Hampshire Cricket History

April 29, 2021, 10:03 am
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The skipper has lost the toss – first time. The pitch looks a bit green so no surprise perhaps that Currie is in for Crane, although I’m always sorry when he’s left out – especially now we’re bowling last. Do we need five seam bowlers? At least our guys are getting a rest after Saturday & Sunday.

PS Middx 2nd XI are 79-0 at midday.

PPS 12.30. – 44-6. We have beaten our lowest first-class score v Surrey but NOT YET our lowest Championship score, 48 all out at Guildford in 1946 (Gover 5-22; Alec Bedser 5-21, Rogers 16*)

PLUS: Hants’ lowest total in the 21st Century is 76 v Essex in 2017. They have 312 first-class scores of less than 100 – just seven of those in this century (make that 313 and eight now!)

Hampshire won the Championship in 1961 and 1973, the latter on uncovered pitches. In neither season were they dismissed for under 100.

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Dave, I thought the away team had the choice of bowling first? Has this rule changed?

Comment by Bill Seager

Yes Bill – back to normal now

Comment by Dave Allen

I suppose a fifth seamer will help share the bowling and reduce the load on our two main seamers.

Plus Liam it seems has been bowling well this season if the wicket does turn.

Comment by James

Yes fair point. Looking at that green top maybe they felt it would not help Crane – if Barker was fit the left-arm option might have helped but we shall see.

Comment by Dave Allen

12.20 – maybe not much of a rest though!

Comment by Dave Allen

Middx 2nd XI are 255-6, so 66 ahead – Turner has 3-57, Organ has one wicket, two run-outs but the three senior guys, Barker, Fuller & Stevenson have 0-120.

Later: Middx 308 all out Barker 2-48, Organ 2-58, Dale 1-36, Turner 3-68; Hampshire 25-0 need 95 more with another day tomorrow.

Comment by Dave Allen

2nd XI won by 7 wickets with Tom Prest 51 not out.

That looks like the best it will get this week.

Comment by James

It does indeed – Hants 120-3. Organ made 38. I asked yesterday whether any side EVER needs five seamers – got that wrong then; we seem to need six … (When we won the Championship in 1961, we used just five seamers all season, 32 matches – and one Baldry, was a batsman who bowled just 97.3 overs.)

Comment by Dave Allen

Five batsmen would have been good!

Home for tea tomorrow?

Comment by James

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