Hampshire Cricket History

FC: 2018
January 12, 2021, 8:03 am
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England drew 1-1 with Pakistan (2 Tests) and beat India 4-1 (5). In 2018/19 they beat Sri Lanka 3-0 (3) and lost 2-1 to West Indies (3)

Champions: Surrey; RL Cup Hampshire; T20: Worcestershire

In the Championship Surrey beat leaders Somerset at Guildford, overtook them and consigned them again to second place. Scores were lower than in recent years with only two sides averaging more than 30 runs per wicket, Surrey (36.53) and Division Two Champions Warwickshire (34.92). Meanwhile only three sides took wickets at (slightly) more than 30 runs each, with promoted Kent best at 20.97 and Surrey next on 24.18. Wisden observed that with overseas imports increasing, county cricket’s “social base narrows even further”, singling out Hampshire who, “backed by the Chairman’s millions, fielded an entire pace attack raised abroad” and “cheated relegation again”. The bowlers were Steyn, Abbott, Berg & Wheal from South Africa; West Indian Edwards, and Holland from USA via Australia – they finished fifth, eleven points clear of Lancashire and won the Lord’s Final where their man-of-the match Rilee Rossouw was another South African.  

The Editor of the Playfair Cricket Annual Ian Marshall observed that “T20 is taking over the world” although the ECB came up with another ‘version’ to be called ‘The Hundred’. In April The Guardian announced that “the England and Wales Cricket Board sprung a surprise on Thursday by announcing it has dispensed with Twenty20 for the new eight-team city tournament and will instead adopt a format of 100 balls per innings. This new competition, which begins in 2020 and is understood to have a working title of “The Hundred”, will offer faster matches, with 15 traditional six-ball overs and a single 10-ball over to complete each innings.” The plan was to launch it in 2020 on eight International grounds and it would be the first major competition in England not competed for by counties.

Looking back at this announcement in the 2019 Wisden, editor Lawrence Booth suggested that the rationale for this initiative had shrunk as the county T20 audiences “grew”. He added “In private some county executives are ambivalent at best. In public their support was lukewarm … a disaster suits no one, yet few envisage a triumph”. England’s ‘white-ball’ captain Eoin Morgan, one of three current cricketers involved in the ECB’s consultation process observed that the proposal was “upsetting people who already come to a game and that is the point of the product”. The ECB Chairman Colin Graves meanwhile regretted that “the younger generation are just not attracted to cricket”, while Booth also reported the ICC’s Chairman Shashank Manohar warning that Test cricket was “dying”. Booth also suggested that “climate change is the biggest long-term issue facing cricket but, to judge by its collective response, you wouldn’t know”.

By January 2018, Jimmy Anderson had passed 500 Test Match wickets while a few months earlier, Alastair Cook retired from Tests with Wisden praising his mental strength, and suggesting “England has never seen anyone like him”. In his final match against India at the Oval he scored 147, before returning to Essex where he continued to play in 2020.

In March, Australian Cameron Bancroft was shown on TV using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball in a Test against South Africa. The Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were implicated and the two senior players were suspended from international cricket for 12 months, Bancroft for nine. In August, England’s Ben Stokes was cleared of affray in a Cardiff court after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub the previous year.

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Ref that final paragraph; it’s interesting that as a consequence Tim Paine was given the Australian captaincy and promised everything would be sweetness and light from now on. Michael Clarke (among others) didn’t like that idea suggesting that wasn’t the way to win things. fast forward to yesterday and the final day of India’s fine rearguard action and read the reports of Paine’s inept display, augmented by lots of sledging – just one day after the game was halted for racial abuse from the crowd. I prefer Aussies when they’re honestly nasty.

Comment by pompeypop

To be fair we have Anderson and Broad so we haven’t exactly been behaving with sweetness and light either!

Plus you mention Stokes who believes the best way to behave in the middle of a ODI tournament is to go drinking (let alone brawling) in the early hours of the morning.

Then there’s our former captain who by accident wore his gardening trousers during a Test match!

The Aussies punished their miscreants. Did we?

Comment by James

Agreed – but my principal objection to Paine is less his behaviour than his hypocrisy.

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