Hampshire Cricket History

2017 Report
October 30, 2017, 6:43 pm
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The greatly improved Cricketer magazine has a pretty full evaluation of every county’s performance last season. What they say about Hampshire is pretty accurate, suggesting that they “blew hot and cold”. They list the eleven players on Hampshire’s books from South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan, while adding that they have also “produced more than their fair share of English talent”. They are critical of the failure to select Mason Crane in the Championship, not because of the decisions of the county’s selectors but because of the ludicrous scheduling of the Championship season.

Their strangest observation is to nominate Liam Dawson as the player with a “Summer to Remember”, describing him as “steady as always with the bat”. Alongside this, they printed the first-class averages where Dawson was 10th with an average below 20 for the first time in his 10 seasons with Hampshire.

We’ve already noted that leading scorer James Vince’s 626 runs equalled the least ever in a season for the county. Checking the other 17 counties, that total is quite a bit fewer than the leading scorers everywhere else.

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From the same magazine remind me why the big push for a city based T20 competition!

Comment by Paul

Dave, I understand that All Out Cricket has now been taken under the Wisden banner. It will be interesting to see how it develops. Though it has improved, I buy The Cricketer very reluctantly, because the editor is too much of a mouthpiece for City franchises. Also, in case you haven’t seen it, this quarter’s Nightwatchman pays homage to TMS. As you might expect, John Arlott figures prominently and indeed his presence pervades throughout.

Comment by Alan Edwards

I agree about the mouthpiece point Alan, I’m simply resigned to it, since hardly anyone dares say otherwise.

What I like more about the new Cricketer is their focus on the Championship. There’s a lot of stuff there this month in addition to the county reports, including some fascinating stats. For example, in 2017, only Glamorgan relied more on Championship “imports” (55% to Hampshire’s 53%) while Essex were just under 30% and Worcestershire 9.1%.

All the stats show the weaknesses in Hampshire’s batting (but good “imported” bowling) and here’s an interesting one: since the introduction of two divisions (2000) their criteria show Lancs, then Warwicks, then Yorks as the three most successful teams, with Derbys bottom and Glams next to them. Hampshire? Halfway – 9th – and three of the teams above them (Warwicks, Sussex & Durham) start 2018 in Div 2.

Continuity? Only two Div One sides averaged fewer changes per match than Hampshire (Essex & Somerset) and on average scores across the season, Hampshire were exactly zero with Warwicks unsurprisingly lowest (-104) Yorkshire next (- 42), with Essex best on +117.

Comment by pompeypop

Yes Dave. The current edition was a very good one. Worcs stats re overseas players were indeed revealing. I saw Worcestershire play at Cheltenham in July and was most impressed by the two young pace bowlers, Tongue and Barnard. Leach was also an imaginative and positive captain. All local lads. So good to see. There was never any chance that Moeen would leave them. He is too highly principled and has such good values. I hope Worcs succeed next season.

Comment by Alan Edwards

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