Hampshire Cricket History

Well Done (& Why?)
November 13, 2022, 2:25 pm
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As my contribution to the Austerity Budgets I’ve given up Sky Sports but thanks to Channel 4 I was able to watch England win the World Cup today (will there be another in 2023?)

I’ll never really warm to to T20 but I’m very pleased for England and their fans – they did a pretty good job, somewhat aided by an injury to the only ‘Hampshire’ player.

It means they are the only side ever to hold both white-ball World Cups – 50 overs and T20 – excellent stuff.

But it seems therefore rather odd that we don’t play in either format any longer as a major domestic tournament. Maybe the Hundred is turning us into the invincibles …

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Holders of the 2 white ball trophies and 6 test wins out of 7 in the summer.

Is that ‘high performance’ Mr Strauss?

Comment by Tom Johnson

Not bad huh?

Comment by Dave Allen

Will Smeed (Somerset) signs a white ball only contract aged 21. Other than T20 or the Hundred, he has played one List A game and never played a first class game. Yet he has been mentioned as a potential England player.
A sad indictment of the game but unfortunately a vision of the (not too distant) future.

Comment by Neil Ireland

I think that’s right – you can now be a professional cricketer with a county playing only what used to be the workload of a pro in the leagues

Comment by Dave Allen

This article brought home to me how different T20 has become

Comment by Dave Pople

Thanks Dave. I recall some years ago – probably just as T20 started – John Woodcock proposing that it should be followed, reported, promoted etc just like other forms of the game but that it should not be called cricket. One thing (the only thing?) I like about The Hundred is its name. It’s not the Hundred Cricket it’s just The Hundred.

Comment by Dave Allen

Interesting that there were 500 county cricketers this year. In 1987 it was 326 who played at least one match. Just come across that statistic in an old issue of the Cricketer. That must represent a large change in the work load. Also for Dave in 1987 there was one county cricketer born in Portsmouth and 14 League footballers!

Comment by Sean

Thanks Sean – I remember the cricketer of course – the only man on either side in our first Lord’s Final born in the county. Little idea about the footballers beyond Paul Hardyman(?) with whom I used to play Hampshire League cricket when he was just a lad.

Comment by Dave Allen

Following those chats about multi-formats and specialist players this is interesting: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/63635347

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