Hampshire Cricket History

Repeat Performance Please
August 18, 2014, 8:37 am
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I’m thinking this morning of my last trip to Canterbury in September 2010. Hampshire and Kent both faced the prospect of relegation and after two low first innings, we left Kent 373 to win the game. They got to 159-4 but Cork (4), Briggs (4) and Tomlinson (2) shared the wickets and we won by 130 runs. Kent went down and we survived – albeit only for one more season. Eight of our side that day are playing today – those that aren’t? Cork, Michael Bates and Phil Hughes, although I guess strictly speaking there is a ninth, MT Coles who for Kent took 1-106 and scored 10 for twice out.

What do we think?
August 17, 2014, 9:49 pm
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Many thanks to James who has been at Canterbury for his Comments on the day. (Incidentally, the real time now is 10.45pm). Last Sunday I was at the Broadstairs Folk Festival and had Hampshire been in Kent I could have extended my stay and seen them. But today I’ve been at the Wickham Festival and I tend to get wrapped up in the day so I have only just caught up with England’s win and the county scores. I’m not surprised by Hampshire’s position, I didn’t expect it to be so easy again but I reckon (a) they should win as long as the weather is kind but (b) having given themselves this much time if they don’t win maybe Div 2 is where they belong (?). Anyway I have received a nice email from Peter Jeffs (thanks) who along with James, summed up the situation very clearly:


“Can Hants bowl out Kent tomorrow and win? It appears to be a flat pitch given the ease with which Hants batted second innings. Should they have declared earlier and given themselves more time to bowl Kent out? Can Chris Wood come to the plate again? 


Essex are on the brink of beating Glamorgan, Surrey are less likely to beat Leics but its still possible. Worcs have lost but for them it may not matter.”
I’d just add that a draw for Leics would be very handy and I’m not sure about Worcs. With no Ajmal they were stuffed by Gloucs and they play Surrey in Surrey’s next game. Good chance of a draw there I suspect.
Anyway whatever we think, I’m prepare to bet that everyone who reads the Blog is hoping for the same thing tomorrow – whoever gets the wickets!




August 16, 2014, 8:07 pm
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No special reason, just been checking (close of Day Two in Canterbury). First-class this year:

Vince has long since passed 1,000 runs for the season (1,193), Smith has 898. During their second innings this evening Adams passed 800 runs and Carberry 700. Ervine has 591and Wheater has 539. Neither Adams (6 x 50s) nor Ervine (4 x 50s) have yet reached three figures. Hampshire have seven hundreds (Vince 3, Carberry, 2, Smith and Wheater). Otherwise only Dawson (258) has more than 250 runs.

Tomlinson took two wickets today, taking him level with Abbott on 36 wickets but no one else has 25 wickets yet – Briggs and Coles are on 23. Tomlinson and Dawson (13) are just about level in the bowling averages around 25 (Abbott 20.33)

Of course Chris Wood is just about top of both averages tonight!

August 16, 2014, 5:47 pm
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Well it wasn’t Coles but Wood who led Hampshire to a very strong position at the conclusion of day two – indeed they are better placed than the other four promotion contestants. Wonderful stuff! Let’s hope they maintain it.

August 16, 2014, 7:45 am
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It could be an important day for Matt Coles. He can start by helping Hampshire to more batting points and a good score. Then I think he’ll open the bowling which he did very well at the end of last season. He’s not had a poor season but it’s been somewhat inconsistent. For example he scored that terrific T20 50 at Chelmsford since when he’s scored six runs in six innings – and generally caught in the deep every time. He takes wickets but not in the way he did against Essex last September. I still think he might prove to be a top signing and today – on his old ground – is a very good day to start proving it. 

Championship Run-In
August 15, 2014, 4:35 pm
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It’s been a frustrating first day at Canterbury. Everyone got in and everyone got out. It could still be a decent score, we shall see (A couple of hours later and it’s improved, Worcs are struggling too and Essex all out with just two batting points)

Here is the current picture and the run-in, including current matches:

Worcs P11 – Pts 205

Gloucs (H), Derbys (A), Surrey (H), Essex (A)

Surrey P 13 – Pts 162

Leics (A), Worcs (A), Derbys (H)

Hants P12 – Pts 160

v Kent (A), Kent (H), Leics (H), Glams (A)

Essex P 12 – Pts 142

Glams (A), Kent (H), Leics (A), Worcs (H)

Kent P11 – Pts 139

Hants (H), Glams (H), Essex (A), Hants (A), Gloucs (H)

What If
August 15, 2014, 6:29 am
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You unlocked a genie from a bottle and he promised you two victories for Hampshire over the rest of the season – but no more. Which games would you choose?

Probably not Yorkshire next week (!) although ironically results in the 50 over continue to favour what Hampshire needed had they won at Chelmsford

Maybe the two Finals Day matches?

For me, without question it would be Kent home and away in the Championship. You can keep the T20 as long as we get promotion and I reckon that wins in those two games would just about fix it. It seems that today’s Championship team will be the same as Wednesday night’s side unless Basil is picked.

Same Old Story
August 14, 2014, 4:44 pm
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Imagine here yet another pic of the Bowl with the covers on

(I can’t be bothered to post another one!)

I’ve been again today, seen the whole game again (18 overs), driven home again from a soaking ground past a dry Fareham/Portchester to a dry Portsmouth – we had a quick shower at around 3pm but it would have interrupted play for about 30 minutes. It’s still dry now, approaching 6pm. I am beginning to fear that it’s more than a joke and that the ground is a rain trap.

I did see four young pace bowlers (King, Nugent, Barber & Robinson) and a bit of Brathwaite but nothing that remarkable. Nugent took the wicket, a catch in the deep. Balcombe fielded but didn’t bowl, Terry, Gatting and Bates played and a bloke called Porter (MJ) who took the catch. There was also a 2nd XI game at Taunton Vale in which I believe McManus kept wicket, but whether he had 10 mates I’m not sure.

PS: missed someone called JM Foley

So, if Ajmal does throw
August 14, 2014, 7:12 am
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do Worcestershire get to keep all the points?

August 13, 2014, 9:17 pm
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I decided to check on Wheater’s achievement.

In 1989, Robin Smith scored 155* in a 55-over match v Glamorgan at Southampton but Hampshire lost by 8 wickets with 11 balls to spare.

As far as I can see Wheater’s 135 tonight is therefore the second highest score ever for Hampshire in a List A defeat