Hampshire Cricket History

September 11, 2018, 4:42 pm
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Lunchtime – the entirely rejuvenated Kyle Abbott leads the Hampshire XI from the field and shares a smile with Dale Steyn

H v S'Set Abbott

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I think the Somerset captain Tom Abell, got it absolutely right:

“Full credit to their bowlers I thought they were outstanding. They asked a lot of questions throughout the game and we weren’t up to it … They had a world-class seam attack and it was always going to be tough. I am not going to complain about the wicket, it is the same for both sides.”

Comment by pompeypop

I think that’s exactly right – watching Tres playing Steyn and Abbott today was just like Test Cricket, top top stuff, County Cricket straight out of the 70s and 80s (70’s, 80’s?!). Not sure how much the pitch had to do with what went on at all.

Tres’s last Test was Cooks 9th. What a terrible shame he didn’t play more. And great to see Abbott back.

Comment by Jeremy

Again, I agree Jeremy. Some of Hampshire’s batsmen (Adams twice, Northeast, Dawson in his one innings) batted responsibly in challenging circumstances and what a pleasure to watch that – against a very good Somerset attack. Some did not measure up – one or two perhaps through inexperience.

In a performance like this, or at Worcester, it seems to me the Hampshire pace attack is as good as any. But the top-order batting looks frail and like England they’re about to lose ‘Mr Reliable’.

Comment by pompeypop

I was asked about the last two-day finish on the ground. I haven’t checked everything but two sprung to mind. This game v Somerset lasted 155.3 overs and I remembered two games that Hampshire lost quickly. Both went to three days but weather was a factor in the innings defeat by Surrey in 2005 which lasted 165 overs – less than the equivalent of two full days. It was the shortest game on the ground that wasn’t rain ruined until today – but this one is now the shortest with a result, and no weather problems.

The other was the match v Lancashire in 2003, which finished after 223 overs and one ball – appropriately today, Jimmy Anderson took nine wickets, the first most of us knew about him.

Comment by pompeypop

Steyn goes home now….and do Yorks and Lancs get their England players back for the remaining fixtures?
Are we safe (ish)…not so sure?

Comment by Nick Jenkins (@nickjenkins01)

I didn’t know that Nick – thanks. We’ll miss him.

We are safe(ish). We have 133 points tonight. If Lancs beat Yorks they will have 128 with only their game v us to play – by which time we’ll have played Yorkshire too, and we are probably ahead on tie breaks. If Yorks lose they’ll start next week 23 points behind us.

If Yorks beat Lancs, Lancs will only have 112 points and it’s very difficult to see them overhauling us. HOWEVER, Worcestershire are currently ahead of Surrey, which isn’t helpful! They might end up about 20 points behind us if they win.

Comment by pompeypop

Should have added that Worcs play Yorks in the season’s last game, so they can’t both win.

Comment by pompeypop

The second half of our Championship season (after a month ‘off’) started with the win v Notts at the A Bowl. Since then, Abbott has taken 30 wickets in four matches for 295 runs (so average just under 10). On the other hand, our opening partnerships have been 25 & 0; 8 & 6; 21 & 3; 0 & 14. In those matches, we have only once passed 300 (399-7 dec v Notts).

Comment by pompeypop

399 – 7dec …those were the days .

Comment by John F

They were John! Before that ‘break’ (late June) our totals were 443; 451 & 237-5. Immediately after the ‘restart’ a month later we scored 277, & 399-7 v Notts.

But since then, our scores have been 172; 211; 191; 176; 148 & 75-4. Those ought to be relegation scores, yet we’ve won two from three, without a single batting point! In those three games, Alsop has two half-centuries and Northeast one, plus 48. No one else has reached 40.

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