Hampshire Cricket History


An Interesting Bit
May 31, 2015, 7:20 pm
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Worcs leg field

Nightwatchman James Tomlinson facing Jack Shantry with a leg slip, leg gully, forward short leg and short mid wicket. Intriguingly the leg side field (in total) would have been ‘illegal’ in a local league match; here it was simply fascinating, although James was actually dismissed at the other end.


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Leg theory?

Comment by Paul

I’m not sure there is anything illegal about that in the Hampshire League, Unusual, yes, but not illegal.

Comment by Bob Elliott

It’s because you can’t see the other two out-of-shot, leg side fielders (long leg and mid on). As I understand it Bob, a 6/3 leg-side field is not allowed – maybe Southern League if not Hampshire League. Another Brian (Waterlooville umpire) told me

Comment by pompeypop

If the ‘long leg’ is behind square, then I think that is illegal in all cricket (3 behind square, that is), but I can’t see anything about leg-side fielders, in the Hampshire League, anyway. Interesting that England had only ONE on the leg-side, and bowled wide of the off-stump in this current Test! Mark Nicholas said he had never seen that in his life!

Comment by Bob Elliott

As skipper I once bowled my off breaks to a 0-9 field due to the batsman managing to hit just about every ball onto the on side for a single. My frustration was more with my fielders inability to stop the single rather than the batsman.

The first ball I bowled with that field was hit for a single …. on the on side. I was later told by one of the fielders that he had never seen anyone’s face turn the shade of puce that mine did. Happy days!

Comment by James




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