Hampshire Cricket History


Second Best
May 10, 2016, 6:43 pm
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James Vince probably did enough last night and this morning to deserve a Test place and maybe – just maybe – we’ll get out of tomorrow with another draw

But I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one a bit frustrated by our inability to get out of the starting blocks as quickly as the opposition.

So I’ve been checking our 20 matches (including this one) since returning to Division One. I decided to exclude the Yorkshire declaration/forfeit game last year although in fairness our 400-9 dec probably outplayed their 97-4 dec and we were unlucky to lose.

Otherwise, some stats:

We were ahead on first innings in five matches and behind in 14

The biggest first innings deficit is not the current match (-347) but Taunton last year (-390) which was drawn

Our biggest first innings leads were v Warwicks at home (+ 160) and Sussex at Hove (+131) and we won both games. Our two other victories were v Durham (+38) and Notts (-14).

Over those 19 matches we have accumulated a combined deficit of -2,469 against a combined lead of 419 which equals an overall balance of minus 2,050

On average across those 19 matches that leaves us 108 runs behind on each first innings since returning to Division One.

It doesn’t make it easy to win!

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Wonder how that compares with the games started by the Greenidge/Richards opening pair !!!

Comment by Brian.JS

The difference between our average deficit, -176, and lead, +84, is pretty alarming!

Comment by Jeremy

I think this is more a problem with our players minds rather than their ability. We all know how we can perform with bat and ball and over the past few seasons we have shown that on a number of occasions.

The problem is that we only seem to perform as a team when things are against us and we are facing defeat. Now whereas this is an admirable quality to have why can’t we produce the same performances in the first part of games? Is it because we are “switched off”?

Do we make use of sports psychologists? If not maybe we should.

Comment by James




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