Hampshire Cricket History

Great Scot!
December 13, 2017, 11:59 am
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Here is that information from Colin Price (thanks again). Alan Edwards has also contacted me about him and I’ll add that as a first Comment. There is some duplication, but I like to think we’re on top of things here:

James Scotland Symon (Scot Symon) Born 1911, Scottish footballer and cricketer.


Football: Dundee 1930-35, Portsmouth 1935-38


Did quite well for the first two seasons but due to injury and loss of form only played 9 games in 1937/8, and was transferred to Rangers. Rangers 1938-47. One cap v Hungary and won the Scottish League in 1939 but lost most of his best years to the war.

There is more about the footbal, but here’s the really interesting stuff from a Hampshire Cricket point-of-view:


1931-5 Played for Perthshire in the Scottish County Championship. Won the Championship in 1935. Just before his transfer to Portsmouth FC he played a two day game and a one day game for Scotland v Sir Julian Caen’s XI.

On his return to Scotland in 1938 he played another game v Sir Julian Caen’s XI and two games against Australia. The first game was a two day game in which he took 5-33 and the second a one day game. None of these games were first class or List A.

On 8 August 1936 he played for Hampshire Club and Ground at Portsmouth taking 3-13. The report I read of this, did say he had returned from Scotland for pre-season training so I presume that he spent most of the close season in Scotland. Possibly if he had been willing to stay in Portsmouth over the summers he might have played more cricket in Hampshire and even got in the Hampshire first team.


Three other players have played both football and cricket for Scotland.

James McDonald, cricket v Australia in 1880 and the Gentlemen of Philadelphia in 1884, football v England in 1886

Donald Ford: 3 football caps for Scotland in 1973/4. Non playing member of the 1974 World Cup squad. In Scotland B & H squad in 1980.

Andy Goram: Born 1964 in Bury, England to Scottish parents. His father played for Bury.


A-Z (E3)
December 13, 2017, 11:18 am
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Elms, Richard Burtenshaw (379) born Sutton, 5.4.1949. He was a left-arm pace bowler who was educated in Kent and played for them in 55 first-class matches from 1970-1976, before moving to Hampshire, playing 17 matches in two seasons. It might be suggested that his biggest impact at Southampton came in the final match of the 1973 season with Hampshire celebrating their Championship title. Kent scored 322 and in reply Richards & Greenidge took Hampshire to 241, just eight runs short of their (then) record opening partnership, when a ball from Elms fractured Richards’ cheek and he retired hurt – Elms recorded a ‘pair’ in the drawn match and took 1-112. For Hampshire, his highest first-class score was 48 v Derbyshire in 1978 and his best bowling, 4-83 against his former county, at Canterbury in 1977 – overall his 27 wickets cost 37.59 each. He played in eight limited-overs matches for Hampshire, taking seven wickets.

Emery, Kevin St John Dennis (391) born Swindon 28.2.1960. Pace bowler Kevin Emery made a considerable impact in his debut season of 1982, taking 83 first-class wickets at 23.72; three times taking five or more wickets in an innings and 10 in the match v Glamorgan at Portsmouth, with his best of 6-51 (& 4-50). He was selected for England ‘B’ and seeemed to have a highly promising future but sadly in the following season, he struggled with injuries and loss of form, and in six first-class matches he took just five wickets at 52.40. He had played regularly in limited overs matches in 1982, taking 27 wickets at less than 25 each, but in the following two seasons he played just two more games with an aggregate analysis of 11-0-48-0. His final match for Hampshire was in the B&H Cup at Bristol in May 1984; in a matter of just two years, he had come and gone; but he has the record of that first remarkable season. Like his father, he had played for Wiltshire, before joining Hampshire, and he continued to do so, through the 1980s.

English, Edward Apsey (49 – Amateur) born Dorking 1.1.1864, died Tiverton, Devon, 5.9.1966. A batsman, English played in 18 matches for Hampshire from 1898-1901, scoring 565 runs at an average of 18.83 – a modest record, despite which he was ‘capped’, a not uncommon occurrence with amateurs. Later in life he was notable as the first man to play for Hampshire in the County Championship who reached his personal century, and at the age of 102, he was believed to be the oldest English first-class cricketer. His major contribution on the field came against his native Surrey at the Oval in 1898; only his second first-class match. Hampshire trailed by 56 on first innings, before slumping to 21-4, until English and Webb (67*) put together a stand of 164, which was ended when Tom Richardson bowled English with the first ball of the final over and English just two runs short of his century. There would be one more half-century v Essex in the following season. Returning to the Oval for his only match in 1901, he was dismissed for a ‘pair’ and the conclusion of his first-class career. The Hampshire Handbook carried a feature on English to celebrate with him when he did eventually reach three figures.

