Hampshire Cricket History


Finally
September 26, 2016, 10:42 am
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For 2016

It was the least successful season since 2003 in terms of final Championship place and/or achievements in the two limited overs competitions.

There were significant extenuating circumstances (Carberry, Edwards, Topley, Stevenson, Wood, Berg who missed the first six Championship matches and – while it probably didn’t affect the first team’s results – the emotional impact of the death of Hamza Ali). It was almost certainly the ‘unluckiest’ season in Hampshire’s history.

28 players appeared in competitive matches (twice as many as 1973 when we last won the Championship). Some of those felt like desperation signings – Best, Andrew, Carter each had a day or two of success but little more. Wainwright …???

The positives then are entirely for the future: Alsop, Crane, Goodwin, McManus, Weatherley, and Wheal areĀ those who appeared in the first team and there are others. But since it was for me a very sad season I’m inclined to end with a cautionary tale – five/six years ago I was writing enthusiastically about the previous generation of whom only Vince and Dawson remain.

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And by the end of the Yorkshire game at Headingley, Ervine and Dawson were also injured, as was Taylor. We were 7 bowlers down at that point, not including Wood, who was then fit.
In effect, Edwards and Topley (our two strike bowlers), and Stevenson and Taylor, two developing youngsters, were absent for the whole season, (I know each of the 4 played the odd game) with Topley not bowling a ball.
Edwards, Topley, Wood, Stevenson and Taylor made 5 Championship appearances between them, contributing 6 wickets.

Comment by Ageas

Radio Solent reporting Durham may be docked points for financial irregularities, which may mean Hampshire stay up . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

CRICINFO report at:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1059329.html

Comment by John West

It would be absolutely disgraceful if the ECB deducted points from Durham.

So it will probably happen.

Comment by James




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