Hampshire Cricket History

February 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Champions: Yorkshire.

Hampshire like Somerset won just one match and drew seven but they played and lost two more than the west country side and their 12 defeats consigned them to last place again. Hampshire played the first county match at Aldershot v Surrey who returned in 1906. CP Mead had come from the Oval and he made his first-class debut v Australians in 1905 – he had to wait another 12 months to qualify for the Championship. Although we came to think of him as Hampshire’s greatest run-scorer, in his early years he was an effective slow-left-armer (above) and in that first match he took 2-56 while the Australians amassed 620 with Victor Trumper scoring 92 and Hill, Noble and Gregory passing the century. In reply Hampshire were dismissed for 239 with Greig 66 and Mead at number eight, 41*. He opened as Hampshire followed-on and was run out without facing as Hampshire lost by an innings but Mead had shown his promise

Despite having to wait another year for Mead, the batting improved but the bowling remained weak – Baldwin was the leading wicket-taker with 63 wickets at the age of 44. Captain Greig scored centuries in both innings at Worcester while Sprot contributed 141 in a second wicket partnership of 221. Worcestershire beat Hampshire at Bournemouth in the final over having scored 280 in 145 minutes. Bowell confirmed his promise with 101 and 51 in the single victory, against Derbyshire at Southampton when Hesketh-Pritchard took 8-32.

Wicketkeeper Stone was another useful professional and he scored 174 out of 293 v Sussex at Portsmouth but the match was lost. Llewellyn also scored two centuries, at Derby in a drawn game while GN Bignell’s 109 v Kent at Portsmouth came on 15 August, almost four months before his 19th birthday. He was at that time and, until Liam Dawson in 2008, the youngest man to score a first-class century for the county – the next youngest are Phil Mead, James Vince, Robin Smith, Dick Moore and Gordon Greenidge. The amateur Bignell whose brother played briefly a few years earlier, also scored 244* for Alton v Trojans but failed to improve on his Championship century, despite playing 55 matches for Hampshire until 1925.

Northamptonshire become the 16th side admitted to the County Championship and won one, drew one v Hampshire in their first meetings. Llewellyn scored 50 for an England XI v the Australians in what became a thrilling finish at Bournemouth on 2 September. The Australians requiring 159 to win reached 153-6, lost three wickets for five runs but won by the single wicket. In the next match, Llewellyn scored a century for the Players in an innings victory over the Gentlemen

Membership stood at 974. A National Archery Meeting and then a Rose Show were held at the County Ground and gas was piped to the groundsman’s cottage, while the club took over responsibility for catering at the ground.

EG Wynyard played two Tests in South Africa in the winter.

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