Hampshire Cricket History

August 31, 2015, 7:26 pm
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Many thanks to Ian for spotting this online piece (link below) about the ECB meetings over the next two days and the future of county cricket. It appears that the pressure from members through the counties will ward off the threat to the Championship. If so, that’s very good news, for now at least.

The piece has a ‘sting in the tail’, commenting, “the meetings this week follows pleas from professional cricketers last week for a reduction in county cricket. Once again, those calls look set to fall on deaf ears” – nonetheless there are two suggestions in the piece to cut games: (1) the ditching of early season University matches and (2) a reduction in 50 overs matches

There are clearly periods in the season when the schedule is bonkers – for supporters but particularly for players – and maybe the suggestion to focus more T20 on the August school holidays will help that too. But tomorrow Hampshire’s cricketers start their first Championship match for three weeks. During that time they have played just five one-day matches and the Hampshire teams have included some/all of Wood, Briggs, Arafat and Shah who aren’t involved tomorrow – indeed only Briggs might play again this year. They now have four more weeks with one Championship match per week. I wish them well, but I wonder whether they will be so vocal in informing us that through the last seven weeks of the season they did not play too much cricket?


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There is another piece on the Telegraph website. Don’t let the fact it’s by Heffer put you off.


The Soton DOAG showing was last night. Around 100 people were there (though I noticed no familiar faces from the Rose Bowl). And a very interesting Q&A session afterwards.

It is an excellent film, far better than I was expecting, and being mainly about the abuse of power by an unaccountable elite could well interest people with little or no interest in cricket, should anyone have a friend like that!

Aside from anything else, it’s a superb hatchet job on Clarke, and Sam Collins’s remarks afterwards conveyed a quite vivid impression of his personal charm.

Anyone with any interest at all in cricket really shouldn’t miss it.

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Going to see it tomorrow night in London. Have followed the progress of the film since 2011 so am glad to finally get to see it.

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