Hampshire Cricket History

It’s Raining Today (?)
July 30, 2017, 7:54 am
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A beautiful song by Scott Walker, featured on Friday night’s Proms, and lasting longer than most games over this miserable weekend. On Friday and Saturday six T20s were abandoned or no result, one got a result from seven overs each and Hampshire won from the dressing room, by D/L

I spent yesterday afternoon and evening at a birthday party, just down the road from Lord’s. The plan was outdoors/barbecue etc and since the birthday boy Kurt (65) is originally from Trinidad and had invited his old Caribbean undergraduate pals, that could have been lively – but boy did it rain and (with the Test in mind) it was still raining as we drove back through south-west London approaching 11pm.

The conversations were good though. two of the guys had been club cricketers from Barbados, so I was introduced and we talked of Everton Weekes in Southampton (246 in 1950), and of course of a a couple of Marshalls, Gordon etc. One of the guys told a lovely tale of bowling while still a schoolboy, to Sobers, already a Test cricketer, in a club game. He bowled off-breaks, so figured he’d trap the great (left-handed) man behind his legs. The ball pitched a bit short and didn’t turn much, but instead of pulling/sweeping in front of his legs, Sobers waited for it to pass and hit it behind him, between his legs and the stumps! Cue lots of laughter, then and yesterday, although I suspect his wife had heard the tale once or twice.

Final weather thought: after weeks of fine Saturdays, the local leagues are dissolving. Very sad.

PS (3 pm): Rain delay at Taunton (v Sussex) and raining in the Test Match.

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Southern Premier League programme totally washed out with only three games (including the Academy) starting reports Mike Vimpany http://www.vimpsatthecrease.com/latest-news/cricket-0-rain-2

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