Hampshire Cricket History

May 16, 2018, 11:01 am
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In today’s Times, Michael Atherton, in his opening sentence, makes pretty much the same point I made yesterday, saying that the new England Test squad “further emphasises the marginalisation of championship cricket as the benchmark for national selection”.

Meanwhile the 2nd XI are playing Kent at the Ageas Bowl – although the score does not appear on the previously excellent ECB site, but you can find it where Allan alerted us yesterday:


At midday today Hampshire are 537-7 – Taylor 182, Organ 163, Holland 51 (will he bowl?), Velani 51. There is no sign of Dickinson, with Kantolinna due to keep wicket, and despite the report of Salisbury playing for Durham 2nd XI, he’s listed in the Hampshire side.

Kent have used ten bowlers, but neither of their two catchers have featured. One of the catchers is Harry Came who is a Hampshire boy (father Peter on the Members’ Committee).



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Afternoon Dave, Dickinson is still injured with a pulled hamstring and out for at least a couple more weeks.Was lucky enough to watch James Vince’s superb innings on Monday and then the seconds yesterday and 2 more totally different days of cricket you could not imagine.

Comment by Paul Williams

Many thanks Paul and good afternoon to you too. You’re having an interesting week!

Comment by pompeypop

MET (Matt) Salisbury took 6-29 in 7 overs for Durham against MCC Young Cricketers in a 2nd XI Trophy game at Merchant Taylors’ School yesterday having played T20 cricket for Durham 2nds earlier this season.

Seems he joined up with our 2nds today – or there are two opening bowlers called MET (Matt) Salisbury in county cricket!

Comment by James

What a strange thing. Meanwhile Hampshire 2nds are more than on-top!

Hants: 555-7 dec
Kent 57 (Sole 3-4, Stevenson 3-10, Salisbury 2-17) & 197-6 (Taylor 2-26, Stevenson 2-30)
Harry Came from Hampshire, scored 21 & 31 for Kent.

Comment by pompeypop

I can answer your query about Matt Salisbury. He is in fact this year contracted to MCCYC, described on their website as a Hampshire Partnership player, see https://www.lords.org/mcc/youth-cricket/mcc-young-cricketers/mens-squad-2018/.

Ironically he seems to have saved one of his better performances against his current employer whilst on trial/loan for Durham yesterday, taking six wickets and a catch. He also featured in two T20 games for Durham v Warwickshire on Monday taking four wickets in one game, including some notable scalps. I believe Will Smith may have had some involvement in this arrangement and is probably quite pleased at how it has worked out so far.

Yesterdays game was over early enough to enable Matt to drive South last evening in good time to open the bowling for Hampshire this morning. He has so far taken 13 wickets, one catch and a run out this week in four games in three different cities!

Videos of yesterdays game, including all of Matts wickets are at: https://www.lords.org/mcc/youth-cricket/mcc-young-cricketers/mens-fixtures-2018/#v2dc3af39-7061-43d3-b5e7-096bb2149d8d

Comment by Allan

Excellent Allan and MANY thanks.

Comment by pompeypop

I watched that. He seems to get wickets bowling straight. Quite a useful attribute.

Comment by Dave Allen

Thanks Allan that is very informative.

Some would suggest that such an interesting story would warrant a mention in the cricket section of a club’s own official website but I suppose it is difficult to find space amongst all the stories of restaurants, spas and other key cricketing subjects.

Comment by James

For a seamer there are really only 3 ways to get a batsman out. If you don’t bowl straight then that is reduced to just one. So bowling straight is a great idea, will it ever catch on!

Comment by Tigger Miles

I wonder Tigger – you never know …

Comment by pompeypop

I have always thought that when a number eleven is trying to see out a draw facing a seamer his best bet is to take guard and then walk away from the wicket as the bowler releases the ball. This would in an instance remove the possibility of lbw and caught as a means of dismissal meaning the bowler would have to hit the stumps. Generally speaking I reckon the batsman would be very unlucky if that happened.

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