Hampshire Cricket History

Five Down
May 26, 2016, 7:26 am
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Eleven to go. Last year the first great win was in match seven v Sussex, this year in match five – perhaps we’re getting the hang of it.

The matchwinners were Tom Alsop, Will Smith,  Sean Ervine and Ryan McLaren with the bat. No one reached three figures in an absorbing game because the bowlers got some help if they worked hard and hooray for that. With the ball, Tino, Ryan McLaren and Mason Crane were all highly effective in very different ways – I’m hoping we were misinformed about Ryan for this weekend!

This season is intriguingly similar to last year in a number of ways. The top order is a worry  again, with one century or half century each for Carberry, Adams, Smith and Vince in 31 innings. Dawson’s first four innings included 50* and 89 but since then 0, 18, 0, 2 and Tom Alsop’s 72 on Sunday is accompanied by scores of 1, 24, 1 and 7.

It puts pressure on the middle order where Ervine and McLaren have scored well and until this last match Wheater was as consistent as anyone. Last year in the mid-season Gatting (avge 46.67) and Terry (25.78) came in, both with some experience, but any batting changes now will have to turn to McManus or Weatherley who have less experience than Alsop.

It’s difficult to know what to say about the bowling because of the injuries, although we can discount Wood, Edwards and to a large extent Topley plus I guess Young. Yesterday’s heroes Best, McLaren and Crane are all important but as last year ‘Tommo’ deserves and probably needs a rest. Last year he took 15 wickets in his first four games then three in the next four. This year 13 in his first three then none in the last two. He’s heroic, intelligent and delightful but it might be too much. In which case, might Brad Wheal appear? Perhaps Andrew will return, perhaps Berg is near fitness? I hope the comment in the previous post is correct and there is nothing to worry about with Dawson, but he’s not having a very happy time just now. He’s just about my favourite Hampshire cricketer but I hope he can contribute more.



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I was wondering why Liam, our most reliable catcher, was often not in the slips against Notts. Several catches were dropped or missed at first or second slip. Was it a case of the senior players pulling rank and resting there or was Liam perhaps protecting a hand injury?

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