Hampshire Cricket History

July 14, 2016, 8:26 am
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By Ben E King of course but I’m stretching a point – or a vowel – as today will be all about Amir; even if Pakistan bat all day to 294-3 and we don’t see him. I hope that fuss goes away very quickly and we can pay attention to the cricket, but in the current media world I’m not convinced it will.

He – and all the other bowlers – might find it tough going. In the Championship at Lord’s this season a wicket has fallen every 14.16 overs* on which basis we might see an average of around six per day and 30 by the end of Monday. Even if the weather is OK – unlikely in 2016 – a draw looks the best bet.

Meanwhile, on the subject of pace bowlers, I gather we will pick Charlie Griffiths tonight as we go well into the 20s of players selected this season (24 to the end of yesterday). Anyone heard anything about Ryan Stevenson lately?

*PS To put the Lord’s figure in context: at the close of yesterday (not including on-going match at Oval) all the other main county grounds averaged between 9.2 and 11.2 apart from Lord’s at 14.2. It might prevent Middlesex winning the title


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Charlie Griffiths? Guitarist or WI cricketer? ‘Tis Gavin Griffiths who is likely to play tonight, Dave. Ryan Stevenson has not been playing for the 2nd team, so can only assume that he is injured.

Comment by John West

What a shame, I thought it was Charlie!! You’re right of course John – we have him on loan from Lancs, I believe just for the white ball stuff as we make a late bid for …. ???

Comment by pompeypop

…. Next to bottom?

Comment by pompeypop

Is it mandatory for Sean Ervine to play in every game as he is always in squad….perhaps Clause 34 section 77 paragraph 56 of his contract says so….

Comment by John Cottrell

The thing I don’t get John (in the Championship in particular) is any consideration of his bowling. He’s taken one wicket this season, having bowled in seven innings. However, in a season when the specialist batsmen have struggled, he scored 123 in the second match (v Yorks) and since then 42 & 45, 31 & 1, 0 & 34*, 93 & 0* and in the last match, 75. So in 10 innings, a century, a 90+, a 70+, two 40+ and two 30+ is a reasonable effort. What’s interesting is to ask what might happen if Vince loses his Test place and Carberry recovers – what would the top order be then? In the 50 overs games Ervine has scored 36, 45, 53 and 50 which seems to justify his selection (again just one wicket) but in the T20, despite one score of 56 he has a total of just 80 runs in 8 innings (he hasn’t bowled).

Comment by pompeypop

Yes Dave I accept his batting is acceptable but I thought he was an all rounder. Recent seasons has seen him bowling less and less and when called to bowl it is not that good..imho..

Comment by John Cottrell

Just had another look at the squad for tonights T20 and the batting looks rather thin…..

Comment by John Cottrell

Certainly looks ‘youthful’! I wonder which of them will play – not that it matters terribly. Ref Ervine, I agree entirely. he has to be selected as a batsman or not at all – not any longer as an all-rounder. Alsop has more first-class wickets this season!

Comment by pompeypop

That’s been my view for few years, maybe now he is concentrating on his batting. Like Wheater he should be pressing the top order.

Comment by Paul

The problem with Ervine’s batting is that he seems to be able to score runs in the Championship when batting at six or seven (the all-rounder position) but not when batting in the top five.

Comment by James

11.28am and James Vince at second slip has just dropped a difficult chance – England’s first opportunity of the day. Later, Michael Atherton reported that he’s had six chances and dropped four in this year’s Tests. He must be struggling with his confidence – maybe a big score would solve it.

Comment by pompeypop

Heard last night that Ryan Stephenson has a recurrence of his back issues and unlikely to feature again this season.

Comment by Ron Griffiths

Cheers Ron – something similar in the Pompey News today about him missing at least six weeks of Burridge’s season in the Southern League (effectively the end of that season)

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