Hampshire Cricket History


Cheer Up
January 17, 2022, 6:13 pm
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I’m not getting into the politics of this but I note that the Government has frozen the BBC licence fee – the BBC News tonight reports that this will cut their income in about five years time by the amount they spent on ALL radio last year.

That radio output of course includes ball-by-ball county cricket commentaries. Will it survive?



Here we go again
January 17, 2022, 10:12 am
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Agnew on the BBC site today

“I am proposing that we take the eight teams from The Hundred, add two more, and create a new first-class competition that replaces the County Championship”.

Please yourself JA – you won’t find me crossing the road to care about a ‘county’ team called Southern Brave (or anything similar). Maybe it would be a blessed release? I could look back with fondness over 60+ years of caring about Hampshire cricket (which no longer plays in my home city or finds any players there) and spend more time on writing, painting, music, walking the seafront and other things that matter in my life.

How about you?



Saturday Night
January 16, 2022, 8:11 am
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was a gig night, so late to bed and late up, astonished to find England racing to victory (!!??**)

The first Test series I recall seeing on TV was against New Zealand in 1958 (I was eight) as England continued their triumphs of the 1950s. In 1959 I saw Hampshire for the first time and played my first game of organised cricket – England meanwhile beat India 5-0.

In between however England went to Australia to defend the Ashes, retained in Laker’s series in 1956. They were reckoned to be firm favourites but were stuffed 4-0 – it was effectively the end of some fine careers (Laker, Bedser, Evans, Bailey, Tyson etc) following the recent departures of Hutton, Compton, Edrich, Wardle etc.

Apart from the threat of another 4-0 drubbing today/tomorrow the similarity is that the 1958/9 tour was the last time ‘down under’ that England failed to reach 300 in any innings. England are currently 50-0 this morning – easily their best on this tour – but even if they win we know now that they will equal that record on this tour because they only need 271 to win (only?).

The good news is that they came back then, stuffed India, won in the West Indies and stuffed South Africa, although it would be the 1970s before they won back the Ashes.



Here’s One I prepared earlier
January 14, 2022, 2:58 pm
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I’ve been looking forward to posting this one:

Ben Christopher BROWN born Crawley 23 November 1988

Ben Brown is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. He played for England under-19s (with Liam Dawson) in Test and limited-overs matches from 2006-2008 and made his debut for Sussex in 2007. He won his county cap in 2014 and was Sussex captain from 2017-2020. He has twice passed 1,000 first-class runs in a season and reached 976 at 51.36 in 2021. He has joined Hampshire for the start of the 2022 season.

His overall figures:

First-class: 157 matches; 8,649 runs at 40.41; HS 163 (22 x 100s). One wicket at 109.00. Catches 434; Stumped 21

List A: 79 matches; 1,354 runs at 27.08; HS 105 (one century). Caught 68; Stumped 12

T20: 82 matches; 840 runs at 15.00; HS 68 v Surrey at Croydon in 2011. Caught 41; Stumped 7.



Fidel Edwards
January 13, 2022, 4:51 pm
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One-a-day then – catching up on my catching up:

Fidel Henderson EDWARDS (531) born Barbados, 6.2.1982.

Edwards is a fast bowler from the Caribbean who made his debut for Hampshire in 2015, having played in all three formats for the West Indies (55 Test Matches). In 2015, his 45 Championship wickets at 20.88 played a major part in ensuring that Hampshire (just) escaped relegation, while in the following season when they were reprieved only by the Durham penalty, he suffered an injury in a pre-match warm-up and took just three wickets, missing all but the first two games. He returned in 2017 and took 33 wickets, then in 2018 was Hampshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker with 54 at 26.72, and in 2019 adding 50 at 25.32. In the T20, Edwards went on loan to Warwickshire for whom he took nine wickets at 22.88. He was due to return to Hampshire in 2020 until the pandemic struck and his county career concluded just 15 wickets short of 200.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 50 matches; 186 runs at 6.20; HS 20 v Surrey in 2017 at the Ageas Bowl 185 wickets at 25.35; BB 6-50 v Nottinghamshire at the Ageas Bowl in 2018

List A: 20 matches; 16 runs at 2.66; HS 5. 36 wickets at 27.52; BB 4-35 v Barbados at Windward Park 2017/18.

