Hampshire Cricket History

FC: 2013
January 7, 2021, 9:27 am
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England beat New Zealand 2-0 (2 Tests) and beat Australia 3-0 (5). In 2013-2014 they lost 5-0 to Australia.

Champions: Durham; YB 40: Nottinghamshire; T20: Northamptonshire

In a good, dry summer, the domestic season began with the MCC v Champion County in Abu Dhabi and ended later than ever on 27 September, a total of 188 days. Durham, unable to afford an overseas player, won the Championship for the third time in six seasons (£550,000) – their bowlers were the only ones with a strike rate below 50 (45.29) with runners-up Yorkshire next. Paul Jones, reviewing Leicestershire’s season suggested “the grim truth” that they “were not up to scratch in first-class cricket … not even remotely close” – they failed to win one game and were 70 points below the next side. Lancashire top of Division Two, just outscored Yorkshire at 39.76 runs per wicket, while Durham took wickets most cheaply at 24.71 runs per wicket. Yorkshire Bank now sponsored the 40-over competition, replacing Clydesdale Bank. After ten matches each and quarter-finals, Finals Day for the Friends Life T20 moved to Edgbaston where it has remained. Northamptonshire won their first trophy since 1992, and also promotion in the Championship.

England won another (home) Ashes series starting in a heatwave with a narrow 14-run victory at Trent Bridge – it was their third consecutive Ashes series but in November they began yet another one in Australia and it was a disaster. Trott and Swann withdrew during the series, Prior was dropped, while Hampshire’s Michael Carberry, born in Croydon of Caribbean parents and with just one previous Test appearance, opened the batting. Despite his relative success in a poor side – only Pietersen outscored him – he like Pietersen, never played for England again. Lawrence Booth in Wisden suggested England now “smacked of end-of-an-era decadence”. After the tour, Andrew Flower after just four overall defeats in 19 series, relinquished his coaching position while remaining with the ECB. Wisden meanwhile suggested that the SkyTV viewing figures for the Trent Bridge Ashes Test of 2013 were around 1.3 million compared with Channel 4’s figure of 8.4 millions in 2005  

Wisden published for the 150th year and recorded “Ten Moments in Time” when the “game changed for ever”. They were: WG Grace’s record-breaking 1871; The Oval Test of 1882 (birth of the Ashes); Bodyline in 1932/3; the Gillette Cup in 1963; D’Oliveira’s selection in 1968; Australia beating West Indies 5-1 in 1975/6; World Series Cricket in 1977/8; Technology’s entrance in 1992/3; Hanse Cronje (2000) and the IPL auction (2008). In the contemporary cricket world, editor Lawrence Booth recalled that 12 months earlier Wisden had fretted about T20 overkill since when Sri Lanka cancelled Test series against West Indies and South Africa because of the IPL and their own 20-over league, while South Africa had replaced the planned Boxing Day Test with an IT20 against New Zealand.

In his 2014 review of the previous year, Booth reported how the BCC India had produced a document in which they, Australia and England would take significant control over the international game. He added “the politicking that followed (was) defined by self-interest and short termism”. As a consequence he predicted “the rich would be getting a whole lot richer”.

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