Hampshire Cricket History


A Comparison
May 11, 2016, 8:49 am
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Brian asks about how the stats below compare with the years of Richards and Greenidge – not forgetting Herman & Mottram and the other bowlers of course! I don’t think I’ll look at every game they opened in but here is a comparison with 1973 when we won the Championship

In that year we played 20 Championship matches but the comparison isn’t quite exact with 2015/16 because two of them did not complete first innings (Kent away and Middx home). In addition of course the scores were generally lower with three-day games on uncovered pitches.

However, the simple answer is that in 1973 we averaged a lead of 65 runs per innings over our opponents. We were undefeated that year, winning 10, and of the 18 matches under consideration, we led in 14 and trailed in the other four (all drawn). The toughest was a deficit of 244 against Gloucs (away) one of four matches that Barry Richards missed, but we still drew. In the last match we led Kent by 149, in five matches our lead was from 150-199 and v Derbys at Pompey it was 202. Overall we led by 1,559 runs in those 18 games and trailed by 382.

The run-in was fabulous and started in Lancashire at Southport (late July) – we won six of the last eight, drawing only a rain-affected match v Essex at Pompey when the visitors lost 19 wickets and were just 40 ahead, and the last game v Kent when the title was won. We bowled them out twice but couldn’t start our chase for 87 to win. We were GREAT!

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Well done Dave, thanks for that. In a nutshell 14 games ahead and 4 behind in `73 now a complete reversal in `15/16.

Comment by Brian.JS

I think the trophy was given during the Kent game but the title ‘was won’ in the Gloucstershire game at Dean Park.

Desmond Eager made an announcement at the ground and a piece on the BBC 9 o’clock news (as it then was) followed.

A golden summer and both cricket weeks that year were great stuff.

Comment by StephenFH

I think that’s right. There are a couple of photos with the captain and some players on their balcony at Southampton with the trophy. The photos on the Thursday evening at Bournemouth don’t show the trophy.

Comment by pompeypop




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