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Here is the ‘events’ calendar for Portsmouth & Southsea in 1954 showing all kinds of seaside entertainment typical of the period with six matches played by Hampshire, including a friendly v Sussex, the tourist match (in which Portsmouth’s Mike Barnard made his maiden first-class century) and two cricket weeks – in July and August. I should be nostalgic but this was that wettest, coldest and least sunny summer of the 20th century in England – although Hampshire lost more playing time to rain in 1958. Incidentally the wettest decade was the 1960s so I can’t pretend any longer to recall the wonderful summers of my childhood (I was born in 1949)!
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