Hampshire Cricket History

Interesting …
March 23, 2021, 5:28 pm
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Game of cricket today.

It’s in Antigua.

PS It continues to be interesting today (Weds). Good fightback by Sri Lanka who are moving towards a probable winning position.

These are a few of my favourite …
March 21, 2021, 7:50 pm
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Hampshire cricketers

That previous post and your responses has me thinking more about an XI of my favourites – players I watched, cared about and really liked for whatever reasons. This is not the best XI by any means but nice guys, good cricketers (one or two greats) and some would be fun in the bar at close of play:

Jimmy Adams; Mike Barnard; David Turner; Robin Smith; Richard Gilliat (Captain); Peter Sainsbury; Leo Harrison (w/k); Alan Castell; Malcolm Marshall; Derek Shackleton; James Tomlinson.

Pick a Winner
March 18, 2021, 7:12 am
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(Pick eleven)

Nice spot by the ghostly figure of Dmashala in a Comment on the previous post which I think warrants a post of its own – and anyway, it might stop me wittering on about today’s T20 …

Two thoughts about it; it says “favourite” rather than best and I reckon the toughest choice is probably wicketkeeper (assuming it’s an XI for proper cricket). One obvious option ain’t there …


Almost Close?
March 16, 2021, 5:05 pm
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Well there were only 10 balls left … there again eight wickets, and once again won by the side batting second. Is T20 now definitely the most predictable form of the game?

Matt Salisbury – Help?
March 16, 2021, 10:31 am
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Does anyone remember Matt Salisbury’s Hampshire debut v Warwickshire at the Ageas Bowl in his one season, 2017?

I’m pretty sure he took wickets with his first and third (Ian Bell) balls – they certainly fell to him (first-change) on balls one and three of the 13th over but that’s all I can discover. There’s no mention that I can find on Cricket Archive (which even misses that it was his Hampshire debut) or in Wisden or the Handbook. I suspect it’s not necessarily a ‘record’ that people keep – especially if not first-class debut.

I’m writing something for the Website and wanted to rely on more than my memory which is getting old (or full)

Good News Week
March 15, 2021, 2:55 pm
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I’ve just been involved in a conversation with the guys at the Bowl which pretty much confirms that the Handbook will appear this year.

Another Problem with Predictability?
March 14, 2021, 1:20 pm
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In the short stuff. As England were winning that T20 on Friday one of the commentators informed us that in the recent Pakistan Super League every match was won by the team batting second – as England did on Friday. Today they bat first – what will happen?

PS ‘Interesting'(?) weekend for the ‘Hampshire’ football teams (including Bournemouth). Thank goodness for the ‘Shots’!

A Game – but not a Match?
March 12, 2021, 4:44 pm
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I guess it’s generally better if England manage to win, but today’s international was a very clear example of a T20 game which lacked any intrigue or tension almost from the start. India played a bit like Hampshire last season.

Read All About It
March 12, 2021, 7:56 am
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I’ve just had sight of a letter from the Cricket Writers Club which alerts us to the fact that the ECB is cutting its funding of reporters at county games. Below are the first two paragraphs – there is more if you are interested.

It follows the significant cuts in the number of local newspaper reporters who now attend games.

“The Cricket Writers’ Club is deeply concerned about cuts to the ECB Reporters’ Network, which will see local, regional and national media outlets lose significant provision of domestic men’s and women’s cricket coverage across digital and non-digital platforms in 2021.

CWC believes an estimated 70% reduction in coverage and a requirement for reporters to cover matches remotely will severely impact the integrity of the reportage, the visibility of domestic cricket outside of the Hundred, and diminish the profile of players and clubs to their supporter base and commercial partners”.


17, 20, 18, 21, 32
March 11, 2021, 8:25 am
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I’m grateful to Peter Jeffs for sharing information from Hampshire Cricket from which it seems they are planning (and hoping) to allow a limited number of Members to attend matches once restrictions ease from the 17 May.

It means I think that we won’t be seeing the Championship matches at home against Middlesex or Somerset but if that date is correct the first ‘open’ game should be against Leicestershire on Thursday 20 May.

The World Test Championship Final meanwhile starts on Friday 18 June, so the first three days are before the next easing on the 21st, which should include ‘major’ sporting events. If so, I suppose it’s possible that spectators would be allowed in on days four and five – assuming it lasts that long – but it has to be unlikely.

32 are the “up to” number of days offered for a membership this year (39 for Premium) – I might have added (£)200 which is the cost, although it’s £260 for Premium which has seven more days. Are those extras T20 games? I’m a ‘Lifer’, so I get confused these days.

I think that’s the story so far except to add that two weeks today they kick off with a friendly v Northants (home), then have a second at Hove. But no, you can’t watch, sorry.