Hampshire Cricket History


FC: 2016
January 10, 2021, 12:32 pm
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England beat Sri Lanka 2-0 (3 Tests) and drew 2-2 with Pakistan (4). In 2016-2017 they drew 1-1 with Bangladesh and lost 4-0 to India (5)

Champions: Middlesex; RL Cup: Warwickshire; T20: Northants

In the County Championship, for the first time, the visiting side was allowed to choose to bowl first, and only if they declined did the traditional toss take place. Middlesex were Champions, pipping perennial runners-up Somerset on the last afternoon with victory at Lord’s over the other contenders Yorkshire. To date, Somerset have finished runners-up in the Championship six times, all in the 21st century. Middlesex were the season’s top-scorers at 42.89 runs per wicket, while Warwickshire took their wickets at 27.38. Surrey and Lancashire had been promoted, replacing Worcestershire and Sussex, leaving Somerset alone as a non-Test ground in 2016’s Division One, although following recent ground developments they too were talking of Taunton becoming an international venue. By contrast, only Glamorgan in Division Two had a Test ground.

The Playfair Cricket Annual described the season as “superb”, but the structure was changed again, with only one side, Essex, promoted, while Nottinghamshire and Hampshire, the bottom two sides, were to be relegated, until, ten days after the season ended, the ECB found Durham guilty of financial irregularities – they were relegated and Hampshire reprieved. In Wisden, Neville Scott praised the quality of the cricket on Edgbaston’s T20 Finals Day but suggested that too often in the domestic T20 games are “mundane and predictable, damp squibs that sullenly puncture the hype”. In July, Ben Duckett set a record for List A runs in a calendar month scoring 650, mainly for Northamptonshire in the RL Cup, but including an innings of 220* against Sri Lanka ‘A’.

Another promising young batsman Haseeb Hameed played an innings on England’s winter tour at Rajkot that reminded Wisden’s editor of “the debuts made by England’s three batting giants of the last ten years”, Pietersen, Cook and Root – Lawrence Booth added, “he could end up with more Test runs than any of them”. Most worryingly perhaps, Booth noted that “broadcasting rights for Tests around the world have plummeted in value”, adding “the Ashes are always well protected, though that is of little consolation to anyone else”. Meanwhile Channel 5 brought live cricket free-to-air, broadcasting the Australian Big Bash on Saturday mornings.

Alastair Cook passed 11,000 Test runs – significantly more than any other batsman in the world since he had made his debut in March 2006. England’s new ‘white-ball’ captain Eoin Morgan, and batsman Alex Hales withdrew from the tour of Bangladesh for security reasons.In Wisden an article by former editor Matthew Engel celebrated 60 years of BBC radio’s Test Match Special.


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