Hampshire Cricket History

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March 31, 2016, 2:16 pm
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These days the Cricketer is a bit mixed but the April edition is worth a read for anyone interested in the future of county cricket. There is also a preview of the forthcoming season, county-by-county and the Hampshire review seems quite positive until you reach the prediction – Hampshire to finish bottom (and Durham going with them).

Meanwhile today, Andrew Gale is interviewed in the Guardian and says that his county faces its “toughest” challenge in seeking to retain the title. He suggests Surrey and Lancashire are unusually strong for promoted sides, Warwickshire are enhanced by Bell and Trott, and Middlesex are “up-and-coming” with particularly good bowlers. He adds you “can’t write off Durham” and “you never know with Nottinghamshire”.

Somerset? Not mentioned. Hampshire? Ditto …

Mind you, we didn’t have a chance in 1973 either.

 Vic Marks wrote in today’s Guardian that Jason Roy is not one of those cricketers “who suffers from paralysis by analysis” and that “this helps him be so effective in the shortest form of the game”. It seems to me that a similar situation applies to those of us who watch – the analysis is usually retrospective rather than in response to any given moment, partly because each significant moment is accompanied by a racket and partly because everything happens so quickly.



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Another Prediction from on-line “Deep Extra Cover”. It’s a bit boring:

“Ultimately avoiding another relegation battle like that of last season will be the aim. The squad looks more than capable of that and a mid-table season looks more likely. Hampshire have always been strong in the shorter formats and a seventh T20 finals day would not come as a surprise.”

Betting (IN 1973 we were 66/1 for the Championship)

Specsavers County Championship Division 1: 16/1

Royal London One-Day Cup: 8/1

Natwest Twenty20 Blast: 9/1

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