Hampshire Cricket History

A Character (Study)
October 24, 2014, 2:17 pm
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Here’s an extract from a letter written by a great cricketer who played for Hampshire. I was sent it by a graphologist who has also sent a character analysis which I find fascinating and which will follow. I’ll leave you to carry out your own analysis first (click on the image to enlarge it)

CB Fry's handwriting sample

Reciprocal Deals
October 24, 2014, 12:09 pm
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The answer with Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, now seems to be £6 entry for visiting members – and thereafter members’ facilities are available

The FULL list of Hampshire’s Reciprocal Arrangements can be seen on the Blog run by Terry CRUMP (Members’ Chairman)

Please go to


and thanks to Terry for the clarification

Sussex Update
October 23, 2014, 6:02 pm
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On the Sussex site there is now information that they are talking about a £5 fee for other members but it’s not clear whether that is to get in the ground or free entry with £5 Members’ Access. Hampshire are saying that it’s £6 (and by Hampshire I mean the Membership Office who clearly have to tell Members what they are purchasing).

I have no further information about Kent. It seems clear to me that reciprocity means an equal deal* so presumably Hampshire, who preferred the existing full deal, will have to fall in line with whatever is the new situation – or withdraw completely.

* on-line dictionary: RECIPROCITY: a mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges

Laugh? I could have …
October 23, 2014, 3:14 pm
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Time to lighten the mood a little?

From the BBC:

A High Court judge presiding over a planning battle involving a cricket ground demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the sport by asking: “What are sixes and fours?”

Mrs Justice Beverley Lang was hearing a challenge to a plan to extend a former forge beside a Hampshire cricket pitch.

She asked the question when she was told that balls crossed the boundary line at East Meon’s cricket ground.

A lawyer at the hearing explained the rules of the game to the baffled judge.

East Meon Forge and Cricket Ground Protection Association is challenging East Hampshire District Council’s decision to grant planning permission for an extension with a residential first floor over the single-storey former blacksmith’s workshop.

Robert Fookes, appearing for the association, told Mrs Justice Lang that one of the grounds of objection to the development was that the forge was very close to the cricket square and “sixes and fours are frequently hit by batsmen on to forge land, including the roof of the building itself”.

The judge said: “I don’t play cricket – what does that mean?”

Mr Fookes explained that sixes are scored in cricket when the ball is hit over the boundary without hitting the ground, while fours “bounced along the ground” before crossing the boundary line.

What is True?
October 23, 2014, 8:13 am
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Many decades ago I studied philosophy as (a small) part of my first degree so I’m not daft enough to wish to attempt an answer to my question.

HOWEVER, if you wish to follow the lively debate about reciprocal members’ rights on the Sussex Forum (address, two posts below) you will find that one member of their committee has said “it’s not true”. He doesn’t say exactly what is not true and my reporting of our Meeting is certainly true so I guess he means it’s not true that Sussex are abandoning the scheme. Meanwhile another man who I think is in a similar position (he’s just called Jim) does not refute the point but rather justifies the costs of county cricket – in the latter case I wonder whether what he does not say is as significant as what he does say.

Anyway I guess we shall discover the situation before the season starts.

Meanwhile, these two items of news have appeared on the BBC website so they must be true:

1. Dale Benkenstein tried to get James Vince signed to Natal for our winter but they have decided against it

2. Kabir Ali has another fitness problem and has been released by Lancashire

No More Reciprocity
October 21, 2014, 6:02 pm
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At the Members’ Committee this evening we were told that Sussex and Kent have cancelled the reciprocal members arrangements with Hampshire (and other counties). It means that if Hampshire fans go to Hove or Canterbury (or wherever) to see a side other than Hampshire, they cannot get in free and presumably cannot use members’ facilities.

We have to pay to watch Hampshire away anyway, but at least we can use members’ facilities.

Over the years I have made regular use of the reciprocal deal with Sussex – and mostly when I visit Hove/Arundel, I spend a fair amount on food, drink, books etc. I’m not alone, and I’m not the only one who is greatly disappointed by the decision.

A Fan’s Forum
October 21, 2014, 7:11 am
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Sent to me – it’s not specifically Hampshire, but not exclusively Sussex either (fortunately we seem to have missed the “vibrant” KP debate):

Hello Hampshire Supporters,
Why don’t you come and join us during the long Winter months on the recently created ‘Unofficial Sussex CCC Forum’. We had a vibrant MB before but due to various reasons where our Club wished to detach themselves from an official Sussex CCC Forum, we have created a new ‘unofficial’ one in recent months and are presently seeking additional Members from other counties.
The topics range from match-fixing and the financial difficulties faced by county clubs to players like KP (a very vibrant discussion in recent weeks!), Matt Prior, Chris Jordan and Luke Wright. Anything that is topical is discussed. There is even a cricket blog attached to the forum written by a cricket journalist covering a wide range of subjects.
We have former newspaper journalists and other cricket/sports writers posting regularly alongside members from the Sussex Hierarchy. Our cricket coach, Mark Robinson, is a regular reader as well as a fair number of Sussex CCC players.
The posts are rarely dull and often contentious, offering lively debates and discussion, where decorum and respect are strongly encouraged.
So, please visit us at this link:


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