Hampshire Cricket History

I suppose that …
March 15, 2015, 11:10 am
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… nothing that happens in a match involving Pakistan is entirely surprising, but it was very odd to see them winning the match easily and then suddenly playing for a draw. Initially it was to do with Sarfraz getting to 100 but it went on after that.

Sadly Ireland today looked what they are at this level, an ordinary side. Nonetheless they went to the final game still in contention and well done for that.

The Pace Attack
March 14, 2015, 10:54 am
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Some information

Andre Adams had a knee ‘op’ and has resumed playing and coaching

Basil Akram is at Loughborough University so we may see him early season playing at the Ageas Bowl

Tom Barber spent the winter at home, working specifically with Craig White

Gareth Berg signed as Coles left but apparently not seen as a like-for-like replacement

Jackson Bird has been playing in Australian domestic cricket. Will be with Hampshire until mid-July

Yasir Arafat played with Carberry in the Big Bash and has signed mainly for T20

James Tomlinson was at home over the winter and is now clean shaven

Bradley Wheal has travelled with Dale Benkenstein from South Africa. He has a development contract and will play in the Southern League with Havant

Chris Wood spent most of the winter at home but attended a training camp in Spain in February

plus of course Sean Ervine who is the newest of the new dads (Ellis, born in January).

Tight/Soggy Finish
March 13, 2015, 8:53 am
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Friday 13th should have been the day that England clinched their quarter-final place – the irony is that the weather may even deprive them of a consolation victory**. But today’s match between New Zealand and Bangladesh was another tight finish because Bangladesh posted another good score and, as against England, they made a decent job of defending it. They are clearly better than England and that’s a sobering thought. New Zealand needed 11 from 12 balls with three wickets in hand – not dissimilar to England’s target on Monday – but they got there without losing another wicket and with 8 balls to spare.

**It didn’t. Super England triumphed against mighty ….

Better Indoors
March 12, 2015, 8:59 am
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Mead, Bridge - Hill, Drake, Herman, McCorkell, Arnold1939

A pre-war shot of a Bridge School with (l-r) Gerry Hill, Ted Drake, ‘Lofty’ Herman, Neil McCorkell, Phil Mead and Johnny Arnold. Maybe it was match day and rain stopped play – as below, with Desmond Eagar and Stuart Surridge at the US Ground, Portsmouth in the 1950s

Eagar, Surridge, Portsmouth

Coles Goes Home
March 10, 2015, 2:58 pm
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From today’s Portsmouth News (Steve Wilson):

“Coles’ unexpected departure remains a big talking point among supporters, especially with such a strange official explanation behind it. There is clearly much more to it than that and the obvious conclusion to draw is that there is a disciplinary issue involved … The fact that nobody at Hampshire was prepared to comment on the matter only adds fuel to that fire but he now looks set to return to Kent”.

And that is the case – it was announced today that he will return home.

A Good Day?
March 9, 2015, 11:57 am
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For the ‘Modernisers’ that is.

A few years ago when Yorkshire were relegated, their Chairman Colin Graves tore into the coaches and players, changed things and Yorkshire went back up and then won the title this year.

Now he’s about to take over at the ECB. There cannot be much of a future for Morgan, or probably for Peter Moores and the main coaches – maybe not for Broad? Anderson (etc). Will Hampshire see much more of James Vince?

But it’s not simply about changing personnel and I suspect England’s appalling display throughout the World Cup will lead to major changes in the domestic game. If so, I fear that what will suffer will be the form of the game that I love, the County Championship. Maybe not, but the hints have emerged already and the simple fact is that while England have been one of the better Test sides in recent years, they are quite dreadful at playing the 50 overs stuff – they are not in the top eight, perhaps not even as good as Ireland any more. If the ‘Associates’ are to be excluded from the next World Cup do England have the right to be there automatically?

A Hampshire XI
March 8, 2015, 12:06 pm
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At the World Cup? Perhaps not quite – maybe with a couple of squad players (Herath did not appear today)? It was a good day for Maxwell (first ODI 100), Clarke and Watson (50s) in Australia’s winning team and elsewhere there are certainly Abbott and Tahir with South Africa and Afridi with Pakistan. Shane Bond and Craig McMillan are coaching New Zealand but to those of us who go back a while, it’s slightly odd that there are no West Indians with Hampshire links – and entirely unsurprising to see no Hampshire players in the England squad. Did I miss anyone? Bird has been playing for his state side in Australia.

PS: Monday morning and watching the thrilling finish to England’s game I’ve spotted another Hampshire connection – Heath Streak coaches Bangladesh (England are 238-7 after 45.5 overs but Bumble has announced 275-7 – wishful thinking I suspect!)


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