Hampshire Cricket History

Sign Please
April 28, 2012, 9:45 am
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One of the delights of being Hampshire’s (Hon) Archivist is that treasures come my way, for safe-keeping and handing on to my successors. These treasures include the autographs of Hampshire cricketers. When I watched Hampshire as a boy I collected autographs and fortunately kept some, but in recent years I’ve been building our collection. I made a brief visit to the Ageas Bowl yesterday evening (my wife is still hobbling on crutches like an injured bowler) and Tim Tremlett passed to me (and therefore to all of us) an old autograph book, found by a friend at Tim’s golf club. It’s from the 1920s and is mostly signed by friends of the owner but there is also the signature of Joe Beckett the English Heavyweight Boxing Champion in August 1922 and from the same month this collection of Hampshire’s side that beat Worcestershire at the county ground. Interestingly nine of the players also played in the famous match v Warwickshire two months earlier (15 all out and won). This side: Brown, Newman, Lawrie, Tennyson, Mead, Bowell, Kennedy, Altham, Day, Livsey and Boyes. Altham and Lawrie were amateurs, schooled respectively at Repton and Eton, Altham – youth coach and cricket historian –  had played for Oxford University before the war and Lawrie had won his first ‘blue’ in 1922. Those two did not play against Warwickshire (McIntyre and Shirley instead). There are also the signatures of three Worcestershire players, Shorting, Preece and Higgins (who scored 118). It’s difficult to display these things at the ground but the Blog is a bonus.

Leicester Day One
April 26, 2012, 6:19 pm
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I’m sorry to have missed today but it’s good to see the regulations that allowed time to be made up – in the event they lost 32 overs which is exactly two hours of play. It was splendid too to see Liam Dawson taking wickets in the last hour. He took 3-8 v Loughborough Uni but has never taken 3 wickets in a Championship innings previously, so this will be a Championship best when the innings concludes – one more wicket and it’s a BB*

Sean Terry is making his Championship debut but not first-class – the University match was first-class. He is the first ‘son of’ a Hampshire player since Chris Tremlett and before that Bob Herman (son of ‘Lofty’). In 1960 CA Fry played for the county as had both his father S Fry and illustrious grandfather CB Fry. Damian D’Oliveira recently suggested that his family were the first to have three generations in one county side but they’re not. I’m not sure, but perhaps Hampshire are.

Other Hampshire Fathers & Sons:

E and EIM Barrett, A Bowell and N Bowell, S and CP Brutton, EL and EMC Ede, AH and AJ Evans, CR and JH Gunner, AJL and AEL Hill

*PS Dawson took two more wickets and so his first ‘five-for’. Well done Liam

The Best Captains …
April 24, 2012, 6:15 am
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… don’t have the best starts. I was thinking of Jimmy Adams who is struggling with the bat and began with a defeat against Gloucestershire.

In First-Class cricket at least I would nominate Richard Gilliat and Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie as Hampshire’s finest captains. I-M took Hampshire to second for the first time in 1958 (above) his first season in charge and then the title three years later, while Gilliat, appointed in 1971, led Hampshire to first in 1973, a monstrously unfairly drenched second in 1974 and third in 1975.

The wet parallels extend to 1958 which was one of the wettest – as this one threatens to be. Hampshire started at Bradford and after two wet days lost a single innings match after a generous declaration. They then lost at Trent Bridge and Old Trafford while the captain scored 36, 0, 19, 37 and 3. After this it was back to Portsmouth, victory over Worcestershire and an assault on Surrey’s hold (their final year of seven consecutive titles).

Gilliat replaced Marshall in 1971 and like Adams enjoyed a comfortable start with a win over a University side (Oxford) after which he made 45 and 0 as Northants beat Hampshire. They drew the next two matches before revenge over Northants. So, like Adams, both of our two finest captains lost their first county match but neither could claim victory in the second. Let’s hope it’s just the start for Jimmy.

