Hampshire Cricket History

Picked for England
March 26, 2014, 2:31 pm
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I posted an earlier version of this a couple of years ago

English Domestic T20 Champions over past four years:

2010: Hampshire, 2011: Leicestershire, 2012: Hampshire, 2013: Northamptonshire

Number of players from those sides in the current England T20 squad?

Also 150*
March 25, 2014, 4:49 pm
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A group of us visited Hilliers Gardens in Romsey today to discuss various collaborative projects as it is 150 years since Hampshire County Cricket Club’s first match and 150 years since the first Hilliers shop opened in Winchester. Below, Tim Tremlett discusses playing cricket on their grass with Hilliers’ boss Wolfgang (who is from Germany and confesses he’s not too clear about cricket).

Hilliers 25.3


Not the last time?
March 25, 2014, 4:42 pm
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I was at the ground today and for the first time in 2014 I saw players leaving the field for the rain – on this occasion, the Hampshire players at practice

RSP march 2014


PS : British Summers are likely to be hotter and drier, but washouts are still on the cards, says the UK Met Office. (BBC News today)

A New Way to Get Out
March 24, 2014, 10:46 am
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If you missed the broadcast of NZ v SA today try to check the highlights and in particular the dismissal of Amla – it’s one I’ve never seen before. Amla smashed a ball from Anderson straight back, it hit the bat of non-striker Duminy who was trying to evade it and looped up in the air for a caught-and-bowled.

Incidentally, while England may not have the best side  I think they have easily the best commentators – the worst of the lot to my ears is the frequently hysterical Danny Morrison.

PS Imran Tahir who I have always found to be an absolute delight, has bowled very effectively for the second game (4-0-27-2)

On Your Marks …
March 23, 2014, 11:40 am
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I’ve been watching a few Hampshire cricketers already today including Watson, Afridi and Maxwell – who oddly did not bowl while the two Aussie spinners went for 47 in four overs. Meanwhile it’s about 11.30 am which means the ‘English’ first-class season has been going for about one hour with the Champions Durham batting against the MCC. I say ‘English’ as they are of course playing in Abu Dhabi – in the 19th over Durham are 32-1, whereas on TV Australia are 44-2 in five. Is the the same game?

A nice find
March 23, 2014, 11:14 am
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Colin Blythe of Kent was a great slow-left-armer before the First World War. One of my wife’s friends brought me this post-card and two others (Woolley and Kent 1908) knowing of my interest in cricket. I suggested that since my interest is principally Hampshire I might pass it on to Kent. Then I checked the postmark and message on the back of the card:



It reads: “Ma and I have just come off the Cricket Ground I have left Pa there, had a 2/- seat each, saw Blythe bowl, it is his benefit today.”

I wondered about the match and it struck me that it was early August in Canterbury – the postmark showing Aug 5, 09 (5.45pm). Sure enough it turned out to be the first day of the annual Bank Holiday match against Hampshire. Blythe dismissed opener Bowell and despite half centuries from captain CB Fry and Llewellyn, Hampshire were all out in the 81st over for 236 and lost on day three by 10 wickets – Blythe four wickets in the match.

Once Again
March 23, 2014, 8:11 am
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Confirmation that the Duckworth Lewis Method which is so good in 40 and 50 over cricket tends to make a farce of shortened T20 games. I haven’t had much sympathy for England this winter but I did yesterday – not least because the players should have come off before the fifth over was completed.

Is there an answer? Either make it 10 overs minimum or (my preference) move the compulsory power play to something like overs 11-15. If the first five overs count and they are played under rules that help the batters, then sides batting second should always win.

Qualification for England seems to be via them and New Zealand winning all remaining games or England winning all three and Sri Lanka beating New Zealand in which case run rate counts.