Ervine, Sean Michael (475) born Zimbabwe 6.12.1982. Ervine, a Zimbabwe international cricketer has played for Hampshire since 2005 and is still under contract

To follow, anything up to nine (Cricket Archive) cricketers with the surname Evans (Tigger wisely excludes Godfrey!)


A-Z (E2)
December 12, 2017, 8:53 pm
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Ede, Edward Lee (Pre-95 – Amateur) born Southampton 22.2.1834, died Southampton 7.7.1908. He made his first-class debut for Hampshire v MCC in 1861, two years before the founding of the County Club, and from their first match in 1864, he was a regular, playing in all 14 matches against other counties up to 1870. He was also a member of the founding Committee, sometimes deputised for his twin brother (GM) as acting secretary and was subsequently the scorer and editor of the Hampshire Cricket Guide. The twin brothers opened the batting in Hampshire County Cricket Club’s inaugural first-class match v Sussex in 1864 – an unusual occurrence.

He was educated at Eton although he did not play for the first XI, but he played regularly for the Gentlemen of Hampshire, before and after the founding of the county club. He was an all-rounder who batted, bowled lobs and kept wicket. He enjoyed considerable success in the many ‘minor’ matches he played, while in first-class cricket, his highest score was 49 v Kent at Southborough in 1867 and his best figures were 4-79 v Sussex at Hove in 1864. In addition to playing with his brother, his son played for Hampshire in the early years of the twentieth century.

For a more complete biography see Alan Edwards, Hampshire’s First Eleven (2013).

Ede, Edward Murray Charles (99 – Amateur) born Southampton 24.4.1881, died Sydney, Australia 23.7.1936. The son of EL and like him a pupil at Eton, he was a lower-order batsman who played in 14 first-class matches for Hampshire from 1902-1906, scoring 218 runs at 12.11. He was more effective with the ball, taking 38 wickets at just under 30 each, with a best of 7-72 v Derbyshire in a drawn match at Derby 1905, and 5-49 v Surrey in 1906, despite a heavy defeat. That match was also CP Mead’s Championship debut. His final first-class match was the historic game at Broadhalfpenny Down, for Hambledon v England in 1908, although he did not bowl. In 1924 he was convicted of fraud and after serving his sentence, emigrated to Australia.

Ede, George Matthew (Pre ’95 – Amateur), born Southampton 22.2.1834, died Liverpool 13.3.1870. He was principally a batsman who bowled less than his brother, although in first-class cricket his 257 runs came at an average below 10 apiece with just one half-century v Sussex at Hove in 1864, although he has a place in Hampshire’s history as the first man to score a century at the Antelope Ground – 122 for the South of the county v the East. On the same ground he and his brother played v the Australian Aborigines in 1868. In first-class matches he captained Hampshire between 1864-1869 and was secretary during the same period but struggled to find the time to devoted to his duties. George Ede was also an experienced steeplechase jockey but this was to prove his downfall. In 1868 he rode to victory in the Grand National, but having raced in it again in 1870, he accepted another ride at Aintree the following day, the horse fell and crushed him, causing injuries from which he died three days later.

For a more complete biography see Alan Edwards, Hampshire’s First Eleven (2013).

Edwards, Fidel Henderson (531) born Barbados, 6.2.1982. A fast bowler from the Caribbean who is currently under contract, having made his debut in 2015.

Eggar, John Drennan (291 – Amateur) born India 1.12.1916, died 3.5.1983, Hinton St George, Somerset. He attended Winchester College and Oxford University, obtaining his ‘blue’ in 1938 when, in August, he also played in two matches for Hampshire. The first was a drawn match at Worcester in which he batted once for 28, followed by a defeat at Cheltenham (10 & 0). After the war he played 31 matches for Derbyshire and scored 219 v Yorkshire at Bradford in 1949, although as a teacher he played mostly only in August.


Tons of Tons
December 10, 2017, 8:48 pm
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Colin Price – really, I think, an Essex man (?) sends me a great deal of fascinating information, including extensive thoughts recently on the mysterious JH Down – I shall digest and share it

Thanks then to him for this, referring back to a post on here last year:

“I noticed a post of yours on 11/9/2016 about a Hampshire match that had seven centuries in total and asking if this was a record.

A match with 8 centuries: Somerset v Middx 2007

I remember Ed Smith talking about this on TMS. He thought it was a record for total number of centuries in a first class games”.

During my recent period ‘off-line’, Colin also sent me a fascinating message about a Scottish Pompey footballer called Scot Symon and his brief connection with HCCC. I’ll try to locate it again and share it.

