Bates: "I'll always be a Hampshire lad at heart"

Basingstoke Gazette: MICHAEL BATES

7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

MICHAEL Bates is determined to bounce back from his Hampshire heartbreak.

Eastleigh go to top of the league

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

New Milton & District were knocked off their London 3 South-West perch by a clinical Eastleigh performance.

Totts keep heat on leaders

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Tottonians are hard on London Cornish’s heels in second place in London 2 SW – their tight defence and sharp attacks netting them a 36-3 at Warlingham.

Winch suffer late heartbreak against leaders

Basingstoke Gazette:

4:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Winchester’s hopes of victory over leaders London Cornish in London 2 South West were crushed in the dying minutes of a nailbiting clash in which the lead changed hands five times.

Hants make double swoop

Basingstoke Gazette: Yasir Arafat has signed to play for the Sussex Sharks in the NatWest T20 Blast

5:17pm Monday 29th September 2014

Hampshire have signed two seamers as overseas players for next season – Australia’s Jackson Bird and former Sussex star Yasir Arafat.

Balcombe signs for Surrey

Basingstoke Gazette: DAVID BALCOMBE (Neil Marshall)

12:31pm Monday 29th September 2014

David Balcombe has signed a two-year deal with former county Surrey.

Hants coach targeting two new seam bowlers

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Monday 29th September 2014

Hampshire coach Dale Benkenstein believes two more seam bowlers are needed for the return to the LV County Championship’s first division.

Will Smith voted Player of the Year

Basingstoke Gazette: Will Smith

5:48pm Sunday 28th September 2014

WILL Smith was named Hampshire’s Players’ Player of the Year at the county’s end-of-season do.

Hants release Michael Bates

Basingstoke Gazette: MICHAEL BATES

8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

MICHAEL Bates is looking for a new county after being told there is no future for him at Hampshire.

Tommo: Promotion is the pinnacle of my career

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:00am Friday 26th September 2014

It was fitting that James Tomlinson should bowl Hampshire to LV County Championship promotion.

Early crunch match looms for New Milton and Eastleigh

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

London 3 South-West’s exciting league has produced what could turn out to be a crunch match just two games into the season.

Adams feared the worst after opening day collapse

Basingstoke Gazette: Jimmy Adams

6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

Jimmy Adams admitted he feared the worst when Hampshire were reduced to 53-5 after winning the toss on the opening day in Cardiff.

Millbrook finally get chance to kick off season

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

Millbrook’s first XV finally get the opportunity to kick off their Snows Group Hampshire 1 season tomorrow.

Winch need to lift some points from title favourites London Cornish

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

Winchester need to get something out of their clash with London Cornish at North Walls tomorrow to prevent the pacesetters from creating an early gap.

Hants promoted as champions

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:45am Thursday 25th September 2014

Hampshire have been promoted as champions of the LV County Championship's second division after James Tomlinson took 6-48 against Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.

Romsey's Bridge too far

Basingstoke Gazette:

4:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

ROMSEY Rugby Club fell to defeat against early Hampshire League title favourites Fordingbridge last weekend.

Wood gears up for final title push

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:02pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Hampshire’s four-wicket bowling hero Chris Wood says he’s ’very excited’ at the prospect of helping the county win the Division 2 title.

Hampshire have the Division 2 title in their sights

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:47pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Hampshire are homing in on the LV County Championship Division 2 title.

Vince included in England Performance Programme

Basingstoke Gazette: James Vince

1:12pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Hampshire star James Vince has been included in a 19-man England Performance Programme squad that will be training in Sri Lanka this winter.

Next four days will define Hants' season

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

HAMPSHIRE coach Dale Benkenstein admits the next four days will define the county’s season.

Power pack sets up victory charge

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Andover dominated opponents Trojans to claim the bragging rights between London 3 South-West’s newcomers.

Winchester make amends

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Winchester quickly wiped away the disappointment of an opening day London 2 South-West loss by chalking up a five-try bonus point victory at league newcomers Tadley.

Totts blank Portsmouth

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Tottonians’ tight defence was in good form for a second week – this time refusing to give anything away as they chalked up their first bonus point win.

A ’Bridge too far for Romsey

Basingstoke Gazette:

4:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Fordingbridge kept their place at the head of Snows Group Hampshire 1 but were made to work every inch of the way by opponents Romsey.

Vince saves best until last

Basingstoke Gazette: James Vince

7:47pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

James Vince reckoned his innings changing century against Glamorgan at Cardiff today was his best knock of the season.

Vince and Ervine keep promotion dream alive

Basingstoke Gazette: JAMES VINCE (LMI Photography)

7:36pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

James Vince and Sean Ervine hit hundreds as Hampshire staged a dramatic first day rescue act to salvage their LV County Championship, Division 2 promotion dreams in today's Cardiff sunshine.

