20 Years Of The Rose Bowl & The Ageas Bowl: 2001

Hampshire Cricket's historian, Dave Allen, is back with a brand new series marking the 20-year anniversary of Hampshire's time at The Rose Bowl & The Ageas Bowl

Hampshire Cricket's historian, Dave Allen, is back with a brand new series - 20 Years Of The Rose Bowl & The Ageas Bowl - marking the 20-year anniversary of Hampshire's time at The Rose Bowl & The Ageas Bowl.

This week's first instalment sees him look back at how Hampshire's inaugural season at the venue unfolded back in 2001.

The first scheduled fixture at The Rose Bowl, a one-day B&H Match v Essex on this day 20 years ago (2nd May) never started because of rain. Two days later Hampshire lost to Surrey in the same competition and they lost the third game v Sussex and went no further in that year’s competition. Two visits by Worcestershire in two different competitions soon brought a change of fortune though.

On 9 May they started the first Championship fixture at The Rose Bowl and beat Worcestershire in just three days by 124 runs. ’Dimi’ Mascarenhas scored the first century as they recovered from 79-6, and he also took the first wicket, while Alex Morris had match figures of 8-66, and Graeme Hick scored 120 for the visitors.

On Sunday 13 May they beat the same opponents in their first 45-over NU League game after Worcestershire scored 183-7 (Morris 3-31). Hampshire lost both openers at 18-2 but forties from Robin Smith, Will Kendall, and Lawrie Prittipaul saw them home by three wickets with two balls to spare.

In the next Championship match on the ground v Gloucestershire, Hampshire’s Alan Mullally, with 5-41 was the first man to take five wickets in an innings there. Later in the season, Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire by 338 runs, the third highest total in Hampshire’s all-time runs victories in the Championship, and their biggest victory by runs on the ground until 2014.

Neil Johnson (88, 37 & 2-50) was Man-of-the-Match in late July when Hampshire beat the Australians by two wickets. Hayden scored 142 against his old county, Warne took 4-31 and Robin Smith scored 113. The Australians first innings all out total of 97 remains the fourth lowest in a first-class match on the ground. This was only the second occasion on which Hampshire have beaten the Australians (previously 1912).


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