Hampshire Cricket History

How Long?
August 28, 2022, 2:03 pm
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Has this been going on?

Yesterday’s Test Match went into the third day but it didn’t last three days – in terms of overs more like two days and two sessions. The previous Test lasted just under two days.

There is an interesting table in today’s Daily Telegraph showing the average number of overs bowled in Test Matches by decade. Post-war that figure has declined consistently since the high point in the 1960s when it was close to an average of 400 per match. By the 1980s the average was just below 350 overs per match, now it is barely above 300 which even at the rate overs are bowled today is far fewer than the schedule of 360 in four (not five) days.

The article also suggests that “we would not care to return to that dull era” of the 1960s when often “the result would be a bore draw … (and) even a five-Test series would end 1-0 or 0-0” – but in England at least that only happened once in a five match series (1964) and 33 of the 53 Tests ended in a positive result (almost two thirds):

1960 v South Africa, England won 3-0

1961 v Australia 1-2

1962 v Pakistan 4-0

1963 v West Indies 1-3

1964 v Australia 0-1

1965 v New Zealand 3-0 (3) v South Africa 0-1 (3)

1966 v West Indies 1-3

1967 v India 3-0 (3) v Pakistan 2-0 (3)

1968 v Australia 1-1

1969 v West Indies 2-0 (3) v New Zealand 2-0 (3)

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On a different note the Academy won yesterday to maintain their Southern Premier League title challenge. They are now only four points behind St Cross with one game to play.

The Academy play already relegated Hook & Newnham Basics whilst St Cross have a more difficult looking game against Bashley.

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Thanks James – the Quadruple! (Quadrophenia?)

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England under-19s are playing their second match v Sri Lanka but neither Eddie Jack nor Dom Kelly are in the side for this one.

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In this winter’s Big Bash, James Vince will return to the Sixers while Ross Whiteley has signed for the Heat.

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