Hampshire Cricket History

2nd XI and Yorkshire Match Squad
June 19, 2018, 6:36 pm
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Hampshire 2nd XI were 248 ahead on first innings, and Middlesex are 73-4 (Ervine 2-3, Woods 2-11).

Chris Wood is not in the Championship squad of 14, but there are six batsmen including Rilee who I hope has recovered. I guess one might miss out. Then there’s McManus, Berg and Rayner plus pacemen Abbott, Edwards and Steyn. The final two who might not play are Stevenson and Holland. So Ervine is omitted from the last game.


More Matches
June 19, 2018, 2:34 pm
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Middlesex (and ex-Sussex) off-spinner Ollie Rayner has joined Hampshire on loan, covering the injuries to Crane and Taylor.

The 2nd XI are playing Middlesex (without Rayner) where the scores approaching tea on Day Two, are: Middlesex 229 (Godsall 5-38, Abbott 2-48, Hart 2-49, Ervine 1-15) v Hampshire 439-7 (Holland 122, ED Woods 73*, Ervine 61, Hart 43*)

I wonder who will play for Hampshire tomorrow? Is Rilee fit? Will they play Dawson and Rayner? Will Abbott return to play in the first team? Is Tom Alsop fit? It’s an important game.

Meanwhile (around 3.30pm) Roy has been run out to give the Aussies a chance.

I’ve spoken to a number of people who are going to Arundel in preference to the floodlights. I shall start off at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow and then keep my options open, but I hope to do one day at Arundel. It is that classic week in every season where anyone living around Midhurst/Petersfield/east Hampshire in particular, can choose a short journey to watch Championship cricket at either Eastleigh, Arundel or Guildford – but only this week, meaning that whatever they choose, each day they will miss two local games.

It’s been going on for years – it used to happen with Portsmouth instead of Eastleigh and the ECB deliberately ignore representations to separate the three fixtures for fear that attendances would improve and they would be unable to tell us how people don’t watch county cricket. Brilliant!

Picture Perfect
June 18, 2018, 9:07 pm
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James Vince hits another boundary

Semi 2018 Vince four

And celebrates his century

Vince 100

Later, Dawson bowls Leaning for 23, breaking one of three consecutive (exactly) 50 partnerships

Semi F 2018

June 18, 2018, 6:59 pm
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Lots more photos to follow but this will do for starters since it’s the end. That was a tremendous all-round performance, excellent in all three phases and Vince was magnificent!

Semi end 2018

A Good Omen?
June 18, 2018, 6:16 am
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I’m off to do a bit of commentary today, working for sure with one, but I believe both of these young men

It’s the Lord’s B&H Final of 1992 Hampshire v KENT

All we need now is for James to hold up the Yorkshire coach and it’s Groundhog Day!

1992 Lord's James KD , Tremlett TM copy

Semi-Final v Yorks
June 17, 2018, 6:36 pm
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Some records, courtesy of Tigger at hampshirecricket.net/Team_Yorkshire_LA_records.htm

Our Highest Total v Yorks is just 261 (60 overs) at Bournemouth in 1977, theirs is 264-2 (40 overs) at Southampton in 1995. Must be a chance of one/both being beaten tomorrow.

Barry Richards made 155* in a Sunday League game at Hull in 1970, and David Byas 104* at Leeds in 1999. Best bowling: ‘Butch’ White 5-31 at Southampton in 1969 (Sunday League) and Gavin Hamilton 5-16 at Leeds in 1998

In all List A games (inc Leagues) we’ve won 23 and lost 20, with two no results.

Another Cracker
June 17, 2018, 5:25 pm
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This RL competition has been very good. Let’s hope we get a great one tomorrow! And if we get through, we know how to beat Kent at Lord’s.

One thing – we learned that if scores are level, fewest wickets lost sorts out the winners

And if you missed Bloggy’s Comment below, we are without Alsop, Crane & Taylor, but Northeast and Dawson are in the squad.

PS Sad tale about ‘Carbs’: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/44512514