More Rainy Days
April 23, 2012, 10:46 am
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Hampshire’s 1969 side – a match in late May against Derbyshire at Portsmouth in which rain permitted just 137.1 overs on the first two days and nothing at all on the third. There was time for Bob Cottam to take 6-58 and over both innings the scoring rate of the two sides was just 1.67 runs per over – not much fun! (John Holder was 12th man above)

In that same season Hampshire had a very strange rain-affected game against Glamorgan (the eventual Champions) at Bournemouth. Gilliat”s century and 80 from Richards helped Hampshire to 337-5 dec and Glamorgan declared at 270-9. Hampshire were 28-1 on the third morning when the rains came. Tea was taken at 3.45 and the two teams discussed conditions. Hampshire, 95 ahead with nine wickets left, believed that no result was possible and that the match had been abandoned. They left the ground in rain at 4.30pm.

After this the rain stopped, the umpires Lloyd Budd (ex Hampshire) and Peter Wight declared the ground fit to resume play and awarded the match to Glamorgan. Hampshire appealed, their bonus points were reinstated and the winning points removed from Glamorgan who nonetheless finished top of the table with Hampshire fifth. 1969 was also the end of Yorkshire’s final great period as regular Champions (seven times from 1959-1968).

Rainy Days and Fun Days
April 22, 2012, 6:42 pm
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If you have been following this Blog today you will have seen me report the Cardiff match being abandoned mid-afternoon. I’m sure that’s what the BBC and Cricinfo sites said but of course I cannot check. Anyway, I’m delighted to apologise and correct myself because Ervine, Wood and Riazuddin have taken Hampshire to victory by two wickets – marvellous news. I have now edited today’s entries.

The match at Cardiff began after tea because of the weather and I note the forecast is poor for the coming week. Eight days Championship cricket for Hampshire have so far provided about 515 overs of the 768 scheduled or, put another way, they’ve lost about 15.5 hours already. If you look back to my post of 2 March below you can see that is already more time lost to rain than either Sussex or Lancashire lost during the whole Championship season last year.

Although they have both been rain affected the two games so far both lasted more than 200 overs and produced results. The Glamorgan match lasted 223.2 overs. There have been shorter drawn games at the Rose Bowl (not yet at the Ageas Bowl):

119.1 overs – August 2001 v Warwickshire,

126 overs – May 2007 v Lancashire,

136.1 overs – July 2007  v Sussex

160 overs – May 2003 v Yorkshire

181.1 overs – August 2011 v Worcestershire

194.4 overs – July 2002 v Sussex

195.4 overs – June 2008 v Kent

Which suggests the best bets are April and September, but not this April!

Can’t bat?
April 22, 2012, 8:42 am
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Weather permitting the match at Cardiff should finish around lunchtime and it could be a fascinating couple of hours. I’m not sure how fit Carberry is – I assume he has to bat at five down (the next wicket) but much depends on the current pair of Ervine and Bates. Ervine is playing his first significant innings of the Championship season, his previous three innings having realised just 20 runs and most of the top order have struggled similarly – Adams 24 in 4 innings, Carberry 48 in 3, Vince 63 in 4, Dawson 78 in 4 and Katich (the only one yet with a half-century) 112 in 4. Katich passed his first 100 runs yesterday but the first there this year was Michael Bates who is currently not out with an aggregate of 116 in his fourth innings – to which you can add a first-class 93 v Loughborough University. He’s faced 36 balls in a 12 over unbeaten partnership with Ervine confirming for the third time in three matches that’s he can bat. I hope there’s more of it today because he’s a delight to watch as a wicketkeeper.


v Leics long ago
April 21, 2012, 7:07 pm
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It’s been a while since Hampshire met Leicestershire in a Championship match but the two teams will oppose each other this week at the Ageas Bowl.

Here from 91 years ago – Hampshire’s side v Leicestershire at the US Ground, Portsmouth 20-23 August 1921. For some reason George Brown has not changed. The most likely explanation is that this was before play on day two as Brown, opening the batting, was dismissed twice on day one.

Hampshire 170 (Hosie 61, Shipman 6-31) & 400-4 dec (Mead 159*,  Tennyson 152)

Leicestershire: 71 (Kennedy 6-24) & 248 (Astill 66, Kennedy  4-67)

Hampshire won by 251 runs

Back (l-r) Livsey, Kennedy, Bowell, Newman, Aird, Brown

Front (l-r) Altham, Hosie, Tennyson, McDonell, Mead