Hampshire Cricket History

Southern Grave
July 24, 2021, 2:00 pm
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Those Hampshire batsmen could have stopped at home and played for us …

PS Well now I can say I have sat and watched. a whole match (on TV) and what a bore – it hardly ever seemed a contest from the first over (Michael Vaughan “It was all too easy”). And the noise was endless (no thanks).

Two Hundred Coaches
July 23, 2021, 4:44 am
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(But not 200)

Apparently (thanks David) Keith Barker is working as the ‘new’ bowling coach because Alphonso Thomas is off with the Southern Softies. Keith has work to do on the extras for sure.

And here’s the other one:

July 22, 2021, 4:00 pm
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Gubbins is bowling for the first time in his eight-year List A career. I stood behind Tom Scriven, watching him stretching which suggested he was about to bowl – but he hasn’t.

Essex have lost two players to the Hundred while we have lost six so I reckon this has been a pretty encouraging performance with a number of young men learning in situ. We’ve certainly bowled too many extras (and therefore extra balls) and we dropped top-scorer Westley on 11, when they might have been 27-3, but weren’t. A couple of our batsmen needed to go on, having done the hard work, while without Crane or Dawson the spin bowling is at best ‘promising”. But we did pretty well, I think.

There was a good crowd, even early on:

A real highpoint as debutant John Turner dismisses Sir Alastair Cook CBE

Nobody Said Nothin’
July 22, 2021, 6:12 am
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Did you watch it last night? You’re allowed to mention it on here if you wish.

I watched the start and a couple of bits later on. To watch the whole thing would be a bit like starting on a second packet of chocolate biscuits.

I thought the (BBC) presentation was remarkably ordinary – Radio One DJ and pop singer but just chatting to camera like Ian Botham and Peter West; otherwise Tuffers and Vaughan wittering on, with the latter quickly branding people like me “cynical traditionalists”. If that’s what you want Michael.

The ‘Surrey’ recovery and finish was exciting, the fielding and catching very mixed, the bowling ordinary but some of the batting impressive.

The format was rather unremarkable, it all felt very much like a T20 game although they came in on time. I wonder whether the men will?

Nothing I saw altered my overall objections to the whole business but I did feel more clearly that since the women’s game has (structurally & culturally) pretty shallow foundations it matters far less what they do to that. If it encourages girls to play a cricketing variation on their traditional rounders, that’s fine, although the jury has to be out on whether they make the transition to the longer, more familiar formats. We’ll know in 20 years (well some of you will).

Unless we stuff Essex in record time today I guess I’ll miss the blokes. Never mind.

No News Yet
July 21, 2021, 11:52 am
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On our website about tomorrow’s team/squad but there is an interesting feature on four possibles – all born in this century – Currie, Middleton, Albert and Prest, plus an interview with the latter. There’s only one bowler there with no mentions for Dale, Turner or all-rounder Scriven. Might that be a hint?

Incidentally, in our speculations about the team, none of us mentioned Ryan Stevenson.

How Many?
July 21, 2021, 6:48 am
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Yesterday the BBC’s main cricket headline read “Music, movies & murals – seven reasons to follow the Hundred”

I tried counting forwards and backwards but it only came to three whichever way, but I figured we had probably slipped down a rabbit-hole so I read on and there were in fact seven (other) things listed in the article. The most interesting for me were “It’s cricket with a new twist”, since I’ve always been fond of that dance since the Golden Days of summer 1961; then less positively, “The Hundred will bring music to your ears” which I found interesting because after 55+ years ‘on the road’ I have my first Covid-free gig next week (do I need cricket to bring music into my life?) and best of all “It’s a chance for you to get behind your local city”

Well tell that to the people of Bristol, Sheffield, Brighton, Liverpool, Newcastle etc … oh yes, and Pompey.

Now I don’t hold with all this skate/scummer nonsense – not least since thanks to cricket I have many good friends from red & white country but it doesn’t follow that I’m suddenly going to start supporting another city – especially when the team does not carry a city name (how long will that last I wonder?).

So there you have it. I was pondering the loss of Vince, Dawson, Wheal, Wood and the Big Man who are now ‘Missing’ (see it’s the movies again) until, strictly speaking the last week of August but September sounds more poignant and what’s a couple of days between friends?

Back in that Golden Year of 1961 Bob Dylan (see, there’s music) recorded his first album, and unlike most since then it included just two of his own compositions one of which was “Song to Woody”

OK, it’s a different Woody but there are some other crackers from around then which we could sing to our missing men including “See You in September” (The Tempos), “It Might As Well Rain Until September” (Carole King) and “Brian Hyland’s “Sealed With a Kiss” albeit rewritten as

I don’t want to say goodbye for the summer
Knowing the games you’ll miss
Oh let us make a pledge to meet in September
And seal it with a six

Radio Alert
July 20, 2021, 3:55 pm
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Rod Bransgrove on Radio Solent just after 6pm tonight

Probably not discussing the Olympics …

John Woodcock RIP
July 20, 2021, 9:27 am
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While many of you were at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday afternoon, I was in Alresford, long-time home of the great Hampshire (and more) cricket reporter John Arlott – and just 20 miles from Longparish another Hampshire home of a fine cricket writer, John Woodcock, who, like Arlott worked (albeit briefly) the Guardian but then over many years for The Times. He was greatly admired, known as the Sage of Longparish and sadly he died there age 94, on that Sunday afternoon. He travelled abroad on many England tours while close to home, he was a Vice President of Hampshire. (Photo pinched from today’s Daily Telegraph which carries a tribute from Scyld Berry.

Do You Remember
July 19, 2021, 4:44 pm
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That I was lucky enough to be covering matches in April from the Ageas Bowl but we had to have the doors and windows open (anti-Covid)? I was complaining that I was constantly cold – hat, scarf, hot drinks, you name it! Then in May it was wet.

Well today:

An extreme heat weather warning for parts of the UK has been issued for the first time by the Met Office. The amber warning covers large parts of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England (including the Ageas Bowl) and will be in place until Thursday evening, when temperatures are expected to peak.

So I might not need my scarf for Thursday’s match.

Well done Dad!
July 19, 2021, 8:06 am
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Paul Vince has just sent me this delightful photo from yesterday