Hampshire Cricket History

July 13, 2016, 11:40 am
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(It’s a lesser known track by the delightful Lovin’ Spoonful)

If you’ve been listening to KDJ you’ll have heard my Tweet suggesting that in the days before Two Divisions there would probably have been a declaration and run chase today. Now, the combination of Two Divisions and rain have surely condemned this game to drift to a draw – in which case is it not surprising that few people turn up to watch.

I don’t believe that the old days were always better, but there’s endless frustration in this wet season where few matches across the country escape the rain. With the reduction in matches, surely the answer is to specify 384 overs (as now) or maybe 400 over FIVE days with time to be made up throughout the match (not merely by the day). ALL other county cricket is played to specified overs (20, 40, 50 overs etc) so why not the County Championship?


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It would be more than useful if we could pick up at least two more wickets today and even more if Middlesex could beat Somerset.

Comment by pompeypop

At lunch 2nd XI seem to be heading for victory, Surrey 195-7 in their second innings are still behind. As in the first innings, no Hampshire bowler has more than two wickets (Griffiths and McCoy) but there are three still to go.

Comment by pompeypop

It might have rained at the Ageas Bowl (it usually does). the Surrey tail might be doing a ‘Barnacle’, or Cric HQ might be suffering from half-day closing on Wednesdays but whatever, the 2nd XI score has remained the same for the past two (+) hours.

Comment by pompeypop

Had a couple of heavy downpours in Chandlers Ford….

Comment by joster69

Yes, once again cric HQ is on the blink again. I was at the nursery ground and Hants 2nd XI won by 10 wickets. Only R Patel got any runs for Surrey and strangely in each Surrey innings only 9 wkts fell before the innings was closed. Anyone know why this was?

Comment by Martin

1st innings 2 players named in 1st team squad released from The Oval at 12:30 and could not get to the Ageas Bowl in time that 9th wicket fell. I do not know what happened in 2nd innings.

Comment by John West

In this match at Edgbaston a wicket fell every 15.65 overs and that includes Hampshire’s extraordinary collapse late in their innings. Only TWO Championship matches all season have had a slower rate, Somerset v Lancs (15.95) & Middx v Lancs at Lord’s (17.13). Dull stuff then, and it’s quite possible that even in fine weather it would have been a draw since the average was for just 24 wickets (six per day) in an uninterrupted match of 380 overs.

Comment by pompeypop

By contrast, a fascinating game and brilliant finish at Taunton and a result to suit Hampshire.

Comment by Dave Allen

The match at Taunton had 366 overs (and two balls) – the longest Championship match in Div One this season and almost full-length (circa 380). 37 wickets fell.

Comment by pompeypop

I suggested 5 day County matches some time ago. At least then we might get 4 days play and a few more positive results.

Comment by Tigger

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