Hampshire Cricket History

August 17, 2018, 8:54 pm
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That’s that for another year. It’s interesting that with both North and South Hants winning tonight, Middlesex are right at the bottom of the heap, despite employing a specialist T20 coach, Daniel Vettori. Save your money!

For Hampshire Colin Munro topped the batting averages but was 83rd in the country, one above Liam Dawson. Munro averaged just 26.38, and was also second in the bowling averages, but I guess the outstanding performer was probably Chris Wood with 19 wickets at 17.63 and a rate of 7.61. Liam Dawson was more economical at 7.13 and Mujeeb 7.09, but they took just 18 wickets in 25 games between them. Sadly, Weatherley managed just 36 runs in five innings before being omitted tonight. I wonder who will get the nod on Sunday when the White Shirt cricket starts again.


A Green Scene
August 17, 2018, 12:58 pm
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A Bowl

This was the ground yesterday with extra seating going in on the far side – perhaps not in preparation for this evening although there might be a few visiting supporters. I guess over the past 60 years I’ve seen most Hampshire cricketers, but this evening I suppose I shall miss my last chance to see¬†Mujeeb Ur Rahman ‘live’ – although I’ve seen a few overs on the telly.

Will Hampshire finish with a win? Will they avoid bottom place? Is there really a Santa Claus?

Talking of Gloucestershire – do you remember a Tory MP Geoffrey Rippon? In 1914, his father & twin brother** ADE (Dudley) and AES (Sydney) opened the batting together for Somerset v Gloucs at Bristol in a thriller that Gloucs won by one wicket (82 & 105 lost to 111 & 77-9).

Not a lot of people know that (it’s from Simon Sweetman’s book about the 1914 season and soon I shall reveal why I’m reading it again).

**Corrected, thanks to Ian

Hampshire bowlers on top
August 16, 2018, 9:20 pm
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Well you’ve not seen that headline often in this T20 season have you? But Danny Briggs took a wicket and captained Sussex to a vital win over Gloucs for whom Benny Howell took 3-37 in his four overs and Jake Lintott – in Hampshire’s squad last week apparently – had figures of 4-0-26-2. Lintott you might remember played once for Hampshire last year taking 1-24 v Somerset. Meanwhile Somerset and Kent scored 457 runs tonight in a game that featured Billy Taylor and his mates as much as the players.

Elsewhere, the Essex victory v Middlesex means Hampshire might not finish last**, while assuming the match between Notts & Yorks tomorrow finishes in victory for one side, the only non-county team cannot now qualify for the final rounds and a day out on their own home ground.

**Although if they don’t win, they will end with fewest victories.

No Play Today
August 16, 2018, 11:43 am
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I was there to hear the news even before the scheduled start, that the 2nd XI game is off. Online it was described as a four-day game, but I was told that today was the last day.

Do you remember those great summers in the past when the outfields were parched and pale brown? The ground is vivid emerald green today! What a lousy summer it’s been.

I Forgot
August 15, 2018, 8:19 pm
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There was a T20 game tonight

Seems they did too.

Not much to say about it all really – the only important question is whether they will recover form when the Championship starts again on Sunday.

Back to Cricket!
August 15, 2018, 12:08 pm
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I was thinking that would be on Sunday, seven weeks and one day since I last watched Hampshire (at Lord’s), but I have to go in tomorrow morning to sort out some things for Sunday, so thanks to Jeremy for the alert about the 2nd XI v Middlesex. It appears the pitch is behaving rather better:

Hampshire 423 all out (Abbott 147, Hart 99, Soames 60 – and ‘Hampshire’s’ Rayner 2-32)

Middlesex at lunch today 317-3, although one of the three is Simpson, retired out – Edwards 12-1-57-0; Abbott 11-1-36-0

Now 363-3 although another (real) wicket has fallen (down) to A Dale (we need someone called Hill now). Searle and Hart have the others while lots of batsmen have nearly scored centuries.

Around teatime: 420-3, Fidel going at nearly five-an-over. A bloke called Andersson has a century (+).

4.30: Rayner c&b Currie 56; Middlesex ahead now, four down.

New Skipper
August 14, 2018, 5:06 pm
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Danny Briggs is captaining Sussex tonight for the first time. (They have no Brown, Wright or Wells)**. Here’s a Sky stat – in the past five seasons in English T20, only two men have hit more than 100 sixes – Colin Ingram (Glams) and Rikki Wessels (Notts).

(In the past 60 years, I can only remember hitting one six).

**PS:¬†(8.55 pm) The skipper is triumphant – stuffed ’em!