Sunday 9th May
On an overcast day Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl. Hampshire made a good start and J. Dore took an early wicket in the 4th over with a sharp stumping by H. Hammond. Following some aggressive batting by H. Abel, J. Humphries took his wicket to leave Sussex at 27-2 from 5 overs.
Sussex then rebuilt there inning with J. Humphries and J. Dalloway adding 62 for the 3rd wicket before the Hampshire spinners McKenzie and D. Reynaldo restricted the run rate. McKenzie on his Hampshire debut took his maiden wicket getting J. Dalloway, LBW for 23.
Then 3 more quick wickets fell before A. Pyle (84 no) and D. Gee (24no) took Sussex to 179 off their allotted 40 overs with a 7th wicket partnership of 63.
Sussex made an early breakthrough removing D. Reynaldo in the 1st over caught J. Dalloway bowled J. Humphries, followed by McKenzie who was dismissed in the 4th over following a rapid 21 caught at mid-wicket.
After 5 overs both Hampshire and Sussex had made Similar starts and like Sussex Hampshire through H. Hammond and H. Schooling started to rebuild the innings, batting solidly and pushing the quick singles, putting Hampshire ahead of the run rate.
From the 12th over H. Hammond started punishing anything loose with H. Schooling rotating the strike well. As victory was in sight Sussex then got the breakthrough of H. Schooling bowled L. Bunday for 29. However, in the 21st over H. Hammond got to a well-deserved century by scoring 11 off the 21st over to give Hampshire a 7-wicket victory.
A solid display by the Hampshire lads and a winning start to the season.
Sussex - A. Pyles 85 no, D Gee 24 no and J Dalloway 23 and two fine catches.
Hampshire - H. Hammond 103 no, H Schooling 29 and despite taking no wickets G. McKenzie 0-14 from 8 overs
Report from Michael Powell (Captain of Hampshire Super 9’s)
Sunday 9th May
Hampshire travelled to a bright and breezy Chiswick Cricket Club to open up their 2021 campaign. This was Hampshire’s first league game since the end of the 2019 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Winning the coin toss, captain of Hampshire, Michael Powell elected to bowl first in what were increasingly blustery conditions throughout the course of the first innings. Hampshire started strongly with a great opening spell of bowling from Scott Howe and Connor Bates to leave the hosts just 19-0 after the first six overs. Danny Bradley-Turner then bowled with some controlled aggression to leave Hampshire in a strong position after the first 10 overs.
The energy in the field was fantastic, all of the squad supported each other tremendously. Josh Bradley-Turner eventually broke Middlesex’ openers stubborn resistance to pick up the team’s first wicket of the season in the 16th over and was supported well with some consistent bowling from Hayden Bond at the opposite end.
The next Middlesex batter however, connected cleanly with some lusty blows to leave Hampshire on the back foot, who were looking at staring down the barrel of having to chase in excess of 200 runs. A superb Catch off the bowling of Michael Powell from Scott Howe saw the number 3 dismissed for a quick fire strong score of 47, Although Powell was delighted with the breakthrough, he knew he hadn’t had the best day with his bowling, he urged the team to be more disciplined with the line and length of bowling having conceded 40 extras in the opening 15 overs of the innings.
Hampshire responded well to get a firmer grip on the game with strong bowling from Hayden Bond & Paul Melvin in the middle overs, Paul picking up a brilliant clean bowled wicket to open his account for the season, and allow Hampshire to fire towards a strong finish. Hampshire finished off the innings with some strong bowling from Josh Bradley-Turner who collected his second wicket of the day and Michael Powell who got an LBW and also his second wicket, as the hosts finished on 160-6 off 30 overs. Hampshire only conceded 4 extras in the second 15 overs which was a vast improvement compared to the opening half of the first innings.
After the break for some food and drink. Hampshire set about chasing 161 for victory. Some ill-disciplined bowling from Middlesex saw Hampshire off to a great start with a strong and determined opening stand from Joshua Bradley Turner and Morgan Judson who both played some controlled shots and ran strongly between the wickets.
Hayden Bond came to the crease at number 3 and batted very well and had great energy, encouraging Josh who batted ably around him as Middlesex continued to bowl wide balls which allowed Hampshire to gain a stronger control in the chase. After Josh’s dismissal for an extremely well measured innings, Ben Tyler came to the crease and attempted to take the attack to the Middlesex Bowlers with some big hits, but unfortunately, he was quickly caught out.
Andy Gray came to the crease and defended his wicket with great control to enable his partner Hayden to score some good runs at the other end. Andy sensibly didn’t chase after anything too wide which enabled Hampshire to pick up more runs from wide balls. Andy put up a stubborn resistance, before his runner Josh was unfortunately ran out.
The innings was finished off with some fantastic batting by Ashley Thorpe who displayed great concentration to enable his team over the line. Henry Rixon supported Ashley well, as the two confidently rotated the strike between them. Henry blasted the winning boundary four to the jubilation of the players, & coaching staff and the Parents, Carers and family members who supported the team as Hampshire secured victory with 4 overs to spare.
This was the first time that the Hampshire Super 9’s team have ever won the opening game of a league campaign. An emotional Michael Powell gathered his team to congratulate them on a very strong team performance, the head coach Tony Adams was understandably delighted with the progress the entire team has shown and looks forward to the team building upon their great start to the season.
A winning start puts Hampshire in great spirits as they travel away to Essex for the second game of the season on 23rd May 2021.