Hampshire Cricket History

February 28, 2013, 11:06 am
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Champions: Kent.

After the years of gloom and heavy defeats, Hampshire won seven of their 20 matches and finished eighth (of 16 counties). CP Mead made his Championship debut and played in every Hampshire match in his first five seasons. Against Worcestershire at Portsmouth he passed 1,000 runs for the season at 19 years and 160 days – the youngest man ever to achieve that for the county. Fast bowler JR Badcock from Christchurch made his debut and took 92 Championship wickets at 24.71. While Badcock would enjoy brief success at Hampshire a young man of greater importance, Jack Newman from Southsea, made his debut.

Hampshire began the season losing to Surrey and Yorkshire (despite Mead’s maiden century) and then the Army at Aldershot. Their opponents included a number of Hampshire players and AC Johnson scored 173 – he would later bat usefully for the county as would Major Poore in his last season with the county.

In the following match on the same ground, Surrey won by 10 wickets and Hampshire stayed in the north of the county, playing their first match at Basingstoke v Warwickshire – and another defeat. This poor start was reminiscent of the past few years but then they beat Derbyshire (AJL Hill 110) and the season turned. By August they enjoyed an unprecedented four wins and a draw in five matches. Hampshire’s fielders were involved in all 18 Northamptonshire wickets at Southampton, 15 caught, two run out and one stumped. Kent clinched the title at Bournemouth when they put out Hampshire for 163 and replied with 610. Even then the home side fought hard, scoring 410 in their second innings (Llewellyn 158).

The Hon Secretary met the Chief Constable of Southampton to enable cabs to park outside the ground at the close of play. Members were permitted to introduce friends into the pavilion at a charge of 2/6d.EG Wynyard captained the first MCC tour of New Zealand but returned home early with an injury.

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