Hampshire Cricket History

April 24, 2015, 1:41 pm
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From the BBC today

“Middlesex have signed South Africa fast bowler Kyle Abbott for the first half of their T20 Blast campaign. Abbott, 27, has played three Tests, 15 one-day and eight T20 internationals, and will join in May, subject to clearance from Cricket South Africa.”

PS: From Hampshire today: “The Hampshire squad v Notts is unchanged from the 13 that travelled to Edgbaston this week. Unfortunately, Australian fast-bowler Jackson Bird is still unavailable because of injury. Fast-bowler Chris Wood could return to the Hants side after missing out against Warwickshire. Andre Adams is included in Hampshire’s squad and he could face his former Club.”

I know nothing but I’m prepared to bet we won’t see Bird. Cricket Australia are certain to be monitoring the situation.

Gallipoli – the Centenary
April 24, 2015, 7:26 am
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The start of the Gallipoli campaign on 25 April 1915 will be marked in a number of ways as this weekend sees the centenary. A number of men who had played cricket for Hampshire died in the campaign – the first in July 1915


Lt JF Sutcliffe

James Frederick Sutcliffe of the Royal Marine Light Infantry was killed in action in Gallipoli on 14 July. He was born on 12 December 1876 in Chatham and enlisted as a marine in London in 1895. He rose through the NCO ranks, eventually being commissioned Lieutenant during the Gallipoli campaign in May 1915; prior to this he was stationed in Deal and from 1909 in Eastney Barracks, Portsmouth. In 1907 for the Deal Depot he scored 1154 runs and took 76 wickets and in 1908, scored two centuries in his 792 runs and took 94 wkts at 10.56. He played regularly in services cricket and in his 1927 book Britain’s Sea Soldiers, General Sir HE Blumberg described him as “the great corps cricketer”, although it seems he hardly ever represented the full Royal Navy side which always featured mostly officers. One exception was in August 1911 when he played for the Royal Navy against the Gentlemen of Sussex at Lewes and had a very good match taking seven wickets in the first innings and four in the second as well as scoring 32*. However, he was listed as F H Sutcliffe and perhaps there were other matches with incorrect names. He was the only NCO in that XI. In August 1911, while stationed in Portsmouth, he played one match for Hampshire at Worcester, batting at number seven, scoring 16 and 8. Worcestershire won by eight wickets and oddly, having travelled to Worcester he returned to Portsmouth where Hampshire were to play their next match v Yorkshire but he was not selected for that match, or again for Hampshire. He was one of two colour sergeants who played for Hampshire in 1911, the other being Harold Forster who was killed in action in 1918. Sutcliffe also sang regularly in local choirs in Portsmouth and is remembered on a memorial cross in Portsmouth Cathedral.

(NB much of the material in these tributes is from Andrew Renshaw’s splendid book of Wisden Obituaries although I had the good fortune to meet two of Sutcliffe’s descendants)

April 23, 2015, 8:45 pm
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Hat Trick

VERY close to 1pm today, Hampshire & Kent’s 8th wicket fell and next ball, Brad Wheal, having crossed while the ball was airborne, perished too. Number 11, Tom Barber, assuming that both lunch and a declaration were looming was not padded up. He took well over two minutes to appear and because nine wickets were down play went on until around 1.10pm, when he was dismissed.

But he should have been timed out

If that had happened, would it have been a unique ‘hat trick’?

Where’s Acker* …
April 23, 2015, 6:36 pm
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when he’s needed?

Balcombe wins for Surrey

Yesterday’s fourth day may have been a bit dull but there was a cracker at the Ageas Bowl today. Sean Terry scored a century this morning and the combined Hampshire & Kent 2nd XI set Surrey 317 to win in around 60 overs. I was busy on Archive stuff but kept nipping out to have a look and at around 5.45 I went over to find Surrey 268-6 with 8 overs left

*Ball (Kent) was bowling at one end and at the other Barber took a wicket which brought David Balcombe in at 273-7. With the help of a few extras, in no time he smashed 25* and won the game with three overs and a bit to spare – and all this in beautiful sunshine.

I hope (some of) you enjoyed the headline …

PS Talking of headlines, on the cricket pages tomorrow I’m anticipating “Surrey 2nd XI win without Pietersen”

Some Facts and Figures
April 22, 2015, 5:11 pm
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Two (good) games in is a bit early to be over excited about averages, but there are some indications of strengths and weaknesses in the two Championship matches to date

The stars so far are Michael Carberry, top scorer with 227 runs at 56.75, Sean Ervine with the best average (210 runs at 70.00), James Tomlinson with 11 wickets at 21.9 and perhaps our surprise all-rounder Danny Briggs, with a batting average of 31.66 and 8 wickets at 23.8

Otherwise, the top six batsmen between them average just 24.75 each, despite Carberry’s efforts – the other five have two half-centuries in 20 innings.

