Hampshire Cricket History

All Rather Nice
August 22, 2018, 2:47 pm
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That’s the thing about this white shirt cricket. The last wicket falls, and Hampshire enjoy a rare but well-deserved victory, at which the batsmen, fielders and umpires all shake hands (while Rilee ties his bootlaces), there are no fireworks or snatches of ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ or renditions from the crowd of ‘Sweet Caroline’, and we ZOOOOOM up the table!

Well played Hampshire! (And pleased to confirm that Ed Smith thanks the Blog for the tip, and has called up James Vince for the next Test Match)

Hants bt Notts

Incidentally the chap raising his hat at short leg, leading a chorus of ‘Hip-Hip-Hooray’ for the visitors is our new man Aneurin Bevan – no sorry, Donald.

(Let’s hope he never gets a Duck)

Here he is, being interviewed post-match by another ‘new (ish) boy’ around the Bowl Dominic:

Donald A interview


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Meanwhile, phew! as Surrey beat Lancs by half-a-dozen, while Sussex have beaten Derbyshire for whom Sean Ervine was LBW to Briggs (three wickets today) for just one run.

Comment by pompeypop

While I was commentating this morning, one of the press guys showed us a tweet (or something similar) from a national paper about JV’s England call-up. Some hours later, I’ve seen no confirmation, elsewhere.

Comment by pompeypop

Great performance and an enjoyable match to watch with the bat not dominating the ball at last so credit to Karl McDermott. Maybe the complaints about previous flat wickets to the club worked!

Comment by Andy

It was indeed a very enjoyable game Andy – and no pink balls either. There was a suggestion in the Times this week that the Surrey v Lancs match might be the last-ever Day/Night. Here’s hoping!!

Comment by pompeypop

The possibility of there being no more Day/Night County Championship games was mentioned on the Radio 5 Live Sports Extra coverage of the Surrey v Lancashire game, although the commentators may have just been repeating what they saw in the Times.

Comment by Colin Price

Fidel Edwards has 38 Division One Championship wickets this season. Only two Lancastrians, Tom Bailey (41) and Graham Onions (40) have more – Bailey has played one more match.

Comment by pompeypop

Ref the Day/Night stuff – and thanks Colin. If they ditch it because it’s a crap idea and always was, it will be a classic example of how they paid NO attention to the views of most loyal Championship fans.

I know relatively few who liked the idea initially, and even fewer who enjoyed the reality; our Yorkshire game this year was diabolical and last year’s, after day one, unpleasant conditions. Overall I’m pretty sure that more people left early than arrived late.

Still ditching it is OK as they have an even better new idea starting in 2020.

Comment by pompeypop

I’m a little worried that the ECB will in their infinite wisdom resolve the issues of day/night cricket by introducing night cricket.

Comment by James

At Lord’s it is still £5 for day four of a Championship match, yesterday at the Oval it was free entry, where as it happened there was a sprinkling of young people taking an interest as well.

One day it might catch on……

Comment by stephenfh

Lots of interesting comments about the selection of Vince on the BBC site. One guy has suggested that Vince saves his best performances for the Sky cameras. If that’s true, not only is he a good bet in the Test but that guy must be watching lots of Championship cricket on Sky. I wish I could.

Someone else trots out the old cliché ref Cook, that form is temporary, class is permanent. In that case why aren’t we still picking Gower (Sutcliffe, Barrington …)?

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