Hampshire Cricket History

Are they Hampshire in disguise?
May 15, 2016, 5:54 pm
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Congratulations to ‘Saints’. I’m watching Pompey of course (on the box). They’re almost out of central defenders so have a midfield player in there, they are out of goalkeepers so they’ve got a bloke from Bournemouth on loan and during the first half of the second leg they’ve had to bring on two subs for injured players. Apparently Gareth Andrew’s on the bench …


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Actually I was wrong about the bloke from Bournemouth. He dressed like a goalkeeper, but he wasn’t one.

Comment by pompeypop

Sorry that it didn’t work out ….he has been at Wycombe lately.

£170 to go to a match at OT which turned into a chance to read about a controlled explosion, at least the cricket OT was open which was a pleasant oasis of sorts on this day.

Comment by StephenFH

Apparently it was a training device left by accident by a private company. Still for another £170 you can do it all again on Tuesday when I guess Man Utd will field their youth team (Cup Final on Saturday)

Comment by pompeypop

Years ago I read a boundary conversation piece by Cardus when there was no play or even no game at OT. Seemed apt yesterday for an ensemble of former Dean Park spectators…among whose musings were OT when twinned with Pompey, trains slowing to afford a view of the cricket as John Arlott use to nearly always comment when they passed. We couldn’t think of any other grounds.

As for the difficulties down the road a supply of class actions for compensation heading the way of Manchester United plc!!

Comment by StephenFH

Crikey! Not much fun Stephen. It strikes me that with the notable exception of the Saints, it’s been a pretty horrid football season in Hampshire. Pompey are facing their fourth season in the fourth division, Aldershot were generally poor, Eastleigh & Gosport missed out on the play-offs, Havant and Basingstoke are going down, while Bournemouth did well but aren’t in Hampshire any more. I’d like to think that the cricket season will cheer us up, but I have my doubts.

Comment by pompeypop

Sounds like more fun than having to watch football!

Comment by ageas

I recall also that Arlott observed Pompey and Taunton as the two grounds closest of any to their city centres. When the trees at the railway end blew down (died?) in 1975 we lost all first-class/JPL cricket for the year while the local sailmakers created a very large sheet to hide the trains that were moving.

Comment by pompeypop

The ground at Guildford is very close to its centre and has a railway line running close to it.

Comment by Ian

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