Hampshire Cricket History


Sunny Days
May 19, 2017, 1:32 pm
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If you’re listening to the commentary, you might have heard Don and the Essex man chatting about Les Saville of Essex and his 1,000 runs in 1959

In 1959 two things happened: (1) The authorities introduced experimental covered wickets for the first time – but only for 2/3 years, and (2) it was a blazing hot summer
In 1958 (wet and uncovered) Peter May averaged 63.74 and just three more regular county and touring batsmen averaged over 40
In 1959 Manjraekar (India) averaged 68.63, Nine men averaged over 50, and 24 more averaged over 40
Totals: 1958, four men averaged over 40, in 1959, 34 men averaged over 40!
The bowling averages are just as revealing.
These days, most of our pitches are like 1959 ‘with knobs on’
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