Hampshire Cricket History

French Cricket
April 30, 2013, 5:07 pm
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Hampshire’s former player, French-born Benny Howell, played a couple of decent innings for Gloucestershire last week and today has taken 5-57 v Leicestershire.

‘Butch’ Tales
April 30, 2013, 2:33 pm
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‘Butch’ White, like FS Trueman was often the subject of stories which may or may not have been true

This afternoon one of the Radio Essex commentators has been recounting an occasion when ‘Butch’ umpired and gave lots of lbw decisions on Day One in favour of Mark Ilot during a match between Essex and Northants which finished in two days (and presumably must therefore have been a county match?). Next morning, ‘Butch’ arrived and Mark Ilot said “Good morning Dad”

Which is a funny story except I don’t believe that ‘Butch ‘ ever umpired apart from one 2nd XI limited overs match. Does anyone know anything different?

PS (thanks)
April 30, 2013, 12:39 pm
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To Bob and Steve who have alerted me to some errors typos. Keep ’em coming! I’m very grateful and will do my corrections now while listening To KD James commentating from Chelmsford

PS. They tell me Div 2 cricket isn’t very impressive. Not sure England’s captain and leading batsman would agree: 52 runs in 160 balls

PPS (3.15pm) I was about to type that Hampshire, having reduced Essex to 117-7 had conceded a further 126 runs and taken only the wicket of Cook. Then Hampshire took the new ball and Wood dismissed Napier after a partnership of 87 for the 9th wicket. Nonetheless, it has been a frustrating afternoon unless it’s a sign that the wicket has eased and Hampshire will reply with about 500 in the second innings. Essex are 46 ahead.

Now for Now
April 30, 2013, 7:22 am
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I have finished the 150 years season-by-season history and now I shall concentrate on whatever comes up in 2013. I shall be very grateful for any comments, corrections or observations about the history as the intention is to publish this in book form later in the year. I have a meeting about this in a couple of weeks and will now be converting it to a publication.

Let’s hope for a continued recovery at Chelmsford.

April 30, 2013, 7:18 am
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Champions: Warwickshire, CB40: Hampshire, T20: Hampshire

Jimmy Adams was appointed captain with ‘Dimi’ Mascarenhas captain for the T20, Simon Katich returned as overseas player, plus Glen Maxwell in T20 although Shahid Afridi did not obtain his visa so did not return.

Hampshire secured two very important financial deals. Ageas insurance paid for the naming rights and the ground became known as the Ageas Bowl while Eastleigh Council took over the lease to the ground and embarked on building the northern end hotel and media centre. These two deals secured Hampshire’s immediate financial future and they also chose to focus on the development of their own young players, signing fewer ‘star’ names from overseas and other counties.

The investment in their younger players paid immediate dividends as Hampshire won two trophies for the first time, the FPT20 v Yorkshire at Cardiff and the CB40 Final at Lord’s v Warwickshire. Both involved thrilling Finals. In the T20 Hampshire posted 150-6 v Yorkshire and seemed to be winning comfortably  but a catch claimed by McKenzie was not confirmed by the umpires and Miller took Yorkshire within 10 runs of victory. Adams (43) and Wood 3-26 were the key contributions. The CB40 Final at Lord’s went to the last ball with Carter of Warwickshire needing one run to win. Kabir Ali bowled outside off-stump, Carter missed, Bates gathered and Hampshire had two trophies.

Danny Briggs missed the second Final because he was selected by England in 20 and 50-over competitions. On his T20 international debut just prior to his 21st birthday he became the youngest Hampshire player ever to represent England and the first player ever born in the Isle of Wight.

In Division Two of the Championship, Hampshire had the highest run-scorer (Adams), wicket-taker (Balcombe), catcher (Dawson) and wicket-keeper (Bates) but finished fourth and did not win promotion. Balcombe’s 8-71 v Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl was Hampshire’s best-ever figures on their new ground. At the season’s end, as T20 Champions, Hampshire competed in the Champions Trophy in South Africa but lost the first two qualifying matches and were eliminated. Their season had lasted six months.

Simon Katich chose to move to Lancashire for 2013 and he was followed by Kabir Ali who had played just 17 first-class matches in his three years with Hampshire. Bilal Shafayat scored 93 on debut v Derbyshire and played in eight matches but was not offered another contract.

