Hampshire Cricket History

Happy Daze
July 27, 2018, 4:23 pm
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Great story in today’s Guardian. In 1981 Gloucs had a dreadful May – one Championship match after another rained off. Come June and they played regularly so that Zaheer Abbas, who hadn’t batted in May, actually scored 1,000 runs in the month.

The headline in the Guardian? ‘Happy Days Zaheer Again’

But it implied there was no cricket across England in that month, so I checked and despite the persistent rain (which for example, hampered our game v the Aussies) there was more first-class County Cricket played in May 1981 than in the heatwave summer of 2018.

Why would that be I wonder?

Wooden Spoon Battle?
July 26, 2018, 5:33 pm
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Middlesex bottom v Hampshire next-to-bottom. I guess the winners tonight might be on the move but it could be almost the end of this year for the losers – Middlesex have started well.

Strange that these two sides have only met at Lord’s twice before – Hampshire have won both.

Middlesex failed to keep that good start going. So far this year they have failed to defend totals of 160-7; 175-5; 179-6. It seems that Hampshire should win …

Spaced Out Future?
July 25, 2018, 4:40 pm
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The Time Has Come …
July 25, 2018, 10:56 am
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It was a single by Adam Faith. I liked Adam Faith, not least that his early hit singles were very short – “What Do You Want” – 1 min 37 seconds.

Talking of short, there’s The Hundred and the Time Has Come to tell the truth

I’m for it.

I wasn’t, but now I am. I’ve thought a lot about it. In their latest edition, The Cricketer has published the results of a survey of cricket followers and in response to the question “Do You Like the ECB’s idea for the 100?” 96.3% have said NO.

I’d have said the same, but so what? It’s like imagining that what I think about Brexit will have any impact on the outcome. Something ‘different’ is going to happen, whether we like it or not. So even though I continue to hate it as a cricket idea, and continue broadly to dislike the the entrepreneurs, bureaucrats and marketing men at the ECB (women? Charlotte Edwards is for it too), I’m pretty sure it will happen and so I’m for it.

What I hope is that it takes hold of this so-called ‘new’ audience and pretty quickly sweeps away the old T20 format. It can then become a bit like Rugby – something that started as football but became its own separate thing.

It doesn’t even have to be called cricket. It’s just something called The Hundred, played mostly by cricketers. If the LBW law or no balls are too complicated they can get rid of them.

County cricket will then be recognised as the minority interest that it has become, but it can survive with 4-Day and 50 over competitions in some form throughout the summer. The PCA might have to reign in their grumbling about wages and over-work and it might even revert to a mix of professionals and amateurs but it could survive.

I think.

A Quick One
July 24, 2018, 11:10 am
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The ‘Roses’ match barely made it into Day Three and even with Livingstone not batting in the first innings, 39 wickets in just 200 overs makes it the shortest Div One game yet this year.

As a consequence, Yorkshire have moved ahead a bit, while Hampshire have a game in hand on Lancashire who look vulnerable – they have played six games at Old Trafford, drawing three and losing three. Meanwhile Worcestershire are struggling v Somerset.

It might help Hampshire too, that they have played both games v Surrey already.

Interesting Stats
July 23, 2018, 12:56 pm
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From the Roses matches

Friday night attendance 22,515

Sunday daytime attendance “20,000 fewer”

(from The Times, today)

At lunchtime, Yorkshire appear to be winning (will there be a third day?), while Worcs are collapsing.

(Incidentally, if you post a comment with a typo, I’ll often correct it – and then delete your posted correction. Everything then looks as smooth as a bar of Galaxy)

Nice Work, If …
July 22, 2018, 6:44 am
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Hampshire are currently in the middle of a period of seven half-days of cricket in the month of July, with one more game (Lord’s) in the next seven days, while six Div One sides start Championship games today.

The bottom two, Worcs and Yorks both have a game in hand over Hants, and given the weather, bonus points alone are likely to drop us into the bottom two again by the end of the week, below Yorkshire and Lancashire. If Worcs manage to beat Somerset we could even be at the bottom when the season starts (again) in a month’s time.

PS I notice the Hampshire off-spinner Ollie Rayner is playing for Middlesex today.