Hampshire Cricket History

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September 29, 2018, 7:39 am
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The final stats for wickets falling on the various grounds (alphabetically by county):

Chelmsford: P7 – 234 wkts. Average of one every 8.13 overs, or 11.81 in a day

Ageas Bowl: P7 – 212 wkts. Average of one every 7.95 overs, or 12.08 in a day

Old Trafford: P6 – 186 wkts. Average of one every 8.77 overs or 10.95 in a day

Trent Bridge: P 7 – 213 wkts. Average of one every 9.13 overs or 10.51 in a day

Taunton: P7 – 241 wkts. Average of one every 7.80 overs or 12.31 in a day

The Oval: P6 – 199 wkts. Average of one every 9.02 overs or 10.64 in a day

Worcester: P7 – 255 wkts. Average of one every 7.41 overs or 12.96 in a day

Headingley: P5 – 142 wkts. Average of one every 7.96 overs or 12.06 in a day

Worcester tops the list, followed by Taunton, Ageas Bowl & Headingley, all over 12 per day.

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Minus Day/Night Stats:

Chelmsford moves to a wicket every 7.36 overs or 13.04 in a day
Ageas Bowl moves to a wicket every 7.12 overs or 13.48 in a day
Trent Bridge moves to a wicket every 8.59 overs or 11.18 in a day
The Oval moves to a wicket every 9.30 overs or 10.32 in a day.

The Oval is then the only one where the figures shift to fewer wickets (by 0.3). Surrey beat Lancs by 6 runs.

Comment by pompeypop


Southport: P1 – 36 wkts. Average of one every 7.49 overs or 12.82 in a day
Guildford: P1 – 30 wkts. Average of one every 8.04 overs or 11.97 in a day
Scarborough: P2 – 60 wkts. Average of one every 9.65 overs or 9.95 in a day.

Unless rounded-up, Scarborough is the only Div One ground to average under 10 wickets in a day, but both matches ended in positive results, won by Surrey (316 overs) & Worcs (263 overs).

Comment by pompeypop

Just for interest, totaling our averages (home and away) for 1987, the last summer of all 3 day Champo cricket, they seem to imply an average match length of roughly 250 overs.

This year may have flattered average bowlers. But that’s produced better cricket than flattering average batsmen. We’ve had better cricket wickets. But I bet the ECB don’t see it that way, at all.

Comment by Jeremy

Cheers Jeremy – it’s been an odd season. We’ve been done out of quite a lot of scheduled cricket yet I’m with you absolutely; some of it has been fascinating, and I think more ‘results’ than ever. I like very much your point about “average” bowlers and batsmen.

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Thanks Dave. I think what your research shows, if I remember the data from previous years, is that this year is the first we’ve got anywhere near (indeed, maybe overshot a tad 😉 ) pitches that average at least 10 wkts a day, obviously what is required to generate 4 day results. The obsession with flat wickets is just wrong, but administrators tend to be batsmen…

Comment by Jeremy

That’s right – it would be interesting also to project back because of course the stat of 96 overs in a day is very generous to the fielding side. Way back, when days were fixed at six hours play (11.30-6.30) there were hardly ever (never?) days with only 96 overs. The one I love to quote is 1 July 1950 v West Indies at Southampton, when we bowled 142 overs in the day – 88 by spinners, but the rest seam bowlers! I think pitches this year were a bit too seam friendly (and hence relatively little use to spinners – would Mason have played?) but better than the opposite.

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