Hampshire Cricket History

Try Defending?
July 15, 2017, 4:40 pm
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I’ve been out with the band today so (5.30 pm) I’ve only seen the last half-an-hour or so of the Test. Clearly not impressive by England’s batsmen, although I’ve heard no ‘theories’ yet. But one thing I notice is that in a day in which so far the score is about 250-15, the day’s run-rate is nearly four runs per over. The England innings wasn’t even as long as an old B&H innings!


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It occurs to me that with a decent weather forecast, if England save this, the next three days could be magnificent. On the other hand …

Comment by pompeypop

It’s difficult to know on Sunday morning how secure is Liam’s place in this struggling England side, but whether he is retained or not, the next Test is not starting for about ten days after this one ends – so I wonder whether he will be released to play for Hampshire in the coming week?

Comment by pompeypop

The first answer is probably not very secure. In a fairly tough morning session he bowled just two overs for 20 runs. He might have been given a third over (?) but Stokes dismissed Edgar, and Anderson was recalled immediately – maybe Amla has just hit him out of Test cricket?

Comment by pompeypop

I think what will seal the end of Liam’s Test career for the time being at least will be the lack of batting in the side resulting in Stoneman or possibly Malan or Westley coming in to the top five.

Comment by James

The over rate today is awful. Approaching the halfway stage in the day, England are bowling 12.7 overs per hour – 2.3 behind what’s required. It seems a good case for a runs fine – if they were fined five runs per over for every one below the required rate, that would give South Africa around 35 more runs, a lead nearer 400, bringing the declaration ever closer. Still at least the pitch is playing nicely, so England should be able to bat for a couple of days …

Comment by pompeypop

A South African victory is by a distance the favourite but I wonder whether there is any prospect of a draw? If England do bat through the next six sessions they will probably score the runs needed and break all chasing records – it would be rather nice if Liam gets at least fifty and hits the winning run …

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