Hampshire Cricket History

Value for Money?
August 8, 2017, 3:38 pm
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The fixture list and the rain are not making it easy for those who favour the traditional (daytime) form of the County Championship are they? If that is your preference, then this year at the Ageas Bowl,  from the end of the Warwicks match (5 June) there is a gap of exactly three months until the start of the Surrey game on 5 September

In that three months there are two other four-day games. The first was against Somerset and was played with a late start, under lights. The weather was poor and more than 40% of the match was lost.

A further 96 overs have been lost today, taking the total in those two games beyond the equivalent of three full days – and the forecast is not great tomorrow. Since the ground is clearly very wet, there must be a good chance that by tomorrow evening, the equivalent of one of the two games in that three months period will have sunk.

There’s always been rain of course but if you offer so few matches, then the risks of a higher percentage of time lost are greater. Many decades ago, in my first year as a member, there were 16 home games in 19 weeks plus two first-class friendlies at home, and only twice were Hampshire away for a whole fortnight. In 2017, seven home games, spread out over nearly six months, seems too risky.

The good news however is that even if there is no play tomorrow, this match is just outside the Top Ten rain-affected matches at the Rose/Ageas Bowl (by three overs so far)! In addition, while, over the years, whole matches were abandoned at Southampton and Bournemouth, no first-class match at the new ground has lasted fewer than 100 overs.


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Just from my records, by this time each of the last three years I’d been to 35, 49 and 57 days of cricket respectively, both at the Bowl and elsewhere.

This year, 29.

It actually felt odd to be going to cricket on Sunday.

The highest paid Director at the ECB scored £607,000 last year.

Comment by Jeremy

Nice work if you can get it!

Comment by pompeypop

Hampshire 2nds lost to Somerset by an innings and 50 runs.

Comment by John West

11.15 – I’ve just walked home with a hint of drizzle in the air in Pompey but probably playable, although I gather a deluge approaches. Meanwhile no play anywhere in England this morning. I am planning a trip to Arundel tomorrow but wondering whether it will be dry (there is a great antique store in the town that sells 78s)

PS 15 mins later and it’s pouring here too

Comment by pompeypop

And it is Second XI T20 finals day at Arundel with Hampshire v Yorkshire at 1030……going to be a bit soggy I thinks…..

Comment by John Cottrell

I thought it was tomorrow John? I was thinking I’d go …

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