Hampshire Cricket History

That’ll Do Nicely
May 25, 2016, 5:20 pm
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Well done Hampshire and thanks to Notts who capitulated at the end. One wicket fell in 40 overs mid afternoon (Patel, Taylor & Christian) then the last four went in just three.

When you are an avid supporter of one side it’s often difficult to get an ‘objective’ view and perhaps it helps to wonder what the opposition might have thought. If I was now travelling back to Nottingham I reckon I’d be feeling pretty disappointed by their showing at the end and somewhat alarmed that they have lost three times and that maybe Hampshire are not going to be everyone’s ‘fall-guys’. No one expected Sussex to be relegated last year – might there be a surprise this year too?

Will Smith (captain) P1 W1 – nice!

PS Do you remember Craig Young, the Irish pace bowler who signed for us but only played one 2nd XI game? Well guess what? Go on guess.

Clue? He’s a Hampshire pace bowler and this is 2016

That’s right – he’s injured. I’m not sure whether we were going to pick him again but he has an arm injury is out for about six weeks and can’t play in Ireland’s ODIs v Sri Lanka.

PPS BBC South Today led with their main sports feature tonight about Hampshire Cricket. That’s Hampshire’s T20 side, with film of Afridi and Sammy appearing at a kid’s festival in Emsworth.


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An excellent result on a pitch where batting was never easy which made for a good game of cricket.

A number of fine performances none more so than from Ryan McLaren with match figures of 5-61 from 31 overs plus an invaluable 43 with the bat. At a time when we have six seam bowlers injured it would be a real fool who voluntarily got us into a position where we couldn’t select him wouldn’t it?

Comment by James

Been reading up the regulations on this and it might make sense to not select one of Sammy or Afridi this Friday at Uxbridge. Let Mclaren play at Merchant Taylors then deregister him at the end of that game so that he could return in time for the next Championship game against Somerset in late June.

Comment by Ian

Good thinking Ian. Let’s hope they do that. Just back from a very quick shopping/bank trip to Southsea and three people stopped me to talk (delightedly) about yesterday!

Comment by pompeypop

I’ve heard no formal comment today but we’l know soon. Berg is playing for 2nd XI this week but despite a really fine win, there are a number not performing at ther best yet. We have significantly the fewest bonus points. Let’s hope this gives them a real boost.

Comment by pompeypop

If I were a Notts fan, I would be cursing BRM Taylor for getting out. A century for him looked almost a certainty. Well done Hampshire and full marks to the new groundsman for a great result pitch.

Comment by Martin

Well this supporter in Hong Kong went to bed with Notts on 175-5 thinking we are going to lose this. I was scared that Read would see them home even though injured.

This morning, I was just a little bit frightened of finding out the truth, so I read my emails first.

First up was an email from Tim Addison, an old HK cricketing friend, who now lives in Shanghai. This was his report of the final day:

‘Conditions: cloudy and cold.
Pitch: good – something in it for everyone.
Tino Best – four menacing spells of fast bowling. Regularly over 90MPH. Great to watch – only Samit Patel coped.
Tomlinson – a real work horse. Played his part to the full.
McLaren – five fine spells of seam bowling – always full and probing. I cannot remember one loose ball.
Dawson – a bad day in the office. Nothing to worry about.
Irvine – Too many loose balls – one an over.
Crane – I leave the best to last from an England point of view. Crane is a fine wrist spin bowler. Great to watch. Only 19 too. An England prospect for sure.
Fielding – ground fielding very good. Two dropped catches (both in the slips)’

In other words, one of those Championship days that those lucky enough to have seen it will talking about for the rest of their lives. I wish I had been there.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

That’s spot on Ian – congratulations to Tim. Hampshire’s outcricket was good through days 1-3 but the catching made it more nerve-wracking yesterday. Last week, Patel scored 100, Hutton 50 and Fletcher batted long as a nightwatchman. Yesterday to a certain extent they gave it away but Tino makes a big difference, as Fidel did last year. If only one of them was 22 and from Gosport!

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