Hampshire Cricket History


Essex/Chelmsford – unlucky 13?
June 29, 2013, 8:34 am
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The way Essex started last night one point might have been a bonus but that’s small consolation for those who went to see a 13-ball T20 contest at Chelmsford

I had wondered on Thursday of this rain-blighted week whether England’s two-ball match might have been the shortest ever where play had started – to be honest I’m unlikely to check but maybe there has been a one-ball game?

In Hampshire’s case, two matches were completely abandoned last year (v Sussex at Hove and home v Essex) but we only need to go back to 2011 to find a shorter match – v Glamorgan we had just one over and an abandoned match v Somerset. Prior to that Hampshire had enjoyed reasonable T20 weather for a few years. In 2007 Middlesex never started and Chelmsford (again) was abandoned after 16 overs but 2005 was lousy with three matches abandoned, Sussex and Essex at home and inevitably it seems, Chelmsford again. The first two years (2003 and 2004) saw every match get to a result with only Essex at home in 2004 being (slightly) abbreviated.

That makes 10 abandoned of which five were v Essex. Incidentally it may have been handy that Surrey beat Sussex as both those (strong) teams have now lost one match


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