Hampshire Cricket History

August 17, 2017, 7:38 pm
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Adam Lyth has hit 161 for Yorkshire which I think is the second highest ever in T20 (Gayle hit 170+) and the highest ever in an English T20 match. Before today, the Yorkshire run rate was 0.639 so it will be interesting to see how much it changes, if, as is likely, they enjoy a big win**.

Kent have battered Essex too, a first wicket partnership of 207 while England’s real Test players have been too good for a very ‘ordinary’ West Indies side. Sadly England’s county batsmen were less impressive while Malan has just escaped a difficult chance on 2*.

Bowlers are on top in the game between Surrey v Gloucs and Benny has started effectively again but if Gloucs lose that, they will be the first southern side out of contention.

**PS: Yorkshire enjoyed a huge win with a huge score, after which their run-rate changed up by about 0.5. Surrey just beat Gloucs in a close, low-scoring match and neither of those run-rates changed very much.

2nd XI & Today
August 17, 2017, 11:16 am
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Worcs are 179-8, Joe Weatherley 3-11, Asher Hart 2-35

T20: Tonight it will help Hampshire’s quest for 1st/2nd place and a home draw if Kent beat Essex and Gloucs beat Surrey

Thank You
August 17, 2017, 7:16 am
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For all the messages about Bob. The best way to ensure he’s not forgotten is to keep me up-to-scratch with as much 2nd XI information as possible, which he would often do.

Yesterday morning, through the post, came my latest copy of The Cricket Statistician, the journal which appears periodically from the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. And there, on page 54, is a review of Bob’s Changing Rooms 2 (with a mention of number one). I know they sent Bob an advance copy of the text but I’m rather sad that he never saw what I believe was his first review, in print. A couple of years ago, he was very proud to be published in the Hampshire Handbook with his updating of our ‘one match wonders’.

Today, all the attention will be focused on the lights – not inappropriate in this very gloomy bit of Hampshire this morning. I’m with James, that it will do no harm for Mason to have the experience of being with England, without yet being in the spotlight (or floodlight) although it would be nice to think he might (like Jennings) return to his county for prolonged play in a first-class match.

Mentioning Edgbaston floodlights,  I’m reminded that – as with the first floodlit Test Match today – Hampshire’s first-ever floodlit game was at Edgbaston, and on a similarly gloomy day in July 1998. I was in the coach party that travelled up from Northlands Road to Birmingham, where I believe Warwickshire had been playing under lights from the previous season. It was certainly our first, and it was on the Telly.

At the halfway stage of this 40-over match we seemed in control, having dismissed the home side for 128. Nick Knight had led with 40, but Peter Hartley, back at one of his former clubs took 3-24 and there were wickets for Nixon McLean, ‘Dimi’, stand-in skipper Shaun Udal and John Stephenson. We lost Jason Laney early and promoted Nixon who helped us to 78-3 but not one of the last seven reached double figures, while Giles White (32*) survived a close TV replay review for a stumping. At 114-9 amid the gloom and drizzle, Warwickshire had a chance, but ‘Cardie’ stuck with Giles and they got home with one over to spare.

Incidentally did you know that the first Football League match to be played under lights was in Hampshire, when Pompey played Newcastle United in the First Division* on 22 February 1956? The final score was 2-0 but that’s all I’m prepared to divulge.

*This was when the First Division and Division One meant the same thing, without any other ‘divisions’ above them.


Bob Elliott
August 15, 2017, 6:11 pm
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Many of you bloggers will recognise his name and some of you will have known Bob, watching Hampshire and the 2nd XI. I’m very sorry to report I’ve just learned that Bob died this morning.


This is a photo of Bob (left) that I took last year. He is with Pete Clutterbuck, captain of Stansted House CC and Bob was there as part of his mission to document cricket pavilions. You probably know that Bob has published two very fine books with his photos and short articles about the cricket pavilions of the county

Changing Rooms: Hampshire CCC Grounds

Changing Rooms 2: the Cricket Pavilions of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Bob went to Taunton’s School in Southampton in the 1950s and became a draughtsman, which led him to work at IBM Hursley where he became an illustrator. He remained linked to the cricket club there throughout his life – in recent years he was the scorer. He was one of those great supporters of club and county cricket and a lovely man.


