Hampshire Cricket History

Pooh! (?)
June 28, 2014, 7:26 am
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I had a gig last night which was great fun and meant I knew nothing about the cricket until around 11pm. Definitely the way to watch a performance like that. Once upon a time Fridays and Saturdays were regular gig nights but now they are as rare as a performance like that by Hampshire so I hope it’s out of their system for today and the next four days, which are far more important long-term.

Danny’s figures look terrific – otherwise nothing much. Why no Wheater? Does anyone know? If he’s not fit today I wonder whether McManus might play (as a batter). Any thoughts on last night from those of you who were there or listened to commentary? I know nothing.

Following my speculation on last night’s team (below): Maxwell’s last four IPL scores were 0,6,13,0 and for Hampshire he’s scored in T20 7, 21, 30, 5, 4. That’s 86 runs in nine innings. He’s bowled three times in those nine games taking 0-40.

Worth a read
June 27, 2014, 2:02 pm
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Michael Atherton in today’s Times – Although it will not cheer you up, or make you proud of English cricket.

It’s about the appointment of India’s Srinivasan as the new Chairman of the ICC, despite the fact that he is currently suspended as Chairman of India’s Board of Control over suspicions of corruption. India, Australia and England have seized power and the major share of income in the world game.

Atherton’s article starts “Ostensibly not much will change now that the power grab by India, England and Australia has been ratified at the ICC’s annual conference in Melbourne. Cricket will still be poorly administered and commercial considerations will still be paramount. The politicking will still be nasty, brutal and ruthless …”

Team for Tonight
June 27, 2014, 10:29 am
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Since the Powerplay is in the first six overs I don’t think it follows that a ten over score in T20 should be (at least) doubled. I’d like to see the stats, especially in the first innings (chasing is rather different). Nonetheless, Hampshire are concerned that they are not capitalising on good starts by Carberry, Vince and Adams. It seems to me that Shah should be playing but if he does there are realistically only two players he could replace unless they risk one less bowler but I don’t they will do that. The two are (I think) Ervine or Maxwell and I guess they might not dare omit an expensive overseas guy. If he was bowling his case would be stronger, but he’s not (yet?) scoring runs.

Incidentally last night’s forecast suggested a deluge across southern England this morning, moving up to London. In Sunny Southsea we’ve had hardly a drop and that just overnight. It’s now quite bright.

You may have seen Bob’s comment about the 2nd XI. The Portsmouth News carries the story today. Apparently the umpires called it off after Terry and McManus were hit early in Hampshire’s second innings and the club could be penalised in that competition.

A Time to Savour
June 26, 2014, 9:14 am
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In over 50 years of watching Hampshire I’ve enjoyed some great times, some average times and some disappointments (1974 looms large). There have been periods when we weren’t very good (late 1990s) and times when it seemed we might go out of business. So this morning with Hampshire leading both tables and winning regularly either through dominant performances or scrapping hard seems to me to be entirely a moment to be cheerful about everything in the Hampshire world. If it doesn’t last long, that’s the nature of the sporting business but it’s great right now. And if it does last, that will be fun!


Danny’s 100
June 25, 2014, 7:32 pm
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If you’re watching Cardiff on Sky you will have heard that Danny Briggs has 100 T20 wickets. This is in all cricket – for Hampshire, today’s first was his 93rd. I hope I’m not tempting fate but the bowlers are doing well and it seems that apart from Carberry and Adams none of the batsmen on either side has found run-scoring easy. The commentators did suggest that the wicket might be a bit difficult. maybe it is?

PS: Phew! I nearly did tempt fate. They seemed to be well on top until Coles’ last three balls went for 10, then Sammy and Cooke took 17 each off Abbott and Wood – 44 from 15 balls. But they got rid of Sammy and Abbott and Wood bowled excellent last two overs. Coles and Briggs were also very good indeed. They are resilient aren’t they? Well played Hampshire. Six more to go in the T20 before the Quarter Finals and a four-pointer against Surrey on Friday.

PPS: Apparently KP may play against Hampshire on Friday – maybe we could rush Dawson back quickly?

Back Tomorrow
June 25, 2014, 4:44 pm
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Bob E 2nd XI

Our regular 2nd XI correspondent Bob Elliott got a day off today as I was there and he relaxed in his grandstand seat  (top left). He’ll be needed tomorrow though, as I’m doing my lunchtime talk at the Hampshire Records Office in Winchester – it’s a quick one (1.15-1.45) but I’ll be more than happy to walk round the exhibition afterwards and chat about any aspect of it.

PS: Thanks to Bob’s apprentice, John Townsend who tells me they took the late tea when Hampshire were all out for 257.

Three Taylors
June 25, 2014, 4:25 pm
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Managed to get this shot around 4pm today on the Nursery Ground as Hampshire 2nd XI struggled somewhat against Gloucs 2nd XI. It shows Brad Taylor, Hampshire’s number 11, facing the Gloucestershire off-spinner Jack Taylor watched by umpire Billy Taylor.

3 Taylors

Hampshire were around 250-9 with the interval extended and still more than 80 in arrears on first innings. McManus scored 71, Alsop 41, Academy captain Joe Weatherley 34 and Shaun Terry back from injury, 29. In the Gloucs innings Taylor took 3-80 and Brathwaite 2-52 while there were single wickets for Balcombe, Rimmington (an Aussie) and Gatting.

On Monday Hampshire enjoyed an easy one-day victory over Gloucs by 5 wickets – McManus 47 plus 3 wickets for Wood and two each for Balcombe, Brathwaite and Taylor.

Liam Dawson had a net today and will play for the Academy on Sunday. He’s nearly fit again.