Hampshire are playing Durham at the Batsman's spiritual home, May's Bounty in Basingstoke, the ground where John Arlott first watched the game, where Andy Roberts once roared down the hill and skulled Colin Cowdrey, where Richards and Greenidge packed the marquees, where the trees hang over from the school and shade the seats in the far corner, where Alvin Kallicharan once hit two in a row into the road near Arlott's favoured pub, where county cricket always fills the ground.
It's not good enough for Steve Harmison of course. 'Considering the way the ECB are spending fortunes on drainage at most county grounds, you have to ask whether we should be coming to places like this,' he sniffed after a storm left puddles on the outfield. 'If this was the Riverside or the Rose Bowl, play would start at 11am tomorrow. This game might not start any more. It's good for the fans to get close to the players and there's a nice atmosphere, but I'm not sure there's still a place for it.'
Steve Harmison's figures in the game so far: 28-4-106-1.
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