Hampshire Cricket History

December 16, 2016, 8:57 pm
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Draft schedule circulated among the ECB for the 2020 season revealed in today’s Times:

The new city-based tournament will run over nearly six weeks through July & August

The city teams will not be counties – and players can play for any of the teams

The county 50 over competition will occur at the same time

The county championship will not be reduced further

Forever changes


Substitute Needed!
December 16, 2016, 8:12 am
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My wife goes to London late on Thursdays so I went to bed early and (as Jo suggested) got up early (ok not 4am) to check on Liam. I crept down the stairs in the dark, a bit like Father Christmas, slipped on the penultimate stair, smashed my hand on the glass of a painting on the wall and carved open my little finger. Mrs A got an unwelcome early start, effecting repairs although fortunately I’ve not yet missed any Liam action!

Jennings is interesting – dropped on nought in that record-making debut, followed by out first ball and out for one …

Leo and Liam
December 15, 2016, 5:09 pm
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I have it on good authority that an obituary for Leo Harrison will appear in tomorrow’s Times and for Jimmy Gray and Vic Cannings in the new Cricketer

Meanwhile, will Liam play for England tomorrow? Today’s Guardian thinks he might, although their view that he ‘might as well’ is hardly a ringing endorsement.

John Arlott
December 14, 2016, 4:58 pm
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Thanks to James for this info – and no, not me, but David Rayvern Allen

“Readers of the blog might be interested in a thirty-minute program broadcast by Radio 4 Extra today where John Arlott talks about the county of Hampshire.

The program was made in 1968 and produced by a David Allen but I suspect not ours unless he was a child prodigy!

The program is repeated at 8.30pm today and available via the BBC iPlayer for a month via this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vztj9

Do you remember
December 12, 2016, 6:27 am
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Just a couple of years ago, when England were rubbish, Colin Graves took over, sacked Downton and the coach Peter Moores, and installed white-ball enthusiasts Strauss and Bayliss?

Here’s Michael Vaughan this morning: “England’s spinners aren’t as good as India’s, but England’s batting hasn’t been good enough either. They don’t have the patience to bat long enough, to play low-risk strokes.”

Obviously because they play too much Championship cricket. Who should we sack now?

PS Here’s Kohli:

“If you don’t have a good defence in India it’s very difficult to counter the bowling we have. We sensed they don’t have enough faith in the way they go about their innings. We knew it’s only a matter of time, we take a couple of wickets and they crumble quickly. We knew it wouldn’t be long.”

Maybe we should play four-day Championship matches?

Oh no, we tried that


Fifth Test
December 11, 2016, 11:02 am
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Joe Root has admitted that England probably got team selection/balance wrong and  I guess Broad might play in the fifth Test, but, assuming India clinch the series tomorrow, will England try to boost the batting and add an extra spin option (they don’t have a slow-left-armer). In that case could Liam get a Test cap?

PS James Anderson is quoted at the end of day four as saying: “We’re not going to come out of this game with a draw; we want to win this game. We’re going to have to bat extremely well tomorrow.”

Which I guess proves that most/all of us know more about cricket than he does – although I suspect he got the first bit right?

Richard Gilliat
December 9, 2016, 7:15 pm
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Some time ago, at the Ageas Bowl, I met a man who wished to publish a book about the Gilliat family, and he asked me to write a chapter about Richard Gilliat as a cricketer.

I did that, but the publication met with all kinds of difficulties – until recently and unexpectedly I learned it was to be published after all.

Today I received my complimentary copy which acknowledges my help with photographs but does not mention my writing and has a chapter on Richard which is not mine

I have no idea why this has happened, but it seems a shame to have gone to such an effort to have the thing simply discarded, so, if anyone reading this would like me to email a copy (word document) I’ll be happy to do so. I don’t put copyright restrictions on my writing these days so feel free to share it.

Requests for a copy to dave.allen@port.ac.uk please

That’s the trick
December 8, 2016, 8:34 am
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Good stuff from Jennings – even if he was dropped on nought. Interesting to look at his county career – in three-and-a-half seasons, only last season did he average better than the low 30s, whereas Vince has played twice as much, with four seasons averaging more than that, including two over 60 – but that never converted into Test quality. So the trick is clearly to rely on the productive system that’s also given them Prior, Trott and Pietersen – and it’s cheaper!

PS There have only ever been three Hampshire-born, Hampshire cricketers who have played Tests for England, whereas four of the last five England batsmen to score a century on Test debut were born in South Africa (I forgot one above – and KP didn’t)

New Laws and Regulations
December 7, 2016, 1:59 pm
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Many thanks to John West (I’m sorry not to see substitutes mentioned)



Cricket at the Olympics
December 6, 2016, 1:35 pm
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Well not quite, but the main story in the Guardian’s sports section today is that the ECB plans to use the Olympic stadium, (the one where West Ham’s supporters fight anyone available), as one of the grounds in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

They will probably need drop-in pitches, there are doubts about boundary sizes and some counties are anxious that this will mean fewer matches to go around the county grounds than they had hoped. The ECB reckon a match like India v Pakistan might sell 60,000 tickets.

PS: It’s on the BBC site now, as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/38228798