Hampshire Cricket History

Weather Woes
June 23, 2013, 11:43 am
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It’s just over forty years since Hampshire played their first B&H Cup match v Gloucestershire at Moreton-in-the-Marsh. It was on a Saturday in early May and it rained all day

On the Sunday Hampshire had another fixture at Edgbaston which was reduced to ten overs each side because it rained!

So the two teams came back to Gloucestershire on the Monday & Tuesday and eventually completed the full 55 overs per side

What a brilliant idea! Reserve days for knock-out cricket

It happened again at Hampshire’s Lord’s Finals of 1992 and 2007 so that both games went the distance

So there we are then – just a few of the many pieces of evidence that reserve days make sense – especially in England and maybe especially when grounds like Cardiff and Edgbaston (& Old Trafford?) are preferred (it’s bright and dry today in my bit of Hampshire).

So what do the ICC do for their major trophy Final? Obviously they pick Saturday for the Final with Sunday as a reserve day

Or not …

PS (some hours later)

England may have introduced Limited Overs cricket to the professional world exactly 50 years ago but they have now been in FIVE finals and lost the lot. Mind you until today I thought the one thing they could win was the T20 stuff

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