Hampshire Cricket History

January 30, 2013, 4:09 pm
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Hampshire lost the first match of the season at Derby but won the other three. At Southampton Penn took 14 wickets in the match for Kent but they lost by 236 runs. Hampshire then beat Derbyshire at Southampton in late July even though William Mycroft had match figures of 17-103 for Derbyshire. Of the two other Hampshire wickets to fall, Mycroft caught one. He was a left-arm bowler who apparently bowled fast but also spun the ball – an interestingly dangerous combination. He enjoyed considerable success that year with Derbyshire and MCC

In 1895 Walter Mead (also WM) took 17 wickets for Essex against Hampshire and these are the only two occasions when a bowler has taken 17 wickets in a first-class match and finished on the losing side.

In mid-August, AW Ridley (see 1875) scored 104 as Hampshire beat Kent by innings at Faversham. Ridley also took 10-113 and Tate 9-121 in the match. With three victories in four matches, this was Hampshire’s best season before they entered the Championship in 1895

January 27, 2013, 7:07 pm
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W Beach would be President for the next decade while the Club’s official history (1957) records how the appointment of Clement Booth as captain and secretary “seems to have provided the first element of rescue”. He had won his Cambridge blue in the 1860s then tried to organise the county side in his native Lincolnshire. In the early 1870s he moved near Arlesford and began contributing to his new county.

In 1875, he arranged four matches, home and away against Kent and Sussex. The two home matches were played at Winchester (on two separate grounds, Riddings and St Cross/Greenjackets’ Ground) rather than Southampton, where the Antelope Ground was now called Southampton Cricket Ground.

There were three defeats by an innings but victory at Hove where AW Ridley came from Oxford University to make his county debut. He top-scored with 54, took 6-35 and 6-38 finishing the match with a hat-trick, four wickets in five balls. Sussex collapsed from 83-4 to 93 all out, losing by 28 runs. Sadly, business meant that he played only ten matches for the county – he played his last inter-county match for Hampshire two years later and once against MCC in 1878. Later he played for Middlesex.

January 24, 2013, 2:08 pm
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The early 1870s were a pretty bleak period for the newly formed Hampshire County Cricket Club. In 1870 Hampshire played just two matches both curiously against Lancashire (home and away). They lost by 10 wkts at Old Trafford in July and the northerners won again next month in Southampton in a low-scoring match:

Lancashire 115 & 113

Hampshire 111 & 77

In 1873 Hampshire played against 18 players representing ‘Hampshire Colts’ but the match was not first-class. That is the only recorded Hampshire match of any kind from 1871-1874 inclusive found on Cricket Archive. However in his History (1988) Wynne-Thomas notes a few matches:

1871 v Gentlemen of Devon at the Torquay Cricket Festival

1872 An amateur side played Gentlemen of Sussex at Winchester College

1873 Gentlemen of Hampshire home & away v Sussex. They beat Sussex away but only having borrowed OE Winslow to make up their numbers – he scored the only half-century. There was also an end-of-season trial match Gentlemen v Players, on the Antelope Ground

1874 XVI of Hampshire v Yorkshire United at Lyndhurst

There were frequent resignations, changes of officers and poorly attended meetings. In 1874 a meeting considered whether the club “shall be dissolved or not”.

January 22, 2013, 6:35 pm
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Taken today (22 January 2013). Hotel progressing but no central heating yet

January 22, 2013, 9:58 am
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In Bournemouth (then in Hampshire) the Dean Park Ground was first laid out. There had been changes at the top with WW Beach as President and AH Wood as Secretary. two first-class matches were played and lost.

RH (Dick) Moore
January 21, 2013, 4:26 pm
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Eddie Paynter
January 21, 2013, 4:11 pm
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Clearer signatures in those days! (this from 1932/3)