Hampshire Cricket History

Two Options Then
June 30, 2014, 6:05 pm
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More rain (again not forecast) but not really overs lost today as the spinners have been on.

Tomorrow, either Hampshire declare, Surrey hit 50 in 20 minutes and set Hampshire 350 (ish) to win

Or Hampshire bat on-and-on-and-on

I prefer the boring option – although in 1961 we accepted their challenge and led by Roy Marshall won a game in which we’d always been second best!

Worcs remain on top v Glams while Essex are stuffing Gloucs so far.

Oval Lunch
June 30, 2014, 12:47 pm
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So another wicket and point for Hampshire and now a first target of 225 to avoid the follow on which I guess if achieved will take up a good part of today. I cannot see any prospect of Hampshire ‘making a game of it’ so if they do get there, Surrey will have to make all the running. If they bat well, Hampshire will presumably just go on-and-on. I hope they do.

Meanwhile, Worcs have done OK v Glams but that game is not rushing anywhere which suits us, although Essex are dominating in their game v Gloucs. I forgot to mention that Adam Rouse top-scored for Gloucs on Friday (T20) with Benny Howell next highest. Nice for Adam especially.

Ref hours lost, the first two days saw just 100 overs which but for 15 mins means 6 hours lost – the running total in the Championship is now 44+ hours but the forecast looks OK now.

Geoff Elderfield RIP
June 30, 2014, 8:28 am
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Geoff was a Committee man at Hampshire and later a Vice President and although in poor health in recent years always made the effort to attend Hampshire matches. After teacher training he began teaching in Portsmouth in the 1940s, running cricket teams at the Technical High School and bowling for decades for South Hants Touring Club (now Portsmouth CC). He was also very involved in running that club and was on management committees of the Southern League. We became pals in his later years and I’m sorry to report his death.



June 30, 2014, 7:26 am
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Terry Crump tells me the wicket is low and slow (I’ve missed the commentaries). Will they bat beyond 400 and hope to enforce the follow-on? Will we get one quick wicket and a point? Will Carberry/Adams/Smith/Vince score hundreds? Will it be a dull draw? Should Roy be playing for England?

I’m thinking of the Oval in 1961 when Surrey were stuffing us for most of the game but we won – and you know what happened next ….

Sunday Surrey
June 29, 2014, 3:54 pm
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Raining again (4.45pm) and again it seems to be suiting Hampshire although we shan’t know until they bat. The weather today is far worse than the forecast – I’ve been out (south) west way and it’s been very wet. The Surrey attack is interesting too, no Tremlett, no Meaker, no Dernbach but after Friday Dilshan may join the spin attack. OK by me if Surrey bat on tomorrow. Worcestershire started badly v Glams but have recovered somewhat.

Sorry to be defensive (and rain total)
June 28, 2014, 3:33 pm
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But 4-1 and more rain suits Hampshire more than Surrey

PS: They’ve resumed and can play 22.4 more overs up to 7.30pm so that’s 24 overs bowled and 72 overs lost on day one – effectively 4.5 hours lost to be added to the season’s total, which is now 43 hours at the end of the Oval day one

Glastonbury in disguise?
June 28, 2014, 11:45 am
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It’s raining at the Oval. Apparently they are using the same pitch as the last game v Leics – to be honest a high-scoring, rain affected draw will suit us – and I think so too a win for Worcs v Glams …

PS: Surrey will bat from 2.10pm. That’s 2.5 hours (40 overs) lost I reckon, although if the weather holds they can make up some time this evening.