(I’m grateful to John West for passing on the news and suggesting I post this.)


2nd XI Tuesday/Wednesday
August 15, 2017, 12:41 pm
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Lunchtime: Worcs 97-4. Two wickets for Salisbury, one for Chris Wood, one run out.

Updates to follow

2.15: Brad Wheal has a fifth (125-5) and Tom Alsop is ‘keeping

3.25: 160-7 – one each for Sole & and our authentic SLC, Lintott but Arthur Milton is providing stubborn resistance (he was always good, even back in the 1950s)

4.20: Worcs 223 all out, 153 behind. Wood 3-30, Sole & Salisbury two each. (No info yet about follow-on)

6.15: Hampshire batted again and 104-3, are 257 in front. Holland again going well 56*, Weatherley 22, Alsop 0 & Dickinson 22 are out, Scriven just in 0*

Wednesday 11.25: Hampshire 134-3, Holland 74*, Scriven 12* – 287 ahead.

12.20: Hampshire 333 ahead, Holland 89* and Scriven 43*. Maybe they’ll declare if/when Holland gets second century?

Oh well that stuffed him, Holland is out for 95 but no declaration yet

Meanwhile (12.30), Middx in second place: Middx 339 & 221-7 lead Surrey 276-4 dec by 284 runs

2.40: I’m confused by the 2nd XI game, unless we’ve worked out that with bonus points we’ll top the group OR that matters less than young batsmen getting runs (but why not young bowlers getting wickets?) or it’s a 4-day game (?). Hampshire are 328-6 with Scriven 114* and Hay 57*. If it’s a three -day game, I suspect there isn’t likely to be time to bowl them out now.

3pm: Thanks (again) to John for explaining it’s not a competitive match (no points) and it’s a four-day game, so Hampshire declared on 349-6, setting Worcs 503 to win. Scriven finished 124* and Hay 64*. I guess if Worcs win, it will be a world record for a four-day non-competitive county 2nd XI match, played in mid-August (etc.)

5.30: Worcs 102-3 with wickets for Wheal, Hart and Lintott

Close of Play: Worcs 121-5 – Joe Weatherley has taken 2-5

2nd XI
August 15, 2017, 8:15 am
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Thanks to John for alerting us to the game that began yesterday – a very good day for Holland and a good one for Hart and Alsop. We’ll keep a check on progress today.

Ian asks what we now know about the race with Middlesex 2nd XI to mirror the ‘Shots’ and top the table. This Blog, having recovered from the dark days earlier in the season, is these days flourishing as the site to get all the latest news about T20 qualification*, 2nd XI scores, Beefy’s and leg-spin, but I have to confess I’ve failed to discover the answer.

I looked on the ECB website where a search for 2nd XI info revealed the main story that the ECB has released the fixtures, which will begin on 2 May. There’s a surprise!

So, since the Blog is an excellent example of collaboration and collective enterprise, I’m hoping someone can help Ian (and indeed the rest of us).

*The Guardian yesterday announced that Notts are the first team to qualify; BBC’s South Today in the evening, informed us that all three of the area’s teams, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire are “in contention”. Try to keep up please.

2nd XI C-o-P: Hants 376 (Holland 159, Hart 76, Alsop 72, Shantry 4-49, Morris 4-80) v Worcs 7-0

We’re Through!
August 13, 2017, 6:34 pm
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You might not find this claim anywhere else yet and by all means check me and tell me if I’m wrong

Just back from a delightful sunny Sunday to find the results and I’m sure that if any level points is resolved on run-rate we are through

We have 15 points and can still reach 17

Four teams can overhaul our current 15: Glams (max 18), Gloucs (16), Essex (16) and Surrey (16)

HOWEVER: Surrey play Gloucs this week so one of those teams can only get 14, OR both can get 15 (tie/abandoned) but with hugely inferior run-rates

So, Now We’re Through

(It’s an obscure but rather good 1960s single by Scottish band the Poets)