Hampshire Cricket History

Deadly Charlie
May 24, 2021, 9:11 am
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I mentioned that the Archive (Hampshire Cricket Heritage) has recently acquired memorabilia that belonged to Charlie Knott who bowled for us from 1938-1954 and was subsequently Chairman of Cricket during some successful seasons.

Her’s a strange piece. While bowling against the Gloucestershire captain, Sir Derek Bailey, at Portsmouth in August 1951 the ball from Charlie struck and killed a butterfly. Bailey went on to score 48, while Charlie later had the butterfly mounted on the ball.

Hampshire 385-7 dec (Rogers 186, Eagar 91) drew with Gloucs 235 (Milton 75, Hill 5-61) & 144-3 (Emmett 93)

Some people are on the pitch
May 22, 2021, 1:01 pm
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At last!

Sadly not for long (although we got one more bowling point). Unfortunately we are still on for the shortest ever Championship match on the ground.

I’m pleased to report
May 22, 2021, 12:30 pm
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The inspection at 1.25 was quick and preparations are being made to start (stumps in). Hampshire warming up – Leics not to be seen. I’ll confirm the start time as soon as we hear but I think it’s imminent (2pm?)

Yes, 2pm start – 59 overs in the day.

I’m Sorry to REport
May 22, 2021, 10:51 am
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That just after the umpires finished their inspection and chat with James Vince, umbrellas went up, and the hovercover went on (11.50)

PS Further inspection at 12.45 so any start will probably be after lunch is taken (at whatever time) leaving two sessions (50+ overs?)

PPS We’ve heard some information in the media gantry which I’m afraid confirms that there are still many wet areas. There will be another inspection at 1.25pm – the weather is OK but not drying anything very much – it’s difficult to imagine that it will change much in 20 minutes.

Not their weekend?
May 22, 2021, 5:46 am
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I reckon if we were to get a full day today there just might be a (positive) result – after all there were eight wickets yesterday in 11 overs.

Without wishing them any harm, it might be also be a disappointing weekend for Leicester(shire). Last night the Tigers lost their European Final by one point, tomorrow their football team could well be edged out of next year’s Champions League and today …

(Have they got anyone in the Eurovision Song thingy?)

My Shot of the Day
May 21, 2021, 5:02 pm
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This was quite possibly the worst day to watch cricket I’ve ever known. It was the wind that clinched it. I’ve been very lucky to see as much cricket as I have over the past 15 months, very lucky, but I have yet to feel warm this year and I’m not anticipating anything different tomorrow – after which for anyone like me, there’s nothing to watch live for six weeks.

Some people are in the ground
May 21, 2021, 1:04 pm
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They don’t think it’s all over

It should be!

(2pm – Madness**)

PS Sitting in a cold Media Centre above the Hotel – just heard that the IPL part two is coming to England in September AND – the final Test Match this ‘summer’ will began in Manchester on 7 October (Manchester!!??)

PPS The message came in an official looking ECB tweet/email or whatever, but the rumour now is that it’s a spoof. (t was)

** incidentally the madness is not the people waiting – it’s that the men in white coats haven’t called a halt.

Catch the Wind?
May 21, 2021, 5:58 am
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I’m not sure how much I’ll be on air in the next couple of days – will there be much play? – but if I am, I’ll try to initiate a conversation about the weather, following on from the contributions in the previous post. There were some really good points and information in there; fascinating. Many thanks.

(‘The Summer Wind’ – Sinatra; ‘Blow Wind Blow – Muddy Waters; ‘Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan …)

There are days
May 20, 2021, 2:39 pm
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When I’d rather be at home than at the cricket. Not many but this was one

So I am (3.35pm)

I was having a day off from my radio duties today, as Viper Charlotte Taylor made her debut with Kevan, so I was sat very close to where Jo was yesterday but I was disguised as a statue of Rachel Heyhoe-Flint so not recognised

“Raise the Bat” it says – so Holland obliged.

Vince looked sublime (again) but then got out, and I saw too much of this (and more). The wind meanwhile, is even wilder down in Pompey.

I’d Just Posted
May 19, 2021, 6:22 pm
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The previous post when I found these two shots from Paul (thanks) of the afternoon reality. Stunning shots!