Hampshire Cricket History


2012
April 30, 2013, 7:18 am
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2012

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.

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