Hampshire Cricket History

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May 5, 2016, 4:25 pm
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Lots today

Steven Rhodes at Worcs (BBC) says he likes the change in the toss:

“If you look back, there have been some very poor wickets – maybe this was the only way they could do it. I think, to a certain extent, it’s worked. There have been some criticisms about wickets being too flat but if you’re prepared to bat for a long period of time and concentrate, you’ll get runs. Too many good players were playing forward defensive shots and getting out to average bowlers – that’s what was happening before with the wickets, now those bowlers are struggling a little bit – which I think is a good thing.”

Clearly since he doesn’t pay to watch the game (probably never has) he won’t care if spectators are bored. But how about if you turn his comments around and after the deliberate preparation of bowler-friendly pitches someone says:

“If you look back there were too many good pitches. If you bowl in the right place now you should get wickets. Too many average batsmen were previously getting big scores, now they are struggling a bit – that is leading to more ‘results’ which I think is a good thing”

What’s wrong with that?

Incidentally another solution to games like yesterday is to have bonus points in both innings. I’m not fond of the idea but it would have made yesterday more interesting.

And one more?

Let bowlers run through on the danger area. Leave them alone. Wear out the pitch




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I think there are pros and con for the old way and the new. As for bowling on ‘good’ wickets, there was an interesting comment by Matt Coles in The Cricketer about his time at Hampshire. He said that on the ‘better’ wickets at The Ageas Bowl he had to learn how to get a batsman out. While I agree that wickets are probably too batsman friendly at present, if they become too bowler friendly the bowlers forget how to ‘get a batsman out’, an ability they will need if they go on to play test cricket.

Comment by Bob Murrell

Yes indeed, but if English batsmen keep ‘learning’ to bat on these tracks how will they ever learn to bat on ( for example) turning pitches against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka ( etc). Is it only bowlers that have to learn? Why?

Comment by pompeypop

I agree that we need turning pitches as well as seaming ones and good batting ones. I think what we really need is to go back to ‘the good old days’ when each county prepared pitches as they wanted. Also leave them uncovered when it rains etc.

Comment by Bob Murrell

Now there’s a plan!

Comment by pompeypop

Let us not forget that in the 13 Div one matches so far, only one lost no overs to the weather. In that match Lancs beat Notts. Let us wait for the weather to settle down before deciding if the new toss/no toss rule is working.

Comment by Tigger

Entirely fair point Tigger and I don’t think the preponderance of drawn games can be blamed simply on a new rule – the problem with pitches, especially pitches that never take spin (the majority) goes back some years. Unless a wicket falls every 10 overs (approx) then a match can only reach a positive conclusion through a declaration/contrivance. I’m not sure what’s happening across the whole country but apart from moments in the second Hampshire innings, the last match v Middx stuck to the pattern of wickets with the new ball and then hardly any from around 30-80 overs. In that respect Championship matches generally have a central ‘dead zone’ now, such as was once bedevilling the 50 over game.

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