Hampshire Cricket History

Friday Night
August 4, 2017, 7:13 am
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Is music night. I’m looking forward very much this evening to the Prom, featuring the music of the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald & the barmy genius Dizzy Gillespie. But imagine switching on to find it’s been changed to Dave Allen & his Southsea Skiffle Orchestra

I reckon last night was a bit like that. 22,000 people in Lord’s, live on Sky TV and a performance by Middlesex as poor as any I’ve seen by a professional county side in a competitive match. The only surprise was that the result wasn’t more in Hampshire’s favour.

A great deal was made of the various absences from the Middlesex team including (reasonably) their England players, but nothing was made of Hampshire missing Dawson, Carberry, Afridi and Topley. And for Middlesex, where were Robson, Compton, Murtagh, Harris, Rayner, Patel (others)?

It would be interesting to know the views of the Middlesex Committee, and indeed the ECB, given that it was televised.

And actually the Southsea Skiffle Orchestra would have been more entertaining!



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Interesting that Tom Barber is the one Middx player to get a creditable mention in today’s report in the Times. Meanwhile the Cricket Paper quotes Ian Bell describing the debut innings by Adam Hose of 76 v Lancs this week as the best start he has seen in white ball cricket.

Comment by pompeypop

No Liam in the Test Match – tonight? Sunday? Sadly, the wonderful Philander is not fit.

Comment by pompeypop

Philander taking a real pasting from his former captain Graeme Smith on TMS regarding his lack of ability to get on and stay on the pitch.

In other injury news it seems Brad Taylor may be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. I wonder if we might have seen the last of him as a Hampshire player?

Comment by James

That’s very sad – and it’s the other ankle from last year. He still has the record as the youngest debutant in all three forms of the game for Hampshire (2013/2014) but in 3/4 seasons since, his career seems to have gone nowhere. Just one Championship match this year, when Dawson and Crane were with England.

Comment by pompeypop

It’s interesting to watch Olivier bowling for South Africa. It’s not a common name (maybe posh) but there was one who played for Hampshire once in 1895 (SR Olivier from Wiltshire). In his only innings he was out for nought. He had a brother RH, who played for Wiltshire and was killed at the front in 1914. Might the current Olivier be related I wonder (or is it just an act)?

Comment by pompeypop

Hampshire batting. Liam’s back.

Comment by Bob Elliott

Rossouw hit his ball straight back past the bowler.
Wheats plays Foster keeps

Comment by Paul

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