Hampshire Cricket History

January 6, 2021, 8:41 am
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England beat West Indies 2-0 (3 Tests) and lost to South Africa 2-0 (3). In 2012-2013 they beat India 2-1 (4) and drew 0-0 with New Zealand (3)

Champions: Warwickshire; CB40: Hampshire; T20: Hampshire

The UK’s sporting summer was dominated by the Olympics.  Warwickshire won the title in some comfort in a summer when Wisden told us “the rain barely relented”. Yorkshire were worst hit losing almost 140 hours of play, followed unsurprisingly by Lancashire and Gloucestershire although Essex in fourth and Hampshire fifth brought something of a regional balance, with normally damp Glamorgan down in seventh place; Middlesex were the driest. Yorkshire promoted from Division two just outscored Champions Warwickshire at 36.81 runs per wicket while Durham (6th) took their wickets at 21.49 runs each.

The T20 competition reverted to ten matches each in the three regional divisions plus quarter finals and Finals Day (this year in Cardiff). Hampshire, the winners, and double white ball Champions, competed in an international T20 Champions League in South Africa in October to no great effect.  

England’s South African born Kevin Pietersen was found sending texts to South African players about his ‘team-mates’ and was dropped from the third Test Match, won by South Africa. England lost that series – they had started the year at number one in the world table but this series defeat ended that brief spell. Andrew Strauss resigned and Alastair Cook was appointed England captain for the autumn series in India when Joe Root made his Test debut. Before that, in Sri Lanka, England relinquished their T20 World Cup title .

Lawrence Booth was the new editor of Wisden, the fifth of the new century, although he is still there in 2021. Writing about Pietersen he noted that with a lucrative IPL deal “he was arrogant, attempting to bulldoze over the terms of his central contract” and he was also “self-pitying, claiming he had never been looked after” after which matters turned from “soap opera” to “a panto”. But following his exile, “the ECB began to look petty”. Later, in his 2014 Editor’s Notes, he suggested “almost no one close to events wanted Pietersen to stay”.

On the county scene Booth noted that there were no longer pitches which might be expected to encourage spin bowlers as Northampton had done in the development of the current England choices, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. Booth noted that the 2012 weather “didn’t help” but neither did a fixture list when half the Championship matches were over by 9 June. In addition, points penalties were now too risky in a world of promotion and relegation, while “the disappearance of outgrounds further precludes variety”. Internationally he was concerned that the game’s “fight against corruption continues to strike an underwhelming note”.

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All this talk about spin pitches – and the lack of them, makes me wonder that in these days of “Drop in” pitches, it would be nice to have a good spinner’s wicket for our current crop which now includes Felix Organ, Dawson and Crane? When you look close by at the “Ciderabad” pitch at Somerset and the promotion to the National squad of their spinner, a bit of encouragement to our exponents of the art might also give us an edge in the Championship games?

Comment by Bill Seager

I like the thought Bill but remember when we got to that final, crunch match at Taunton in 2019 v Essex, Somerset were fined for doing what they had been doing routinely for some years – and way back there was the infamous fining of that Rose Bowl pitch v Notts. The authorities don’t mind green seamers or flat tracks, but they’re not keen on spin. It makes everything too interesting.

Comment by pompeypop

Well the ECB aren’t going to promote anything that makes Count cricket interesting are they?

Comment by James

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