Hampshire Cricket History

So, you want some stats huh?
September 6, 2016, 10:23 am
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OK here goes

(Interesting that Surrey have not picked Ansari (injured perhaps?) nor Hampshire Crane, despite opting to bowl second. Maybe it won’t turn.)

When Hampshire finish their match v Durham in a couple of weeks, their season will have lasted 24 weeks (minus one day). As usual, I have been tracking how many days each of their players has played – a slightly complicated task with so many players, so many injuries and international calls.

However if I limit myself to Hampshire’s competitive matches then the selection of Will Smith today takes his total to 72 days played. Even if he doesn’t play v Durham that’s already an average of exactly three days every week – and he is Hampshire’s busiest player (at this point I’m excluding JV’s Test matches). As an example, in the last match v Yorkshire he batted for just under 10 overs in the two innings and fielded for 152 overs, so those four days were actually less than the equivalent of two scheduled.

A day is counted simply by selection in a Championship match which equals four days regardless of weather or early finishes and similarly in either a 50 overs or T20 white ball game. I have however excluded the two abandoned T20 matches where the matches did not start. To be honest, two more days wouldn’t change the figures significantly but that’s what I’ve done.

As a matter of interest no other Hampshire player can reach 72 days or three per week for the county, even by playing against Surrey today and Durham. The closest will be Jimmy Adams on 65 after Surrey, so 69 if he plays v Durham (2.875 average).

Over the course of the 24 weeks, there were three with no cricket at all, a further six with cricket but no travel, and 11 with just one competition in the week. In one week there were six days of cricket (Championship plus 2x T20s) and in five more weeks, five days. In the first six and last seven weeks there were never more than four days played, usually just one Championship match. In only one of those 13 ‘bookend’ weeks (31 July) was there a white ball match (2x 50 overs), and three with no cricket.

So there you are; statistics proving that county cricketers play too much cricket. It’ll be easier next year.


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Interesting stats! Mind you when you factor in all the games of football they play as well it is hardly surprising the players are all exhausted!

Comment by James

Bugger! Forgot to include those!

Comment by pompeypop

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