Dave Allen: 20 Years Of Surrey At The Ageas Bowl

Ahead of the visit of Surrey, Club historian Dave Allen has looked back at some of our previous meetings at The Ageas Bowl

We have contested 25 matches with Surrey, winning 11 and losing 14. In 2003, Hampshire concluded their first T20 season with a 19-run defeat at home to Surrey, who would become the first Champions as Adam Hollioake took 5-21 while Aussie Simon Katich who would not return to Hampshire for nine years scored 45. In 2006 the fixture came back to the Rose Bowl, where we lost our last four wickets for five runs, and were defeated by 10 runs - Doshi taking 4-30. In 2008 we played home-and-away winning at home by six wickets, with Lumb scoring 63 and sharing an opening partnership of 80 with Ian Harvey.

In 2009, Lumb (again) and Adams were in good form posting 93 as we won by 18 runs, despite 73 from Ramprakash (Cork 2-22). In the following year, on our way to the title, Jimmy Adams 101* saw us home at the Rose Bowl by 10 runs after we posted 201-2, still our highest total against Surrey. Chris Wood’s 3-30 ensured we won by 10 runs, despite Ramprakash again top-scoring with 61.

We won one game each in 2011; Vince 51* and Imran Tahir 2-15 took us to victory by seven wickets at the Rose Bowl while in 2012 when we won the trophy again, we won both games. At the Ageas Bowl, Surrey recovered from 9-4 but could only post 94-6 with four Hampshire bowlers conceding fewer than 20 runs from their four overs (Mascarenhas 2-12) and we won it by seven wickets. In 2013, at the Ageas Bowl, Carberry’s 60 took us to victory and we won again that year in a low-scoring game at the Oval, but this winning sequence was broken disappointingly in the semi-final at Edgbaston which Surrey won in the final over.

In 2015, Adam Wheater’s 78 took us to victory in the single match against Surrey that year, played at the Ageas Bowl. We posted 186-5 and restricted the visitors to 157-8 (Briggs 3-21). Sadly, the home matches in 2017 and 2019 were both abandoned with no play two of five occasions in scheduled fixtures between the two sides. We lost both matches in the rearranged 2020 season – at the Ageas Bowl Holland scored 65 in our below-par 138-8 with the returning Reece Topley taking 4-20, and Surrey got home for the loss of Jacks (56) with Evans 81*, almost five overs to spare. Last year the Oval was another washout and we lost by 20 runs at home despite 3-21 by Scott Currie.

Fans enjoying a summer’s afternoon or evening of Vitality Blast action at The Ageas Bowl can look forward to free family-friendly activities, live music and a whole host of off-pitch entertainment as well as the best food and drink in English cricket – that’s in addition to all the edge-of-your-seat cricketing action that T20 promises.

Vitality Blast Passports have now sold out after a record number of fans secured their seven-match passes for the 2022 season. Individual match tickets are on sale for this summer’s Vitality Blast at the discounted Advance rate until 11:59pm the day before each match. Click the link below to purchase yours.

Hampshire Hawks have also announced a brand-new type of ticket for this summer’s T20 matches at The Ageas Bowl, the Vitality Blast Plus ticket, which offers an upgrade on general admission tickets with premium reserved seating and access to a private, pitch-facing lounge and bar.

Vitality Blast Plus tickets have sold out for the mouth-watering T20 ‘el clasicoast’ double-header on Saturday 4th June but a limited number of these new tickets are still available at the Advance rate for each of Hampshire Hawks’ other Vitality Blast matches.

Getting to The Ageas Bowl for this summer’s Vitality Blast is easier and more affordable than ever before as fans will be able to make use of free buses running to and from The Ageas Bowl from Hedge End and Southampton Airport Parkway train stations.

You won't need a ticket or any accreditation to use the free buses - simply turn up at the stations and get on board - however, if you are planning to use the buses we would ask you to complete the short registration form (available below) to ensure we're able to provide enough vehicles for all fans using the services.

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Dave Allen: Hampshire On The Island

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