Hampshire Cricket History

September 9, 2018, 7:21 am
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Apologies for that hiccup. The BBC were counting Yorks v Essex as a draw and I had listed it separately as Abandoned (no play). I’d also missed the stats for Southport, although given that it was Worcs v Lancs it’s unsurprising that wickets fell rapidly.

So, in Division One, excluding the abandoned game, we’ve actually had just 10 draws in 45 matches (22%) which is a very low figure. Every Division One ground, including three outgrounds, are averaging 10 or more wickets per day – in other words, on average, in good weather, there should  be results.

On the grounds that have hosted matches regularly, wickets have fallen most often at Worcester (13.75 in a 96 overs day), then Taunton (12.53), Chelmsford (11.87), Old Trafford (10.95), the Oval (10.70), the Ageas Bowl (10.61) & Trent Bridge (10.13).

Headingley has only had two matches with play (11.62) and the two at Scarborough at 9.95 are the only games slightly below 10 per day, until rounded up. Guildford was 11.97 and Southport 12.82 (n.b. Lancs v Worcs). Three of the four Day/Night games, during the heatwave, all with 360+ overs, were drawn. Surrey won the fourth v Lancs at the Oval (316.4 overs)

By contrast in Div One two years ago (pre day/nighters), Durham, Ageas Bowl, Old Trafford & Lord’s all averaged fewer than 10 wickets per day and Trent Bridge was 9.86, so wickets have fallen more frequently this year. That average – the time it takes in overs, to get each wicket, is not in itself affected by the weather but in the 10 drawn games this year there have been the following number of overs:

379 overs (31 wickets), 379 (27), 363 (23), 362 (26), 358 (28), 358 (25), 330 (24), 299 (25), 296 (21) 179 (13). The last (& shortest) of those was our home game v Essex which was badly weather-affected, but overall longer games haven’t necessarily been those that produced ‘results’.

Because of the T20, there weren’t that many Championship games played during the very hot period, but the most draws in any block came in midsummer (see below). Surrey have won six of their matches in fewer than 250 overs, and across Division One, 14 matches have been won/lost in fewer than 250 overs. There was also the Tie at Taunton which lasted 164.4 overs – that’s 33% giving ‘results’ in much less than three scheduled days (288 overs).


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