Hampshire Cricket History

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March 10, 2017, 12:33 pm
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Nobody likes us but I wonder if we care? (“We are staying up, we are staying up”)

Not only are we doing so, perhaps rightly at Durham’s expense, but in this week’s Cricket Paper, there’s yet another complaint (letter) from Kent about how they should have been promoted, replacing Durham, and we should have gone down.

Then there is an interview with Stephen Rhodes saying how his county Worcestershire are determined to develop players through their Academy rather than signing lots of overseas players who turn out to be ‘English’, at which point the article identifies how “Hampshire’s capturing of current South African internationals … drew particular criticism this winter …” (my emphasis).

Plus there is another letter from a Notts member criticising his CEO but reminding us all that proposals for regionalised academies to follow the eight team T20, almost certainly means the end of county academy teams competing in the local leagues.

All of which left me feeling thoroughly cheered up of course

Fortunately there is a long article about Mason Crane in Australia where his selection as an overseas player has caused such media excitement – although the arrival of another promising youngster from abroad would cause barely a ripple over here.


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Seems to be a lot of shoddy journalism in the Cricket Paper if they somehow manage to link Stephen Rhodes’s comments about overseas players who turn out to be English with our South African signings who as far as I know no one has claimed to be English.

Comment by James

Sorry, that was me, ‘English’ as shorthand not “English” as a direct quote since they are not the permitted overseas players – whoever that is (Bailey? Edwards?)

Comment by Dave Allen

In full it said (spotlighting Hampshire, rather than others like Sussex or Glams) “Hampshire’s capturing of current South African internationals Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw under Kolpack agreements drew particular criticism this winter …” although adding “Counties can hardly be blamed for exploiting the system … without impinging on a county’s ability to sign an official overseas player”.

So Hampshire have Bailey and Edwards, Abbott and Rossouw, Ervine, Wheal and Berg – and it’s possible to imagine an XI with all seven playing. More than that though, I have a feeling, not just from this but from comments from cricket people in recent months, that Hampshire aren’t seen these days as the ‘cutest’ of outfits.

Comment by pompeypop

Playing devil’s advocate …. on the other hand we could have signed seven young English players (like Topley) and found the ECB telling us we weren’t allowed to play them as they needed to be rested.

I think our current bad standing in cricket circles is far more to do with the actions of our Chairman than the players we have signed.

Comment by James

James mentions signing seven young English players. How many players were in our academy last year – Oh yes, seven – problem solved!!!!!

Comment by John West

Press release on a Saturday evening (unusual): Hampshire Cricket are delighted to announce that seamer Reece Topley has signed a new contract extension with the club. Topley, who joined Hampshire from Essex ahead of the 2016 season, has put pen to paper on a new deal keeping him at the Ageas Bowl until at least the end of 2018.

Comment by pompeypop

Hampshire seem selective in announcing players’ contract extensions. In the context of this announcement I have asked them what is the position regarding Adams, Ervine and Taylor (ostensibly contracted only until 2016) but I’m not holding my breath awaiting an answer.

Comment by Ian White

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