T20: 11 matches; 15 runs at 7.50, HS 8*. Eight wickets at 43.75; BB 2-30 v Middlesex at Lord’s in 2018.



Looks like
January 13, 2022, 2:06 pm
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Another cracking Test in South Africa. As I write Aiden Markram (another in my Hampshire update list) is 12*, with South Africa 19-0 chasing 212. earlier Rahane went for just a single.

PS (5 minutes later) That did for him then – he’s had a poor series, batting like an England opener. In the series he has scores of 13; 1; 7; 31; 8, & 16; a total of 76 runs at 12.66



James Fuller
January 12, 2022, 5:04 pm
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Time to catch up on my winter project before we sign someone else!

James Kerr FULLER (560) born Cape Town, South Africa, 24 January 1990.

Fuller is a right-handed all-rounder who bowls fast-medium. He played in New Zealand for Otago and Auckland and in England for Gloucestershire (2011-2015) and Middlesex (2016-2018) before joining Hampshire in 2019. Through his career he has played most often in T20 matches making overall 112 appearances compared with 59 in first-class cricket and 69 in List A matches.

In Championship matches Fuller has scored one half-century for Hampshire and taken 21 wickets including a hat-trick against Surrey in Hampshire’s rearranged home match at Arundel in 2020. He played in the semi-final and Final of the 2019 Royal London Cup in which Hampshire lost to Somerset at Lord’s. In T20 matches he scored two half-centuries for Hampshire in 2020 but his 6-28 at the Ageas Bowl in 2018 was for Middlesex against Hampshire; at the time it was the best bowling in any Hampshire T20 match and remains the best against the county, although beaten by Shaheen Shah Afridi in 2020, coincidentally in the same Hampshire v Middlesex fixture.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 10 matches; 233 runs at 19.41; HS 54* v Yorkshire at Leeds in 2019. 21 wickets at 30.09; BB 4-17 v Surrey at Arundel in 2020

List A: 17 matches; 287 runs at 26.09; HS 55* v Somerset at Lord’s in 2019. Nine wickets at 58.66; BB 2-55 v Surrey at the Oval in 2019

T20: 36 matches;491 runs at 20.45, HS 53* v Sussex at Hove in 2020. Three wickets at 68.66; BB 1-20 v Glamorgan at Cardiff in 2019.



Coming Soon
January 11, 2022, 7:34 am
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To a website near you:

(BBC): Fixtures for the 2022 domestic season will be released after the final men’s Ashes Test, either at the end of next week or in the following week.



Talking of the 1950s
January 10, 2022, 11:42 am
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Which we weren’t but it was when England retained the Ashes on one trip but lost 4-0 on the next one. The first 2022 meeting of Hampshire Cricket Society is on Wednesday afternoon, 12 January, at the Test Valley Golf Club when the fine cricket author Stephen Chalke will be talking about players from that decade, including not least Alan Rayment and the new book which Stephen completed ‘with’ Alan after his death.

PS many thanks to Colin who spotted this. Since it’s highly relevant to Hampshire I guess we’ll need a copy for the Archive although since the Archivist and the Historian both sat through the frustrations of Liverpool last September maybe not a personal copy(?!!). Some of you might want one:

1000 Wins Not Enough



It’s a Record!
January 8, 2022, 7:04 am
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England 30-0 at the close, the first time in eight attempts that their openers have got to 30 in the series.

PS: I’ve been rather sleepy all day after watching quite a bit. Nobody would suggest that England were brilliant but the past week has offered three very interesting Test Matches confirming that at its best Test cricket is simply the best – no comparison.

PPS Mind you, it seems New Zealand are poised for revenge!