Hampshire Cricket History

Not the Sole Scotsman?
March 16, 2017, 1:38 pm
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Well, yes and no

Thanks to Ron for finding a full scorecard at


I look and think, Chris Sole? Is that the bloke I know who lives near Fratton Park?

Apparently not. Hampshire have used Chris Sole as a bowler (but not Chris Wood) and he wasn’t born in Southampton either, he’s a Scottish International.

That makes two then.

(I made up the bit about Fratton Park)


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Hart and Sole, now that’s what we have been looking for from our bowlers!

Comment by Peter Jeffs

Presumably this chap http://www.espncricinfo.com/scotland/content/player/671823.html

Comment by James

Ok, I couldn’t resist it, Dave.

Perhaps he could have a walk-on song.

With apologies to Sam and Dave:

“Bowling to you on a green track,
In the hutch you’ll soon be back.

Nip one in, swing one away,
Edge the ball,
Make my day.

I’m the Sole Man,
I’m the Sole Man”

Comment by neil m

Brilliant! I’ll be Dave, you be Sam?

Comment by pompeypop

It’s a deal. Can we rope in thr chairman’s band to back us?

Comment by neil m

Ok, I’m on a roll now.

For Mr Vince:

(To the tune of Steeleye Span’s All Round My Hat (it might not scan quite right))

“All day I’ll bat
I’ll score runs with this here willow

All day I’ll bat
For a century by the close of play

And if anyone should ask me the reason why I’m doing it
It’s to get another England cap some far, far off day”

Altogether now……

Comment by MNeil M

Very good, Neil. Is song writing your new career?

Comment by John West

I need to do something to occupy my time, John.

I’m trying to come up with something for Mason Crane to the tune of Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat and Tears.

So far I’ve got:

“Toss one up
Turn one square
By 35, I’ll have no hair

Pitch it the bowler’s rough at the hotel end
Missing those edges will send me round the bend….”

Comment by MNeil M

Vince and co are doing alright today. Heading for a thumping victory over the North. 2 each for Crane and Dawson. No Tom today . . .

What did Hampshire do yesterday. The reports dried up . . Jo still on the beach?

Comment by Bob Elliott

Here you go. Vimps had it:

Michael Carberry celebrated his Hampshire return after illness with a half-century in the two-day match against Nottinghamshire in Barbados. He hit a most encouraging and welcome 58 as Hampshire posted 295-3 after Notts made 279-5. Jimmy Adams hit 86 not out and Lewis McManus an unbeaten 76. Notts were 121-3 at the close of play.

Comment by Bob Elliott

It’s coming together:

Next verse:

“Spinners wheel, we do the graft
Our batsman think we’re really daft
Toiling at the pavilion end day after day
Earning our county cap the old fashioned way”

Comment by neil m

Sadly Chris Sole suffered a hand injury fielding yesterday 😕

Comment by joster69

So, what does our on-the-spot reporter make of him? His profile says medium-pace … maybe he’s covering Vince’s bowling, while he’s away?

Comment by pompeypop

We didn’t really get to see him bowl in the first match & sadly he has broken his hand during the game against Durham Uni so we won’t be seeing him at the start of the season either.

The good news is that Fidel is looking fast, Carbs has been smashing balls around the park & Jimmy has looked almost impossible to get out.

Sadly yesterday’s match had a couple of rain delays (yes it does rain in Barbados too) & we can’t go today as it’s home time 😕

But hey ho……soon be time to wrap up warm in multiple layers & take up residency again in block S 😊

Comment by joster69

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