28th September 2014
A confession: this is barely to do with wine, but as a Hampshire resident I need to get this out there:
On Thursday the Hampshire Cricket team won the Divison Two title, earning promotion to the Cricket equivalent of the Premiership. The last day's star was quick left-armer James Tomlinson (adorned with a full beard of W.G. Grace volume), who took 6-48 in 11 overs, but Hampshire Captain, Twyford resident and SVS customer Jimmy Adams helped set up the win with 91 in the Hampshire second innings.
The Saints are currently second in the Premiership. I was at their sixth win in a row yesterday when they beat QPR (no great task - bigger challenges ahead). As a deeply pessimistic long-term supporter I can't really believe this, especially after the departure of manager and most of the talent in the summer. But as a supporter one must just move on. At St Mary's the noisy folk in the Northam Stand certainly have. The chant that used to celebrate Adam Lallana has been switched to canny left-footed playmaker Dusan Tadic: "he plays on the left, he plays on the right; Dusan Tadic makes Lallana look s****". COYS ("Come on you Saints" to the uninitiated).
Former Hampshire boy Justin Rose is starring in the Ryder Cup - on the first two days Europe would have struggled without his example