Hampshire Cricket History

Who’s he helping?
January 25, 2019, 5:31 pm
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We’re almost exactly halfway through the game (sadly not a match), West Indies are 500 ahead and James Anderson, having been warned for running on the pitch (confirmed by TV replays) is typically grumpy.

The umpires are of course required to be entirely impartial, and entitled to give Anderson a hard time. But if you were West Indies’ captain Jason Holder (116*) surely you’d want the umpires to shut up and let him trample all over it.

I wonder whether the West Indies will bat until tea at least. Tomorrow is mostly a non-working day in Barbados and the locals are likely to show up to cheer victory.

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England have lost by 400+ runs on four occasions; once v West Indies, at Old Trafford in 1976 when Gordon Greenidge hit a century in both innings and Andy Roberts took 9-57 in the match. England’s heaviest runs defeat was by 562 runs v Australia in 1934. I think at least they’ll keep it to less than that in this game!

Comment by pompeypop

Two Sri Lankans batted through the day of a Test, a month ago, but I wonder how often FOUR men have done that without a wicket falling?

Comment by pompeypop

Well England’s ‘great’ year didn’t start very well. They did well in Sri Lanka but SL have just lost to Aussies by an innings in three days …

Comment by Dave Allen

Mr Boycott spoke some rubbish about the West Indians but it’s hard to disagree with this observation (BBC) about the lack of candidates at the top of England’s order as a “condemnation” of county cricket. “The problem is there’s nobody else around,” he said. “I don’t see anyone else out there that’s any good.” Mind you, Burns at least made a reasonable show today and might be good enough.

Comment by pompeypop

I went to Sky at 10pm to hear what they thought on the Cricket Debate but it appears to have been cancelled, in favour of a repeat of Darren Gough, Michael Atherton and Ian Ward chatting in an indoor net. I wonder whether they thought Bob Willis might be ‘X Rated’ tonight!

Comment by pompeypop

The Debate was on at 9.30 but as usual the Sky programmer never catches up. Bob never wants to see Jennings or Rashid play for England again in a Test Match!

Comment by John L

Thanks John. He’s got a point. Anyone watching Hampshire in recent years will be unsurprised by Burns getting a score, but Jennings is hard to fathom. He looks mechanical to me and less secure (and considerably less elegant) than our James outside off-stump.

In England and West Indies, he’s played 11 Tests and averages 17; yet in our last match of the season when just one man passed 50, he scored two 40s, one not out, against Edwards and Abbott – and looked a class above most other batsmen on either side.

Comment by pompeypop

How Rashid is selected ahead of Leach is a total mystery.

How Rashid is selected for and England Test team is almost as big a mystery.

Comment by James

Because the game finished in four days, Sky have been repeating the highlights etc including the Debate again at 9.30 pm tonight. Except again, they didn’t show it and after the England game finished, switched to SA v Pakistan. As John observed, inept programming by Sky! Incidentally on ‘Catch Up’ they’ve made available days one and two only. It’s a good job I don’t have to pay much for the privilege!

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