Hampshire Cricket History

October 9, 2015, 11:47 am
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In a comment on the previous (Danny Briggs) Post, John asks pertinent questions about player development.

When I first watched Hampshire our local ‘products’ included Gray, Barnard, Sainsbury, Flood, Harrison (Leo), Heath (Malcolm), Timms, Burden and Wassell – i could probably find a couple more and name an XI.

By early 1970s, Sainsbury was still around, joined by Jesty, Lewis and perhaps Greenidge since he came through our Colts and 2nd XI.

By the time we got to the 1988 Final, the only ‘local’ boy was Ayling – soon to be joined by Aymes and Udal (but not for long by Wood or Shine).

According to my records, in the 25 seasons from 1990-2014 Hampshire gave first-class debuts to 41 players who were brought through our junior sides. There was a 42nd in Mitchell Stokes who played only in T20.

My list is somewhat generous. It includes Will Kendall (Surrey 2nd XI & Oxford U), Jimmy Adams whose first two years on the staff were unhappy after which he went to Loughborough U for three years, James Tomlinson who had three years at Cardiff U, plus ‘Dimi’ Mascarenhas and Sean Terry who grew up in Australia – but let’s go with those 41 names.

Of the 41, 10 have so far received county caps – of those 10 Jason Laney, Will Kendall, and James Bruce played less than a full career, Chris Tremlett moved to Surrey and now Briggs has gone to Sussex.

The other five are (with the above caveat) Mascarenhas, Adams, Tomlinson plus Vince and Dawson.

Among those who did not ‘make it’? Cox, Bovill, Dibden, Botham, Renshaw, Kenway, Savident, Prittipaul, Francis (x2), Hamblin, Benham, Latouf, the recent guys I mentioned below and a few wicketkeepers.

Those who remain, having played first-class cricket and might progress further are Chris Wood, Brad Taylor, Tom Alsop and Sean Terry (plus Mason Crane of course from the class of 2015).

We spend huge sums on elite age group cricket, coaches etc. Maybe we should just copy Notts and raid Leicestershire every now-and-then?

Local Boy Done Gone
October 9, 2015, 8:43 am
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I think it was a pretty strong rumour but now confirmed that Danny Briggs has gone to Sussex. On recent form he’ll be missed in the T20 but with Dawson, Crane and Taylor it was perhaps inevitable. It means however that the home-grown class of maybe five/six years ago is increasingly depleted with Bates, Briggs, Griffiths, Howell, Riazuddin, Rouse all gone, Wood playing only in limited overs and just Dawson and Vince remaining

Here is Danny in happier times, receiving his county cap, with some of those colleagues mentioned above



PS – and relevant to Danny’s story. At our meeting yesterday I asked Jo Rice what had happened to Adam Riley (fewer than 10 f/c wickets this year). Apparently he spent the winter with one of the England groups (A? performance Squad?) and like Danny, James Harris etc came back with an ‘improved’ action …

October 9, 2015, 7:22 am
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One of the delights of a trip to Trent Bridge is the chance to see their archives and library

Trent Bridge library

There’s quite a lot there (and more upstairs). It’s all organised by Peter Wynne-Thomas who is I guess the leading cricket historian and archivist in the country. Indeed when John Arlott was too poorly to complete the Hampshire history in 1987, Peter took it on and did the job with a personal view from John


Here’s the view from the other side with Peter (white shirt) chatting to Neil from MCC. My wife is talking to Adam, the MCC Curator and right, Tim from Worcestershire is hidden by the folder held by Jo Rice of Kent – who just happens to be Tim Rice’s brother, a former editor of the Guinness Book of Hit Records and the speaker tomorrow at the Hambledon Club lunch at the Bat & Ball, Broadhalfpenny Down.

That’s the trouble with the so-called ‘close season’ – nothing but cricket!

October 8, 2015, 9:49 pm
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Many thanks for the contributions. A quick pic as it’s been a long day but here’s the scene of our final triumph! More news tomorrow

Trent Bridge

October 8, 2015, 7:10 am
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Off to Trent Bridge today

Not as it happens, a belated celebration (who knows?) but a meeting of the County Archivists and Historians. Stephen Saunders, my co-author and ‘Blogger’ is coming too

While I’m away, maybe you other Bloggers could come up with a fine collective name for us  …

The ‘Old Boys’
October 7, 2015, 6:06 pm
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Last Saturday I went to a reunion of people who, like me, left Portsmouth Grammar School in the late 1960s

As usual I was alert to any Hampshire Cricket links and I found a couple – this one expected:

Richardson & McIlwaine

On the right, Richard McIlwaine my old school pal who bowled a lot for Hampshire 2nd XI and a little for Hampshire CCC in 1969 & 1970. The next one I found by chance:

AH wood

This is the Board that shows pupils who went on to ‘Oxbridge’. I looked very hard but couldn’t spot me anywhere but in 1884 AH Wood is that man who became Conan Doyle’s Secretary and played a number of second-class games for Hampshire before 1895 and one first-class match a few years later. You can find him on Cricket Archive, listing other matches including for MCC. There are mentions of him on here previously (eg 2 December 2014 and 25 February 2015)

Don Cartridge
October 7, 2015, 7:36 am
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There he is in 1953, back row, third from right in HCCC sweater

The Funeral is at Southampton Crematorium, West Chapel, today (Wednesday 7th)) 1.00pm.

Andrew (Comment) asks about the names. We had a discussion about this in the past and never quite worked out the back row – the rest is OK. We know that two footballers Horton and Barnard missed this pre-season shot. Marshall had just arrived.

OK here goes (left to right)

Back Row: Ron May, Mervyn Burden, ???, Owen Cooper, ???, Don Cartridge, John Newman?, Pat Thompson?

Standing: Dick Carty, Alan Rayment, Jimmy Gray, Roy Marshall, Derek Shackleton, Reg Dare, Cliff Walker, Leo Harrison

Seated: Neville Rogers, Charlie Knott, Desmond Eagar, Gerry Hill, Arthur Holt

Ground: Ralph Prouton, Vic Cannings

There are old discussions about this. Use the SEARCH box and put in either/both ‘1953’ and ‘Owen Cooper’


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