A-Z (E1)
December 9, 2017, 3:05 pm
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Just a couple today, to get the Es started:

Eagar, Edward Desmond Russell (297 – Amateur) born Cheltenham 8.12.1917, died Devon 13.9.1977. As a Hampshire cricketer Desmond Eagar had a modest record: he was essentially a batsman and in 311 first-class matches he scored just over 10,000 runs at an average of 21.02 with eight centuries in 12 seasons. He passed 1,000 runs in six seasons, but as a player his outstanding contribution was taking catches close to the wicket – mainly short-leg – and he is one of the few regular Hampshire cricketers to average better than one catch per match. At Oxford University before the war he took 16 wickets bowling slow-left-arm in 23 games, but with Hampshire he took just 15 in total.

Eagar was nonetheless one of the most important figures in Hampshire’s history. He played first for his native Gloucestershire in 1935 age just 17 (21 matches from 1935-1939) and after his University (‘blue’ in 1939) and war service he applied successfully for the twin roles of captain and secretary and by combining them could retain his amateur status on the field. As with many counties, he inherited an ageing side of men returning from war and initially he sought to introduce fresh blood through amateurs, but the austere 1940s and early 1950s hardly helped that approach, so he set about assembling a group of good professionals from elsewhere, occasional overseas cricketers and crucially a core of promising youngsters. Reflecting his own skills, he insisted on high standards of fielding, and appointed one of his pre-war professionals Arthur Holt as coach.

As captain his great year was 1955. Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie deputised for Leo Harrison in one match, otherwise Eagar led just 13 men to third place in the Championship for the first time. Those 13 included six Hampshire-born, home-grown players, Gray, Burden, Sainsbury, Barnard, Heath, and Harrison plus Vic Cannings, recruited from Warwickshire but Hampshire-born too. In 1956 and 1957, Eagar gave Ingleby-Mackenzie opportunities to develop his captaincy skills and the young man took over in 1958, at which point Eagar became full-time secretary and saw his efforts come to fruition in 1958 (second place) and 1961 (Champions). That side was getting older so he set about building another with men like Jesty, Turner, Greenidge, Lewis and his apparent successor Richard Gilliat in the role of captain and Assistant Secretary. In 1973 Eagar saw that side win a second title and they had begun to win limited overs titles when he died suddenly and unexpectedly while on holiday at the end of the 1977 season.

Eagar was a great collector of cricket literature and cricketana and an expert on cricket history. He played University and county standard hockey and reported on it for the Telegraph newspapers. But he will be remembered very fondly, primarily as the chief architect of the fine Hampshire sides of the first three post-war decades.

Eccles, Charles Vernon (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Cheshire 20.8.1843, died India 21.2.1890. He was a right-hand batsman and occasional lob bowler who attended Cheltenham College and in 1870 & 1875 played in two first-class matches for the county, scoring 36 runs in four innings. There is an extensive record of his minor matches for clubs like I Zingari, and teams in the county from 1863-1879; by 1881 he was in India and played one match for Poona v Bombay. His brother (WH) played for MCC and was Hon Secretary of Hampshire, 1867-1869, without ever playing a match for Hampshire.



A Good Day
December 9, 2017, 6:53 am
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For James Vince.

England are playing a two-day match v an Australian XI – looks like an Unknown Australian XI to me. If Vince is to be dropped, the two names in the touring party mooted this week have been Ballance and Foakes.

Ballance batted at three and made one, Foakes at five and made two. Only Jennings got a score (80) but he’s not in the party. Crane is playing but not yet batted, and it appears to be raining.

(Is ‘party’ the wrong word for that lot?)

More updates
December 8, 2017, 5:28 pm
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I’m often a bit quiet on a Friday because for the past few months I’ve been a member of an art/craft collective (the Fire Monkeys) at the Hotwalls Studios in Old Portsmouth. I spend my Fridays painting, which is great fun, but now I must catch up on the A-Z

Meanwhile, many thanks to Tigger for those excellent stats, which warrant repetition here. He tells us: “Can’t help on debut scores but I believe the lowest score never made by a Hampshire batsman in First Class is 167. The only other scores never achieved below 200 are 185 and 197”. Brilliant!

Thanks too, to Peter Jeffs who has sent this link about English and Australian fast bowlers (Simon Hughes):


(NB: Abbott & Berg)

And finally, from today’s Cricket Paper, a series of questions for Danny Briggs including, his best coach? Answer: “Dale Benkenstein, who has a way of getting people to relax and have fun and it often brings out the best in players, so it is a good environment to be in. Everyone plays with freedom”.