Hants aim for final promotion push

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

TWO years after winning the T20 title in Cardiff, Hampshire have the chance to end the season with more celebrations at The Swalec Stadium.

Smith: This has been my best season yet

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:14pm Monday 22nd September 2014

HE has won three County Championship titles, but Will Smith’s rates his debut season with Hampshire as the best of his career.

Barton Farm developer works with cricket club to donate equipment to African team

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:08am Saturday 20th September 2014

A DEVELOPER for one of Winchester’s largest housing projects has joined forces with a nearby cricket club to donate equipment to a needy African team.

Strong Eastleigh squad lines up for Island trip

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Eastleigh take a strong squad across The Solent to face Sandown & Shanklin as they aim to stay with London 3 South-West’s early frontrunners.

Team Solent unable to field side in opener

Basingstoke Gazette:

5:00am Friday 19th September 2014

The start of Snows Group Hampshire 1 came a week too early for Team Solent who were forced to hand opponents Millbrook their opening game.

Another derby day for Totts

Basingstoke Gazette:

4:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Tottonians face their second Hampshire derby in as many weeks as they look to keep pace with London 2 South-West’s leading clubs.

Only way is up for bottom tier clubs...

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Snows Group Hampshire 2 clubs take to the pitch tomorrow as sides start the long battle to get off the bottom tier of league rugby.

Plenty of positives in defeat for Romsey

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:58am Friday 19th September 2014

Romsey 1st XV vs Alton 1st XV

Smith century rescues Hants

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WILL Smith celebrated his three-year contract extension with one of the most important hundreds of his career as Hampshire held on for a tense draw at The Ageas Bowl.

Hants follow on despite Ervine heroics

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:13pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Hampshire will end the Ageas Bowl season battling for five vital LV County Championship points – thanks to Sean Ervine’s first century for more than two years.

Ervine: "We can still beat Kent."

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:44pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

SEAN Ervine believes his first century since 2012 could yet be a match-winning innings.

Hants under pressure at The Ageas Bowl

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Hampshire’s promotion hopes received a setback as Kent amassed their highest total of the season at The Ageas Bowl today.

Hants star signs contract extension

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Hampshire star Will Smith has signed a new two-year contract extension, until the end of the 2017 season.

Winch punished by clinical Totts

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Tottonians were on the back foot for much of their battle with Winchester – but dogged defending and a couple of timely breaks netted them an opening day victory.

Eastleigh get reward for their hard work

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Eastleigh kicked off their new campaign with a bonus point home win over Purley John Fisher.

Kent hold up Hampshire's promotion charge

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:43pm Monday 15th September 2014

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Northeast each struck centuries in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 226 as Kent severely delayed Hampshire’s progress towards promotion to the LV County Championship Division One at the Ageas Bowl.

Tahir back in for promotion decider

Basingstoke Gazette: Imran Tahir

1:34pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Imran Tahir is expected to make his first Hampshire appearance for three years tomorrow as the county aim for the win which would secure them promotion from the second tier of the County Championship.

Eastleigh looking to carry on momentum

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Eastleigh also put some welcome silverware in their cabinet by securing the Gales HSB Hampshire Bowl earlier in the year.

Rugby clubs get set for big kick-off

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Hampshire clubs kick off what is likely to be another gruelling season tomorrow as rugby players put their short summer break behind them.

Hampshire stars set up coaching courses

Basingstoke Gazette: JAMES VINCE (LMI Photography)

11:09am Thursday 11th September 2014

Hampshire stars James Vince and Michael Carberry have designed coaching courses for aspiring young cricketers that will take place at the Ageas Bowl this winter.

Boost for Hampshire's title hopes

Basingstoke Gazette: Jimmy Adams

8:21pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Despite sitting out the latest round of matches, Hampshire enjoyed a good day in Division Two of the County Championship.

Surrey snub for ex-Hants star Pietersen

Basingstoke Gazette: Surrey's Kevin Pietersen. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

2:21pm Monday 8th September 2014

Kevin Pietersen appears unlikely to play any first-class cricket this summer after Surrey resisted the temptation to draft him into their LV_ County Championship squad to travel to Worcestershire.

Coles penalised by ECB

Basingstoke Gazette: Matt Coles has made quite an impact

10:52pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Matt Coles has received six penalty points for a dangerous throw during Hampshire's recent LV County Championship win against Leicestershire.

Tahir to give Hampshire a selection headache

Basingstoke Gazette: Imran Tahir

7:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

IMRAN Tahir will head to Hampshire after tomorrow’s triangular series final between South Africa and Australia.

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