Hampshire Cricket History

What would you do?
August 26, 2016, 6:45 am
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Lead of almost 200, need to get at the opposition and set up a victory. Still an outside chance of the title

So, it’s obvious:

Declare overnight and open with the two spinners?

Two men in the nineties? Who cares?

(Especially if you’re a tough Aussie)

PS The Times today reports that the ECB are planning to trial a day/night pink balls Championship match before the end of the season – possibly Warwickshire v Lancashire, although apparently it must be a ‘dead’ match.


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Quite agree Dave. If it wasn’t for bad light I’m sure they would have declared last night and put us in for a few overs. The fact that Craig Overton is 3 runs away from a maiden century shouldn’t come into it.

Comment by Tigger

Talking of ‘tough’ Aussies, I will always think back to Shane Warne batting on after lunch in 2005 to allow Dimi to get (another) hundred but then declaring and for the second time, denying John Crawley the chance to make Hampshire’s highest-ever score – a mere matter of one maximum scoring shot.

Comment by pompeypop

Did Warne and Crawley know of this potential record?

Comment by Ian White

Yes. Vic Isaacs told them on both occasions (and the second as I mentioned was over lunch) and as Crawley started stone-walling on the resumption I was in the Robin Smith Suite. I panicked, went along the balcony and told Shaun Udal how close Crawley was – Udal said something like “everything’s under control” and then they declared. Of course Warne never liked personal records or crowd acclaim did he? After all you never saw him walking off holding up the ball to the crowd did you?
I’ve never understood the whole episode except as a certain perverse delight on the part of the players in denying those of us who were there the opportunity to say for ever that we saw it. It somewhat strengthened my feeling that the move to the Rose Bowl had rather separated players and supporters, unlike the old home grounds where they ‘felt’ close.

Comment by pompeypop

Somerset batting on . . . BUT . .

The BIG news today is the MCC has asked members to stop firing Champagne bottle corks on to the outfield (players Elf an Safety), else they might stop Joe Public bringing ANY alcohol into the ground (like everywhere else) . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

I can think of a few I’d aim at …

Comment by pompeypop

So next BIG question. Are Somerset just batting on for personal landmarks or for say an hour to increase pressure (if we then bat all day we’re unlikely to get ahead at any point)?

Comment by pompeypop

Somerset 53 in 22 balls, Overton out and declared. Hampshire might not match that rate today.

Comment by Dave Allen

They scored 120 off the last 52 balls, 20/20 stuff! We’re already one down. We’ll do well to save this match.

Comment by Tigger

Hi Dave,

Feeling a bit bored with the commentary, I decided to investigate your other persona. I discovered Amy on the Kazoo. Wow! that would bring the house (or pavilion) down at the Bowl.

Bring them on, Dave.

Comment by John West

…..but only at a circus game.

Comment by John West

That’s so funny isn’t it John? They’ll be wondering what we’re talking about now … As for the game, it looks like we’ll save this one easily enough (good) but not very exciting (bad?)

Comment by pompeypop

Another ton for Slug!

Comment by Paul

So at the conclusion of this match we will have only won three Championship matches in a calendar year – all against Notts who are about to be relegated with us.

Says it all doesn’t it?

Comment by James

Correction, we have won four Championship games in the last calendar year as I forgot the Durham win at the beginning of last September.

Mind you they aren’t doing too well at the moment either!

Comment by James

Well for those of us at Taunton it seemed exciting enough until about 5.15.
I could stand the next 15 minutes of relaxation before Hampshire secured their winning draw

Comment by Ageas

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