Hampshire Cricket History

60 Years Ago
September 30, 2013, 7:53 pm
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This Combined Services side played v Warwickshire at Edgbaston:

Comb Services 1953


It includes two Gloucestershire spinners, a Kent ‘keeper’, at least two other keepers, a Somerset captain and three Hampshire players – one of whom is still alive and visits every year.

All will be revealed.

And more News
September 30, 2013, 7:34 pm
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The Press Release announces two new “Scholarship Contracts” – presumably a term that replaces Development Contracts?

They have gone to pace bowler Tom Barber and wicket-keeper/batsman Lewis McManus. Both have played for the 2nd XI.

Nothing for off-spinner Brad Taylor but I suspect he’ll be at college for the next two years at least.

More Player News
September 30, 2013, 1:04 pm
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Hampshire have signed Matt Coles, Ruel Brathwaite and Will Smith

From today’s BBC website/Radio Solent:

Following the departures of Mascarenhas (retired) and Griffiths (to Kent), Hamza Riazuddin has retired from first-class cricket

Hampshire have awarded promising 22-year-old batsman Sean Terry a full contract for two seasons,

They have released Adam Rouse, Jack Sheppard, Michael Roberts and Jake George.

More signings? Giles White said: “An overseas player is probably the main position left at filling now and we will opt for a bowler and try and find the best one available.”

So five full contract and two development contract players are leaving and three new players plus one new full contract have arrived. No news yet about McKenzie or other development contracts for 2014.

PS: Additional news about Jake George – apparently he has decided to leave in order to go to University. Jimmy Adams did that a decade+ ago …

Smith the latest
September 30, 2013, 10:35 am
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By which I mean

1. He’s the latest Smith to join Hampshire and if he’s half as good as either of the two brothers that will do nicely but let’s hope he is more successful than the first two Smiths*

2. The latest news appears on the Echo website at: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/cricket/hampshire_cricket/

As someone living further east I’m disappointed that the Portsmouth News can only speculate that Coles may sign. He did so on Thursday evening! There is nothing about Smith on their website

*The first two Smiths were

HAH born 1884 Sandown IOW, played 1909-1914 – 27 matches, batting average of 10.54, and 14 wickets (leg breaks) at 41.00. He played rugby for Barbarians and Hampshire, and hockey for Hampshire. He died in 1955

TM, born 1899 in Lambeth, played 1923/4 in nine matches, batting average 8.90 and didn’t bowl. He died in 1965.

150 Not Out
September 30, 2013, 7:39 am
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150 Not Out Cover (3)

The first batch have arrived (by air for speed) with more to follow. I shall be at the Ageas Bowl this Friday around 3pm (meeting at 3.30) in case anyone can get there. I think arrangements are being made with the shop.

In addition I shall be selling copies (£20 hardback) at

The Hambledon Club lunch this Saturday (5 October) at the Bat & Ball (lunch 1pm)

Before the Hampshire Cricket Society meeting at the Ageas Bowl on Weds 9 October (meeting starts at 8pm)

At Portsmouth Area Supporters lunch on Sunday 20 October at Emsworth’s Brookfield Hotel (lunch starts at 1pm)

At Portsmouth Central Library on Thursday 24 October (Guildhall Square) as part of a talk I’m giving for the Portsmouth Book Fest (www.portsmouthbookfest.co.uk)

In November at the Dorset Cricket Society (tbc)

Players Leaving
September 28, 2013, 7:30 am
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Here’s a strange story and not what you might have expected from the headline:

Adam London & Josh Davey are leaving Middlesex. The story is on here because the pair guested for Hampshire v Bangladesh ‘A’ earlier in the season when that fixture came the day before Hampshire’s YB40 semi-final v Lancashire.

Hampshire have yet to announce departures, beyond Griffiths and Mascarenhas

Stop Press
September 28, 2013, 12:09 am
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The votes are in (from their team-mates) and I’m just back indoors so:

Batsman of the Year: Michael Carberry

Bowler of the Year: James Tomlinson

Player of the Year: James Vince

Special Award: Dimi Mascarenhas