Hampshire Cricket History


Maxwell Mayhem
February 1, 2015, 9:59 am
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Last season Glenn Maxwell played a superb 50 over innings for Hampshire at Old Trafford and a more important one in the Championship at Worcester but he was signed primarily for the T20 in which he disappointed.

He hasn’t disappointed his home crowd today. I was up early enough to see the alarming conclusion to the Aussie innings as Woakes was smashed all over the place after Maxwell had rescued them with 95. He then took a terrific catch in the gully to dismiss Taylor (it looked like a no ball from here but …) and now he’s taken 3-30 as England have folded. The game’s not quite over so he may get five, but you can let me know – I’ve switched it off!

Not such a good day for George Bailey who played a five-day Test innings and maybe not so good for Hampshire overall. It can’t be long before England’s selectors consider changes in the top six ….



Behind the Eight-Ball
January 31, 2015, 9:42 pm
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There was nothing

South Africa A batted first today and reached 1-0 after one over and two balls

Then it rained, so James Vince’s side are 2-0 up with two to play

Now it’s the Big Boys’ turn



One Short!
January 28, 2015, 3:40 pm
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James Roy made a century but James Vince had a disappointing end to another fine innings. He reached 99* whereupon Ben Stokes kept pinching the strike, facing nine consecutive balls. Vince finally got to the right end, missed a straight one and was lbw

Still , when it happened to me, I used to say it was better than being out for nought

(OK, it never did!)

Lions are set for a BIG score: 333-4 with four overs to go.



News from Down Under
January 28, 2015, 9:53 am
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Michael Carberry is in the field (with Adam Voges) for this Big Bash Final. Michael Lumb went cheaply. Meanwhile Yorkshire have signed Glenn Maxwell for next year’s T20. It’ll be Sod’s Law if he does well I guess after his failures here last year.

The second Lions ODI begins (our time) at 12.30pm

Probably the best score updates:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/scores/live.html

PS Just spotted that our new signing Yasir Arafat is in the team with ‘Carbs’ and Voges. Apologies, I haven’t really been paying attention to it

PPS: ‘Carbs’ (9*) and Yasir (1*) together at the successful conclusion in a thrilling finish. May be a (positive) omen? Also, Captain Vince going well for the Lions (31*)



Looking Good
January 27, 2015, 5:25 pm
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I’ve been at the ground today. There were a good few cricketers and coaches around. The Hotel is coming on nicely and looking somewhat ‘sparkly’ now:

AB Hotel 27.1.15



It Takes One to Know One
January 26, 2015, 9:03 am
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Muppet that is

KP is off again. You can see his point about importing the best players to become the best. After all it worked brilliantly in the 1970s/1980s in England when we had LOADS of top overseas players in county cricket and England kept winning everything

(Didn’t they?)

Much the same in football. The Premier League today is crammed with overseas players and boy aren’t England good? After all, next year we can all celebrate that World Cup win’s 50th anniversary.

Here’s the Muppet (from the BBC):

“Former England batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Michael Carberry say English Twenty20 should adopt the franchise system used in India and Australia. Both played in this year’s Australian Big Bash League, where there are eight city franchises instead of state teams who contest longer forms of the game.

“The franchise system works, everybody has made it work, the whole world has gone that way,” Pietersen said.

“Why can’t they do it in England? It’s strange.”

The Big Bash League spans six weeks, with a match almost every day, while England’s T20 Blast, featuring all 18 county sides, lasted over three months in 2014 and will do so again this year. County cricket is also reportedly set to lower salary caps, with sides encouraged to bring through players from academy ranks.

But Pietersen said: “What’s frustrating is they say they want to help home-grown players. The best way to make them become better is to play against better players. All the muppets who are on £18,000 or £15,000 – either you become better or you go and do something else. The best players would play against each other, week in week out. That’s how you become better. You don’t do that by reducing salary caps.”

‘Carbs’ is more polite and you can find it all on the BBC site. The one unanswered question is whether English culture/society is the same as Australia and/or India. It may work, but maybe local loyalties are more fiercely held in a very different country. We have 18 first-class counties because we have lots of counties in a tightly populated country  Australians have a wide-spread open country with a State system of far fewer teams – same with India – in both countries the (few) major towns are long distances apart. That’s before you get into questions of culture more deeply.

But maybe I’ve become old-fashioned simply because I’ve no interest it’s what’s mooted?



Vince starts well
January 25, 2015, 11:26 am
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James Vince has made a good start as captain of England Lions. His bowlers have dismissed the hosts in under 40 overs for just 172. After four overs, the Lions are 19-0.

PS They won very easily although sadly the captain failed to score. Never mind they won (he got a few ducks as skipper last year too)

Meanwhile I gather “Carbs’ hit a quick fifty for his upside-down T20 team as they won their semifinal against KP’s lot.




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