Hampshire Cricket History

Not Much
July 22, 2015, 6:18 am
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The BBC online Durham commentator (Martin) told us yesterday that Gordon Muchall despite his century in this match, would not be offered a new contract. As a consequence I picked up some comments around the ground and via Twitter suggesting we might offer him something.

We do sign older players like Will Smith and Gareth Berg who do a good job, but is Muchall really what we want for the future? He is just two years younger than Jimmy Adams – he’ll be 33 next season – and has a career average around 30. Meanwhile Tom Alsop has been selected for England under-19, the team Joe Weatherley captained last winter. Wouldn’t we rather invest in those young men?

Only One Left
July 21, 2015, 9:42 pm
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Michael Yardy has announced his retirement from all first-class cricket from the end of the season. He played for Sussex 2nd XI in the first competitive match ever played at the Rose Bowl in June 2000

It leaves just Hampshire’s opening batsman on that historic day still playing in the first-class game. Assuming Hampshire get a second innings tomorrow, he should be opening there again.

Tomorrow Never Knows
July 21, 2015, 7:02 pm
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But by tomorrow night we shall know whether Hampshire (or indeed Durham) can conjure a win out of this match. A draw is probably not of massive value to either side, assuming Worcs lose to Yorkshire. Otherwise, the results are going Hampshire’s way with Somerset and Sussex losing and Worcs in trouble.

Today was a bit better

Durham scoreboard

A landmark: after three games without a single batting point, Hampshire finally got to 200 today and went on to 300. Carberry, Smith, Gatting and McManus contributed well although they collapsed rather rapidly at the end. This means they have been bowled out in the first innings of all eleven of their Championship matches and still no one in their top six has got to three figures.

Dawson and Crane bowled nicely this evening but I think Durham will be declaring around lunchtime or just after tomorrow. We shall see but I’m still hoping


Mason Crane bowling this evening – lets hope his retirement is some way in the future!

Forecast set fair
July 21, 2015, 6:29 am
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(The weather that is)

Hampshire have lost ‘bits & pieces’ to the rain in recent games at Lord’s, Worcester and last night, although it’s turning out to be a pretty dry Championship summer.

So far Hampshire have lost approximately 352 overs or 22 hours at the conclusion of Day Two v Durham

(Only ten days of home Championship cricket left now – and that’s maximum)

Lots of Leggies
July 20, 2015, 6:57 pm
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Well two anyway – Borthwick for Durham and Mason Crane (bowling here) for Hampshire who today took his first wicket in first-class cricket. There have been batsmen who have bowled leg spin for Hampshire in recent years (eg Robin Smith, Giles White) and one or two aspirants in the 2nd XI but Crane is really the first English player selected for Hampshire primarily as a leg spinner since Alan Castell, 50 years ago (after which Castell converted to medium pace). 

Mason Crane v Durham

PS Petersen and Prince of Lancashire passed 500 v Glamorgan today and finished just 22 runs short of the County Championship record for the third wicket – still held by Carberry and McKenzie v Yorkshire at the Rose Bowl in 2011

PPS Interesting to see that Somerset selected Michael Bates to bat at number 3 v Warwickshire but I’m afraid it didn’t work – 13 & 0 and Somerset are losing

The Master
July 20, 2015, 6:47 pm
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The great Barry Richards was at the Ageas Bowl today, with Andy Murtagh signing copies of Andy’s biography of the great man. I was able to eavesdrop on his Solent interview with Kevan James which was delightful. He seems very relaxed these days and appears to enjoy returning to his old county. He spoke mostly about the past but also observed that while he enjoys the pace and approach of modern batsmen, he feels they have generally lost the art of digging in and batting long hours to avoid defeat – not an observation you might have expected from BAR!

Richards & Murtagh

Same as before
July 20, 2015, 6:56 am
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At some point today, Hampshire’s first innings will begin and there is rather a lot hanging on it – in the context of the table and season of course but also because as far as we can see they are reverting to the top five as it was from game two of the season, when Carberry dropped to three and Dawson opened. It seems a risk, although of course I hope it works. In similar vein, will England’s selectors stick with all/some of Lyth, Ballance and Bell who average around 50 between them this summer (and drop catches)? Since our trip to Headingley I’ve wanted Bairstow to have another chance and he’s still scoring runs. The sad thing is that this situation is exactly what James Vince needed at the start of the season but he’s a long way from England selection now

For what it’s worth – and in these dire circumstances – I’d open with Carberry and Vince in all forms and probably bat Wheater at three in the Championship. I’ve no idea if it would work but as the old saying goes – if it’s broke, fix it!


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