Hampshire Cricket History

Who Plays? Anyone?
May 15, 2017, 7:11 am
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If it rains heavily in Eastleigh and Bristol on Wednesday – which looks distinctly possible – then Surrey will go through. Sussex cannot go through if we are rained off and Surrey lose at Bristol in a manner that harms their run rate, because Surrey would still lead on wins (first tie-break). So Sussex and Hampshire will both be desperate to play.

What about the team? Hampshire have switched it around, using 16 players in seven matches, and it’s not always clear whether players are being picked on preference (Topley or Edwards? Holland or Berg?) or there’s a rotation/resting policy.

In batting, the opening pair is a problem; only once, v Gloucs, have both openers reached double figures. Michael Carberry was ‘rested’ after scores of 0, 0, & 9 (and I hope he’s ok – not seen in the 2nd XI last week). Tom Alsop’s last three innings have been 0, 6 & 8, and Rossouw made just 5 yesterday. Jimmy Adams scored 22 & 36 in his two matches. After that, Vince and Bailey are secure to say the least, so too Dawson, although more for his excellent bowling (68 overs 9-303, economy easily the best at just under 4.5). Apart from 74 v Glams, he has 86 runs at 17.2.

McManus is secure and has played some handy innings. Ervine started with 33* and 1-17 in 4.5 overs. Since then he’s scored 31, 33, 8, 1 & 6, while bowling just six more overs (1-41). Berg has scores of 3, 15, 0* & 1, has bowled 46 overs taking 7-253, and he is most economical of the quicker bowlers: 5.5 runs per over. Holland batted once for 11* and has taken 3-117 in 19 overs (econ: 6.2).

The other pace bowlers have not been particularly effective, although we should praise Abbott’s batting (23, 0* & 56). He took 2-46 v Gloucs, otherwise one wicket in each match (7- 300 in 52.2 overs, econ: 5.7). Topley has taken wickets but is expensive with 9-300 in 45.3 overs (econ: 6.9) and if he doesn’t play Edwards, has bowled 19.2 overs taking 3-137 (econ: 7.1).

Crane is more expensive than Dawson, but he is our leading wicket-taker. He has bowled 64 overs, taking 14-384 (econ: 6.0). Chris Wood played part of one game, but is injured although he was going through some activities with our new physio on Friday.

So, who plays in a must-win game – and would things change if it ends up as with fewer than 50 overs each?


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I spoke to Tony Middleton on Friday and he says Michael Carberry is fine. He also said Holland was in for Berg as the latter had suffered a minor ankle injury and was rested as a precaution.

Comment by Ron Griffiths

Many thanks Ron – glad to know that about ‘Carbs’.

Comment by pompeypop

Assume delayed start at Basingstoke today?

Comment by Bob Elliott

It’s a long way from Pompey – I rarely venture up north – but if anything like here, for sure, although I think it’s actually stopped raining here now. It’s not showing on CricHQ.

Comment by pompeypop

I think we should open the batting with Noah.

Comment by James

and Moses

Comment by Hedgehog

One of the old American gospel songs my Skiffle Orchestra performs has the lines “Moses stood by the Red Sea shore; Smotin’ the water with a two-by-four”. Maybe it was a pre-legislation, early cricket bat?

Comment by pompeypop

On yesterday’s showing there was not a lot to choose between the bowlers; just a thought that if Crane and Dawson do both play, then giving them some overs together would at least be different if it is the runs flowing and something different be needed.

Pictures of Hampshire playing in the sunshine long ago, including doing well against Sussex at bythesightscreen.com

Comment by stephenfh

Glamorgan batting. Hart and Salisbury opened the bowling. Salisbury?

Comment by Bob Elliott

Now Hart and Sole – Dave’s favourite combination! 😉

Comment by Bob Elliott

Probably him . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

I see we are on the box for Wednesdays game….shame about the weather but at least you can sit in the warm on the sofa waiting on umpires.

Comment by Brian.JS

If you spot me, I’ll be drowning, not waving.

Comment by pompeypop

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