Hampshire Cricket History

Dick Moore
January 21, 2013, 10:39 am
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Nice piece from Andrew Hignell (Glamorgan scorer) on the Cricketer Daily site today:

The prolific Pujara also featured in another unusual record in the first week of the new year as on January 6 both he and fellow Indian Taruwar Kohli each completed triple hundreds in domestic matches, with Pujara’s 352 coming against Karnataka at Rajkot and Kohli’s unbeaten 300 made against Jharkhand at Jamshedpur.

Apparently, this was the first time since July 28, 1937 that two triple hundreds were recorded on the same day in first-class cricket. On that day seventy-six years ago Lancashire’s Eddie Paynter made 322 against Sussex at Hove, while along the south coast Hampshire’s Dick Moore posted 316 against Warwickshire at Dean Park in Bournemouth.

A couple of years ago Dick’s son told me that he was given out LBW in the last over – a very dubious decision apparently but the umpires had seen enough. He was last man out. His record remains to this day although John Crawley (twice) and Michael Carberry were both poised to beat it in recent years

January 20, 2013, 4:10 pm
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An Australian Aboriginal side toured England through the summer and into Autumn playing many games (see: http://www.cricketweb.net/blog/features/476.php)

They played three matches in Hampshire. The first was in Southsea at the East Hants Cricket Ground against East Hampshire on 15/16 June. The hosts won by an innings and there was a sad element in that one of the tourists, known as ‘King Cole’, contracted a lung infection and died before playing another match.

The tourists returned to that ground on 5/6 October and won by an innings and 61 runs before moving on to Day’s Antelope Ground on the following two days where the match against the Gentlemen of Hampshire was drawn. For the visitors “Twopenny” took 9-17 while after two days, the Aboriginals were 49-3, just 29 short of victory. The two sides bowled 234 overs in the two days.

(In 1867 Hampshire had played just three first-class matches, all against Kent, but in 1868 they played none – indeed we have no record of any matches played by a full Hampshire side although some Hampshire cricketers participated in the matches against the Aboriginals).

January 19, 2013, 9:32 am
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The appropriately named Charles Young made his debut for Hants v Kent at Gravesend in June at 15 yrs 130 days. Until 2011, it was an English first-class record and it remains a record for the youngest debutant in a first-class match between two counties. Young appeared in three matches v Kent that season who were now added to the small group of south-eastern counties that Hampshire played against in the mid-19th century.

Young played for Hampshire against Kent in 1885 (Tonbridge) his final first-class match, as Hampshire were thereafter regarded as ‘second class’ until admitted to the Championship in 1895. Young is above in the team of 1886 (standing, far right). He played his final game for the county at the relatively new Northlands Road headquarters in 1890. He died in Lancashire in 1913.

January 16, 2013, 9:56 am
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This was a season of steady improvement over four matches. They began on 4 June with an innings defeat in their first first-class match at Lords v MCC. In that game Southerton bowled just five overs, 0-13 but in the next three matches he took 32 wickets.

They lost to Surrey at the Oval by 59 runs (9 July) after Surrey had followed-on, then in the return match v MCC at Day’s Ground a week later they lost by just 11 runs. Finally from 16-18 August they met Surrey again at day’s Ground and dismissed them for 85 (Southerton 7-49) after which Hampshire scored 281 with CF Lucas 135, Hampshire’s first first-class century. Surrey made 216 second time around and Hampshire’s 21-0 gave them a victory by 10 wickets.

Sadly, this would be their last first-class victory until 1875

Around this time the Committee agreed that the pay of the professionals “was not to exceed £5 a match” and the secretary was required to make arrangements with them “according to their expenses”

Hampshire’s victory in the Times
January 13, 2013, 3:00 pm
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It’s a little small perhaps but at least it’s here – Hampshire County Cricket Club’s first victory reported by The Times which also recorded that on the same day, the guns of HMS Victory fired  a salute in in Portsmouth Harbour – it was in fact in honour of a visit by the French fleet but we can imagine it was celebrating this famous win!

January 13, 2013, 2:53 pm
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Hampshire’s first win in a first-class match v Surrey at Antelope Ground (24, 25 August) on second day of three-day match

This was their third and final match of the season. They had previously lost to Middlesex and Surrey by an innings in 1865, so after six First-Class matches in their first two seasons they had lost all six.

Surrey 87 (Tubb 7-32)

Hampshire 96 (Lucas 43, Humphrey 5-26)

Surrey 101 (Jupp 39, Southerton 7-45)

Hampshire 93-2 (Lucas 58*)

Hampshire won by 8 wickets

January 12, 2013, 8:49 pm
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After the defeat v Sussex, there were three more matches:

Middlesex v Hampshire at Islington, 11, 12 July (3-day match)

H: 114 (Frederick 29 Catling 5-29) & 93 (Maturin 28, Hearne 4-43)

M: 245 (Cooper 89, Tritton 49)

Middlesex won by innings & 38 runs

Sussex v Hampshire at Hove, 11, 12, 13 August

S: 280 (Jas Lillywhite jun 105, Hyndman 58, EL Ede 4-79) & 33-0

H: 164 (GM Ede 52, Lillywhite 5-63, Ellis 5-71) & 148 (Holmes 71, Lillywhite 4-50)

Sussex won by 10 wickets

Hampshire v Middlesex at Southampton, 29, 30 August (3-day match)

M: 296 (Bayford 92, Walker 54, Case 45, Frederick 4-45) & 1-0

H: 163 (Frederick 37, Hearne 4-71) & 133 (Frederick 44, Catling 4-33)

Middlesex won by 10 wickets

In the latter two matches, Hampshire followed on

Full scorecards available on Cricket Archive