Hampshire Cricket History

The Good News?
June 20, 2019, 5:18 pm
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After today’s defeat, Notts must average about 7.5 points per match more than Hampshire manage over the final seven Championship matches, if they are to overtake us by September.

They’ve not yet won a game, so even if we play as we did this week that might be difficult. If they don’t manage it, we won’t go down, regardless of what happens elsewhere.

There, that’s cheered you up hasn’t it?

At Last
June 19, 2019, 6:52 pm
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A real cracker in the World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand – fewer overs each, but otherwise scores rather like Hampshire v Surrey in the Nat West Final at Lord’s in 1991. Who needs 300++ with millions of sixes? What one-day games need is just that kind of excitement, twists and turns, near misses, and a final over victory, thanks to a Jon Ayling-style six. ‘Hampshire’s’ Imran Tahir and Chris Morris both bowled beautifully.

(Etta James of course)

June 19, 2019, 8:02 am
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For Yourself

The Judge

I know some Bloggers were at the book launch on Thursday. I wonder whether any of you have yet read the book? The title is interesting, since I guess it invites us to make a judgement or two. I got to know Robin a bit in his later years with us and I’ll make two observations: the first is illustrated in the b&w image below of the 10-year-old who was used as the model for Barry Richards’ Coaching book. With a successful big brother and two parents who followed him everywhere (and a father who often supervised his practice) I’ve always thought that Robin was a bit like Peter Pan, and very lovable for it. But as his story reveals, that didn’t help much when he got embroiled in the adult world of drink, sex and international cricket – especially when he found himself on his own.

The second point follows from that. The worlds of modern cricketers are often too self-contained, especially the very successful ones. The book reveals a professional cricket culture, at least in this country, that is often juvenile and terribly limited – it’s like a ‘public schoolboys ‘dorm’, but with adult temptations. I hope Robin can build on his recovery and get stronger and stronger. But I think Professional cricket might take a long hard look at some of his tales and wonder whether we do the best for our young men.

(Nice aspect of South Today last night was the use of some shots of the Hampshire Cricket Heritage display. We don’t get much chance to show most of our wonderful items; this was one):



I Made a Mistake …
June 18, 2019, 7:49 pm
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… and caught a couple of minutes of BBC1 at around 8.10 this evening (soon escaped)

As Members, which of the five would you vote for?

Robin 4

Not the Whole Story
June 18, 2019, 2:39 pm
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Adrian Birrell had to do the press conferences for the Essex match, which generally happens when it’s too embarrassing to talk to the players. He made it clear he was not happy but also said “We had three wins and a couple of draws, and it had been okay up until now”. Actually in the first six games two of the wins were against the two bottom sides, while in one of those draws they struggled to save a rain-affected game at Headingley after a great start. He spoke of five matches but there was a sixth when Yorkshire hammered us at the Ageas Bowl – so, seven matches (half-way) two innings defeats. Is that okay? It’s not title-winning form!

Is there anyone in the 2nd XI who might come in? Stevenson and Taylor took two wickets each but it’s the batting isn’t it and sod’s law that Soames was top-score with 62 – except that a few minutes ago Gareth Berg reached 65*. He’s looking like this year’s Sean Ervine. Otherwise Felix Organ got 44, and Scriven is 33*.

Good Luck
June 18, 2019, 8:12 am
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For today young man (and hurry back please!)

Vince 150 v Sussex

(This must be about 10 years ago. He’d scored a century (150?) for the 2nd XI v Sussex 2s on the Nursery Ground. He looked quite promising.)

Neville Rogers
June 17, 2019, 7:06 pm
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He lost that record to Joe today, but what a fine batsman he was – so close to playing for England. His 32* carried bat was in 1953; in the following season he did the feat three times. The first, on the opening match of the season was for MCC v Surrey (Champions) scoring 56*. For Hampshire that year he scored 172* at Bristol and 125* at Glastonbury.

His 32* came in an innings of 68, although two men were absent hurt, despite which Hampshire won by nine wickets (Rogers 73, Gray 102*).

x Rogers at B'mth