Hampshire Cricket History

Once Again
May 19, 2017, 2:57 pm
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A Hampshire pace bowler leaves the field, wounded – the third game in a row. Sounds like a difficult day, as tea approaches.

I just posted this when on came James Vince – first ball, four …

(Still at least there’s a Hampshire-born player on the field.)

5.15pm Were you listening to the Essex Chairman on our ball-by-ball commentary? A man after my own heart; like me, fearful for the future of county cricket as we know it.

He also revealed that the County Chairmen were assured that the TV tender document would be top-secret until agreed with the companies (through Harrison and Graves) at the end of June. Then (this week) within 72 hours of the assurance, it was leaked -presumably by someone at the ECB. The details appeared a couple of days ago in the Times and the Daily Mail.


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Cook and Westley have broken the 2nd wicket partnership for Essex against us which has stood sine 1936.

Comment by Tigger MIles

During all the rain on Wednesday, Hussain and Key were chatting about this-and-that on Sky. Both were fairly sympathetic to the idea that counties might choose to sign ‘instant’ Kolpaks/overseas players and nobody picked on Hampshire in particular. They were, however, full of praise for Worcs – straight into a 50 over semi with a genuinely home grown side, while Hussain made one point quite strongly. If you go down the route of signing expensive, international players (overseas and domestic transfers) then you MUST WIN THINGS, and people won’t give you time, as they might with a home-grown policy.

Comment by pompeypop

After the Essex Chairman came Kevan James, who struck a rather different tone to his usual commentaries, on the subject of all things 2020. It sounded as if he might have received a message or a directive from Control at the Ageas to counter other thoughts on the subject.

Whatever it was, looking forward to the good humoured commentator returning.

Comment by stephenfh

Kevan and I had a private correspondence about that this morning. He’s a lovely man and we get on very well, even though we take different views. One simple point: I LOVE commentating with former players (Kevan, Don T, Raj, ‘Tommo’ etc) because there is stuff they know that I will never understand, however much I watch.

But there is one thing they can’t know and that’s what it is to be a paying, deeply-committed, long-term supporter. It’s not what they are, or ever have been. So, for example, when Paul Nixon writes in this week’s Cricket Paper that he reckons 12 Championship matches per year would do (I did warn you), he speaks on behalf of players. But who, apart from the Essex Chairman, speaks for those of us who are real current supporters (as opposed to those who might turn up in the future) and take the contrary view?

Comment by pompeypop

If Kevan doesn’t toe the party line Kim Jong-Bransgrove will have him commentating on games from the M27.

Comment by James

A tad harsh……everyone is entitled to an opinion….even if it does conflict with your own

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