Hampshire Cricket History

It’s looking like …
January 25, 2021, 8:17 am
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Another day that shows why Test Cricket is incomparably the finest form of the game. The Sri Lankan 9th wicket partnership has really shifted the balance with 164 to win – and Joe Root has added two late wickets to his magnificent batting (he’s on a hat-trick) –

When you’re old and grey Fernando … you might regret that first ball duck!

Near Thing
January 24, 2021, 3:50 pm
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Joe Root has batted wonderfully well and was a bit unlucky (or tired) when he was dismissed from what was then the final ball of Day Three. You might have heard that he was poised to become the second England batsman to score double centuries in back-to-back Test Matches. The first was Wally Hammond who was born in Kent, played for Gloucestershire’s but also spent a couple of early teenage years at Portsmouth Grammar School where there is a photo of him batting in scruffy gear at Hilsea.

James Fuller
January 24, 2021, 11:03 am
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James Kerr Fuller (560) born Cape Town, South Africa, 24 January 1990.

Squad number 26

James Fuller is a right-handed all-rounder who bowls fast-medium. He has played in New Zealand for Otago and Auckland and in England for Gloucestershire (2011-2015) and Middlesex (2016-2018). He joined Hampshire for the 2019 season playing in four first-class matches with one half-century and nine wickets. In 2020 he played in all five Bob Willis Trophy matches with a best of 30 and nine wickets again, including 4-17 and a hat-trick v Surrey at Arundel. In 2019, he played in the side that lost the Royal London Final v Somerset at Lord’s, but throughout his career he has played most often in T20 matches with a career record of 99 matches, 844 runs at 21.10 and 97 wickets at 24.97, with a best of 6-28 for Middlesex against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in 2018

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 8 matches; 199 runs at 24.87; HS: 54* v Yorkshire (Leeds) 2019. 18 wickets at 33.05; BB 4-17 v Surrey at Arundel 2020.

List A: 10 matches; 162 runs at 27.00. HS 55* v Somerset (Lord’s) 2019. Five wickets at 68.00; BB 2-55 v Surrey (Oval) 2019.

T20: 23 matches; 297 runs at 21.21; HS 53* v Sussex (Hove) 2020. 3 wickets at 58.33; BB 1-20.

Liam Dawson
January 23, 2021, 10:23 am
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This might be a very appropriate day to post a profile of a former England slow-left-armer. Assuming Liam is fit, the 2021 season might be a big one for him given England’s concerns about the best spinner to take to Australia (and he could probably open the batting against spinners in the sub continent!)

Liam Andrew Dawson (490) born Swindon 1.3.1990.

Squad number 8; Hampshire Cap 2013

Liam Dawson is an all-rounder who bowls slow-left-arm and is a fine fielder, especially in the slips. Although from Wiltshire, where his father and brother both played, all-rounder Liam Dawson played for Hampshire’s age group sides from his early teens, and also captained England under-19s. He has played for Hampshire in first-class and limited- overs matches since 2007, and T20 since 2008 – his first match, a limited-overs game, was at Northampton when he was just 17 years and six months old, and in September 2008 he scored 100* at Trent Bridge, the youngest man to score a first-class century for Hampshire.

In his earlier years in Championship cricket he sometimes seemed to be a batsman who bowled, and in other years the opposite – for example in 2011 he scored 908 runs at 36.32 but took just three wickets, in 2012 there were fewer runs but 26 wickets, and in 2013, 1,060 runs at 48.18, with 11 wickets. In 2015, however, he scored 922 runs at 40.08 and took 29 wickets at 31.93, while in 2017 he had his best bowling year with 37 wickets, including 8-129 in the match at Taunton. In 2018, he scored just under 400 first-class runs with one half-century, but took only 20 wickets and he enjoyed more success in the two ‘white ball’ tournaments. He has played in various overseas T20 tournaments and briefly on loan with Essex in 2015 (HS 99). In the field, his seven catches at Northampton in 2012 equalled the Hampshire record.

