Hampshire Cricket History

End of Season
September 29, 2021, 8:22 am
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Never to be welcomed but bitter-sweet in that it gives me more time & space to catch up with various tasks, some of which are annual ‘duties’ only possible once things go quiet.

Yesterday then I was updating the names of players to go on the two boards: in the Atrium first-class debutants and in the Robin Smith Suite Championship centuries and ‘five-fors’ at the Ageas Bowl. That job is done and the information passed on.

Also, every year, I keep a scrapbook mainly about Hampshire but also including any items of broader significance (e.g. The Southern Vipers, The H*****d, The fifth Test being cancelled, prospects for the Ashes tour etc) and occasionally local clubs.

In the Archive we have scrapbooks going back to the 1950s and covering most years since (plus a couple much older than that) which is why I keep one each year to add to the set. Mind you, as county reports in newspapers diminish they might get thinner – scissors & Prit Stick aren’t much good with websites!

The recent book sale has freed up significant space in the Archive (which was looking more like a store room) and we are hoping that next year we might be able to open it up and show people what’s there. I’ll keep you posted.

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I wonder whether you’ve seen the readers/listeners’ BBC County Team of 2021 (and similarly The Cricket Paper’s)? In both cases, there are just TWO players from Division One – Luke Fletcher & Craig Overton – and more from Div Three, including two from the bottom side Sussex. Neither selection includes anyone from Warwickshire, Lancashire or Hampshire:


Comment by Dave Allen

Wisden website County team of 2021 has 4 First Division players, but none from Hampshire.

Comment by Chris Davis

Wisden website County team of 2021 has 4 First Division players, but none from Hampshire.

Comment by Chris Davis

The BBC team is drawn from eight counties with five counties contributing one player and three counties contributing two players. Two of the players, Ollie Pope and Craig Overton, also played test cricket so were unavailable for some county games. Perhaps some of these counties relied too much on one or two stars while with Warwickshire, Lancashire and Hampshire it was a team effort with everybody contributing and the whole was better then the sum of the parts.

Comment by Colin Price

BBC team includes a keeper who isn’t even keeping for his county!

Comment by James

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