Hampshire Cricket History


A small matter …
May 26, 2014, 7:23 pm
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… but maybe of a certain quirky interest

Yesterday Marcus North made his debut for Derbyshire having left Glamorgan. You may remember that he played just under one day for Hampshire in 2009 at Edgbaston before being called up by the Aussies.

Well his innings yesterday was ended on 11, when he was bowled by Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell, once of Hampshire and our only French-born player

So, there you are then: the first time ever that a (literally) one day Hampshire player was bowled by a French-born former Hampshire player on a Bank Holiday Sunday in Derby. I’ll make sure Bob Murrell adds this to his records book.



David Allen RIP
May 26, 2014, 11:48 am
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I hope you’ll forgive a short digression to Gloucestershire – I’ve just heard that David Allen has died. In the beautiful summer of 1959 (age nine), I played ‘proper’ school cricket for the first time, saw my first county match and towards the end of the season learned that a man with the same name as me had been selected for the Fifth Test Match v India. In the event he didn’t play (injured) but he was in the side the following Caribbean winter and played almost 40 times for England.

Not surprisingly I followed his career with more than the usual interest. He did the double in 1961 and I saw him (and ‘Shack’) when I first went to a Test (Oval 1963) and again the following year in a county match at Bramall Lane. Later I saw him play against Hampshire.

I met him briefly twice – once when he was adjudicating Man of the Match at Northlands Road and once in an Old England XI at Hambledon’s Bat & Ball. I was due to meet him again as our guest speaker at the Hambledon Club Lunch in October but now he won’t be coming and another significant bit of my childhood moves into the past. RIP David



No Thrills Today
May 25, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Bank Holiday Sunday and around 11,000 people in Durham have watched the home side humiliated over 50 overs while another couple of thousand in Middlesex have seen their side walloped by an increasingly impressive Hampshire side. In both cases there was hope at the halfway stage but there again it’s so often the hope that ‘kills’ you. I’m delighted for Hampshire (and Morgan apart, at least Carberry was no worse than anyone else) but as matches these were largely two non-events – as matches they were limited overs cricket at its worst.

Never mind – well played Hampshire (again)

PS: On run-rate, Hampshire are tonight top of their T20 table.

PPS: Apparently 99 was England’s lowest ODI total for over 10 years. Following the winter it’s not surprising that the media are carrying stories that grounds are struggling to sell tickets for this year’s England matches.



Local Misery
May 25, 2014, 11:22 am
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It’s been a miserable summer so far in the local leagues. The only result yesterday in the Southern Premier League saw Havant smash Alton but the other four games were all called off. It means that after four rounds of matches only six of the scheduled 20 games have been played. It’s no better in the other divisions.



Hampshire v Middlesex T20
May 25, 2014, 9:00 am
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In 2005, Middlesex 210-6 beat Hampshire 192-7 – one of the few Hampshire T20 matches with an aggregate over 400 (others include 2013 QF v Lancs)

Hampshire’s record T20 score 225-2 was v Middlesex at the Rose Bowl in 2006.

The first wicket partnership in that match was also a record in any T20 match by Hampshire: 122 by Michael Carberry (90) and Mitchell Stokes (62)

In 2012 at the Ageas Bowl, P Stirling and D Malan shared a partnership of 107 for the third wicket – a record for the wicket v Hampshire

In 2005, Owais Shah scored 72 for Middlesex in their victory by 18 runs and 54 in the second match when Hampshire won by 6 wickets. In 2010 at Uxbridge, Shah scored 80 but Hampshire won.

In 2008 Hampshire lost to Middlesex as Pietersen top-scored with 43 and took 3-33.

Results: P20 Won 11, Lost 7, Abd (No Play) 2



And Carberry?
May 24, 2014, 7:34 pm
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There’s a story on the BBC website that Cook may be unfit for the second ODI tomorrow. Still they have an obvious replacement don’t they?

Well maybe not, since the report adds that Alex Hales has been called up but will probably be released for Notts if Cook is OK. So does that mean that if Cook’s unfit, Hales will play? If so, maybe Carberry could be released to Hampshire.

PS: 9.15am Michael Atherton on Sky has confirmed that Cook is not fit. He doesn’t know who will play but added that it would be odd if Hales took the place over Carberry who is already in the squad. We shall know soon. Given that Cook is captain, Bell seems settled as his partner and Ballance played well at number three on Thursday it would be funny if Carberry made a century …

PPS 10.05 am ‘Carbs’ is playing



Same Squad
May 24, 2014, 6:24 pm
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Hampshire are taking the same 13 to Middlesex tomorrow. Since they omitted Bates yesterday it’s difficult to imagine they will pick him tomorrow. Gatting might come in for Taylor but it’s not clear they need another batsman – unless they start poorly. Will Smith seems to be very useful all-round in this form but Owais Shah was a bit sluggish and the (excellent) Cricket Paper reveals that he recently struggled in the Australian Big Bash (for Hobart Hurricanes). Taylor does nor have to bowl since they used five other bowlers yesterday without turning to Ervine – at 17 years and 72 days the experience of playing will be terrific for Taylor.

Every time we play Middlesex I think about the number of cricketers that came to us from there. I’m not counting players like Alan Rayment or Chris Goldie who were on their staff but did not play first-class there, nor the overseas players who play a few games for one county and then another (Dan Christian being the latest). Here’s an XI of players who moved to us from Middlesex and apart from Robson, all post-war (*bowlers):

Ian Watson, Michael Brown, Kevan James*, Matthew Keech, Dennis Baldry*, Bob Caple*, Charles Robson (wkpr), Raj Maru*, Norman Cowans*, Bob Herman*, Martin Thursfield*.

Fewer went the other way – most recently Kevin Shine although in the 1930s Jim Bailey left Hampshire for Lord’s and then returned to us (via a couple of years in the Lancashire League)