Hampshire Cricket History

August 8, 2016, 12:48 pm
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You can say that again

Today, The Guardian at


“Yet another draw at Lord’s kept Middlesex in Division One’s top slot, but wins for Somerset and, especially, defending champions Yorkshire, means that the title race will remain as fascinating in August as it has been since April – it really is a wonderful format and it’s so disappointing that it will change for 2017.”


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It really should have been possible over four days of good weather for Hants and Lancs to produce a result, or even some entertaining cricket. Again was the scoring rate too slow In Hants first innings? Should Smith have declared earlier? Or was it the fault of a flat lifeless pitch? Such a turgid game did not advance the cause of championship cricket too far.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

I’m not troubled by drawn games if they are interesting (eg Surrey v MIddx yesterday) and in the balance throughout. The problem with this game was that, well though Smith batted, it was slow, especially on day one, which meant we never really went ahead. As a consequence, by tea on day two, only two results were possible and one of those looked increasingly unlikely through day three.

The last day was quite interesting for the purist – spin bowling, wickets, close catchers, stumpings – but even the follow-on was irrelevant in terms of the overall match context. There was never going to be a result and even though we bowled into the final hour, Hampshire were never close to victory.

Our batsmen are now performing pretty well (three consecutive big scores). Unfortunately high scoring draws won’t keep us up now and I cannot see how we will take 20 wickets unless Edwards and Topley are fit in September. I hope I’m wrong.

Comment by pompeypop

25 of 49 Div One games so far have had 1000 runs or more.

Only 9 have produced results.

Only one of the other 24 games (ie <= 999 runs) that has gone more than 280 overs (c 3 days play) has been drawn.

More runs doesn't equal better cricket.

Comment by Jeremy

I’m afraid you have no chance of a career with the ECB Jeremy!

Comment by James

More excellent stats Jeremy – many thanks

Comment by pompeypop

I’ve been thinking about our innings defeat v Surrey which I fear might be THE game that effectively scuppered us. Jeremy’s stats here make it seem even more significant, for we lost by an innings a match in which 1,261 runs were scored. I’m not going to check, but among the result games that must be one of the highest totals – and almost certainly the highest for an innings defeat. Batty’s calculations throughout were superb, but we shouldn’t have lost it.

Comment by pompeypop

You’re right. It was the 4th highest match aggregate of all.

And the highest with an innings victory (next Mx bt Y by I&4 at Scarborough, 1150 for 30). Of six innings wins, we’ve lost 3, Surrey 2, and Lancs and Middx both have won 2.

The highest was 1365 for 37, when Middlesex beat Somerset by two wickets. Ironically, at Taunton, last week the scene of the lowest completed match aggregate, 689 for 40 [4.7 opw].

The Surrey game may well have informed our tactics vs Lancs. Four of the nine high aggregate results came that week (Mx Som started July 10), perhaps the very hot weather made the pitches break up.

Perhaps the reason it didn’t work v Lancs was that Wheater didn’t come off, which might have driven the total higher quicker – Sibley was as slow as Smith. And perhaps it wasn’t hot enough for the pitch to break up enough quickly enough. And, we dropped catches, which just might have offset these factors and enabled us to knick it.

So, if you want high scoring result cricket that encourages spinners, play when it’s hot.

Doubtless this thinking is what led to the ECB suggestion of playing Champo cricket in Dubai in March, given it would obviously be silly to play it here in August.

Comment by Jeremy

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