Hampshire Cricket History

It Started With A Kiss
June 30, 2018, 4:32 am
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On Royal Wedding Day, in the Royal London at Hove, Reece struck early, but when Gareth Berg walked out at 133-6 we still needed 118 to win. He scored 65 from 37 balls, Mason helped with 21* and improbably, we won. Amla, Taylor, Edwards and perhaps McManus from that first side  of 2018, won’t be playing today.

We beat Surrey and Essex, never got going at Bristol, then impossibly lost off the last ball to Kent. Two more victories followed v Middx and Glams and then we fielded like donuts against Somerset and lost a second match off the last ball.

Nonetheless, that took us to the magnificent semi-final show v Yorkshire, led by Captain James, and now today, here’s hoping …

PS We always win when the sun shines (1991, 2005, 2009)

More Final Stats
June 29, 2018, 1:47 pm
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This from Tigger, with many thanks. I note that like ‘Bloggy’ he’s only missed one, and that was the one we lost, so you two (to quote Elvis) “Come on and be my little Good Luck Charm uh, huh huh …”

Incidentally he talks about Men-of-the-Match. The wackiest must have been John Abrahams (Lancashire)  who scored 0, but got it for being captain (was it Peter May?)

Here’s Tigger

In Hampshire’s six wins in Lords finals the man of the match award has gone
to Robin Smith twice, Stephen Jefferies, Sean Ervine, Dominic Cork and Jimmy Adams.
Robin Smith is the only player to win the award in consecutive finals.
Lets hope another Hampshire player wins the award tomorrow as in all but
8 finals the award has gone to a player from the winning team.
Quite a few players have won the man of the match award twice, but only
Clive Radley and Dermot Reeve have won 3. The award doesn’t always go to
the best performance though. Dernbach 6 for 35 didn’t win the award in
2015. Instead it went to Taylor (35 and 3 for 43) from the winning team.
Dernbach’s return was the 3rd best ever in finals behind Chapple 6 for 18 (1996)
and Garner 6 for 29 (1979). These are the only 6 fers.
Best batting performance was Hales last year with 187 not out.
The best partnership in finals is 202 by Gooch and Hardie (Essex) in 1985.
There have only been 4 team scores of 300+. Best is the 322 by Warwickshire in
1993 batting 2nd after Sussex scored 321. The others are 317 by Yorkshire in
1965 and 312 by Durham in 2007 (forget that one !!).
Best partnerships by wicket:
1st 202, 2nd 192, 3rd 198, 4th 194, 5th 142, 6th 137, 7th 77, 8th 66, 9th 62, 10th 22.
I have been to all the finals except when we lost to Durham.
I’m going tomorrow and hope to maintain my 100% record.
All the best and enjoy the day, it’s going to be hot!!
Cheers Tigger

All Eyes on Lord’s
June 29, 2018, 6:49 am
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And if there are any Bloggers going to a Final for the first time – a special delight – I wish you a particularly happy day

My guess for the team (I have no inside information!):

Rosouw, Alsop (wkpr), Vince, Northeast, Adams, Weatherley, Dawson, Berg, Crane, Steyn, Topley

(options being McManus for Alsop and Wood for Topley, but that’s my guess)

Loverly Weverly!
June 28, 2018, 6:59 pm
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Just back after a day full of art, which was perhaps more exciting than Old Trafford, but I’m delighted for Joe Weatherley – it’s no secret that I want to see our own guys coming through and with recent centuries in the Championship and the 50 overs he’s growing into a first team place (fingers crossed)

For the Lions, terrific stuff from Topley and Dawson

2nd XI? Middlesex 147-4 won it – Crane 4-0-28-1 while McManus top-scored with 33.

Second game, Middlesex won by the same margin with 177-4, Crane 4-0-20-1. Chris Wood played and took 1-34. McManus made 0, Sean Ervine scored a century.

