Hampshire Cricket History


September 22, 2012, 7:28 pm
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September 22, 2012, 7:28 pm
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Not only in England 2012 …
September 22, 2012, 5:10 pm
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… is the rain affecting cricket. The first few days of the T20 World Cup have been less than riveting with a series of one-sided matches but today’s contest between West Indies and Australia had the makings of a fine finish. Then it rained – and it seems likely that Australia will win it on D/L. Interesting to see three Hampshire players in the Australia side (and two Hampshire players on the England bench).



The Only Way Is Up
September 21, 2012, 2:21 pm
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Breaking up the Berm ….



New Developments
September 21, 2012, 2:17 pm
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Howard Pearson (Project Manager), Keith House (Leader, Eastleigh Council), and Rod Bransgrove at today’s opening event for the new ‘Northern End’ development at the Ageas Bowl.



What’s This Then?
September 21, 2012, 2:07 pm
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It’s the official start of the work (today) on the Hotel and Media Centre – many more pictures to follow

PS – England, having ignored Carberry have omitted Danny Briggs and after the first over they’re losing v Afghanistan (0-1). Serves them right!



Ervine resists South Africa
September 20, 2012, 3:43 pm
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The early matches in the World T20 have been fairly one-sided although Afghanistan fought hard. I’ve just watched Zimbabwe crumble against South Africa who I imagine will win easily. They need 94 to win but at least Zimbabwe’s Ervine resisted with 37 – not Sean however but brother Craig who has played for Hampshire 2nd XI.



Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
September 20, 2012, 10:13 am
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Hampshire Fast bowler HV Hesketh-Prichard is the subject of a brand new biography by Simon Sweetman (Association of Cricket Statisticians Publications – http://acscricket.com/?page_id=55). HV H-P is seated second right above in the Hampshire side of 1904.

I have just received a copy so cannot yet offer a review but it appears a comprehensive account of a man who lived a very full life, travelling abroad, developing the First World War art of sniper shooting, writing pulp fiction, discovering voodoo, supporting conservation and dying tragically at just 45. In between he took 339 first-class wickets at around 22 apiece and almost four wickets per match.

In the same series I am anticipating any time now Neil Jenkinson’s book on CB Llewellyn who played at the same time as HV H-P – at the start of the previous century – and is standing (above) second left.



Briggs for England
September 19, 2012, 4:39 pm
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Danny Briggs took 3-15 in a T20 warm-up match v Pakistan although he may be behind Swann and Patel in the selection for Friday’s first match.



CATCHING & ‘KEEPING
September 18, 2012, 2:51 pm
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I’ve been looking at Liam’s/Michael’s catching this year:

I haven’t (yet?) been through EVERY year ┬ábut looking at major figures, record seasons etc it appears to me that Liam’s FIRST-CLASS (inc Loughborough) catching record this year may be the best ever average per match for Hampshire.

He held 37 catches in 17 matches at 2.18 per match.

I can only find Barry Richards with an average over 2 previously (1973 when we were Champions). In addition Liam’s career average of 1.16 is second only to Richards (1.29)

I think in cricketing terms (not just stats) it’s interesting that he’s so effective at SECOND slip which may reveal something about pitches, line of attack, batting styles etc.

It’s clear that we were getting thinner edges pretty regularly too because Michael Bates is probably in our Top Three with his average this season of 3.35┬áper match – Nic Pothas was above this in 2005 and 2006. Years ago ‘keepers had many more stumpings (Livsey stumped 32 in 1921) but modern ‘keepers have generally caught more than their predecessors.

In addition, Michael’s career average at present is 3.24 per match which is higher than anyone else in first-class (Pothas is next with 3.01)