Hampshire Cricket History

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”.

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