Hampshire Cricket History

January 21, 2021, 4:39 pm
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Mason Sidney Crane, (535) born Shoreham-by-Sea 18.2.1997.

Squad number 32

Mason Crane is a leg- break/googly bowler and right-hand batsman, who was coached by Raj Maru at Lancing College, and played for England under-19s from 2014-2016. He joined Hampshire, and made his debut in all three formats in 2015. In three first-class matches for the county that year, he took 5-35 v Warwickshire at the Ageas Bowl, still his best Championship figures. He played more regularly in the following year, taking 31 Championship wickets, but in 2017, in just seven Championship matches, with a best of 5-40 v Somerset in the first of those games. He has often been most effective in T20 matches for Hampshire, and has 41 wickets from 35 games with a good economy rate of 7.04, plus 61 limited-overs wickets from 37 matches.

In 2016/17, he played first- class cricket for New South Wales, the first overseas player to do so for some decades. In 2017, he played for England Lions, then for the full England side in two T20s v South Africa, and he went on the ‘Ashes’ tour to Australia, where he made his Test Match debut in January 2018 in the final Test, taking 1-193. He then joined the England Lions in the Caribbean but came home with a back problem, which prevented him from playing any first-class matches that season, although he did appear in the Royal London Cup, missing only the semi-final. He was clearly unfit in the Final and bowled just seven overs (1-53) and that finished his season – with no T20 matches. In 2019 his 14 List A wickets came at just over six runs per over and he took 11 wickets in the T20 at 16.63, following that with nine wickets in 2020 at his best economy rate of 6.60. He played a few Championship matches in 2019 but took just five wickets, although he seemed back to his best in the Bob Willis Trophy in 2020 with 14 wickets in the five games at just 13.57.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 34 matches; 308 runs at 9.33; HS: 29. 80 wickets at 42.41; BB 5-35.

List A: 37 matches; 109 runs at 27.25. HS 28*. 61 wickets at 31.11; BB 4-30.

T20: 35 matches; 43 runs at 21.50. HS 12*. 41 wickets at 20.26; BB 3-15.

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I think there is still lots to come from him; but his back appears to cause him discomfort and will possibly shorten his career? Hopefully we can see more of him in the next few years.

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