Hampshire Cricket History

Who Holds the Key?
April 25, 2021, 12:56 pm
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We need at least three or four wickets in the afternoon session

Will it be Dawson or Abbott (both here bowling to Lace) or one of the others? It’s almost exactly two years since Abbott went through a Championship match without taking a wicket (v Yorkshire 2019)

Do They KNow?
April 25, 2021, 9:44 am
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There’s a top-of-the-table clash at the Ageas Bowl?

I’m talking about the Sunday Papers

The Sunday Telegraph mentions us last in their round-up – in one sentence – while our game is not mentioned in either the Observer or the Sunday Times. Two of them start with round-ups of the bottom-of-the-table clash in London and The Observer with Essex v Warwicks (where Danny Briggs top-scored)

The Sunday Times also runs a very interesting story that “Hundred could lose its overseas stars” as a consequence of (a) a possible (new) tour of the Caribbean by Australia and (b) the ‘red list’ affecting India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Let’s hope we make the headlines today!! (it’s a great pitch!)

Abbott to Dent and Abbas to Brathwaite – causing him a problem

April 24, 2021, 2:50 pm
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15 wickets have fallen in eight sessions. To win, Hampshire must take another 15 in the remaining four sessions.

If you were able to field what is thought to be the best attack in the country, would you want a pitch like this?

PS: AT LEAST five more wickets have fallen in every other game

Wagon Works Link & Young Greenidge
April 23, 2021, 5:00 pm
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(Below) ‘Holt’s’ (Hampshire) Colts 1967 – also shows Richard McIlwaine, HCCC 1969/70 to the right of Arthir Holt, front row.

“THis is the End …
April 23, 2021, 1:58 pm
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Beautiful Friend the End” (Morrison J)

Liam Dawson in his 150th first-class match for Hampshire, is bowled by Higgins for 65

The Fabulous Five
April 23, 2021, 6:26 am
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Holland (2), Alsop (2), Northeast, Vince & Dawson – five centurions, seven centuries in our first three matches/four innings, and maybe more to come.

Tigger informed us last week that this was a record and took us back to a few other years, including in the early 1990s when we had centurions against Oxford University.

But we exclude those first-class friendlies (which are first-class no more)? What if we look as this year, just at the first three Championship games?

1990: Kent x 3 (Terry Middleton, James); Sussex x 2 (Gower & R Smith); Surrey x 1 (R Smith) = 6

1992: Sussex x 3 (Terry, Middleton, R Smith); Yorkshire x 1 (James); Surrey x 2 (Terry, Middleton) = 6

Although note that in 1990 the first five were all different.

Incidentally, it didn’t stop there. After the third game:

1990: Essex x 2 (Middleton, C Smith); Yorkshire x 1 (Marshall), Leics x 1 (Marshall)

1992: Lancs x 1 (Middleton + James 98); Durham x 0; Yorkshire x 1 (Gower).

Below, Alsop hitting Brathwaite through the covers – and continuing today:

And another one!
April 22, 2021, 3:58 pm
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I hope Tigger is still checking the records. Six centuries in three matches and maybe not finished yet. Well played Ian Holland – two-in-two:

It’s a record!
April 22, 2021, 2:45 pm
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For Alsop and Holland, 2nd wkt v Gloucs on this ground. Here Holland drives Brathwaite an over or two after the West Indian gave him a life with a drop at slip. Holland on 79* also passed 300 runs for the season – the first to get there:

Today’s Points Might Matter ‘Double’?
April 22, 2021, 7:40 am
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Or at least x 1.5. It’s Hampshire v Gloucestershire today, both played two, won two and if they were to head the group and go into Division One, they would not play each other again, but half the points from these preliminary games will be carried forward.

Gloucestershire have to date beaten two of the fancied sides, Surrey and Somerset, whereas I guess it’s reasonable to assume that Hampshire’s two victims, Leicestershire and Middlesex are unlikely to make Division One in September.

Below: Holland who is batting very nicely again, takes runs from Goodman and Taylor.

Great Scott (& 2004)
April 21, 2021, 12:40 pm
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Scott Currie has 4-19 for the 2nd XI this morning. He’s in good form with the ball. Kent & Sussex are 42-6 still 45 behind

2004 at the Rose Bowl:

In the T20, Shane Watson’s 97* took Hampshire to 177-3 and they beat Kent by 64 runs (Mascarenhas 3-20) which led to their first quarter-final. They played Lancashire at the Rose Bowl but lost by nine wickets.

On 2 May, in the 45-over Totesport League Division One, the new captain Shane Warne took 3-21 as Hampshire beat Essex by 31 runs.

During September, ICC Trophy matches were played at various English grounds including five at the Rose Bowl (in one of which, England beat Sri Lanka). The tournament was not a success until the exciting final at the Oval and the Rose Bowl encountered difficulties with transport and poor weather. Australia beat USA by nine wickets in a match that lasted 31 overs and five balls