Hampshire Cricket History

Tea for Four
September 18, 2018, 2:15 pm
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A wicket takes Hampshire to tea and a second bowling point. Add on the five that Worcs did not get this morning, and Hampshire need just four more points to be mathematically safe, although surely that’s irrelevant now. It means too that in fourth place, they are now four points ahead of Notts (Hampshire playing their game in hand) and nine ahead of Yorkshire. Essex in third place are still pulling away.

Today’s opening partnership of 29 is Hampshire’s highest in the past 15 Championship innings. There have been just two above 50 all season (82 at Trent Bridge and 54 v Essex).

James Vince has gone past 900 runs today – only the second man in the country. Rory Burns is way ahead with 1,200+. (Vince out on 25, so has 921 Championship runs with a maximum of three possible innings to follow).

Seems it’s a flat track at Taunton (368-4)!!


September 18, 2018, 9:45 am
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After a few beautiful late summer days I had thought to spend the day at Hove but the weather at 6.30 this morning did not exactly beckon me to the grass and deckchairs, so I stayed out of the gale and a few minutes ago checked the ball-by-ball commentary from Headingley to learn that the start was delayed and the scheduled late start had been interrupted by more rain.

Berg has replaced Steyn, making a strong Hampshire middle/late-order, although I’m not so confident about the guys at the top – our last four first innings have been 277, 172, 191 & 148, an average of one half of a batting point per match. Soames has been retained, so Donald must continue to wait while I guess perhaps Rilee won’t be back this year. He finally got that Championship hundred at Old Trafford but after that scored 76 runs in five innings. He is at least consistently inconsistent.

PS: Around midday, Worcs are 60-7. If they fail to reach 200, we’ll need just six points maximum – only thing is, if Essex are doing well, third looks a tough call.

PPS: Worcs did fail, with knobs on, all out by lunch, so six points will do – assuming Worcs can go on and win (improbable now?). Incidentally Hampshire haven’t finished above fifth in Div One for 10 years (3rd in 2008). They have started this match in fourth.

September 17, 2018, 1:38 pm
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The Club website is asking about the Fans’ Player of the Season

Last year Kyle Abbott was an easy choice – I’m not sure there is one overwhelming favourite this year though (?).

PS: One change to squad tomorrow, Steyn gone, Stevenson in. I wonder whether they’ll play Berg and Holland and boost the batting? A high-scoring (first innings) damp draw would do.

They’re Off
September 17, 2018, 10:54 am
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I missed reporting the 2nd XI’s game v Lancashire last week – details below. Meanwhile, the game v Worcs 2nd XI today is off (no explanation; maybe the whole club is still celebrating?)

Lancs 459-5 (three centuries, someone called Southon 2-70, plus one wicket each for Stevenson, Chris Wood & Godsall)

Hants 255-6 (Harry Came, one of ours who’s played more for Kent 2nd XI this year, top-scored with 64, Scriven 59*, Donald 40)

Lancs 63-6 (Berg who didn’t bowl in first innings 2-19, Chris Wood 3-26).

McManus kept wicket, Dickinson didn’t play.

Not Danny’s Day
September 16, 2018, 1:22 pm
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I spent yesterday as Best Man to my oldest pal (64+ years) at a very jolly wedding in Southsea, so today I have a bit of a thick head, but I’ve caught up with the scores from T20 Finals Day, having managed with little effort to ignore the whole thing yesterday.

I see that Danny Briggs bowled OK and effected a run out in the semi-final, then returned very good figures but was on the losing side in the Final. At least he has been a winner in the past. The weather in Pompey yesterday was terrific so I’m assuming even Birmingham avoided the usual Finals Day’s soggy skies?

Congratulations to Karl
September 14, 2018, 2:38 pm
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I heard a whisper about short-listing earlier in the week and now we know that our groundsman Karl McDermott has got the job at Lord’s. What a terrific achievement that is! Well done.

(Incidentally, the weather down here is OK but it looks a bit ‘iffy’ up north next week).

Ralph Prouton RIP
September 13, 2018, 9:27 pm
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I’m sorry to report that Ralph died yesterday in Bath. While Alan Rayment is our Senior Pro, by virtue of a slightly earlier debut in 1949, and was capped, Ralph, at 92 was a couple of years older.

I will do a fuller piece, but briefly, he was one of our wicketkeepers, hoping to succeed Neil McCorkell in the early 1950s. He was at one point on the MCC groundstaff and was also on the books of Arsenal FC with Jimmy Gray, Don Roper, Arthur Milton, & Denis Compton, although he played more regularly for Swindon Town.

Prouton Holt Cannings

(L-R) Arthur Holt, Ralph Prouton, Vic Cannings

Ralph played in 52 matches for Hampshire from 1949-1954, scoring 982 runs at 14.44 with a Highest Score of 90 v Leicestershire at Portsmouth in 1953, sharing a partnership of 161 for the seventh wicket with centurion Cliff Walker. Leics were dismissed for 91, and when Ralph came in, Hampshire were 128-6. When Leics were 125-8 they were still more than 150 behind with Jack Walsh unlikely to bat, but their captain CH Palmer scored a century and they drew the game, finishing with 196-8 from 125 overs.

In his 52 matches, Ralph dismissed 97 batsmen (13 stumped).