afraid the answer is a resounding no. The batting is inconsistent and the bowling is one-dimensional without Briggs and Dimi. Kabir seems to cause more problems to our keeper than opposing batsmen and at times we look simply to be going through the motions in the field.

We have had some exciting games in Division Two as you also mentioned below but the fact is that we are second in the table through winning a few games in which we were distinctly second best.

Unless things change dramatically in the last two Championship games we need to have a long hard look at the playing set-up, players and coaches, at the end of the season to ensure we have the quality and the desire to regain our top division place. Otherwise I’m afraid I can see us joining those counties that season after season languish in the lower division going nowhere.

Comment by Rob

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