Hampshire Cricket History

August 31, 2012, 5:21 pm
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Hampshire have one trophy and are still in contention for the other two going into September. I suspect most of us might have settled for that five months ago although the Championship results today have gone against them and promotion will be tough. Still if you compare Kent’s demolition of Leicestershire today with Hampshire’s match there last week … In addition while there was a feeling that Gloucestershire were generous today, Yorkshire only won with about two overs and two wickets remaining so it looks pretty well judged (did Yorks say the same when we beat Northants two weeks ago?).

I think we should feel pretty positive about Hampshire in 2012 and I hope even more so tomorrow evening!

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Sorry but I can’t see this season as anything other than a very poor one for Hampshire at the time of writing. I appreciate we have kept the accountants happy by winning a twenty over slog competition skewed in favour of batsmen with short boundaries and bowling and fielding restrictions but real cricket is and always has been about winning games by having a strong enough batting and bowling line-up to win two innings games.

Our Championship season has featured four wins – two narrow victories against Glamorgan, one point from the bottom of the table, both games in which we were hardly ever on top and which could easily have been lost, a win against Essex in a rain-affected match which would have been lost had an opposing batsman not thrown the game away going for his century when the game was won and a victory against Northants thanks to some marvellous batting in the final two sessions after we looked distinctly second best for three days and a session.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for Twenty20 cricket and I’m delighted that we have won it but please don’t let winning a financially rich but cricket poor competition hide the fact that this has been a poor season.

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