Hampshire Cricket History

Lovely Liam!
December 17, 2016, 8:30 am
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So I managed to drift downstairs around 5.30 without damaging myself or the house, checked the score and saw ‘Daws’ was batting nicely, so I switched on the TV to find …

A static image and apologies for loss of vision!

I saw a little before lunch (theirs) had another quick kip and now I’m enjoying it very much – 100 partnership dug England out of a hole and now he has fifty. Looking at him, I’m imagining him as a kid out to play on a Saturday morning and coming home sweaty and covered in dirt. It’s how he’s looking now!

Maybe it was the knock on the head, second ball, but it’s been a typically gutsy knock and just what this somewhat ‘flaky’ batting line up needed after early cock-ups. Lovely.

PS: He finished 66* – terrific – and in case you missed it, the highest score by an England Test debutant at number 8, beating Johnny Bairstow’s dad (59). Nasser said he batted “beautifully”, Vic Marks said “Dawson was measured and controlled, he barely missed a ball”.

I’ll have to shut up for a while now – clearly a triumph for County Championship cricket!

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Mind you some of the calling/running is a little too familiar!

Comment by pompeypop

What a morning! Added to that FOUR of our boys in the South v North squad. Well done Daws (and Vince, Alsop, and Crane) . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

If Liam goes past 60 he’ll top Carbs test highest score… it occurs he might be the highest scoring English born Test batsman who made his county debut for Hampshire since…

Comment by Jeremy

Without checking Jeremy, I reckon maybe Derek Shackleton who scored 40-odd on debut back in 1950 … otherwise, possibly Brown/Tennyson 1921 v Australia.

Comment by pompeypop

The man I had in mind…. was Gordon Greenidge!?

Comment by Jeremy

What a lovely Saturday surprise. Just discovered his innings on TMS. Yeee-ssss…

Comment by Chas C

Liam’s 66 I mean…

Comment by Chas C

Dawson now holds the all-time best batting average for England. Of his peers with an infinite average, the nearest competitor scored only 24 runs. In fact so dominant is Liam that even a second Innings duck (giving him an average of 66) will drop him only one spot to second place behind H. Wood (1888-1892) who averaged 68 over 4 innings. 3 more runs will assure him of top spot.

I hope Liam doesn’t join the “one Test wonders” but if he does his place in the history books is secured for some time to come.

Comment by Hedgehog

Correcting myself slightly … being dismissed for 3 runs or more would place him top of those who actually have an average. He would still “trail” those dozen or England batters who were never dismissed – although between the lot of them they only amassed 54 runs.

Comment by Hedgehog

I remember many years ago watching a very young Liam Dawson batting against Shoaib Akhtar at The Oval. Akhtar bowled a beamer and Liam ducked as it passed where his head was a second ago before standing upright looking at the bowler with a big grin on his face. He played the next ball in text book style completely in-line.

I thought then that he has the character to go far in the game and I am delighted for him today.

Comment by James

Sadly, Jonathan Trott on Cricinfo describes Liam Dawson as ‘a good product of ECB’s development system’. Nothing to do therefore with his progress through Hampshire age group cricket, Hampshire Academy or playing county cricket!!

Comment by Ageas

Not to mention mum and dad who are quite delightful and very supportive – and probably a special club somewhere in Wiltshire.

And he returned the most economical bowling figures of the day!!

Comment by pompeypop

Very true – lovely couple

Comment by Ageas

Seems Daws has been around for ages yet he`s only 26 and so has many good playing years ahead-hopefully. Whilst he seemed to spend an eternity getting through the 40`s to reach his half century I was never overly concerned about him getting there, unlike my worries when Vincey ever headed in that direction. A hat trick tomorrow with the ball would be the icing on the cake although I think getting 20 wickets to win on that pitch is unlikely.

Comment by Brian Scrimshaw

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