Hampshire Cricket History

Is It True?
April 19, 2016, 3:29 pm
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One of the great sporting clichés is that you make your own luck. I’m not sure how that might be applied to the current Hampshire injury crisis which, despite a magnificent fighting display today, gets worse and worse.

Without Gareth Berg, Hampshire’s pre-season photo had 19 players who are eligible for the County Championship (two more T20 guys to arrive). Berg was at that point already injured and out for a couple of months, while Stevenson (injured back) is this week coming back in the 2nd XI, but only as a batsman. Otherwise:

Adams has an injured ankle, Topley fractured hand (maybe eight weeks?), Wood injured knee, Dawson torn stomach muscles (rumour three weeks), Ervine is still batting with an injured finger on left hand – same as last season’s injury and an X-Ray tonight.

That’s seven injuries which leaves just 13 fit players, including Weatherley who started this season having not played one first-class match, Alsop (two), Crane (three), McManus two), Taylor (two) and Wheal (four). So by Thursday they could have just seven fully-fit players who have played 10 or more first-class games! It’s a good job they have 10 blank days to come … and time to sign a loan player (or three).

Nonetheless, a terrific effort today.


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The 2nd XI have not emulated the firsts today. At 4.30, Surrey 2s: 400-4 dec & 328-6 (Wilson again out in 90s, Burke 78*, Ansari 43, Brad Taylor 3-62), Hants all out 87 (Goodwin 29) so Surrey lead by 641. Final day tomorrow.

Comment by pompeypop

A fantastic effort with the bat today……especially by Sean considering he is playing with an injured hand. Great support from Adam Wheater & if Ryan McClaren can emulate his last innings then the disappointment of yesterday will soon fade…..unless of course you are an archivist….

Comment by joster69

That’s right Jo – we’re like the Elephant (topical reference coming …) – we NEVER forget.

Comment by pompeypop

On which topic I’ve been trying to recall worse days than yesterday. The one that sprung to mind (which I saw) was Day One v Worcs at Southampton in 1997 when Hick & Moody took Worcs to 428-2. On the next day that pair took their third wicket stand to a county record 438*. But I don’t think it was worse than yesterday because two of our three seamers (Francis & Hansen) were on debut and like the third Renshaw, never won a cap while Hick & Moody were awesome county batsmen (which in fairness Plunkett is not). And we didn’t bat that day so did not lose five batsmen cheaply to cap it all!

Comment by pompeypop

Next season there very probably won’t be any such periods “off”, because “even” divisions probably means every one will play every week where Champo cricket is scheduled

I wonder if the PCA realised that when the allowed/encouraged the administrators to push through the Champo reduction? with the consequence that the four weeks “off” the players get while other teams are playing champo games disappear?

But today was lovely – on both grounds!

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