Hampshire Cricket History

What a Cracker!
August 29, 2017, 2:55 pm
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The superb Brathwaite has just been caught on the stroke of tea. He was five runs away from being the first man ever to score a century in both innings in a first-class match at Headingley, but now it’s the turn of Hope to go for the same achievement.

It’s a fantastic game and delightful to see loads of kids in the ground. I thought they only liked T20?

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One of the main reasons Mason Crane came to Hampshire was that Sussex turned him down at under-14s and I’m told that was partly because he didn’t bat or field well. I’m not sure it’s true, but if it is, I hope whoever made that call was watching at around 5.20 tonight when Mason came on as sub …

Comment by pompeypop

6.07pm and yet another catch goes down – Cook again. West Indies really should win this now, but after five full days, and into ‘overtime’ it’s still terrific!

Comment by pompeypop

It will be interesting to see if they gamble on playing Mason in the final test.

I wonder if the powers that be thought the series would be won after two tests and Mason could be played in the dead rubber with a view to the winter tour.

Comment by Neil

6.40pm Stokes drops a catch. I don’t know whether the catching in this match is the worst ever in a Test but I can’t remember a worse case – despite which it’s been fabulous.

Comment by pompeypop

I really loved that Test Match – the best form of cricket at its best and thus incomparable. The Michaels, Holding and Atherton thought it was the most remarkable turnaround they could recall in a Test ever – I suspect they’re right.

Of all the overseas sides, I’ve always loved the West Indies – they were great in my first cricket decade in the 1960s and then there’s the Hampshire connection through the decades with Roy Marshall, Danny Livingstone, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Cardigan Connor and others – a delightful day and a great match, although as Neil suggests, it poses a challenge (or three) for the England selectors!

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Fair play to the West Indies. I don’t think many people saw that coming least of all me!

My confidence in England winning was mainly down to the fact that although the West Indies had scored 400-odd in the first innings it was almost all down to Brathwaite and Shai Hope with the rest (other than the excellent Holder) not looking capable of much other than briefly slinging the bat.

My mistake was not believing lightning could strike twice and also in grossly overestimating our bowling attack. Obviously holding onto the early catch would have made a big difference but I wonder how long it will be before people begin to cotton on to the fact that Broad is no longer as good as he thinks he is and that we are increasingly reliant on the aging Anderson?

It might even dawn on our selectors that picking a just fit (but clearly not match fit) Woakes as the third seamer wasn’t very sensible.

So now we go into the last Test with questions about our bowling attack as well as our batting line-up. Good job we aren’t playing Bangladesh this winter!

Comment by James

Good point James! It’s interesting that people keep saying that the selectors these days give new players a long run to prove their worth (eg James Vince). Actually that’s only true of the batsmen isn’t it? Roland-Jones is the best new player to appear for England this season and was dropped after two games; Liam Dawson was picked mainly to bowl and also dropped after two games.

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