Hampshire Cricket History

“Sparse Crowd So Far”
May 19, 2016, 10:12 am
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Not my words, Bumble’s during the first over at Headingley. Last week the Yorkshire Chairman was suggesting that Ashes Tests should be reserved for the ‘traditional’ grounds. I’m not sure whether he’s talking to Sheffield United but I would have thought that one useful criterion would be people turning up to watch. That’s not the case yet today and some who are there are dressed and drinking already in ways that suggest they won’t actually see much – on the other hand it’s good to see school kids there, although I hope it’s not construed as a term-time holiday.

Meanwhile Weatherley and Alsop are batting v MCC Youngsters in the one-day game and the weather seems ok (I’m mindful that some of our bloggers are away from Hampshire and even overseas).

Opening partnership 100+

Latest score:


Lousy Weather
May 18, 2016, 12:15 pm
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I’ve been at the Ageas Bowl all morning and got quite a lot done, as there was no danger of any cricket. When I left at 12.30 it was pouring but by the time I reached Fareham (on the M27) the skies were brighter and there are even some blue patches and dry pavements in Pompey. I’m not sure whether it will dry up at the ground, but I’ll be surprised if there’s much play for the 2nd XI today.

I did spot this however:

KDJ & Sean E 5 16

I suspect this will be broadcast on Radio Solent as Kevan James interviews Sean Ervine. You can see from his pads and the gear to his side that Sean has been in the nets and told me briefly that his hand seems OK. I noticed Gareth Andrew there along with most of the first team and I wonder whether Ervine for Vince will be the only change on Sunday

Who plays for Notts will depend partly on England’s team tomorrow. If Jake Ball plays in the Test he won’t play against us on Sunday.

Lovely Weather
May 17, 2016, 7:37 am
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I’m working ion a new project for the Atrium which means the 2nd XI visit will be delayed until tomorrow by which time there is a very good chance of rain. If that happens I can get on with my work.

The weather has been pretty good this week – I don’t think any games have been interrupted yet. Before this (sixth) round of matches Tigger wrote to me to say

“Following on from my April lost overs stats. May isn’t looking much better. We have already lost 749 overs including 4 whole days in division one and 917 overs including 4 whole days in div 2”

Generally matches are still averaging about three days play out of four. I was thinking that this round would improve that but tomorrow may change things back. I doubt it will matter much at Taunton. If 160 points is around the safety mark then Somerset should manage about one quarter of them from batting points at home and a second quarter from drawn matches at home. Halfway there then without any bowling points or away points.

If they’re not one of the fall guys then who …?

2nd XI
May 16, 2016, 11:06 am
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v MCC Young Cricketers – three days starting today. Are Alsop and Weatherley competing for Vince’s place? If so they’ve started nicely: 63-0 after 15 overs and one hour

Thanks to Bob E for the Hampshire team which does not include bowlers Ali, Young or Andrew (or any of the recovering wounded):

Tom Alsop, Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus, Aaron West, Ben Duggan, Jake Goodwin, Josh McCoy, Andy Gorvin, Jake Lintott, Brad Wheal, John Steele, Steve Warner

I’m hoping to watch a bit tomorrow (with some photos). In the meantime, please add any info here and/or check the score at


Pompey Winners!
May 16, 2016, 9:22 am
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Not the footy – that’s all over for at least three weeks

Portsmouth and Portsmouth-area cricket teams enjoyed a GREAT weekend in the Southern and Hampshire leagues.

As usual, the top team isn’t from Hampshire, but South Wilts (Salisbury) aren’t the only side to have won two from two. The ‘foreigners’ stuffed the Academy by eight wickets with eight overs to spare* but Havant, including Hampshire’s real one-match wonder, Richard Hindley, have also won the first two (Bashley on Saturday), Portsmouth in the league below beat Rowledge and like Portsmouth & Southsea (beating Burridge II) have two from two. There were victories too for Waterlooville, Gosport and Hambledon.

Elsewhere Lee Savident top-scored for Burridge who beat Alton and Mitchell Stokes contributed 27 and 3-42 as St Cross beat Ventnor. Rod Bransgrove’s ‘little boy’ Jack opened the bowling with Stokes.


Are they Hampshire in disguise?
May 15, 2016, 5:54 pm
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Congratulations to ‘Saints’. I’m watching Pompey of course (on the box). They’re almost out of central defenders so have a midfield player in there, they are out of goalkeepers so they’ve got a bloke from Bournemouth on loan and during the first half of the second leg they’ve had to bring on two subs for injured players. Apparently Gareth Andrew’s on the bench …

“The thing is Tino
May 14, 2016, 9:32 pm
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We tend to be green boots men down in Hampshire”

Tino & DB


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