Hampshire Cricket History


Opener needed
July 1, 2017, 8:25 am
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Oh for the days of Marshall and Gray, Richards and Greenidge or Terry and Smith!

Hampshire are off to the Oval needing a new partner for Jimmy Adams – but for the best of all possible reasons: Liam Dawson (not Mason) is in the Test 12.

Will he play? I doubt it. He looks like ‘all-round’ cover, but I wonder how Adil Rashid feels? (I’m assuming Liam is there as a bowling all rounder).

I wonder too whether that means our new South African ‘batsman’ gets a reprieve? I hope that Tom Alsop plays. I understand the argument that he’s not scoring lots of runs in the 2nd XI but if Hampshire were consistent in picking players on form, Rossouw would be in the Academy side today. Suddenly – with a group of over 30s – Alsop is really the only promising young batsman on the verge of the first XI.

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It’s been a Status Quo start for Notts in the Cup Final – Down, Down (both easy, one first ball). Surrey 70-0

Comment by pompeypop

If Stokes is fit to bowl and Dawson is left out it would mean we would go into the game with five seamers which would seem unnecessary so maybe Liam will play. However with recent injury problems for Stokes, Broad, Wood and Anderson maybe having all five in the side might be sensible.

Much as I am delighted for Liam he really isn’t anywhere good enough a batsman or a bowler to play Test cricket at the moment. But if he plays he won’t lack determination or effort.

And he’s not a Zimbabwean!

Comment by James

Vic Marks (Observer) also suggests that Liam’s chances depend on Stokes’ fitness to bowl – and a tail of Wood, Anderson, Broad and R-Jones (although he can bat a bit) is rather lengthy. Not quite Mullally, Giddens and Tufnell but going that way!

Comment by pompeypop

One other thought this time on our team. If the argument against picking Alsop is that he isn’t scoring stacks of runs for the 2nd XI then why isn’t Smith being picked as he is scoring runs for fun?

Comment by James

Absolutely. They seem to prefer fixed ideas to evidence. I guess with a’high profile’ signing (RR) they’re too embarrassed to drop him?

Comment by Dave Allen

You’ll be pleased to see that Tom Alsop is in the squad for tomorrow 😊

Comment by joster69

I am indeed Jo – and I very much hope he plays and gets a BIG score!

Comment by pompeypop

Looking at the squad, I guess one of the pace men at least will go (Wheal?) but unless all the batsmen play, McManus or Holland will bat at six, which seems too high? It could even be Holland who makes way for Edwards and Crane, despite his wicket-taking last week. For whatever reason, Hampshire see their bowlers as more expendable than the batsmen.

Comment by pompeypop

Assuming everyone is fit I would imagine Alsop for Dawson will be the only change in the top seven with Berg and Abbott (the batsmen!) and then two from Crane, Edwards, Wheal and Holland.

Comment by James

It shows the value (often underestimated by some) of Liam when you need two men to replace him. Much as we enjoy Fidel’s pace we need to be sure he can see us through all four days before risking him again. It’s pretty difficult to leave Ian Holland out after his performance last week & he does offer something with the bat.

I guess I would be leaving out Brad & Fidel??

Comment by joster69

Liam Dawson remains my favourite current Hampshire cricketer – one of my favourites of all time – but he also frustrates me a bit. He was born & raised in Wiltshire but seems as ‘Hampshire’ as Peter Sainsbury, I love his attitude and he’s a super bloke. If, however, you take out his eight wickets on the spinning paradise at Taunton this year, his first-class season has been a bit ordinary – especially his batting. And is he back in the slips? He was one of Hampshire’s finest. I think the coaches should define his roles and make him stick with them, because he could achieve more (although if he does, we might lose him).

Comment by pompeypop

I suppose that was an opinion …

Comment by pompeypop

It’s your blog, so your opinions are allowed and worth reading.

Comment by Paul

I seem to recall Dawson got his run when a decision made to drop the import Kleinveldt and pick him instead, at Arundel I think. Shades of Alsop, Roussow?

Comment by Jeremy

Interesting choice of opener. Feel very sorry for Tom.

Comment by Tigger MIles

He’s not been in the slips so far again this season but I think that might be due to other personnel rather than Liam himself?! Let’s just say he’s a faster, more agile outfielder than other regular slippers

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