Hampshire Cricket History

Hong Kong
April 20, 2015, 3:05 pm
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This is George Heath – I’ve been emailing Kevan James about him in the context of a commentary discussion about cricketers from Hong Kong. George was born there, as was Dermot Reeve

I’ve been thinking more about George with an eye on the 70th anniversary of VE day just a couple of weeks away.

I wouldn’t dispute that Dermot Reeve was a better cricketer although George had a better strike rate and average as a bowler (he couldn’t bat)
However, George made his debut as a 24-year-old in 1937 and in three seasons took 233 wickets
Then from the age of 27 (his peak?) he missed the next six years to the war and so did not play first-class again until he was 33. An awful lot of cricketers of his generation lost the best years of their career even when they survived that terrible conflict.
(Incidentally I went to school with his son but never saw George play)

Good Starts (part 2)
April 20, 2015, 10:56 am
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First Match

Sussex 22-3 & 71-6 beat Hampshire 47-1 & 76-1

Second Match

Hampshire 94-1 v Warwicks 42-3

PS: Warwickshire were later 92-5

Good start
April 19, 2015, 1:58 pm
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89-0 at lunch


48-3 in 75 minutes since

Another innings in which every bowler is at you

PS Afternoon session, 112-6 (Tea 201-6)

PPS The 8th wicket partnership went past 100 so there I was checking the record and deciding to keep quiet about it (it’s 124) when Wheater got out. Still, a good effort by those two guys.

Subtle Stats or …?
April 19, 2015, 8:08 am
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I’d love to hear what you think about a relatively sophisticated study of England’s best-ever Test bowler

The answer will surprise most of you I suspect. It’s at:


Warwickshire Records
April 18, 2015, 7:46 pm
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At all our home games, our Statistician Bob Murrell produces his excellent records in matches between the two sides. He has an extraordinary database and he shares it with me, so when we’re playing away I’ll try to remember to post a few here at the start – and check others if anything significant happens:

Hampshire v Warwickshire – Hampshire won 42, Warwicks won 50, Drawn 62, Abandoned 1

Highest Totals: Hampshire 616-7d Portsmouth, 1920. Warwickshire 657-6d Birmingham 1899

Lowest Totals: Hampshire 15 (and won) Birmingham 1922, Warwickshire 36 Portsmouth 1927

RH Moore’s 316 for Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1937 remains Hampshire’s highest first-class score

Squad v Warwickshire
April 17, 2015, 3:01 pm
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Hampshire have added two players to the 11 that played v Sussex, Brad Wheal who was in the 12 this week and Andre Adams who is fit. However, Bird is again ruled out through injury. It’s not great news – not least given that he signed for Northants last year and pulled out through injury. He has played first-class cricket in this country, but only for Australia A (2012) and the Australians (2013).

(Incidentally in the Test, Buttler missed a straightforward stumping of Samuels but in the next over Anderson equalled Botham’s record by having Samuels caught)

Bowling milestones
April 17, 2015, 1:36 pm
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James Tomlinson has passed 350 first-class wickets for Hampshire. There are 30 men ahead of him in the list of Hampshire wicket-takers, the nearest being KD James with 359. After that he has to get past 400 to move up the list, with six men between 401-450 (Mascarenhas). ‘Dimi’ and Udal (708) are the only bowlers ahead of him in the list who played in the 21st century (therefore in two divisional cricket).

Otherwise after the match v Sussex

First-Class Wickets for Hampshire:
Sean Ervine 197
Danny Briggs 146
Chris Wood 96
I don’t think any of our batters is nearing a significant ‘milestone’.
Incidentally if you heard me making a mess of ‘Tommo’ on Radio Solent this week, let me reassure you that (a) I’ve checked these with Bob Murrell and (b) yes, I have remembered the Loughborough Uni match!

April 15, 2015, 9:36 pm
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Today was disappointing but much of the first match was really interesting and the weather was stunning for mid-April. Sussex won because they were the better side but not everywhere.

Hampshire had the best opening batsman by a distance in Carberry, the two number threes struggled, the two number fours got in and got out. Wright was superb in both innings. Hampshire were unlucky with the injury to their captain which disrupted the order in the first innings.

The Sussex seamers were very good as a unit but Hampshire had the best slow bowler, and in Tomlinson perhaps the best left-arm seamer. Wheater probably kept more tidily than Brown but couldn’t match the latter’s runs. Ervine and Wood both contributed valuable runs but that poses a problem of selection at Edgbaston (assuming Adams and Bird are fit) because neither were particularly effective with the ball.

Somerset, Worcestershire and Hampshire have been tipped to struggle and all three lost. Recent Champions, Yorkshire, Durham and Sussex won. Middlesex had to fight hard but emerged with a draw v Notts.

Round Two coming up.

Incidentally, I’m told that Michael Bates played for Essex 2nd XI yesterday and failed to score. In Australia Joe Weatherley’s Under-19s were walloped by Australia but Hampshire’s ‘leggie’ Mason Crane was very effective with bat and ball. I think those two and Taylor might return in time for our 2nd XI game starting at home next Monday.

“Some people are on the pitch …
April 15, 2015, 1:40 pm
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… it is now”.


That’s All Folks!

Always look on the bright side …
April 15, 2015, 1:36 pm
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AH TC DM v Sussex 2015

Just before lunch, Alan Head (Members’ Committee) and Terry Crump (Members’ Chairman) share a joke with David Mann (Chief Exec). In the background the Hotel nears completion while Hampshire are still batting …

albeit with nine down

Ah well