Hampshire Cricket History


Vince captains England Lions
January 22, 2015, 7:05 pm
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(BBC site):

Hampshire batsman James Vince will captain the England Lions in their 50-over series against South Africa A.

Vince will lead the Lions for all five matches of the one-day series, which gets under way on Sunday.

“It was a huge honour when our coach Mark Robinson asked me if I would lead the team,” said Vince.

He led Hampshire’s Twenty20 side last season, and is also Jimmy Adams’ deputy in one-day and Championship cricket.

“I have played under some great captains both at Hampshire and with the Lions, and I really enjoyed the captaincy experience I gained at Hampshire last summer,” he said.

“We have already seen from the four-day games that South Africa are tough opponents, and if anything their squad for the one-day series looks ever stronger. But we also have some new faces in our squad and it is a challenge we are all relishing.”

Robinson added: “James had success captaining Hampshire last year in the T20 and we think giving him further exposure here will be beneficial to both the Lions as a team and James in the future.”



Carberry selected
January 22, 2015, 2:03 pm
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Michael Carberry is in the MCC side for the season’s first match. The MCC, to be led by Middlesex batsman Nick Compton, will take part in a T20 tournament with Lancashire, Sussex and Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi on 20 March and then play a four-day day-night game against Champions Yorkshire on 22 March.



Vince is Top Dog
January 21, 2015, 1:53 pm
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A couple of weeks ago I was concerned that James Vince was not translating his considerable talent into good scores for the England LIons; well no longer. He reached his 150 (152*) today and with England Lions safe, they declared. At the conclusion of the second innings Vince has finished top of their ‘Test’ averages:

Vince – 261 runs in 2 completed innings, average 130.5 (HS 152*)

Trott – 263 in 3, average 88.0 (211)

Rashid – 178 in 3, average 59.3 (78)

Bairstow – 117 in 3, average 39.0 (63)

Lyth – 109 in 3, average 36.3 (65)

Plunkett – 92 in 3, average 30.6 (55)

Wood – 54 in 2, average 27.0 (44*)

(Lees, Robson and Riley all averaged under 20, Brooks 53*, Rankin 0*)

Next, five ODIs

PS: see also: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/30918525



Hampshire for the EPL?
January 21, 2015, 8:30 am
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From a story on the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/30901854

“Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove has welcomed the move to take a fresh look at a new ‘English Premier League’ Twenty20 competition. A recent meeting brought together the chairmen of the 18 counties to discuss the overall state of the domestic game. Among the items discussed was a T20 event similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL) or Australia’s Big Bash.

“We seem to have missed the boat in terms of the escalation of T20 around the globe,” he told BBC Radio Solent.

“We are quite hopeful there could be a new dawn.”

The current domestic T20 competition, involving traditional county sides, predominantly features matches on Friday nights, with this year’s schedulestretched out from mid-May until late August.

But many would like a more condensed competition, specifically for the T20 format, with fewer teams.

The possible introduction of city-based franchises, like those which compete in the IPL and Big Bash, has also been mooted.”



Isn’t It Boring
January 20, 2015, 9:57 am
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When England are so good? I was up at 6.30 to watch the second half only to catch the delayed break followed by a stroll in the park. No fun!

Let’s hope James Vince gets a big score for the Lions who look to be in a bit of trouble in South Africa.

PS: At tea he’s 39* in another good stand with Trott (stand of 90*) – added to his 31 in the first innings he’s suddenly hit a consistent streak which is good news. The Lions are just 10 ahead with four sessions to play and three wickets down, so still much to do.

PPS: Shortly after tea, bad light helped England, play suspended, no further losses and Vince 44*.



Hampshire ‘Bashers’
January 17, 2015, 2:39 pm
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I’m stretching a point really but interesting to notice that KP (number 1), Michael Lumb (no 5) and Michael Carberry (no 7)  all appear in the Big Bash Top Ten run scorers, yet none of them suit England (0-2)

Did you see that KP has a tattoo of the world on his body, highlighting each of his international hundreds. I’m willing to sponsor another one anywhere on his body – a map of England showing in numbers the days he appeared wherever for Hampshire. Do you think he’ll accept?



The Spirit of Cricket
January 15, 2015, 7:57 am
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Jonathan Agnew has been commenting on sledging in the wake of the the death of Philip Hughes and the speech by Michael Clarke. His most recent comments appear on the BBC site at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/30812995

I agree with him 100% – not least this final point (below) – and I hope zero tolerance extends to the non-professional game which in recent years has too often copied the worst behaviour. Is it time for Red Cards or Sin Bins? Here’s that paragraph/point (my emphasis):

“The ICC plans to bring in new, strict anti-sledging regulations in time for the World Cup next month which, I am assured, will have the same zero-tolerance as the recent purge on throwing. We shall see. But it is a shame that the players have not felt prompted to act for themselves.”