Hampshire Cricket History

Hampshire Going Well
August 20, 2018, 5:10 pm
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Vince confirms his quality again and well battled Tom Alsop

Meanwhile Hampshire have signed Aneurin Donald. I’ve made my feelings known about that prospect previously and I’ve not changed my mind. It makes me sad to think that he is another arrival who is neither Hampshire-born nor developed by us. Still it’s apparently simpler than bringing through home-grown players.

As with Rilee, I have absolutely nothing against him personally, but it doesn’t seem so long ago I was writing a Handbook editorial where I was thrilled by the emergence of a generation of our own: Vince, Dawson, Wood, Briggs, Bates and others. Truth is though it’s a few years, and since then (2012) we’ve gone shopping, bringing in the following players from other counties: Kabir Ali, Simon Jones, Bilal Shafayat, Adam Wheater, Matt Coles, Ruel Brathwaite, Joe Gatting, Will Smith, Gareth Berg, Andre Adams, Reece Topley, Gareth Andrew, Andy Carter, (David Wainwright), Asher Hart, Matt Salisbury, and Sam Northeast. It’s not a thrilling list is it?

Meanwhile, Donald, who certainly looked promising in 2014 when we were winning the Div 2 title at Cardiff, has a Division Two first-class average of 30.68, but this year, just 11.16, with a best of 27. In List A he averages 14.65 with one half-century and in T20 20.11 – but 15.84 this year.

PS Ervine run out for two – by Ollie Robinson who played once for Hampshire.


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I thought Vince batted really well in both innings shame the England selectors have decided he’s not good enough

Comment by Paul

My answer to the question you posed a few blogs ago – Lyn and I both feel winning a Lords cup final makes up for the T20 and even relegation to Div 2.
Mind we play as we have done the last two days and we will stay up.
PS Why Donald?!?!x@#

Comment by Paul

Yes I think this has been quite encouraging today and yesterday afternoon Paul. Interesting that Worcs are doing well too. It could be an intriguing September … I wonder about Steyn though (?)

Comment by pompeypop

Is Steyn injured? How seriously?

Comment by Paul

I don’t know. He bowled four balls of an over and came off.

Comment by pompeypop

I was checking James Vince’s season’s total & average on BBC tonight and it looks to me completely wrong. It records him playing nine matches which including this one is right. I have checked and re-checked and I reckon he’s scored 847 runs this season in 15 innings at 56.46; with three centuries and two half centuries. The BBC says 14 innings; 777 runs at 55.50 with two centuries and three half-centuries. Cricket Archive seems to agree with me. I don’t think Tigger shows this season’s, but apologies Tigger if you do. This is certainly Vince’s best Div One season.

Comment by pompeypop

Steyn has groin strain apparently. Seriousness to be assessed tomorrow

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

A worry with this transfer in of “talent” is the failure to learn from history.
Currently our best performers are Vince, Dawson and Wood with the white ball’ all hone grown. The imports have not set the world alight, not even our part of it. Some have done OK over a period of time Berg, Smith, Wheater, others intermittently some have barely registered.
So we import another! The law of averages suggests some will come good – will Donald be one?

Comment by Paul

Interesting Kent 2nd XI score from yesterday, where one player passed 30. He made 106 and his name is Harry Came. He played in our trophy winning Under-17 side a couple of years back and it’s not his first century for Kent 2s. His father Peter is on the Members’ Committee and he lives in Hampshire, but … he plays for Kent because they wanted him.

Comment by pompeypop

I too am remarkably unenthused by the signing of Donald. He might have been a great prospect a few years ago but his actual record seems very poor with both red and white balls. Maybe he is a pink ball specialist?

As regards Rilee he does seem to have made a big effort to get his head down and build an innings in red ball cricket but it seems strange that we have an overseas player in the side who needs to learn how to do this.

Comment by James

Who makes way for Donald? Presumably Alsop or Weatherley. Probably Weatherley as he is Hampshire born!

Comment by Paul

Or Adams. More likely.

Comment by Paul

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