Hampshire Cricket History


1875
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.

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