Hampshire Cricket History

A Thought
May 27, 2017, 7:49 am
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But less of a distraction.

I send stats/history stuff to Kevan J still by email and just occasionally we chat about what’s going on. We’ve just been conversing and I said this:

“Thank goodness for Abbott – to date this season I reckon simply one of the finest periods of all-round play ever for Hampshire, especially judged against what’s happening around him.”

It’s quite a claim, I might challenge myself to find others, but he really has been fabulous.

A Distraction
May 26, 2017, 8:09 pm
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I guess if you’re going to the ODI tomorrow, you won’t need one, and maybe Hampshire will bowl on the second morning as they did last week at Chelmsford.

But in case we need to think about something other than Taunton, here’s a fiendishly difficult question for any footy followers out there on FA Cup Final Day. I won’t see tomorrow’s game as I have a gig but that’s OK, although for decades I loved FA Cup Final day – especially as a kid

The first one I ever saw (on TV) was in 1959: Nottingham Forest 2 Luton Town 1 (my mum was a Nottinghamshire girl)

And the question? There is something specific about that match which (I am reliably informed) has only occurred in two other FA Cup Finals since then – and it will not apply tomorrow. What is it?

How Good?
May 26, 2017, 3:41 pm
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A new thread, but the same topic. Hampshire disappointed in the 50 overs stuff and were horrid at Chelmsford but there is a view that this is disappointing after the good start in the first three Championship matches.

I don’t dissent from the sense of some encouragement in the early days, but there were ‘signs’:

v Yorkshire (away) we were bowled out first, for fewer than today. In the second innings, Adams easily top-scored but he’s not wanted. Yorkshire scored almost double our first innings but we won because Abbott (typically) was terrific at the end (7-41).

v Middx (home) five men scored between 50 and 99 (including Abbott). We led by 82 but had we managed to dismiss Middx a second time (we couldn’t) would we have scored over 200 to win? In four of our seven Championship innings this year we haven’t got close to 200. (Abbott 56 & match 7-146)

v Yorkshire (home) my only visit so far was probably our best day – we were terrific. However, having forced the follow-on, Yorkshire finished 175 ahead with four left, so again how sure can we be that we finished on top, against those guys? (Abbot match, 4-85)

Given that we are approaching a third of the Championship season over, Abbott (v Essex 5-58) looks certain to be player of the year, but he could use some support!

PS: Bowlers making something of a fight of it and Dawson has three in an innings for the first time this season

PPS: Latest BBC forecast suggests the rain tomorrow will be overnight, showery and gone by start of play, but it could be wet on Sunday (if it lasts that long – the match that is).

One Change
May 26, 2017, 9:56 am
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And only one. The 10 fit players from Chelmsford are given the chance to redeem themselves with Topley in for Edwards and the one local lad Adams still on the bench. As Bob reports, we’re batting – presumably, since they tossed, what we wanted.

13 named
May 25, 2017, 2:46 pm
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The 10 from Chelmsford (Edwards doesn’t count) plus Adams, Holland and Topley. I guess Topley is a certain straight swop for Edwards, and if the other two do play, then maybe Adams for Carberry (six consecutive single figure scores) and perhaps Holland for Ervine? I’m assuming Crane stays if Taunton still turns.

And rain looks likely.

There may be trouble ahead …
May 25, 2017, 7:34 am
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So who do you think will play in Taunton? Tony Middleton? ‘Tommo’?

Meanwhile, I did mention that Mrs A and I went to Somerset on Sunday, avoiding the events at Chelmsford. While there, I got some information about a new overseas signing by Somerset, who takes the new ball:


May 24, 2017, 5:16 pm
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Salisbury’s figure as Hampshire 2nd XI – 7-0 – won by 10 wickets.

No news for James I’m afraid, but here’s a photo while he waits

Rod B & Ian Botham