April 30, 2013, 6:57 am
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Champions: Lancashire, CB40: Surrey, T20: Leicestershire

Dominic Cork was appointed captain and Imran Tahir returned as overseas player. Hampshire signed three other South Africans, de Wet, Myburgh and McKenzie who returned. As English T20 Champions, Hampshire played in the Caribbean T20 Competition in January, reaching but losing the Final. They reached a second consecutive Finals Day in the T20 but after a tie in their semi-final with Somerset they lost in the ‘super over’.

Hampshire struggled throughout in the Championship and were relegated. Michael Carberry suffered a serious illness and played in just nine Championship matches, averaging 56.64. Against Yorkshire at the Rose Bowl, Carberry and McKenzie put on 523, a record stand for any wicket for Hampshire and  Carberry scored the fifth triple century for Hampshire. In July, Hampshire were fined for a pitch with excessive turn despite a thrilling match v Nottinghamshire. For the next match v Yorkshire, the pitch was flat, the record stand was set and 1,171 runs were scored for the loss of just 13 wickets over four days.

Only McKenzie passed 1,000 runs although Dawson with 908 at 36.32 showed promise. The bowling was weak, Kabir Ali again missed more matches than he played and only Briggs with 38 wickets at 36.65 passed 30 in the season. Hampshire drew seven of their 16 matches, equalled only by Yorkshire who were also relegated.  Hampshire failed to qualify in the CB40 although Chris Wood with 18 wickets enjoyed a promising season.

The highlight of 2011 at the Rose Bowl was the inaugural Test Match v Sri Lanka in June although after a spell of dry weather it was badly rain-affected and drawn. Chris Tremlett returned to the Rose Bowl and won Man-of-the-Match with 6-48 and Nigel Gray was awarded the Test Match Special ‘Champagne Moment’. England beat India in a day/night match in September but that too was badly rain-affected and reduced to 23 overs per side.

At the end of the season Cork, Pothas, Lumb, Jones, Myburgh, de Wet and Tahir all left Hampshire. Imran Tahir would make his Test match debut for South Africa. Former players Jon Ayling and Iain Brunschweiler left the coaching staff. Craig White came from Yorkshire to replace Ayling.

April 30, 2013, 6:24 am
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Champions: Nottinghamshire, CB40: Warwickshire, T20: Hampshire

After more than 30 years, the first-class counties reverted to just three competitions and the two original limited-overs competitions were joined into the CB40 with three leagues, followed by semi-finals and a Lord’s Final, held on a Saturday evening – which was generally unpopular.

Mascarenhas was appointed captain again but he was injured in IPL pre-season and replaced variously by Pothas and Cork. There was a selection of players from overseas including H Herath, P Hughes, N McKenzie, D Christian, and A Razzaq. Cork was captain in the T20 which Hampshire won for first time with Finals Day at the Rose Bowl. The weather was not good but Hampshire beat Essex in the semi-final by six wickets and met Somerset in the Final after Duckworth/Lewis calculations resolved their match v Nottinghamshire. Somerset posted 173-6 (Cork 2-24) with their big hitter Pollard forced to retire hurt. Hampshire replied well and looked to be winning until two late wickets including McKenzie (52). Christian injured himself and required a runner for the last ball with Hampshire needing one to level the scores and take the cup. The runner, the non-striker and Christian all set off, Somerset fielded but failed to spot Christian’s indiscretion, he got home and Hampshire had won. Briggs’ 31 wickets was a record in one T20 season for Hampshire.

Hampshire struggled throughout in the Championship. Adams and Carberry passed 1,000 runs with Mckenzie, Ervine and Vince all performing well although Lumb was injured for much of the season. Tomlinson(46) and Cork (45) led the bowlers although with little support – Kabir Ali arrived from Worcestershire but struggled with fitness and played in only four matches. Another Test bowler, Simon Jones came on a match contract, seeking fitness. He played six T20 matches and one each in the CB40 and the Championship. Batting at number seven, Sean Ervine’s 237* v Somerset at the Rose Bowl was the highest ever score by a Hampshire batsman in the lower half of the batting order. Hampshire’s penultimate match was a ‘relegation-decider’ at Canterbury and they struggled on the first day, bowled out for 204 of which Adams made 84. However, Tomlinson 4-59 bowled them to a lead of 22 and four half-centuries allowed Hampshire to declare at 355-9. Kent lost wickets regularly, Cork and Briggs took four each and a fine catch by Adams sealed the victory and another year in Division One.

Jimmy Adams set a record of over 2,500 runs in the three competitions for the season. In May, Michael Lumb and Kevin Pietersen, both then of Hampshire played for England when they won the T20 World Cup in Barbados. However Pietersen found travelling from his London home to Hampshire too demanding and he moved to Surrey before the end of the season.