Hampshire Cricket History

1904 (part two)
February 26, 2013, 10:57 am
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Champions: Lancashire

Hampshire won two matches, both in August  but lost 12 and finished bottom of the table again. In one of their better performances AH Webb enjoyed a successful benefit match v Surrey at Southampton. The visitors scored 346 and Hampshire’s 297-5 was built around Webb’s 162* although sadly rain prevented a conclusion. Webb’s benefit realised £150 – a sign of dwindling support for a poor team. Major Poore returned but could not replicate his form of five years earlier although AJL Hill and AC Johnston played 14 innings each with reasonable results and the captain EM Sprot scored 916 Championship runs at 36.64 so the batting was just satisfactory.

Llewellyn took 40 wickets but at 37.15 each and he averaged under 15 with the bat. Hesketh-Pritchard led the attack with 62 wickets but topped the averages at nearly 25 each. Baldwin returned and took 33 wickets but Wynne-Thomas noted that the bowling was “feeble”.

Hampshire played their only match at Alton, v South Africans.  The tourists scored 380 (Tancred 99) and won by an innings & 19 runs, although Alec Bowell showed promise, scoring 65.  In the match at Southampton, Kent collapsed from 139-4 to 142 all out. Hampshire were 4-5 at Headingley and all out for 36; they lost nine consecutive matches, a run that was later equalled in 1946 and their victory at Derby by nine wickets in early August was their first in 27 matches.

That victory interrupted a run of very high scores against Hampshire – beginning with Yorkshire’s 549 in July the bowlers then conceded innings in successive matches of 410-8 dec, 510, 521, 346 then came the Derby victory followed by 508-9 dec, 517-9 dec and 552-7 dec before dismissing Kent for 115 at Tonbridge – but they still lost by 8 wickets as Colin Blythe too 9-30 which was the best of the English season. He took 28 wickets in four Hampshire innings.

CH Palmer played for Worcestershire v Oxford University and then played three times for Hampshire. CAR Hoare of Hamble was the new President, succeeding WG Nicholson. FJ Hopkins came from Birmingham to replace Mr Martin as Head Groundsman. 937 members paid £1087 in subscriptions – just £50 more than the annual cost of wages, labour and salaries. The best gates were the matches at Portsmouth against Sussex (£142) and Yorkshire (£140) although the county’s share of the Gents v Players match at Bournemouth was  £185-12s -3d. The county also received almost £50 from a football match between Southampton and Portsmouth.

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