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Commonwealth champion set for Great South Run

Daily Echo: Picture from the Bupa Great South Run 2012.

11:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

COMMONWEALTH Games marathon champion Michael Shelley will be aiming for a place in the history books when he makes his Bupa Great South Run debut this Sunday.

Saints' highest-scoring league wins

Daily Echo: Matt Oakley, Matt Le Tissier and Eyal Berkovic celebrate during Saints' 6-3 win over Manchester United

8:47pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Saints’ highest-scoring (post-war) league wins

Hants batsman makes football comeback

Daily Echo:

11:05am Friday 17th October 2014

HAMPSHIRE cricketer Joe Gatting has signed for non-league outfit Peacehaven & Telscombe FC.

Hampshire coach: Bates too good to NOT be playing county cricket

Daily Echo: MICHAEL BATES

5:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Hampshire wicketkeeping coach Bobby Parks reckons Michael Bates is too good not to be playing county cricket.

Hampshire signing eyes Christmas comeback

Daily Echo:

8:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Hampshire signing Jackson Bird is hoping to make his latest comeback from injury before Christmas.

Stoneman stars in Sochi

Daily Echo:

12:30pm Sunday 12th October 2014

Dean Stoneman is second in the GP3 Championship after an outstanding weekend in Sochi.

Hampshire Cricket 2014 - How the players rated

Daily Echo: James Vince

8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

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Tommo: Hants need to step up intensity next season

Daily Echo:

8:54pm Friday 3rd October 2014

JAMES Tomlinson believes Hampshire will need to up their intensity in division one.

Five moments that defined Hampshire's season

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

“IT’s been frustrating in the second division, we regard ourselves as a big club so it was important to get back to the top tier where we aspire to be.”

Benkenstein: We deserved to go up as champions

Daily Echo: SHOULDER INJURY: Dale Benkenstein

5:38pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE number one objective for Dale Benkenstein when he took on the role of first-team coach was to guide Hampshire back into the LV County Championship’s first division after a three-year absence.

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

Daily Echo: MICHAEL BATES

7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

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

Hants make double swoop

Daily Echo: 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

Daily Echo: 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

Daily Echo:

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

Daily Echo: 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.

Adams feared the worst after opening day collapse

Daily Echo: 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.

Tommo: Promotion is the pinnacle of my career

Daily Echo:

5:00am Friday 26th September 2014

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

Hants release Michael Bates

Daily Echo: 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.

Hants promoted as champions

Daily Echo:

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.

Forster: Lallana sold me on Saints

Daily Echo: Fraser Forster

8:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

FRASER Forster has revealed that Adam Lallana helped persuade him to sign for Saints in the summer.

Vince included in England Performance Programme

Daily Echo: 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.

Saints' Senegalese speedster Sadio proves an instant hit

Daily Echo:

9:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

THERE was much to admire from Ronald Koeman’s Saints last night, not least debutant Sadio Mane.

Next four days will define Hants' season

Daily Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

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

Smith: This has been my best season yet

Daily Echo:

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.

Schneiderlin: midfielders need at least five goals each

Daily Echo:

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

MORGAN Schneiderlin reckons Saints’ midfielders need to score at least five goals apiece to help the club to another top-eight finish.

Hants aim for final promotion push

Daily Echo:

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.

Ryan's passing disappointment

Daily Echo:

6:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

RYAN Bertrand admits the only disappointment of his Saints career so far was Match of the Day’s failure to show the full 41-pass move that led to the fourth goal against Newcastle United.

Smith century rescues Hants

Daily Echo:

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.

Ervine: "We can still beat Kent."

Daily Echo:

6:44pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

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

Hants follow on despite Ervine heroics

Daily Echo:

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.

Hants under pressure at The Ageas Bowl

Daily Echo:

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

Daily Echo:

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.

Stoneman wins epic GP3 duel

Daily Echo:

9:56pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Dean Stoneman made it two wins in four as he stormed to victory in the most exciting GP3 race of the season.

Adams backs veteran bowler to be a Hants hit

Daily Echo: Jimmy Adams

11:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

JIMMY Adams is looking forward to being reunited with former teammate Andre Adams.

Brecon joy for Benali

Daily Echo:

8:56pm Friday 5th September 2014

THE beauty of the Brecon Beacons inspired Franny Benali on the latest leg of his Big Run.

Watersports festival makes a splash

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE ninth National Watersports Festival, the UK’s largest multi-discipline watersport event, is under way in Hampshire.

Exhausted Franny's toughest day so far

Daily Echo:

9:36pm Thursday 4th September 2014

FRANNY Benali collapsed in tears at the end of the toughest day of his 1,000-mile Big Run so far.

Duo face a nervous wait over Bowl future

Daily Echo: MICHAEL BATES

8:00am Friday 5th September 2014

HAMPSHIRE are still in contract negotiations with Michael Bates and David Balcombe.

Tahir to give Hampshire a selection headache

Daily Echo: 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.

Adams targets promotion - as champions

Daily Echo: Jimmy Adams

6:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

HAMPSHIRE captain Jimmy Adams set his team's sights on more silverware after his side took a giant step to the LV County Championship’s first division.

Hants thrash Leicestershire to boost promotion charge

Daily Echo:

3:29pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

HAMPSHIRE are closing in on LV County Championship promotion after a second successive win - and they could yet go up as champions.

Adams & Carberry break Richards & Greenidge record

Daily Echo:

2:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

JIMMY Adams made his FIFTH double hundred for Hampshire after he and Michael Carberry broke an opening partnership record held by Barry Richards and Gordon Greenidge.

Hants to sign Andre Adams

Daily Echo: Giles White

7:01pm Monday 1st September 2014

Hampshire have signed Nottinghamshire star Andre Adams for three months of next season.

Five clubs in two days for Benali

Daily Echo:

7:30pm Sunday 31st August 2014

FRANNY Benali ticked off five clubs over the weekend as he continued his 1,000-mile run to all 20 Premier League grounds.

Post-tea comeback boosts Hants

Daily Echo:

6:40pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Hampshire took five wickets in 11 overs after tea to boost their promotion hopes on the opening day of their LV County Championship match against Leicestershire.

Beattie boost for Benali

Daily Echo:

7:14pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FRANNY Benali celebrated with a KFC after reaching Burnley FC, following a morale-boosting run alongside former Saints teammate James Beattie.

Graziano Pelle is fulfilling a childhood dream at Saints

Daily Echo:

6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Graziano Pelle is fulfilling a childhood dream by playing in the Premier League.

Matt’s on Targett to tread in Luke Shaw’s footsteps

Daily Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ANY aspiring Saints left-back will have to bear the burden of comparisons with Gareth Bale and Luke Shaw.

Benali arrives at Hull City

Daily Echo:

7:27pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

FRANNY Benali had the best day of his epic challenge, arriving at Hull City’s KC Stadium on a day that saw him cover 42 miles.

Hampshire to sign another Adams?

Daily Echo:

3:42pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Hampshire have been linked with a move for Nottinghamshire veteran Andre Adams.

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