Hampshire Cricket History

Is It A Record?
October 12, 2012, 10:12 am
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Yes – Hampshire’s 2012 season finished yesterday, 11 October, more than six months after it started

Bob asks about Michael Bates playing every match. Is it a record for a wicketkeeper? I’m prepared to bet that Leo Harrison, Bryan Timms and Bob Stephenson (at least) all had at least one season of unbroken service but I haven’t checked

I suspect the county record resides with Yorkshire’s Jimmy Binks although he may have missed some non-Championship matches: From June 1955, he played in every single Championship game played by Yorkshire until he retired at the end of the 1969 season

Incidentally Sean Ervine also played in every match this year and since he bowled more he showed it’s possible to keep fit by playing. Well done both.

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When checking the score card of the match v Auckland I noticed that both teams had a MD Bates playing. Checking further they are both Michael David Bates. Not a unique happening but rather rare to find a player on each side with exactly the same name.

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