Hampshire Cricket History

Wos It the pitch wot won it?
April 25, 2021, 7:12 pm
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There have been 27 Championship matches played to date and 15 of those have finished with a positive result.

Of those 15 matches, 9 saw wickets fall between one every 7.6 overs and one every 9.8 overs – in other words, near enough the equivalent of 10 wickets on each day, or 40 in a match.

The other 6 matches saw wickets fall between one every 10.3 overs and one every 11.7 overs (the latter Hampshire v Leicestershire)

Hampshire’s match over the past four days saw one wicket fall every 12.9 overs – the equivalent of 7.4 wickets per day.

And our bowlers must be knackered – they bowled from 3.30 on Friday – 6.30 on Sunday. Let’s hope they bat first at the Oval

Below, near the end Wheal bowls with a field reminiscent of the days of Vic Cannings bowling in the 1950s with all those short legs (Eagar? Sainsbury? Rogers?)

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After three matches, only one county, Leicestershire, has collected fewer bowling points than Hampshire.

Comment by Dave Allen

…… no county has as many batting points……..I know it’s bowling/wickets that win matches but we have really struggled for batting points over recent years so it is pleasing to be top of the pile in that department

Comment by joster69

Absolutely Jo but in a way it makes the same point. You can’t win matches if, over four full days, only 29 wickets fall – and we bowled well.

Comment by Dave Allen

Dave, you pointed out in (very enjoyable) commentary that it was peculiar how both Gloucs innings (almost) collapsed, with the fall of several wickets in rapid succession, late in the day. Was this a reflection of a weak Gloucs mid to late order batting line-up, Hants bowling, the weather or the pitch? (And, if the latter, might it be a peculiarity of liquid seaweed treatment?!)

Comment by Chris Davis

I think you will find that young man Goodman (lives up to his name) moving rapidly up the order. They don’t have a strong lower order but the pitch was very odd, with spurts of wickets followed by less help. We took no wickets with that last new ball, although here-and-there we might have had one. They played very straight and sometimes the movement was too much and went past the edge.

I do think we bowled pretty well, but the story is we asked for a different surface from the Middlesex game and maybe it back-fired in the end – not just at the end though but also the length of time we batted. To get a big score (470) we might have scored at more than 3.3 per over. The overall run-rate in the match was just 2.6.

Comment by Dave Allen

Thanks. And great photo of the rare, leg field.

Comment by Chris Davis

Thank you Chris – pleasure

Comment by Dave Allen

I find it immensely frustrating that we have one of the most potent new ball bowling attacks in the country yet we produce a wicket that neutralises their effectiveness. It was just slow and low and didn’t take much spin either. What were they thinking?

Comment by Andy

For much of the game I was sharing your feelings Andy. It was somewhat bewildering, because every time you thought it had just flattened out, there was a flurry of wickets – but in the end not enough. It is fairly typical of the ground that it flattens out rather than breaks up – and of course the groundsman is new and the April weather odd. But let’s hope it’s not like that again.

Comment by Dave Allen

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