Hampshire Cricket History

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March 29, 2015, 10:25 am
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I was up in the middle of the night and while I did doze occasionally, watched pretty well the whole of today’s Final. The 100 run partnership gave New Zealand brief hope but in reality this was very one-sided. When it was over I read a piece by Andrew Strauss (Sunday Times) suggesting that the World Cup had been captivating and that Test cricket must learn from it.

I wonder whether that’s true. By common consent the best eight sides reached the quarter-finals but in the seven matches it took to find the winners, only one was a close contest. The others were all one-sided with the result clear from some way out. That was true for the most part in the qualifying rounds too. I wonder for how long fans will love a format dominated for the most part by batsmen and with few thrilling finishes?

In fact, it’s not just Test cricket. The conclusion to last season’s second division in the Championship at Cardiff and Chelmsford had far more twists and turns than the World Cup offered.

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