Hampshire Cricket History

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April 13, 2017, 4:20 pm
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From the Guardian yesterday, a report from Simon Burnton that the ECB is “planning to tighten regulations to prevent county sides becoming flooded with Kolpak imports”. Burnton offered a very interesting historical perspective dating back to WG 140 years ago! Sadly however, the contemporary story focused most on Abbott & Rossouw, with “one prominent English cricket official” (not named) declaring “my sympathies are entirely with South Africa”.

Meanwhile two stories from today’s Times. On the back page we learn that 75% of county cricketers have not been drug tested in the past year, because the sport is not seen as “high risk”, which one “anti-doping expert” described as “complete nonsense”. Elizabeth Ammon in a comment piece alongside, suggested that “efforts” to keep cricket clean “have to be ramped up” (by which I imagine she means, increased or improved).

Finally Charlie Campbell, captain of the Authors XI, has written a manual about casual/club cricket called Herding Cats, in which he offers advice about how the opposition are dressed. He suggests “there is always  a single to the man in black trainers and at least two to the fielder in chinos”, while adding the advice of his long ago predecessor JM Barrie, never to practice on the outfield before the match, as “it only encourages the opposition”.

So, back to the serious stuff … Crane? Alsop?


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The ECB upped its budget for drug testing among the FCC by a factor of five a year or so back (numbers in their accounts) so maybe there is an increasing problem.

Comment by stephenfh

Alsop not in squad of 12. Crane is.

Comment by Bob Elliott

Is Tom the next Danny Briggs? When Bailey arrives he’ll be further away.

Comment by pompeypop

Ervine will probably be out also.

Comment by Paul

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