Hampshire Cricket History

Cheers ‘Slug’
August 18, 2018, 9:59 am
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Apparently he came to the ground on Wednesday to say goodbye, and has gone on loan to Derbyshire. I doubt he’ll return. He was one of Hampshire’s finest.


Ervine, Sean Michael (475) born Zimbabwe 6.12.1982. Ervine, is a left-handed batsman who came to Hampshire as a pace-bowling all-rounder in 2005, but following an injury became increasingly a specialist batsman. His first match at the Rose Bowl was the inaugural international there, playing for Zimbabwe v South Africa. In his first season for Hampshire he scored centuries in the semi-final and final of the C&G Trophy which Hampshire won; in 2009, his 167* v Ireland was the highest limited-overs score at the Rose Bowl, while in 2010 he hit his best score of 237* v Somerset at the Rose Bowl (photo above), the highest innings by any Hampshire batsman in the lower half of the order.  In 2009, 2010 & 2014 he averaged over 40 in first-class cricket, and in 2016, his benefit season, he passed 1,000 runs for the first time at 57.36.

With the ball, he took 42 wickets in his first county season but never reached 30 after, and from 2015-2017, took just 18 wickets. He started 2018 having scored 8,957 first-class runs for Hampshire with 15 centuries, and 214 wickets; in limited-overs cricket he scored 3,842 runs with five centuries, and 109 wickets, while in T20 there were 2,518 runs, and 50 wickets. He was a good slip fielder, with 147 catches in 186 first-class matches. He played for five trophy-winning sides at Hampshire, in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012 (twice) and with the Division Two Champions of 2014.


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He’s in the squad that plays Sussex tomorrow.

It’s a great pity the way he, and Carbs, and, if memory serves, Pothas have left, after giving us all a great deal of pleasure. Not a nice way for things to finish. IMO, of course.

Comment by Jeremy

Apparently, it’s an “initial 28 day loan”….

Comment by Jeremy

Indeed Jeremy. You could add Will Smith to that list although he didn’t play for us as long of course.

Hampshire Corporate Cricket need to learn how to treat people with a little respect.

Comment by James

I remember especially a defiant partnership with James Tomlinson that helped prevent relegation that year.

Comment by Dave Pople

I will always remember him for his many back-to-the-wall innings to rescue a draw on the last day.

Comment by Ian White

Unless others have more information than me, I am not sure why there’s an assumption of poor management. Two seasons ago I, and those I sit with, recognised that over 2 or 3 years the club needed to phase out a number of players reaching the end of their careers. I understood it was established practice to offer older players one year contracts. After a year captaining the seconds, rather well I hear, Will Smith opted to return to Durham, where ironically there’s probably greater security given the number of players they keep losing. After a poorish season, Carbs seemed to have got a good deal at Leicestershire – 2 year contract and the captaincy – although sadly that hasn’t worked out. And Jimmy has said this would probably be his last season. So it’s no surprise that Ervine too is on his way – I had heard that he didn’t relish the seconds, as Smith seemed to, and he’s tweeted his discontent a couple of times. But perhaps he hadn’t made plans as the others seem to have done – I don’t know.
Sad as it is when a good player reaches the end of his time, I am not sure that management is to blame!
I hope Derbyshire works out for him and he lands a contract there for another couple of years.

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

I think it’s almost always difficult to know whether professional cricketers recognise when time is up – a couple who did were Alan Rayment and Kevan James – I think Dimi probably did, and maybe Jimmy will. Many don’t.

There is however the old dictum about those who fail to learn from history … In the late-1970s and in the mid-1990s, two of our finest sides fell apart rather rapidly as men like Richards, Roberts, Gilliat, Sainsbury and then Marshall, Terry, Chris Smith, Greenidge etc followed each other in quick succession.

Currently as you note, we have a side that’s lost Carberry, Smith, Ervine and perhaps Adams (+Tomlinson?) in a short period, and it’s not yet apparent that the youngsters (Weatherley, Crane, Taylor, Alsop, McManus, Holland etc) are going to be consistently good enough. In addition, tomorrow’s possible pace attack of Steyn, Edwards, Abbott and Berg are four guys all over 30 so with relatively short futures. To replace them? Wheal? Stevenson? Topley? Maybe we need to be less eager to wave goodbye to the experienced guys?

Comment by pompeypop

I meant to add that following the departures of the late 1970s and early 1990s, we were pretty poor for some years (‘2nd Division’+)

Comment by pompeypop

I think the issue is perhaps more with Hampshire communicating with the players when they feel their time is up. Last season our batting consistently struggled yet Smith was totally ignored despite scoring tons of runs in the 2nd XI. This season Ervine has been ignored in the T20 side when we have apparently looked dreadful with the bat. If there was a policy to do this in order to give younger players a chance then all well and good but they certainly didn’t tell Sean. Pothas’s departure was also handled very badly leading to resignations from the Members Committee if I remember correctly. That’s where management should be much better.

Comment by James

Can understand why Smith and Ervine were not in Hampshire’s plans but it seemed a waste for both to be playing in the seconds for this reason. Smith lost a whole season and Ervine has lost a large proportion of this. Could they have been allowed to seek other opportunities much earlier?

Comment by Ian Pearce

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