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The Umpire Strikes Back

Welcome to the new Hampshire Cricket Board podcast. We will be going into detail on all elements of our work across the county. Get in touch! Twitter @HampshireCB Facebook @hantscricketboard Instagram @hantscricketboard

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Episode 32 - League Season Previews & Fareham and Crofton CC

Hello! We are so close to the start of the league season so who better to hear from than the league organisers! Joining us today are;Steve Vear - Southern Premier League ChairGam Gurung - British Gorkhali League Secretary Matt Camp - Hampshire Slam Competition Founder All three discuss the challenges of the past 12 months, plans for this season, the importance of community & bringing youngsters into the adult game. Plus - a reminder to be well behaved this season! In Club Corner we hear from Fareham & Crofton CC. Gordon Selbie and Mike Townson talk us through their plans for the club in 2021 and future years. For more information on any of the leagues please visit;Greene King Southern Premier League - https://www.southernpremierleague.co.uk/ British Gorkhali League - https://bgcl.co.uk/Hampshire Slam - https://twitter.com/HampshireSlamGo Well this weekend! 


30 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 31 - Batting with Jimmy Adams & Joe Weatherley plus Ageas Bowl plans for 2021🌞

With the Specsavers County Championship starting this week who better to speak to than the man set to face the first ball and the coach getting the team ready! Current Hampshire opening batsman Joe Weatherley and former captain Jimmy Adams talk the pressures (and opportunities) of opening the batting, switching between 3 formats, being mentally prepared and hopes for 2021. A fascinating insight into the professional game and a lot of love from Jimmy for Neil Mackenzie! Plus, we speak to Greig Stewart, Head of Customer Experience at the Ageas Bowl. Greig tells us about plans for the summer, his hopes for crowds being allowed in and the importance of engaging the next generation of cricket fans and their families. In the build up to the recreational season we are keen to focus on even more Hampshire clubs. If you would like to be featured please get in touch ⬇⬇⬇Twitter: @HampshireCBFacebook: @hantscricketboard  Insta: @hantscricketboard  


6 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 30 - In memory of Rick Kellaway - Disability Cricket in Hampshire

This week we pay tribute to Rick Kellaway who sadly passed away in January. Rick played a massive part in the Hampshire Disability Programme, providing opportunities for people with disabilities across the county. Rick delivered the schools programme, coordinating activity in over 20 schools and helping to facilitate competitions. Rick also supported the disability county squads, including the softball and D40 Academy teams who played matches against Sunday adult sides across the County. In his memory we look at the thriving Disability Cricket programmes in Hampshire. Jordyn Dore, of Gosport Borough CC & England Learning Difficulties team talks through his journey from a school session to playing for England in Australia. D40 Head Coach Nick Wheeler tells us his plans for the team 2021 and the challenges of the past 12 months.And finally, Super 9s Head Coach Tony Adams and player Michael Hill talk sportsmanship, leadership, adapting to individual needs and winning! For more information on the range of opportunities available in Hampshire please contact 📧 michael.pollard@ageasbowl.comTo feature on upcoming episodes please contact rob.pfeiffer@ageasbowl.comor through social media; Twitter: @HampshireCBFacebook: @hantscricketboard  Insta: @hantscricketboard  


20 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 29 - All Stars ⭐ Dynamos 🌪 Schools 🏫 & Cricket Nuggets!

This week we focus on junior cricket & in particular the ECB National Programmes All Stars and Dynamos. We speak to ECB Head of National Programmes Jason Russell-Jones and Delivery Manager Dan Garbutt, who tell us the national plans for summer 2021. They also remind us of the philosophy of All Stars, the Dynamos link to the Hundred and confirm plans for Activator training. We then hear from Emily Munro, our Schools Engagement Manager and Ryan Beck, Schools Cricket Activator to get the Hampshire view on All Stars/Dynamos and the link to our school work. Register for our National Programmes webinar on Thurs 11th March @ 7.30pm https://forms.gle/Tx6koB9GG7wCMSXe6 Contact rob.pfeiffer@ageasbowl.com for more info on both programmes & webinar Finally, we talk to Rohan Handa, leg spin all rounder from Hartley Wintney Cricket Club and Hampshire County CAG u13s. Rohan created 'Cricket Nuggets' youtube channel during lockdown to share cricket and fitness videos:https://youtube.com/channel/UCQvtivfHuOERePVg5qqhjPQRohan's dad, Vinay Handa, gives a parents view on keeping Rohan active during lockdown. Subscribe to his channel for more videos and follow him on Twitter - @ronnie_h9 Would your club like to be featured on our next episode? Get in touch ⬇⬇⬇Twitter: @HampshireCBFacebook: @hantscricketboard  Insta: @hantscricketboard  


4 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 28 - Who answers the 📞 at Lords? & Hartley Wintney CC

