Hampshire Cricket History

September 27, 2018, 3:43 pm
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In 2017, Hampshire finished fifth with three wins, three defeats and eight draws. They obtained 24 batting and 36 bowling points, to a total of 148. Middlesex went down with 146 (Somerset 147). Essex were 72 points ahead of everyone (10 wins)

In 2018, Hampshire finished fifth with four wins, five defeats and five draws. They obtained 16 batting points (five fewer than Notts, next lowest) and 39 bowling points (one behind the highest, Lancashire). Their total was 144. Lancashire were relegated, and Notts stayed up, with 133. Surrey were 46 points ahead of everyone, with 10 wins.

In Divisions One & Two, 2018, 21.43% of matches were drawn. The next lowest I have found so far was in 1920 (24%). Since two Divisions were introduced in 2000, this is only the second year that fewer than one third of matches were drawn – there were 28.47% in 2011. In seven seasons since 2000, the figure was above 45%; three of those above 50%.

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Some terrific stats from Jeremy which I think fit here too, in case you missed them below (& many thanks). It’s interesting to consider that Membership is often sold (partly) on how many days cricket we can expect (except we can’t!)

“We got 63% of the home champo scheduled overs.

If you strip out the 180 overs of the weather/umpire created non-event of the Essex match, and half the 361 over ECB floodlit/soft pink ball fiasco, we got 1328 overs of daytime cricket – 49% of the scheduled overs.

Breaking the season down into three periods, Spring Summer and Autumn if you like, we got 56% of the first three games, just the Notts and Yorks games between June 11 and August 19, during the best summer since 1976, and then 48% of the scheduled overs in September.

Now I don’t have any problem with games finishing early because of cricket factors. But if it feels odd, maybe these figures explain a bit!”

Comment by pompeypop

So I wonder how many members were waiting outside the ticket office today to claim compensation? Non of course, because the good old cricket supporter is part of a patient, non-litigacious breed. BUT, on a serious note, how many of you would accept such a situation without recompense if your concert, holiday, tuition course ( to name but a few ) were reduced by percentages equating to those lost cricketing days? For many years Dave produced stats regarding “weather affected” lost days across all counties and indeed at one forum when Rodders was trying to push for even more reduced 4 day games I had my hand up to quote these facts, but Jaimo went on to another topic. Ignored again ! Considering exec members now cough up 4 figures and even the most basic membership with car parking is a few hundred quid, we are talking returns that would cover the energy increases! ps I`m not Martin Lewis !

Comment by Brian S

ps Before you write…..I was quoting costs for “couples” memberships, but even so !!!

Comment by Brian S

It is a good point. People always say that cricket is part of the entertainment business and I’ve been a very minor part of that for 50 years. I was late to the match on Tuesday, because my Southsea Skiffle Orchestra was doing their monthly gig at Portsmouth Guildhall – as usual 12-1pm. We had about 70 people there who would not have been delighted had we packed up at 12.30!

On the other hand, the dullest match and worst entertainment at the Ageas Bowl this year was the game v Yorkshire, one of only two draws and at 362 overs, more than 45 overs longer than the next longest (win v Notts). It was floodlit, pink balls and a load of balls – just 26 wickets in four days. But there’s no equivalent is there? Imagine a football/rugby match ending after 50 minutes, or the Ryder Cup stopping tomorrow night.

Comment by pompeypop

Here’s another stat: in the seven Ageas Bowl Championship matches this year, 1,686 overs (and two balls) were bowled. That’s an average per match of 241 overs, when in three days there should be 288 overs.

Only one of the seven matches was badly affected by the weather and ended in a draw – v Essex (180 overs). If you take out that dull pink ball day/night game, the average per match falls to 220 overs, the equivalent of a finish at lunchtime on day three.

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