Hampshire Cricket History

27 June: Day Two Under Lights
June 27, 2017, 5:36 am
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There is a good summary of day one here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40408996

Not much evidence of bigger crowds except at Durham, and wickets falling only slightly more quickly

From Hampshire’s point-of-view, given that the toss indicated both sides wanting to bat, I’ve suggested it did not go quite according to plan. Does that seem right?

And for those of you who watched? How was it?


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My observations for what it’s worth.
1. I was surprised the gates didn’t open till 1PM. I would have thought they would have opened early to allow people to get in and have some lunch before play.
2. The play itself was one of the slowest days play I’ve seen for a while. Was it the good bowling, slow pitch, pink (or was it orange) ball or a combination of all 3. I haven’t included poor batting as they all struggled to time the ball and I cannot believe they all batted poorly. However, there were some poor shots including Rossouw’s 5th duck of the season. Dawson was unlucky with one that kept low. Have you ever seen Vince score 40 odd at a strike rate of 44? Only 4 fours off 106 balls and 3 of them off one over. There was definitely something wrong. It was a wonderful sunny day, ideal for batting and yet we scored at a rate of 2.4 runs per over. This wasn’t just good bowling!
3. The crowd at the start was about what you would expect on a lovely summer’s day. Between 6 and 7 many people went home and a few came in. The final session was free entry and a few came in. Problem was that there was no hot food served after about 6. I spoke to a chap who came in straight from work and was very surprised that he couldn’t get something to eat.
4. My personal view is the late start is OK but not if the cricket is as slow as it was yesterday. Certainly, the trip home was much easier. Even the commentators lost the plot, we had Caddick bowling at least 3 overs from the Northern End. It’s a shame the forecast is not good for the next 3 days so the experiment may turn out to be a damp squid.

Comment by Tigger MIles

Excellent summary Tigger.

Dawson remarked that it was like hitting a bar of soap. However full credit to Somerset, they bowled very accurately all day.

Looked at all three balls used for Hampshire innings. The change after 20 overs was out of shape. The one used for the final 60 overs looked very scuffed and soft. Felt lighter as well! (umpires say they got players- do not know who, when and where- to knock the balls around to have used balls available should they be needed)

Have to say I am not a fan. As the ball got older the colour faded and more difficult for spectators to pick up.

Comment by Ron Griffiths

Dawson also confessed it was “boring” but I wonder how much that was to do with the ball, how much Hampshire’s inconsistent batsmen and how much the pitch. All the other games produced considerably more runs and only Surrey’s (six) had fewer wickets falling – while they scored 150 more runs than at the Ageas Bowl.

Comment by pompeypop

More info:
Ageas Bowl 229-9 in the day
Cardiff next slowest with 293-10
Only one other below 300 (296-11)

Two were above 350 in the day,

PLUS 400+ at Durham (410-14)

87 wickets fell in eight matches. 51 fell in the four Div Two matches and 36 in the four Div One games

Comment by pompeypop

The average score in Div One yesterday was 313-9. Ageas was 84 behind that – and of course bringing that average down. In the other three games the average runs scored was 341, so the problem might be nothing to do with the pink balls?

Comment by pompeypop

Meanwhile, at Horsham, Edwards, Topley, and Stevenson are all in action . . .


Comment by Bob Elliott

Cheers Bob – and all in the wickets, especially Topley.

Comment by pompeypop

The match is “paused”, quite probably for rain. It’s also raining at the Wimbledon tennis qualifiers

Comment by pompeypop

no rain yet.
yesterday was a throw back to the old days when just over 220 runs in a day was fairly normal.

Comment by John white

There are spots of rain in Pompey and no on-line commentary from the ground, but Cricinfo is suggesting that play has begun.

Surrey v Yorks is interesting as it says “no play before tea”. Is that 4pm tea or 6.40 tea (and it is a Yorkshire tea where they will already have had Dinner an hour ago of course)

Comment by pompeypop

I too saw the comments about the pink ball going soft making it difficult for batsmen and noted that other teams didn’t seem to struggle so much. However I then saw some comments from Steve Rhodes explaining that Worcestershire had promoted Hastings & Leach to bat three and four to play as many shots as possible in order to hasten the ball going soft to make it easier for their main batsmen. So it seems there is indeed something in it but we, as with the red ball, failed to cope with it as well as others.

I also agree with Tigger’s summary in the initial post.I was going to say that I was surprised the club didn’t promote the game better (emphasising the free entry in the last session and free parking – if there was any) but then again I’m not surprised at all.

Comment by James

3.30pm and the south east (including our 2nd XI) getting wet

Comment by pompeypop

I suppose the key question today is how sitting, watching rain falling on the covers in a pink ball/floodlit game compares with doing the same thing at a normal Championship match. I assume that will be few late arrivals tonight (?)

Comment by pompeypop

It’s 5.30pm now and still pouring in Pompey, so probably the same at the ground. I’ve other fish to fry now, so not paying much attention, but I’ll be surprised if there is more play today.

Comment by pompeypop

Kumar Sangakkara only needs 12 runs for his 1000 in the season including 4 centuries and a double. At 39 years old he surely needs a rest next week.

Comment by Tigger MIles

My take on the first day – one of the most boring day’s cricket I have ever endured. And all that stuff about pink balls, orange balls, soft balls, shapely balls, and that old chestnut the pitch totally ignores the fact that the batsmen were far too passive, scared to take the initiative, and thereby allowing the bowlers to dictate to them. The tone was set by Adams and Dawson pre-lunch and a scoring rate of 2.25 per over is simply unacceptable in today’s game. Were they spooked by their poor batting showings in the previous game.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

Were they spooked by their poor batting showings in the previous game ….. or justified by what came after?

Comment by James

As I’ve been suggesting, there’s certainly no evidence from the other seven games that the ball had any impact on the scoring rate so, good bowling? timid batting? slow pitch? If the latter, not the first one over recent years at the Ageas Bowl – maybe something of all three?

As for today, at least the garden won’t need watering until September. Isn’t this weather supposed to arrive for the Glastonbury Festival? If the pitch is slow – and unaffected by the moisture – is a draw now inevitable?

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