Hampshire Cricket History

If …
November 26, 2015, 9:50 am
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The series between India and South Africa was being played in the English County Championship, Tony Pigot would be having a field day and South Africa would be ahead, because India would have been fined 300 points

Remembering ‘Mr Liddell’
November 26, 2015, 7:35 am
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You may spot that today is the 150th anniversary of the delightful Alice in Wonderland. The real Alice (Liddell) married the Hampshire cricketer Reginald Hargreaves and they are buried together in the New Forest

More Info
November 24, 2015, 12:49 pm
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Apparently it is Richard Lewis in the front. I’m very surprised – also it is Gordon not Danny. Back Row next to Mick Hill is Bill Buck. I’m now wondering whether it’s 1970 not 1971 because among other things Gordon’s first team breakthrough was late 1970 and Wheatley played quite a bit that year. Hants II played Surrey II at Basingstoke that year and the report mentions seven men, all in that photo.  Anyone know what O St C Gooding looked like?

PS If you look it up on Cricket Archive the same applies – those men named but not the whole team and not the full scores. John Rice played for Surrey

In Reserve
November 23, 2015, 5:30 pm
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My pal Richard McIlwaine has just sent me this fabulous 2nd XI ‘pic’ from 1971. Is it Basingstoke?

Hants 2nds 1971 (1)

I’ve written back as follows:

I’ve had a look at 2nd XI in 1971 but can only find one match at Basingstoke in which David Turner top-scored but he’s not there. However, Keith Wheatley didn’t play in the 2nd XI Competition that year so maybe this is a friendly or a knock-out match?

I can recognise some:

RJ McIlwaine, AJ Murtagh ?, ?, MJ Hill, PA Ryan
L Worrell, DA Livingstone*, KJ Wheatley, maybe John Harris?, DR O’Sullivan
* It’s odd that with his cap like that it could be Gordon Greenidge. Harris did not play in the 2nd XI Championship either but it looks like him. Among those who played that year that I would not recognise were D Morgan (South African), T Vaikvee and J Hulme

Ah Well
November 23, 2015, 4:47 pm
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England are playing the UAE in a 20 over match. It seems they’ve named about 35 players but they didn’t all bat. Of those that did, only one failed to reach double figures, as James Vince was run out for two after four balls.

Up, Up & Away
November 23, 2015, 1:09 pm
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There’s more (see previous post). Even stronger argument for reducing the Championship to about three games every March (this from the BBC)

“Fans at all forms of county cricket – four-day one-day and T20 – were all up on the previous year, with the Championship up by 18,000 to 513,000.

One-Day Cup attendances were up by 500 per match on 2014, while there were 800 more T20 spectators per game.”


Crowds Up
November 23, 2015, 12:51 pm
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Hampshire Cricket have posted a record-breaking increase in attendance figures year on year across all domestic and international matches at the Ageas Bowl in 2015.

Hampshire’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign was responsible for the biggest rise in attendances with an increase of 20% from the previous year whilst the club’s Royal London One-Day Cup and LV= County Championship matches at the Ageas Bowl also both saw increases.

Hampshire are one of only two counties to record an increase in all three domestic competitions in 2015.

In total, almost 40,000 people witnessed two thrilling Royal London One-Day Internationals at the Ageas Bowl this year as England faced both New Zealand and Australia in exciting 50-over contests.

Hampshire Cricket Commercial Director, Stuart Robertson said: “To be one of only two counties to show improvements in all three formats is fantastic and the on-field successes and hard work behind the scenes have no doubt contributed significantly to this. It’s no coincidence that the significant increases has coincided with the first full season since the completion of the £50 million re-development at the Ageas Bowl.”


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