The bowlers have worked hard in the absence of Bird but apart from Tomlinson and Briggs, Berg averages 31 (6 wickets), the others all 37 (Adams) or more.

Two obvious questions – can the top order score the runs to support Carberry and can Hampshire find a strike bowler to help Tomlinson?

Summary (2)
April 22, 2015, 11:51 am
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Highest run chases against Hampshire

2007: The Oval, Surrey 467 but lost by 35 runs

2005: Canterbury, Kent 447-9 match drawn (set 485)

1995: Southampton, Worcs 413 but lost by 70 runs

1910: Southampton, Lancashire 404-5, won

1969: Southampton, West Indians 397-7, won

1939: Southampton, Lancashire 385-4, won

1990: Southampton, Glamorgan 367-7, won

(courtesy of Bob Murrell)

PS It’s been a terrific game for three days, but does it now have 0-0 “written all over it”?

(I posted that bit at lunchtime and while the draw is now almost certain (5.15pm) it’s the only game still going and only Hampshire can win it – they’ve competed well against the second best side from last season. Meanwhile, the sun continues to shine in my bit of Hampshire and the rain continues to fall in Grenada!)

April 22, 2015, 9:08 am
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My apologies

I’m working from a database which is obviously confusing me.

I may return to my role as an Archivist and Historian and leave raw stats to those who understand them

I have to add two more higher fourth innings

2005 (Canterbury)  Kent 447-9 match drawn

2007 Surrey 467 all out lost to Hants by 35 runs

April 21, 2015, 4:55 pm
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I’ve taken down recent posts with no comments

This is a summary ref the Warwickshire target:

Hampshire all out – 379 to win

There have been only four scores ever v Hampshire, higher than Warwickshire’s target and only three ended in victory

The highest was a match lost by Worcs in 1995 (413)

The three wins:

404 by Lancs in 1910

397 by West Indies in 1969

385 by Lancashire in 1939

So if Warwicks win it will be the highest winning 4th inns against Hampshire for 46 years

Warwickshire’s highest ever 4th innings v Hampshire is 339 all out and lost, chasing 377 at Northlands Road in 1982


2011 Edgbaston: Warwicks 98 all out chasing 308 to win

2010 Rose Bowl: Warwicks won by 10 wkts (51-0)

2010 Edgbaston: Warwicks won by 8 wkts (80-2)

2007 Rose Bowl: Hants won with 331-5 but early declaration and forfeit after rain

2006 Edgbaston: Warwicks won by 2 wkts (121-8)

2006 Edgbaston: Hants won by 193 runs – W 213 all out

2005 Stratford Warwicks won by 10 wickets (44-0)

2002 Both drawn

2001 Both drawn

So since Two Divisions in 21st Century, the only successful BIG run chase was that declaration/forfeit game with Carberry’s huge score in 2007 at the Rose Bowl (Hants 331-5 won by 5 wkts)

Sunny Southsea
April 21, 2015, 2:01 pm
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I’ve been out all morning and had a late lunch in the garden in beautiful warm sunshine

Then I came indoors to see that it’s raining in the Caribbean!

Meanwhile, Edgbaston continues to provide a fascinating game (Carberry just out). It strikes me that there are three batsmen with Hampshire and possible England ‘links’ in county cricket at present and Carberry’s the only one who might be picked on form and yet the least likely of the three …

PS: Well batted Sean Ervine

PPS: Kevan was asking about run chases which might be indicative – between these two sides, there’s not a lot to offer. In 2011 at Edgbaston, Warwicks were all out 98 chasing 308 – that’ll do tomorrow – and in 2010 Warwicks won both games but in each case chasing less than 100.

In 2007 Hampshire won a superb victory (331-5) but there was a very early declaration and a forfeit. In 2006, Warwicks chased over 400 and were all out 213 and in 2005, Warwicks won by 10 wickets (44-0).

That’s it since two divisional cricket in 2000.

Whatever happens …
April 21, 2015, 7:33 am
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today and tomorrow, this is already shaping up to be another cracking game – fewer four-day games? There should be more!

The fixtures weren’t kind to us (Sussex, Warwicks, Notts, Yorks) but we’ll get an idea of the task after those four. A win in this game would be terrific!

(Meanwhile apparently no Mr Bird in the 2nd XI)