Hampshire Cricket History

South African connections
November 24, 2012, 8:50 am
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Hampshire have links with South African Test sides that go back way over a century (Poore and Llewellyn) but I wonder whether this week has seen a first as Rory Kleinveldt and Imran Tahir have bowled together in the 2nd Test against Australia. I watched them this morning during the lunch interval in India as Kleinveldt (the worst overseas player ever at Hampshire?) astonished me with three quick wickets.

Poor old Imran is having less success. To date his match figures are 0-218. He was very good at Hampshire but he does hold the record for the most runs conceded in a match for the county – 260 v Somerset at the Rose Bowl in 2009 (although he did make his highest score in the game). He’s also fifth on that list, following Newman, Llewellyn and Udal. It’s interesting that only Newman did not play Tests yet was probably the best of the lot!

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Imran did very well – he tops the list for wickets per match of Hants bowlers with over 100 wickets! Next five probably the best five – Shackleton, Kennedy, Roberts, Warne, Marshall

Comment by Keith Fray

Agreed, Kleinveldt the worst overseas player at Hants but closely followed by Herath (aka the spinner who doesn’t spin). Strange that he, also, has been taking plenty of Test wickets.

Comment by David Wilson

David asks if Kleinveldt was the worst overseas player ever at Hampshire. I think you can remove the word overseas from that question! As I recall it looked a major achievement for him to actually reach the wicket when he was bowling.

As for Herath, I don’t think he was that bad. No great shakes but competent enough.

Comment by Steve G

Ha! I agree Steve! He looked a bit fitter on TV this week but boy, in that game for Hampshire. I remember being furious because some of our youngsters weren’t being picked. I’m slightly fearful that in 2013 a Top Four of Carberry, Adams, Bailey and McKenzie with Ervine at 6 makes it tough to pick Vince and Dawson but things are much better these days

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