Hampshire Cricket History

Please Please Me
August 15, 2016, 5:25 pm
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LOVELY finish! Here’s to tomorrow. I have to go to Chichester so still not listening!

The Sounds of Silence
August 15, 2016, 3:38 pm
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I’m not listening but I’m following it on Cricinfo. If it works, that’s fine with me

55-3 in the last 10 overs suggests they’re getting a move on and clearly they don’t wish to risk losing, but a draw’s not much use now, they need to win. So I hope the declaration is imminent …

Actually that worked! I checked back (4.35pm) to see the lead and they’ve wrapped it in. Meanwhile neither Surrey nor Lancs are looking obvious winners

Could be another tense September!

(Is it) Only Make Believe?
August 15, 2016, 12:02 pm
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Some of you will know that when I’m not commentating with KDJ, I tend to listen and often send bits of info.

I’ve just sent him this – all absolutely true:

“I’ve been out-and-about all over the place this weekend, following the game only on my ‘phone but not hearing once your commentary. At about 12.55 today I came home from Southsea switched on the commentary and the first ball I heard in the whole game Jimmy was dismissed on 99. Then Dawson was bowled from a no ball, then he was dropped then he nearly played on.

That’s it! They’re doing really well while when I’m not listening, so I’m switching off!
Have fun.”

August 14, 2016, 9:10 pm
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(Len Barry)

Until last weekend’s game v Lancs, Liam Dawson had just four wickets all season in the Championship and never more than one in an innings. Then he took 3-66 & 3-23, and after finishing the Notts innings today with two in two, he’s on a hat-trick, tomorrow or Tuesday.

PLUS Brad Wheal at last took a (well deserved) wicket – his first in the Championship this year.

Oh Lonesome Me
August 14, 2016, 8:13 pm
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Well I’ve driven to London and back today and spent the afternoon in a sit-down ‘folk’ concert, so apart from the occasionally sneaky look at my phone, I had little idea what was going on. But things are looking rather promising. Let’s hope they continue – I’d rather not have tomorrow’s title as “I Don’t Like Mondays”

Clearly they saw something in Carter. I’m very glad they did. As For Notts, they must be sick of playing us!

The Searchers
August 14, 2016, 7:38 am
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How about that one then? A classic western and 60s pop reference, all-in-one. I’m referring to the selectors searching for some Test quality batsmen

Off to London today so restricted myself to the Observer. Cricket appears on pages 20-21 of the sports section and there is a report on Lancs v Yorks and the very promising Hameed.

Of James Vince, two things:

Vic Marks says “Vince is bound to feel insecure with considerable justification … Clearly a priority for the winter is to find calm batsmen capable against spin which is not a straightforward undertaking”. (Not least I’d suggest because there ain’t much quality spin about in the Championship)

Ali Martin, looking forward to the ODIs and IT20s says “A spot could also open up for Duckett if James Vince, who has struggled during his first summer of Test cricket is sent back to play for Hampshire, with an eye on retaining him for the winter tours to Bangladesh and India. Vince’s county team-mate Liam Dawson may feature should Moeen Ali be given a break”.

Meanwhile, if you missed the Comment below, Sir Geoffrey was nowhere near the corridor of uncertainty with his view that “It’s the stupidest shot you can imagine, and for me it’s the end of his Test career.” Sounds a bit like John Wayne to me.

PS Interesting to hear Nasser this morning suggest that “deep inside” James Vince is a Test batsman but that he’s dopey – not thinking about what the bowler’s doing, where the field is etc. I think – perhaps with the sole exception of the increasingly excellent Dawson – that this could be said of Vince’s generation; once as promising as almost any generation Hampshire have produced, but ultimately not up there with the late ’70s or early ’50s groups, both of which went on to become fine county players. Alongside “dopey” you might also suggest, too often, soft. Now I might be premature here but I have a feeling that the next lot – Alsop, McManus, Crane, Wheal, perhaps others – are rather different. They seem more grounded, more determined, tougher. If so, I wonder why?

Does anyone know …
August 13, 2016, 4:37 pm
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… a song title with the word sandwich?

Hampshire today like a sandwich with a delicious, rich filling inside a couple of stale, curling white-sliced bits of bread. The last five went for 39. I guess Crane at nine was as good as any in the end!

Meanwhile, it’s OK Corral time for JV at the Oval. Do not forsake me …

PS I doubt whether any of you read that in the time between him walking on (when I posted that) and walking off (when I posted this) – surely for the last time? A certain irony that he went for nought, caught at cover.

I’m shutting up now. I think I’ll hide away and listen to Kind of Blue.


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