He represented England under-19s in all three formats and has played for England in all three formats since 2016, with Test Match bests of 66* v India and 2-34 v South Africa, while in six T20 matches he has a best of 3-27 v Sri Lanka. He went to Sri Lanka with the England side in the autumn of 2018 but after playing in two rain-affected matches, returned home with a side injury. In 2019, he was a member of the England squad that won the World Cup, while in that first-class season he scored 643 runs at 53.58, including his ninth century, and took 14 wickets at just under 40 each. He was injured in his only Bob Willis Trophy match in 2020 and missed the rest of the season, having scored 43* and taken 2-39. In limited-overs and T20 cricket he was a member of the Hampshire sides that won the cup final ‘double’ in 2012 and also played in Hampshire’s winning Lord’s Finals in 2009, and 2018 and in their T20 success in 2010.

His figures for England:

Test Cricket: 3 matches, 84 runs at 21.00 – HS 66* v India (Chennai, 2016/17). 7 wickets at 42.57 BB 2-34 v South Africa (Lord’s 2017).

ODIs: 3 matches, 14 runs at 7.00 – HS 10. 3 wickets at 32.00, BB 2-70 v Pakistan (Cardiff) 2016).

IT20: 6 matches; 17 runs at 17.00. HS 10. 5 wickets at 30.40; BB 3-27 v Sri Lanka (Southampton) 2016.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 146 matches; 6,985 runs at 32.94; HS: 169 v Somerset (Southampton) 2011. 187 wickets at 36.17; BB 5-29 v Leicestershire (Southampton) 2012.

List A: 121 matches; 2762 runs at 34.09. HS 108 v Surrey (Oval) 2019. 105 wickets at 33.65; BB 6-47 v Sussex (Southampton) 2015.

T20: 111 matches; 1214 runs at 19.90; HS 82. 85 wickets at 25.84; BB 5-17.

Currie & Dale
January 22, 2021, 12:33 pm
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Room for two youngsters today:

Scott William Currie (564) born Poole, Dorset, 2 May 2001

Squad number 44

Scott Currie is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls medium-fast. Like his older brother, Bradley, he played for Minor County Dorset (from 2017) and for England under-19s in ODIs in 2019/20. He played for Hampshire Academy from 2017 and made his debut for Hampshire 2nd XI in 2018, and was a member of the 2nd XI who won the 2019 Championship. In 2020 he made his first-class debut for Hampshire v Kent at Canterbury in the last match of the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy season, scoring 38 and taking 3-42 in the first innings. He also played in four T20 matches in that season.  

Ajeet Singh Dale (562) born Slough, Berkshire, 3 July 2000

Squad number 39

Ajeet Dale is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and lower order batsman. He played his early age group matches for Surrey (under-14s and under-15s), then for Hampshire at under-17. He played in the Southern League for Andover and Hampshire Academy from 2017, made his 2nd XI debut for Hampshire in 2018 and was a member of the 2nd XI side that won their Championship in 2019. He made his first-class debut for Hampshire in the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy season taking 3-20, his best figures v Sussex at Hove. He played in a second match at Canterbury and finished with four wickets at 18.25

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.

Glastonbury Off
January 21, 2021, 1:54 pm
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Perhaps today’s news that the Glastonbury Festival in mid-summer has been cancelled might bode ill for the prospect of opening cricket grounds from early April?

Over Here from Over There?
January 21, 2021, 9:56 am
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There is an article in the Pompey News today, written from an interview with Giles White about Hampshire’s squad for 2021. He says they are expecting Kyle Abbott as their first overseas man and are still keen to sign Nathan Lyon but it depends on his “availability”. If that doesn’t work out White says “there’s not many other spinners around who could fill his shoes so we would be looking for a seam bowler instead”. Rilee Rossouw meanwhile “will only be considered if Hampshire want a left-handed top-order batsman for the T20 Blast”.

