Hampshire Cricket History


Organ silenced
August 7, 2017, 12:53 pm
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Sorry about these musical links, I’ll try to desist – I never liked grand organs much until in the 1960s, then there were some great jazz organists from USA (the Jimmys Smith & McGriff etc) and UK (Brian Auger, Graham Bond). My mum liked the Blackpool star Reginald Dixon

All of which leads me to say that Felix Organ has been in-and-out for 13 on his England under-19s debut (v India – he batted at three)

PS Felix is in that squad and there are further games on Weds and Saturday, so I’m guessing that he might not play for 2nd XI in their semi-final on Thursday. We know that Taylor, plus Topley, Rossouw, & Carberry are wounded and now McManus is off, which might mean that Dickinson is needed for the T20 on Thursday evening. Will the 2nd XI have a team?

A. James Vince keeps wicket v Worcestershire

A man of experience – James Vince keeps wicket v Worcs in 2015

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And Ryan Stevenson is 12th man here so assume he got not bowl otherwise he would be with Second XI at Taunton Vale..

Comment by John Cottrell

Cheers John

At 4.30: Somerset 2nd XI 245-9: Chris Sole 4-61, Chris Wood 2-20, one wicket each for Salisbury, Hart and the other Organ (Zebedee perhaps?). Brad Wheal 0-60, Lintott 0-14. Interesting too that there is an early catch for Dickinson as a wicketkeeper and an early catch for Alsop as a fielder, then later there’s another catch for Alsop as wicketkeeper which suggests to me that Dickinson is on his way to the Ageas Bowl.

Comment by pompeypop

That’s the tea score incidentally, and with a catch for C Campbell, that accounts for 10 players.

Comment by pompeypop

Zac is the other Organ. Dickinson arrived at the Ageas Bowl and took the field as WK – thanks to McLaren’s agreement.

Comment by John West

I’m sorry not to see Joe Weatherley playing for Kent v West Indies. He’s played five Div 2 games so far and averages 23.75 but yet to reach 40. Adam Rouse is playing.

Comment by pompeypop

Unbeaten last wicket partnership of 29 at Taunton Vale and as the game is now showing as “paused” I guess it’s raining there, as it is in Taunton and Worcester (5.50pm). That’s probably it for today then. The forecast suggests that tomorrow and Weds might be pretty damp at the Ageas Bowl and Essex have surged ahead today with their victory.

Comment by pompeypop

A few points on yesterday (Monday) – what a strange ponderous innings from Hameed – totally becalmed at times. I seem to recall he had scored 3 or 4 when his partner Alex Davies (who looked a very good player indeed) had reached is 50. He stayed on 49 for an interminable time intent on giving a master class on defence. I gather England selector James Whitaker was there to watch Hameed.
One other question on a few people’s lips yesterday – whatever has happened to Will Smith – why is he apparently nowhere near the first team with his experience. As recently as last season he scored over 200 I believe v. Lancs.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

Many thanks Peter. Since I wasn’t there I can’t presume to say too much about the play, but it’s most interesting that Hameed came into this match with 214 Championship runs this year at 19.5 and no fifties, yet Lancashire kept faith with him. Maybe he’s rewarding them with an innings that might have greater implications for England too.

It’s a complete contrast with Alsop at Hampshire whose only Championship innings was 40 (plus a 50-over century and a half century in the T20). It seems to me that Hampshire picked their batting line-up at the start of the season, and have been reluctant to play either Alsop or Smith unless unavoidable – why neither were up for selection with Rousseau and Carberry injured I don’t understand.

As for Will, earlier in the season his 2nd XI form was excellent, but in his last 10 Hampshire innings for the 2nd XI (plus v South Africa A) he has an 81, but otherwise has not reached 30.

I guess there are question marks about the futures of a good few players – including some who are ageing – and since it seems there are few promising ‘reserves’ in waiting, Hampshire will probably be ‘in the market’ again in the winter. Whether the identity of what emerges is ‘Hampshire’ is a matter of personal choice.

Comment by pompeypop

Is Smith’s contract up this year? If so I suspect he may have started to pursue a new career with the gee gees.

Comment by moggahooller

On the organ note (hah!) Dave, do you remember Gordon Banner playing on South Parade Pier just after the war? Sorry, you’re far too young. He was very good and we seemed to spend hours listening to him on our family holidays as the rain poured down! That’s if my brother and I could be dragged away from the penny slot machines.

‘Those were the days, my friend’ and, yes, it did rain in Southsea on occasions back in the 1940s!!

Comment by Dave Wilson

Lovely memories Dave. I am just too young I guess (born 1949) but I do recall many lovely attractions on the Pier and around it. In a parallel universe, I’m very involved in the ‘Pompey Pop’ project which for some years has assembled a history of popular music and entertainment in Portsmouth since the war, including all the fun of the Pier (I was born and lived five minutes away, just the other side of Canoe Lake). I never went to the end of Pier shows but know about Arthur Askey, the Beverley Sisters, Tommy Trinder etc, and I have a copy of an art student’s film made in 1969/70 about Pompey organs (pubs, churches, rock clubs AND SP Pier). I remember the marionette shows, fireworks on Weds evenings, the seafront illuminations and an amazing machine called the Guinness Clock!

Comment by pompeypop

Thanks for all that info. Dave. I remember seeing Harry Secombe and a very young Peter Sellers on the Summer Spectacular, or whatever they called it in those days. The seafront illuminations were the highlight of our holidays, for a young 10 year old, apart from seeing the best team in the country at Fratton Park c.1949/50.

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