So, presumably, if Crane suffers no adverse reaction, he’s in the reckoning? (He only batted once – 14*)

Mason Crane
June 28, 2018, 10:24 am
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Kevan James offering lots of tweets and thoughts about Crane possibly playing on Saturday. Apparently he’s in the 2nd XI squad today at Richmond, might have had an injection etc …

June 28, 2018, 9:51 am
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This links to the previous post; Alan’s Comment had been looking up the records

In 1988, our team in the final was the same that contested the semi-final

In 1991, Tony Middleton scored 78, replacing Chris Smith who left Hampshire after the semi-final. Nicholas was injured in the previous match and was replaced by Jon Ayling (18* & 2-39) with Gower as captain

In 1992, Bobby Parks replaced the injured Adi Aymes and Ayling (2-38) replaced Raj Maru – neither replacements batted

In 2005, Kevin Pietersen replaced Jono McLean and scored 5

In 2007, (when we lost) West Indian Powell (1 & 2-80)  replaced Stuart Clark as the second overseas player

In 2009, the semi-final and final teams were the same

In 2012, Neil McKenzie (19) replaced Bilal Shafayat and Kabir Ali (1-50 including the winning ball) replaced Danny Briggs who was omitted by England.

So McLean, Clark, Shafayat and Briggs have played in semi-finals but not finals for Hampshire. It might be that McManus is added to that list on Saturday. If they stick to the same XI as v Yorkshire, then Alsop (who was injured) won’t play.


What Will Happen & Who Plays?
June 28, 2018, 6:32 am
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The two questions. If the pitch at Old Trafford suddenly turns into a raging turner Hampshire’s best hope might be all out by about 2pm, setting Lancs 200+ in around 60 overs – there again that looks as likely as Germany being knocked out of the World Cup.

And on Saturday? The choices are looking limited, especially since from those who have played in the RL Cup so far, Fidel is disappearing to Canada, Amla has gone, Taylor, Wheal & Crane are injured. So, here’s a possible team (bowlers*)

Rossouw, Alsop (w/k), Vince, Northeast, Weatherley, Adams, Dawson*, Berg*, Wood*, Steyn*, Topley*

I’m assuming McManus will be unlucky, and I wonder whether Holland could make it as an ‘insurance’ sixth bowler. I doubt it.

(If you read this earlier, my counting was dodgy! It’s been edited)

June 27, 2018, 7:07 pm
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(List A)

Courtesy of Tigger – highest scores by both sides in the fixture a few weeks back:


Hampshire’s first List A match v Kent at Portsmouth in May 1965, was our fifth ever, the third season of the Gillette Cup. We had beaten two Minor Counties, but this was our first List A victory against a first-class county. Alan Knott made his list A debut.

Hampshire 208 all out in 57.4 overs (Sainsbury 70, White 23, Dixon 4-51, Luckhurst 3-22)

Kent 185 all out in 54.1 overs (Denness 43, Luckhurst 36, Cottam 3-30, Sainsbury 3-45)

Man-of-the Match Peter Sainsbury.

June 27, 2018, 5:42 pm
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Here’s a quiz then – seven games, Highest and Lowest by us and against us? All in the first two Comments

June 27, 2018, 5:37 pm
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Difficult to create a quiz from this, so some facts

Eight of the ten men who bowled for Hampshire in the Finals of 1988-1992 went at less than four runs per over. The exceptions were Aaqib Javed (4.5) and Shaun Udal, the only man to play in both centuries.

16 men, including Udal, bowled in the Finals in this century and they all conceded at least four runs an over. Five exceeded five runs+ per over; two conceded six+; Powell went at eight per over, Katich bowled two overs for 20.

Most miserly is the same as top of the averages? Easy of course:

Steven Jefferies, 1988, 5-13 @ 2.6, conceded at 1.3 per over.

Most miserly in the 21st century? Dominic Cork, 4.1 runs per over

Others with three or more wickets: Cork 4-41 @10.25; Marshall 3-33 @11.00; Watson 3-34 @11.3; Wood 3-39 @13.0; Connor 6-93 @ 15.5, Bichel 3-57 @19.0; Ayling 5-98 @ 19.6; Udal 3-150 at 50.00

Not much luck for the spinners then, although in 1988, Nigel Cowley had 1-17 in 11 overs. Maru, Warne and Katich took no wickets; Imran Tahir 2-50; Liam Dawson 1-60.