Hampshire Cricket History

A Pattern
April 25, 2017, 7:11 am
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I am entirely resigned to the fact that most of my observations of the contemporary game will be those of a grumpy old sod – I will however try wherever possible to support what I say with a fact or two. Neither am I looking for ‘followers’ here – I’m not the Messiah, just a naughty boy.

So, my current grumble is about pitches – and I would reiterate that there are people in the media equally critical of the Ageas Bowl strip, so I’m not alone. But neither is my complaint focused merely on ‘our’ ground. There is a pattern.

Here are the matches and grounds  used in Div One this season with accompanying stats. It’s early days but at present these stats suggest that the draw is favourite in particular at the Ageas Bowl. The difference of around 4 overs per wicket between a result and a draw is pretty significant over 96 overs

Matches Won & Lost

Birmingham (1) 30 wickets at one every 7.3 overs

Leeds 36 wickets at one every 7.8 overs

Taunton 32 wickets at one every 8.2 overs

Manchester 40 wickets at one every 8.6 overs

The Oval (1) 30 wickets at one every 9.8 overs

Matches Drawn

Lord’s 28 wickets at one every 12.0 overs

Birmingham (2) 28 wickets at one every 12.1 overs

 Ageas Bowl (1) 29 wickets at one every 12.4 overs

Chelmsford 29 wickets at one every 13.1 overs

Ageas Bowl (2) 26 wickets at one every 13.4 overs

The Oval (2) 23 wickets at one every 15.5 overs

The other part of the pattern is that you generally need 30 wickets (including innings victories) for a ‘result’. All of the wins/losses reached 30, and none of the drawn matches did. This April has been a good month to monitor, with hardly one interruption for weather.


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In addition, every drawn match so far has gone over 335 overs – the shortest was last night at Lord’s (336.1) and ending up close to a result but stopped for bad light. Of the matches that ended in a result only that very interesting game at Old Trafford went beyond 300 overs (344) – and that’s the only one so far where all 40 wickets fell. By way of comparison, when Hampshire won the Championship in 1961 (on experimental covered pitches, over three days), they won 15 matches by taking 20 wickets and another by taking 19 wickets. In only three games did they chase down a total against a declaration and in one of those they took 18 wickets, having lost day two to rain.

Comment by pompeypop

Taking the matches so far, Runs per wkt in innings 1,2,3,4 have been 34, 26, 40 and 37 – so both higher in the last two than first two innings.

And Balls per wicket, 62, 53, 75, 83… the same.

I am already savouring the ECB Press Release lauding this as a great thing!

Comment by Jeremy

Absolutely! Good stats Jeremy, cheers

Comment by pompeypop

Today at the ‘Bowl, 2nd’s v Unicorns (50 overs) – Hampshire batting.

Comment by Bob Elliott

After 40 overs – 175-5 – Will Smith 100 not out . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

Innings closed on 242-8 with Will Smith run out on 130..

Comment by John Cottrell

Liam not in either England squad for the South Africa/Champions Trophy or Ireland series. Bad news for him but good for us.

Comment by James

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