Hampshire Cricket History

July 18, 2016, 6:06 pm
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(Martha & the Vandellas’ Motown classic of course)

Smith bowls and in this same over, Batty reaches his century and he and Foakes set a record for Surrey’s 8th wicket v any first-class side

Batty, Foakes record p:ship

Boy it was hot – hot sitting out and too hot for Hampshire. If this was one of those defining days, then Hampshire hardly came third …

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(Below) Curran sweeps Hampshire’s hero Mason Crane who bowled 51 overs. This shot took Surrey past 400.

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Big Day Looming
July 18, 2016, 6:29 am
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You would expect a result in this match with good weather around although wickets are not tumbling. Is this a 48-pointer? Not necessarily. Notts v Somerset means they cannot both win so Hampshire have to look to match Surrey in this game and a big-scoring draw is no disaster – although a defeat might well be. The batting might look a bit ‘iffy’ but Hampshire are fielding a good few batsmen who have scored first-class hundreds so …

(Then there is the major question – will KDJ be fit to resume or will the 12th man be on again?)

Making History
July 17, 2016, 7:24 pm
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A welcome visitor today was Stephen Chalke, author and/or publisher of many fine cricket books, notably the wonderful history of the County Championship Summer’s Crown, which he tells me will not be reprinted and which has very nearly sold out.

He was at the Ageas Bowl, being interviewed by Dr Helen Castor for an edition of “Making History” – a BBC Radio 4 programme to be broadcast on a Tuesday afternoon in August. Look out for it.

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O Lucky Man!
July 17, 2016, 5:20 pm
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(Movie, 1973, Soundtrack by Alan Price)

Occasionally I get lucky. Up in the gantry, on commentary duty, I was waiting to snap Sibley’s hundred but he didn’t quite get there did he? Bowled by Gareth Berg for 99 – one of the highlights on a tough day:


Squad v Surrey
July 16, 2016, 4:11 pm
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Dawson is away with the Lions squad so I’m surprised to see that Mason Crane is not included – unless Smith counts (?) there’s no spinner in the 12.

Best is included, so too Tomlinson and perhaps surprisingly, McLaren who, it seems is fit (and most welcome). I suspect one from Best, Wheal and Tomlinson will be excluded – if not, it will be a long tail. If Best plays without a spinner we might drop a point or two to the over rate penalties.

Gavin Griffiths
July 16, 2016, 2:17 pm
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From his Radio Solent interview with Kevan James last night, it appears he is available if selected to play in the Championship:

GAVIN GRIFFITHS: Born in Lancashire 19.11.1993 (22)

Right-hand bat, Right fast-medium bowler. Lancashire and England Under-19

On loan to Hampshire, initially for one month, July-August 2016. He played for Lancashire in both matches when they won Finals Day at Edgbaston in 2015. He is yet to make his first-class debut.

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July 15, 2016, 10:44 pm
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I was doing a gig tonight. We went on pretty much as the Hampshire innings ended and I thought with that total they were unlikely to win. When I looked a bit later Sussex seemed on course for victory but they weren’t were they? Boy, I bet they’re fed up with Hampshire!

I missed all the excitement but I am very pleased. I never care over much about T20 – happy if we win it, but otherwise … but I thought in the circumstances and with the youngsters playing, last night was a bit special, and tonight I guess was equally impressive. Wouldn’t it be nice if it signalled a turnaround in everyone’s fortunes, the team, the injured players and especially MC?

Incidentally I reckon the next few fixtures really do rule out any possibility of Hampshire qualifying (Middx v Surrey, Essex v Sussex, Surrey v Sussex, Kent v Essex, Middx v Essex etc) even if some end up as ‘one-pointers’. But the good news is that means those younger players can keep gaining experience.

Well played!


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