Hampshire Cricket History

Whatever happens …
April 21, 2015, 7:33 am
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today and tomorrow, this is already shaping up to be another cracking game – fewer four-day games? There should be more!

The fixtures weren’t kind to us (Sussex, Warwicks, Notts, Yorks) but we’ll get an idea of the task after those four. A win in this game would be terrific!

(Meanwhile apparently no Mr Bird in the 2nd XI)

Hong Kong
April 20, 2015, 3:05 pm
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This is George Heath – I’ve been emailing Kevan James about him in the context of a commentary discussion about cricketers from Hong Kong. George was born there, as was Dermot Reeve

I’ve been thinking more about George with an eye on the 70th anniversary of VE day just a couple of weeks away.

I wouldn’t dispute that Dermot Reeve was a better cricketer although George had a better strike rate and average as a bowler (he couldn’t bat)
However, George made his debut as a 24-year-old in 1937 and in three seasons took 233 wickets
Then from the age of 27 (his peak?) he missed the next six years to the war and so did not play first-class again until he was 33. An awful lot of cricketers of his generation lost the best years of their career even when they survived that terrible conflict.
(Incidentally I went to school with his son but never saw George play)

Good Starts (part 2)
April 20, 2015, 10:56 am
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First Match

Sussex 22-3 & 71-6 beat Hampshire 47-1 & 76-1

Second Match

Hampshire 94-1 v Warwicks 42-3

PS: Warwickshire were later 92-5

Good start
April 19, 2015, 1:58 pm
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89-0 at lunch


48-3 in 75 minutes since

Another innings in which every bowler is at you

PS Afternoon session, 112-6 (Tea 201-6)

PPS The 8th wicket partnership went past 100 so there I was checking the record and deciding to keep quiet about it (it’s 124) when Wheater got out. Still, a good effort by those two guys.

Subtle Stats or …?
April 19, 2015, 8:08 am
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I’d love to hear what you think about a relatively sophisticated study of England’s best-ever Test bowler

The answer will surprise most of you I suspect. It’s at:


Warwickshire Records
April 18, 2015, 7:46 pm
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At all our home games, our Statistician Bob Murrell produces his excellent records in matches between the two sides. He has an extraordinary database and he shares it with me, so when we’re playing away I’ll try to remember to post a few here at the start – and check others if anything significant happens:

Hampshire v Warwickshire – Hampshire won 42, Warwicks won 50, Drawn 62, Abandoned 1

Highest Totals: Hampshire 616-7d Portsmouth, 1920. Warwickshire 657-6d Birmingham 1899

Lowest Totals: Hampshire 15 (and won) Birmingham 1922, Warwickshire 36 Portsmouth 1927

RH Moore’s 316 for Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1937 remains Hampshire’s highest first-class score

Squad v Warwickshire
April 17, 2015, 3:01 pm
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Hampshire have added two players to the 11 that played v Sussex, Brad Wheal who was in the 12 this week and Andre Adams who is fit. However, Bird is again ruled out through injury. It’s not great news – not least given that he signed for Northants last year and pulled out through injury. He has played first-class cricket in this country, but only for Australia A (2012) and the Australians (2013).

(Incidentally in the Test, Buttler missed a straightforward stumping of Samuels but in the next over Anderson equalled Botham’s record by having Samuels caught)


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