Hampshire Cricket History

Is this crazy?
February 26, 2019, 5:27 pm
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When we signed Abbott and Rossouw as Kolpacks they turned their backs on international careers, but it wasn’t certain that either of them had an international future of real significance, and Kyle was in his thirties.

Nonetheless it’s not a development I’m hugely fond of in the county game. Then today comes the news (BBC) that “Yorkshire have signed South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier on a three-year Kolpak contract. Olivier … is one of the world’s most in-form pacemen, having taken 31 wickets in five Tests since being recalled by South Africa in December”.

That last bit seems bonkers. He’s 26 and bowling real well at Test level but he’d rather play for Yorkshire (who already have some decent pace bowlers).

PS (Friday) Thanks to Colin Price for sending the Chris Tremlett column in CityAM (London) about this issue:

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It’s How He Tells Them
February 25, 2019, 3:32 pm
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Phil Tufnell and Chris Tremlett (plus Greig) were at the ground with the World Cup today. There was a presentation and display in the Robin Smith Suite, and then photos with the trophy on the pitch. This afternoon it was off to Eastleigh, and it’s being covered on both channels by local TV news programmes.


PS That’s Nigel in the distance, enjoying the warmest day ever in February in the UK. Meanwhile in the Caribbean …

Bat & Ball today
February 24, 2019, 4:48 pm
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Jo Kent (BBC South Today) interviews Mike Beardall (Broadhalfpenny Brigands)


Such a Perfect Day
February 24, 2019, 10:38 am
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I’m off to Broadhalfpenny Down now with Stephen Saunders, who is also one of our newly constituted Hampshire Cricket Heritage Ltd. We are putting together an exhibition about 18th century Hambledon, and World Cups, to accompany the display of the current World Cup on its 100-Day tour of the country. It’ll be there from 2-4pm, with other entertainments; then I’m repeating the World Cup show tomorrow morning when it arrives at the Ageas Bowl.

I think the whole 100-day trip started yesterday in Trafalgar Square – there’s a photo in today’s Observer showing a bloke called Harry Judd taking a ‘selfie’ of him Chris Hughes and Rebecca Adlington with the trophy. She, I’m sure you’ll know, swims a bit, Hughes is apparently a ‘star’ of TV’s Love Island, while Judd drums in McFly (you know, McFly!).

You can see why they’ve turned to Stephen and me can’t you? Anyway I’m taking my washboard and kazoo: “the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride …”


Call for Rilee?
February 23, 2019, 2:44 pm
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Sri Lanka had a poor winter against England and Australia but having travelled to South Africa, they’ve won the series 2-0. South Africa have been bowled out four times in the two matches, with a highest total of just 259.

See also: https://billpavilionend.com/whos-crying-now/


Not Quite Smooth Sailing Then …
February 22, 2019, 3:59 pm
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Main headline in this week’s Cricket Paper: “ECB Chiefs locked in Oval Hundred Row”

Apparently Surrey were the only club that voted against the playing conditions. Colin Graves was “incensed” and there is a threat “to strip Surrey … of hosting rights”. Bristol and Chelmsford are being spoken of as alternatives. Meanwhile Tom Harrison insists there is “overwhelming support” for the new competition “from the stakeholders”, emphasising the enthusiasm of the broadcasters. He added, “it’s an exciting moment”.

Wot No James?
February 21, 2019, 3:35 pm
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BBC: “England have recalled Sam Billings and Dawid Malan for the three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies starting on Tuesday, 5 March. Wicketkeeper Billings and batsman Malan return to the T20 squad for the first time since last year’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. All-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will be rested, while opener Jason Roy will also miss the series to return home for the birth of his first child”. I’ve always understood the argument that James Vince hasn’t proved his case as a Test batsman but how he’s not even a reserve in T20 is very surprising.