Hampshire Cricket History

April 27, 2015, 6:02 am
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Bird J

One of the least surprising bits of news of 2015 is that Jackson Bird is flying home for treatment and Fidel Edwards should arrive next week in his place – presumably to start at Headingley. There’s a suggestion that Bird might return but I wonder. Anyway this photo will provide a good quiz question in 20 years time: Who was no. 22?

Shot of the Day?
April 26, 2015, 5:40 pm
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A long hard day – not least for the frozen supporters! Alex Hales batted superbly.

A Draw Looming?
April 25, 2015, 6:21 pm
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It hasn’t really rained in Hampshire since Good Friday, but it’s raining hard in Pompey this evening and has been for some time. Apparently the forecast for tomorrow isn’t great – maybe a bit on-and-off – the next two days are OK but then Wednesday is lousy at present. Fingers crossed, but …

Hampshire’s Best
April 25, 2015, 11:42 am
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We may be missing our strike bowler this year but one who rarely missed for 20 (+) years was Derek Shackleton. I note from Bob Murrell’s stats, that Hampshire’s best match figures ever v Notts were by ‘Shack’ at Cowes in June 1957.

There was rain and just two hours play on day one but on the Monday, Hampshire declared at 1pm, on 286-5 after centuries by Roy Marshall and Henry Horton. It was Desmond Eagar’s last year but as in a number of games, Ingleby-Mackenzie was captain as ‘Shack’ took 7-81 (in 32.1 overs) to give Hampshire a lead of 27. Giles scored a century for Notts, then Hampshire scored 167-5 dec in 44 overs (Rayment 80).

Notts needed 195 to win and went for the target but in the 38th over they were all out for 114. ‘Shack’ bowled all 19 overs from one end, taking 6-54 while Malcolm Heath and Jimmy Gray took two wickets each. Notts’ England opener and captain, Reg Simpson, scored 3 & 0.

‘Shack’s’ match figures: 51.1-14-135-13


Notts Targets
April 24, 2015, 5:41 pm
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I’ve had a less than perfect season with stats so I’m checking things with Bob Murrell but I think these are correct in first-class cricket for Hampshire, pre-Notts:

Ervine 6,916 runs
Ervine 199 wickets
Tomlinson 359 wickets (level with Kevan James)
Briggs 147 wickets
Wood 96 wickets
PS – Bob says yes

April 24, 2015, 1:41 pm
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From the BBC today

“Middlesex have signed South Africa fast bowler Kyle Abbott for the first half of their T20 Blast campaign. Abbott, 27, has played three Tests, 15 one-day and eight T20 internationals, and will join in May, subject to clearance from Cricket South Africa.”

PS: From Hampshire today: “The Hampshire squad v Notts is unchanged from the 13 that travelled to Edgbaston this week. Unfortunately, Australian fast-bowler Jackson Bird is still unavailable because of injury. Fast-bowler Chris Wood could return to the Hants side after missing out against Warwickshire. Andre Adams is included in Hampshire’s squad and he could face his former Club.”

I know nothing but I’m prepared to bet we won’t see Bird. Cricket Australia are certain to be monitoring the situation.

Gallipoli – the Centenary
April 24, 2015, 7:26 am
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The start of the Gallipoli campaign on 25 April 1915 will be marked in a number of ways as this weekend sees the centenary. A number of men who had played cricket for Hampshire died in the campaign – the first in July 1915


Lt JF Sutcliffe

James Frederick Sutcliffe of the Royal Marine Light Infantry was killed in action in Gallipoli on 14 July. He was born on 12 December 1876 in Chatham and enlisted as a marine in London in 1895. He rose through the NCO ranks, eventually being commissioned Lieutenant during the Gallipoli campaign in May 1915; prior to this he was stationed in Deal and from 1909 in Eastney Barracks, Portsmouth. In 1907 for the Deal Depot he scored 1154 runs and took 76 wickets and in 1908, scored two centuries in his 792 runs and took 94 wkts at 10.56. He played regularly in services cricket and in his 1927 book Britain’s Sea Soldiers, General Sir HE Blumberg described him as “the great corps cricketer”, although it seems he hardly ever represented the full Royal Navy side which always featured mostly officers. One exception was in August 1911 when he played for the Royal Navy against the Gentlemen of Sussex at Lewes and had a very good match taking seven wickets in the first innings and four in the second as well as scoring 32*. However, he was listed as F H Sutcliffe and perhaps there were other matches with incorrect names. He was the only NCO in that XI. In August 1911, while stationed in Portsmouth, he played one match for Hampshire at Worcester, batting at number seven, scoring 16 and 8. Worcestershire won by eight wickets and oddly, having travelled to Worcester he returned to Portsmouth where Hampshire were to play their next match v Yorkshire but he was not selected for that match, or again for Hampshire. He was one of two colour sergeants who played for Hampshire in 1911, the other being Harold Forster who was killed in action in 1918. Sutcliffe also sang regularly in local choirs in Portsmouth and is remembered on a memorial cross in Portsmouth Cathedral.

(NB much of the material in these tributes is from Andrew Renshaw’s splendid book of Wisden Obituaries although I had the good fortune to meet two of Sutcliffe’s descendants)


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