Hampshire Cricket History

And the prospects are (2)
April 1, 2017, 7:16 am
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The Cricketer has Rob Key tipping Lashings – no sorry Hampshire – as a good bet for the title with all their new signings, but the magazine itself reckons they will finish bottom and get relegated. There is no real explanation offered. Next ‘worst’ are Lancashire, who seem to me a good bet to disappear, especially if Hameed and Livingstone feature for England, then come Essex – nobody ever fancies the team that’s come up. The title? Key says Yorkshire or Hampshire, Mick Newell says Surrey or Somerset, to stop Middlesex, the Cricketer says Yorkshire to win it.


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Bet365 make Hampshire 6th favourites at 10/1, Lancs 16/1, Essex 22/1.

Div Two sees Sussex 2nd favourites 100/30 after Notts at 7/4 for Div Two promotion.

Sussex play both Notts and 3rd favourite Kent twice, whilst Kent and Notts play each other only once. So it begins…

Comment by Jeremy

I’m naturally pessimistic but I will be amazed if we finish above 6th place in the Championship. We’ve lost McLaren who was very influential with bat and ball and I can see us being told we can’t pick Dawson as much as he becomes more and more valuable to England as a T20/one-day player. The same is likely to be true with Topley if he performs well for us at the start of the season.

Hopefully we will have Carbs back with us but despite his excellent pre-season we mustn’t expect too much as he is still recovering. Of the newcomers Abbot is a very steady bowler but doesn’t strike me as being someone who will bowl teams out and Rossouw comes with a good average but no Test caps despite being 27 and is unproven in English conditions. Bailey looks a good signing but hasn’t been prolific in England in the past. You can almost include Edwards as a newcomer as we haven’t seen him for so long but there must be some doubt as to whether he can be as effective as he was previously after his injury and at his age.

Looking at our senior players I suspect we have seen the best of Adams and Berg (two players I greatly admire) and Smith to be honest has never been more than steady for us. This puts a lot of pressure on Vince and Ervine and the latter will probably struggle to do as well this season as he did last.

Of our younger players we can expect Crane to be at his best in July and August when the weather is hopefully good and the pitches harder but of course we hardly play any Championship cricket then. McManus will hopefully continue to develop as a keeper and batter but Alsop may suffer a little from “second season syndrome” when opposing bowlers know him better. I expect Wheal to kick on this year and Stevenson looks very promising if he stays fit. It’s also a big season for Taylor who has been around for a while now without breaking through.

So in summary (sorry this is so long!) I honestly can’t see we have the players to finish anywhere above mid-table at very best and most likely in the bottom two or three.

Hope I am wrong!

Comment by James

You clearly head the table of pessimist of the year. Go into hibernation, James, and wake up in September when we are celebrating a very successful season.

Comment by John West

I think I will stay awake if it’s all the same with you John.

As for heading the table it’s me and the bookies apparently.

I hope I am wrong but I don’t apologise for my honest views.

Comment by James

Tomorrow’s squad:

Vince (c), Adams, Alsop, Carberry, Dawson, Edwards, Ervine, Hart, McManus, Stevenson, Topley, Wheal.

So, no Abbott or Rossouw, but looks like Asher Hale-Bopp . . may get a number.

Free entry for all, but will there be a scorecard? It is first-class.

Comment by Bob Elliott

More to the point, will I be interviewing Hart at lunch time in Emsworth? Probably not!

Comment by Dave Allen

And will the weather intervene? it’s a glorious afternoon/evening here in Pompey, blues skies, no clouds, hot sun. I turn on the TV to watch Saints v Bournemouth and it’s raining! Does St Mary’s think it’s the Ageas Bowl?

Comment by pompeypop

PS: BBC News are reporting that flights in and out of Southampton airport are being disrupted by Harry Arter’s penalty.

Comment by pompeypop

8 teams, only 14 games for each team, 2 to go down and on that basis it’s really hard to pick a winner.

Any team struggling could probably move themselves up the table with a couple of wins and vice versa.

Really looking forward to it unfolding my only hope is Hampshire show everyone that we deserve to be in this division on merit.

Comment by Ian

Today’s Southampton ‘Pink’ has 12 pages devoted to Hampshire Cricket. A good effort.

Comment by Bob Elliott

Today’s Pompey ‘blue’ (bits of anyway) has No pages devoted to Hampshire Cricket – or any sport other than football.

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