On the injury front Hampshire finished 2020 with three problems, Aneurin Donald, Liam Dawson and Keith Barker; the latter had a knee ‘op’ but then needed a “winter clean-up op”. The article added “White is hopeful all three will be fit” when the Championship season starts at Leicester on 8 April.

January 20, 2021, 3:30 pm
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Given various uncertainties around overseas players I will leave them to the end of this daily survey and otherwise continue alphabetically

Keith Hubert Douglas Barker (556) born Manchester 21.10.1986.

Squad number 10

Barker is an allrounder who bats and bowls left-handed (medium-fast). He played in 240 matches in all three formats for Warwickshire from 2009-2018, taking 359 first-class wickets and enjoyed his best bowling year in 2016 with 62 wickets at 23.00. In the same year, he also passed 600 runs and overall scored six centuries with a batting average of 28.43. All his ‘White Ball’ cricket has been for Warwickshire: in 62 List A games he scored 560 runs at 20.00 with 69 wickets at 32.79; in 65 T20 matches he scored 383 runs at 13.67 with 69 wickets at 23.01 (economy 7.90).

He signed for Hampshire from the start of the 2019 season and in that first year, scored 401 runs at 26.73 with a best of 64 v Yorkshire at the Ageas Bowl, and took 38 wickets at 26.34 with a best of 5-48 v Kent at Canterbury. He has not played in the T20 or Royal London Cup but featured for Hampshire 2nd XI when they won their four-day Championship Final v Leicestershire with an innings of 60 and figures of 4-57 & 2-70. In 2020 he played in the first two Bob Willis Trophy matches with a top score of 28* and seven wickets, before sustaining an injury. He was a professional footballer playing in the English league with Rochdale while on loan from Blackburn Rovers for whom he played at Academy and Reserve team levels – he also played once for England under-19s.

His first-class figures for Hampshire:

16 matches; 464 runs at 27.29, and 45 wickets at 26.71

Tom Alsop
January 19, 2021, 5:21 pm
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Alphabetical from now, although I’m keeping Kyle Abbott on a ‘back burner’ until it’s confirmed he is coming.

Thomas Philip (‘Tom’) Alsop, (528) born High Wycombe (Bucks) 26.11.1995.

Squad number 9 (0 briefly in 2020)

Tom Alsop played for England under-19s and made his Hampshire debut in 2014 as a left-handed batsman who had elsewhere kept wicket quite regularly. but initially he preferred to focus on batting, and enjoyed a successful season in 2016, with 737 first-class runs at 35.09, including 117 v Surrey at the Oval, and 327 in limited-overs games at 54.50 with a first century. It earned him a place with the England Lions in the winter, although his form was less consistent, and in the following English summer he played less regularly, despite another limited-overs century.

When Lewis McManus was injured, Alsop resumed wicketkeeping duties towards the end of the 2017 season. In 2018, McManus began the season as first choice wicket keeper before he was injured, after which Alsop took over and retained the gloves, while scoring four Championship half-centuries. Having been omitted from the early games he also enjoyed a successful run in the Royal London Cup and his excellent 72, opening with Rossouw in the Final created the platform for a winning total. His first-class record in 2019 was modest but included his highest first-class score, 150 v Warwickshire at Edgbaston. He had a fine List A season with 351 runs at 39.00 including two centuries with 130* v Glamorgan, his highest in that competition, although he did not play at all in the T20 matches. He kept wicket and opened the batting as Hampshire returned to Lord’s for the Royal London Cup Final, although this time they lost, to Somerset. In 2020 he played in all the Bob Willis Trophy matches, with a best of 87 v Surrey at Arundel, and he played in eight T20 matches with one half-century.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 46 matches; 1,936 runs at 27.26. HS 150; two centuries – 64 ct.

List A: 38 matches; 1,220 runs at 34.85. HS 130*; four centuries – 25 ct. & 5 st.

T20: 39 matches; 772 runs at 23.39. HS 85 – 15 ct. & 3 st.