Hampshire Cricket History

November 29, 2019, 6:13 am
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Are we playing who we are playing (once/twice) in the County Championship?


(a) because the ECB are too stupid to allow everyone to play everyone or

(b) Thanks to Paul from Lizzie Ammons:

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Not Many Changes
November 28, 2019, 3:29 pm
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60 years ago this very afternoon (a Saturday) I saw my first football league match, Pompey 1 Cardiff City 1 in Division Two:

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There have been very few changes in the leagues over those six decades. These days they wear shorts instead of knickers, there are substitutes, and most people stand in front of their seats instead of on terraces. There are no crush barriers to lean on and Pompey have ‘progressed’ over the years downwards from Division Two to Division One.

By contrast everything that happened in County Cricket that year has changed apart from 11-a-side.

2020: Tradition & the Movies
November 27, 2019, 9:25 pm
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Way back, when I first watched Hampshire we always went to Canterbury to play Kent over the August Bank Holiday and we’ll be there again next season. The only difference is that then it was the first weekend in August; now it’s the last.

Meanwhile, what links Hampshire’s 2020 Championship season and a 1980s erotic movie drama starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke? (see first comment for answer).


Back to the Future
November 26, 2019, 7:44 am
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The fixtures are out and you can find lots about them on BBC (probably elsewhere), including all the important ones:


HAMPSHIRE in the proper stuff have the following (nothing on any home outground**)

Sun 19 April: AB v Kent

Sat 25 April: Taunton v Somerset

Fri 1 May: AB v Yorks

Fri 8 May: Edgbaston v Warwicks

Fri 15 May: Chelmsford v Essex

Fri 22 May: AB v Lancs

Sun 14 June: AB v Warwicks

Mon 29 June: Cheltenham v Gloucs

Sunday 5 July: Oval v Surrey

Sunday 23 August: A B v Gloucs

Sat 29 August: Canterbury v Kent

Tues 8 September: AB v Northants

Mon 14 Sept: Leeds v Yorks

Tues 22 Sept: AB v Somerset

**One-day RL Cup match v Lancs at Newclose on 9 August (during that other tournament)

Incidentally for those of you more media-savvy than me, Hampshire Cricket announce: “The full 2020 fixtures are now available for fans to view in the free-to-download Hampshire Cricket App”.

November 25, 2019, 12:41 pm
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Just maybe,

Some good might come of England’s performance this week – especially if it continues.

Just as the approach and focus shifted to ‘White Ball’ cricket after the 2015 World Cup failure, so, maybe it will shift back to Test and Championship cricket.


Hampshire Hero
November 23, 2019, 4:47 pm
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Not a mention of cricket but I am VERY grateful to Colin for spotting this News item from yesterday and passing it on. Here he is then, the oldest cricketer still with us, albeit looking considerably older even than when I saw him last year, but talking very clearly:

Wish You Were Here?
November 21, 2019, 12:42 pm
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Postcard from ‘Bloggy’ in Tauranga for which many thanks. Decent start by England; Hampshire’s only player took 1-40 in a different Test

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