Hampshire Cricket History

The New(s) Boys
April 8, 2016, 10:45 am
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Here’s Reece Topley at Press Day yesterday chatting with Jeff Marshman who has replaced Steve Wilson, reporting on Hampshire Cricket for the Pompey News. Reece is modelling Hampshire’s new T20 shirt (I shall have to buy one) which I thought resembled a 1950s Scottish Second Division kit (Forfar maybe or Third Lanark?). Alternatively maybe I’ll pinch the name of one of the more obscure blues singers in my music collection, ‘Bumble Bee Slim’?

Jeff’s article is at


Those of you who follow my musical links (you don’t?) can find a nicely scratchy 78rpm of Bumble Bee Slim at



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How nice to hear a cricketer saying he wants to play four (and potentially five) day cricket rather than just be regarded as a one-day player..

Comment by James

I spoke with him briefly yesterday – he seemed a very pleasant young man. Longer chat with mason Crane who was delightful. As usual, cricketers really are a nice bunch

Comment by pompeypop

Did you ask them whether they approved of next year’s reduction in 4-day cricket? Predictably the panel at last night’s forum all did. Rod Bransgrove justified it on the grounds of promoting quality over quantity but did not say by what criteria any improvement would be measured. England’s world ranking has fluctuated enough to suggest the quantity of 4-day cricket has little to do with it. Any other “measure” would seem to be purely subjective.

Comment by Ian White

I didn’t Ian. I’ve written the book now and I feel I’ve said my piece – it’s not going to change any decisions. However, when Kevan James took one of his ‘straw polls’ of the audience last night (around 200) only one person indicated that they thought the reduction was a good idea. There is a clear split between county members and the people who run and play the game and it’s the latter that are winning.

Comment by pompeypop

For anyone who didn’t catch the Solent forum the BBC has it available on demand here


Comment by Hedgehog

It’s never good news when a business (which is what we are now) ignores the views of its customers.

Comment by James

Very true. John Arlott always said he loved the company of cricketers and perhaps this is one thing in the game that hasn’t changed over the years.

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