February is Learning Month as we try to get #MatchReady21 We are shining a light on all of the online resources available at present ⬇⬇⬇First up, Fiona Newnham (Ventnor CC Scorer & Hampshire ACO tutor) & Sophie Mclelland (Rachel Hayhoe Flint & South Coast panel Umpire) talk us through their careers from the grassroots beginnings to officiating at Lords!They also discuss the challenges of breaking into the first class game, tutoring and being role models for the next generation of officials. In club corner we visit Hartley Wintney CC, who were due to celebrate their 250th anniversary last year. Chair Ian Kerr & Junior lead James Philpott tell us about the importance of transitioning colts into senior cricket, finding and keeping volunteers and planning for 2021........and how to appeal to the cricketing senses! Full details on our learning month - https://www.ageasbowl.com/cricket/cricket-board/covid19-faqs/online-learning/ Opening Up CC mental health sessions - https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express/d4470e3b-ff71-40ae-b4e1-ad35e66fe6fbWould your club like to be featured on our next episode? Get in touch ⬇⬇⬇Twitter: @HampshireCBFacebook: @hantscricketboard  Insta: @hantscricketboard  


18 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 27 - Mindset, Recovery & Opening Up.... #Lockdown Gold 🥇

A slice of much needed positivity for you today ⬇⬇ Hear Michael Caulfield MSc (one of the UK’s leading Sport Psychologists having worked in professional sport for over 25 years) and Richard Gigg (Strategy Consultant and people motivator with experience of working with Hampshire Cricket clubs) talk about Covid mindset, recovery, the power of exercise, getting outside and using #lockdown to be productive. Plus, Mark Boyns, founder of Opening Up Cricket, gives us information on upcoming club workshops and how we can view the issue of mental health positively. Fascinating from an individual, team and club point of view. https://openingupcricket.com Please get in touch with any comments for Michael, Richard or Mark. If listening on Apple please rate and subscribe! Enjoy and stay safe. 


4 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 26 - 🐍Vipers Champions, Laptops for children 💻 & the #OneleggedWarrior!

Welcome to our first episode of 2021. Back in #lockdown and we can't get out for winter nets but still plenty to talk about. Today we feature our fantastic Vipers Champions project, hearing from HCB staff Mike Pollard & Emma Cowdrill, plus two Champions Bella & Claire. They tell us about the programme, the effect it has had on their personal development and how you can get involved. To get involved 📧 emma.cowdrill@ageasbowl.com We also speak to Rob Franks, the #oneleggedwarrior! Rob tells us about his campaign to get laptops to children who need them at home. He also talks through his amazing story over the past 10 years. Not to be missed. To donate to the laptop campaign 🔗 https://www.gofundme.com/f/2949253ktc?utm_medium=social&utm_source=instagram&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheetAnd finally, funding info from Simon Jones as we reach £1million pounds bought in by Hampshire clubs since March.....and there is more available 💰💰


22 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 25 - Wicket Keeping & 2 'Wise' Men

For our final episode of 2020 we focus on those brave enough to pursue a career in Wicket Keeping! We assembled an expert panel to talk about the skills of the trade, why they started and the highs and lows of the position ⬇⬇⬇Michael Bates - Former Hampshire Star & current England and Hampshire CoachAriana Dowse - Hampshire Womens & Vipers KeeperGeorge Metzger - Hampshire Academy & England U19 Lions & Pippa Sproul - Burridge & Hampshire U13s Final ball drama - 2012 Clydesdale bank final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilxOhvoOdFo Plus we hear from Simon Jones & Michael Pollard who discuss the crazy events of the past 12 months over a pint (and a substantial meal)! Thank you all for listening. Please subscribe if listening on Apple podcasts or Spotify! And review!! 🙏🙏⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Merry Christmas x 


18 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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Episode 24 - Award Winners, Juniors and Sponsors 💰💰

A packed episode today!We start with fantastic news! Andrew Morris has won the national Chance to Shine Lockdown Hero award. Andrew joins us to tell us about the amazing efforts from him and his team at Ropley CC. We then speak to Compton & Chandlers Ford CC who have also been very active in the past few months. Hear how they have restructured, changed priorities and are now reaping the rewards. Finally, Justin Cousins (Locks Heath CC) and Steve Menary (Burley CC) talk all things junior cricket. Recruiting players, keeping them engaged and then transitioning to adult game. As mentioned we are holding a Club Webinar on Weds 2nd Dec with info on funding, online AGMs and more club engagement ideas. To register please click here:  https://bit.ly/3mmyHyT 


29 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 23 - Spin Bowling & Saving Lives

Welcome back to Umpire Strikes Back.Today we look at the art and guile of Spin Bowling. Our Spin panel of Raj Naik (former 1st class cricketer in India), John Cook (our Coach Developer and England VI head coach) and Simon Jones, (the thinker!) speak to us about developing young spinners, the need for more left arm spin bowlers, how to set a field and planning to get wickets! For spin bowling coaching ideas visit - www.icoachcricket.ecb.co.uk and search SPINImran Tahir One to One - https://twitter.com/rajasthanroyalsWe also speak to Robbie Book from the Club Cricket Charity about a fantastic offer for clubs to help install a defibrillator at your ground. More info - www.ageasbowl.com/cricket/news/free-defibrillators-for-cricket-clubs Sign up for Club Cricket newsletter - http://club-cricket.co.uk Please get in touch with any questions and leave a review/suggestion for future episodes. Twitter @HampshireCBFacebook @hantscricketboardInsta @hantscricketboard 


12 Nov 2020

Rank #10