Hampshire Cricket History

Super Sporting Saturday
August 13, 2016, 9:02 am
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I was relating to someone the other day how I no longer think of myself as a sports fan – I was once, but these days I’m just a cricket obsessive, and bewildered that suddenly the BBC thinks that the most important news every day is about someone swimming, rowing or riding a bike faster than someone else. It’s a good job there’s nothing important to worry about.

The strange thing today is that I’ll be following closely Hampshire’s game at Trent Bridge but I can’t believe it will attract any media attention beyond Kevan on ball-by-ball. Any sports summaries on main stations and newspapers will presumably be in order, the Olympics, the Olympics, the Olympics, the opening day of the Premiership, the Premership’s foreign managers, the Test match and Alex Hales – not merely not the Messiah but just about as naughty a boy as could be. People are suggesting that when he mimicked crying (rubbing his eyes) he was ‘taking the mick’ out of Azhar Ali who had just been struck on the arm. I reckon he was still acting like a big baby over the fact that he was the first batsman in Test history to be given out to a contested decision.

Apparently his fine of 15% comes to around £1,500 which means England’s Test players earn £10,000 per match. But I wonder whether that’s just the match fee on top of any central or incremental contract?

Anyway, Notts v Hants might be ignored but it is surely absolutely key. If we lose it, they will keep saying there are still four, three, two … matches to go – they have to say that, but realistically that will be it. I suspect we might end up looking back at the defeat to Surrey as the key moment as now we have to find two sides to overtake, but this one is absolutely vital. On the other hand, with fine weather around, a result is probable (I’m thinking here of last weekend). Victory for Hampshire with a good haul of bonus points would set things alight – particularly if Surrey contrive to lose at Edgbaston.

Wishin’ & Hopin’ (take your pick, Dusty or the Merseybeats)

PS: Carter in for Andrew – another new name on the board. I think that makes him number 543 which is about as close as you can get to a Manfred Mann title …


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So, a bad start. Luke Wood has two early wickets and while he’s Sheffield-born I see he was educated in Worksop (my mum’s home town) so I guess is really a local (Notts) pace-bowler. He opened with Jake Ball born Mansfield, Notts, while Stuart Broad born Nottingham, is bowling for England and Luke Fletcher, in reserve, was born in Nottingham.

Meanwhile, our ‘quicks’ in this match come from Derbys via Notts, South Africa/Middx, South Africa/Scotland and South Africa. John Woodcock, once of the Times, and a VP at Hants recently celebrated his 90th birthday and was accorded an interview or two. As a long-term native of Longparish, he observed that the current Hampshire side “lacks identity”. Maybe the new generation will put that right – I agree with him, and I’d rather watch a real Hampshire side in Div Two.

Comment by pompeypop

Our bowling attack in the last twenty years has rarely been local and therefore maybe does lack identity.

There is most certainly a dearth of local academy grown bowlers at the moment.

No one complained when we stayed up last year with the attack of Edwards, McClaren, Berg and Stevenson.

Comment by Jim

Wood has another one now and Samit Patel his first. He was born in Leicester but went to two Nottinghamshire schools, suggesting he might have grown up in the county.

Comment by pompeypop

Meanwhile Charlie MacDonell (born Basingstoke Feb 95) is making his Championship debut for Derbyshire today although it appears he was brought up in Northants and not North Hants!

Comment by James

Sorry Dave, I can’t agree. The Olympics remind me of what is so glorious about sport and being a fan of sport in general. Supporting Team GB and all their great achievements is one of the great joys of life that we only get to experience once every four years. I wouldn’t miss a minute of it.

Comment by Mari Foster

I agree partly. Seeing our rowers, cyclists and swimmers for example and hearing about what they have sacrificed to get to the Olympics is inspiring.

Seeing Andy Murray (again as an example) in the Olympics isn’t.

Comment by James

The rowers and rugby seven players (and others) have performed before the size of crowds that watch the county championship.

A reminder of sorts of when Test players would routinely finish a match on a Tuesday and then play at an out ground the following morning.

Comment by StephenFH

I didn’t suggest people shouldn’t watch the Olympics and if you enjoy it, I’m entirely happy about that. My point is simply that it’s not the MOST IMPORTANT NEWS – especially in the kind of world we currently inhabit. I don’t even mind if – as usual – there is a sports section in the news and that covers the Olympics and treats it as the most important sports news – that’s perfectly fine too. But when the BBC covers the Olympics all day on BBC1 and BBC 4 PLUS extras on BBC2 why is it the main news on the specific news programmes? The county championship title is as intriguing this year as it’s been for years. How much coverage will it get in the national media tonight/tomorrow?

Comment by pompeypop

I don’t think we need to answer that one Dave!

Comment by James

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