Hampshire Cricket History

Average day
September 9, 2016, 8:13 pm
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Despite my caution with raw statistics I’m always interested in a look at averages towards the end of the season and I agree with the views offered earlier in the week that they often reveal a certain truth. It is for example perhaps unsurprising that the top four batsmen in Div One’s averages are equally from Middlesex and Yorkshire – but at number five tonight is Sean Ervine with 984 runs at 65.60. What’s more those top four guys have played no more than six games, none have had 10 completed innings while Sean has batted 19 times with four not outs – perhaps that makes him ‘the best’?

Incidentally Sean did pass 1,000 runs for the first time yesterday but only by including 40 runs in two ‘knocks’ v Cardiff University so I hope he gets at least 16 v Durham to pass four figures in the Championship. Intriguingly, the next guy in the national averages to have played a reasonable number of times is Ryan McLaren who is seventh with 819 runs at 63.00. He’s played 22 innings with nine not outs and as the guy between him and Sean is James Fuller who has played just two innings, Hampshire have the top two regular batsmen in the country.

So why are they doing so poorly? Well apart from Adam Wheater (of Essex!), next comes Tom Alsop in 48th place (36.33), one ahead of Jimmy Adams, but the others from the top four/five in the order (Smith, Carberry, Dawson and Vince) are rather far behind – indeed McManus on 33.4 leads them all, so the runs are coming mainly in the middle order.

But it’s the bowling – apart from Andy Carter with six wickets in sixth place – that reveals the real problem. There is not one regular Hampshire bowler in the top fifty and at number 52 comes

Tom Alsop!

Followed by ‘Tommo’ at number 56 (34.50). The leading wicket-taker is Ryan McLaren with 32 wickets at 37.47 and apart from him only Mason Crane with 27 wickets at over 40 each, has reached the 20 wicket mark.

That final game is so crucial I’d be tempted to recall ‘Tommo’ – especially if it’s at all damp/overcast. It might be a final fling for him, but it might equally be an heroic one! And if not? Well there’s little evidence that anyone else can do more.




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As seam bowling isn’t working for us maybe for the last game we should produce an absolute turner and play all our spinners. Somerset have done it twice recently with no punishment after all.

Comment by James

You are right Dave, our problem is with the bowling. We have had 13 centuries in the County Championship but just 4 5fers. We have had more draws than anyone. The reason for this is 2 fold. Firstly, our inability to take 20 wickets and secondly we have lost 855 overs in 15 matches, which is almost 9 days cricket. It’s remarkable that with the disappointing season we have had that we still have a chance of surviving in division one. I guess with all the injuries to our bowlers hasn’t helped either.

Comment by Tigger

I agree Tigger – I think we’ve had really bad luck this year, the kind you cannot legislate for, and as you say, in the Championship at least it’s been pretty soggy at times. If Edwards and Topley return next year our attack might be good enough, with Berg/McLaren plus one or two spinners. If so, the top eight will have to fire, because I’m not convinced that Crane, Topley & Edwards will!

But I agree too it’s remarkable that we are still alive and – as last year – will probably remain so at least until the final day (barring first innings disasters!)

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