Hampshire Cricket History


Peter Faulkner
November 26, 2013, 7:48 am
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We are sorry to note the death of Peter Faulkner after a long illness. Peter was a prominent businessman in east Hampshire and the leading figure in establishing Waterlooville FC as a top local non-league side before its amalgamation with Havant FC.

He was also a good cricketer who played a number of times in Hampshire’s Club & Ground side and as far as we are able to establish, twice in the recently formed 2nd XI Competition. Against Kent at Greenwich in 1961 he scored 6 & 21 – in the latter dismissed by promising slow-left-armer Brian Luckhurst – as Kent won by 6 wickets. In his second match v Sussex at Arundel he took part in a thrilling finish. 2nd XI matches were two-day affairs and Sussex declared on 180-7 (Cottam 3-29) while only John Shippey (63) showed much resistance as Hampshire were bowled out 37 behind.

Sussex declared again on 199-9 (Cottam 4-79) and set Hampshire 237 to win. Bernard Harrison led the way with 87, well supported by Dennis Baldry (72) but at 173-6, Hampshire were struggling until Peter Faulkner held the bottom order together to reach 230-7. But as the Hampshire Handbook (1962) records “unfortunately none of the tail-enders supported the gallant Faulkner” and he remained 18* as three wickets fell for one run and the match was lost by just five runs.

Peter Faulkner remained an active sportsman until, in April 1969, he was on a sporting tour of Germany when the minibus crashed and he and his pal Mike Barnard suffered terrible injuries. Peter lost a leg in that accident despite which he still played the occasional game of cricket. We extend our sympathy to his family and friends.

The photograph above is not from either of the two 2nd XI Championship matches but is from the early 1960s – perhaps a Club & Ground match?

Back l-r: FP Faulkner, RG Caple, B Robbins, LJ Shippey, M Green, AT Castell

Front l-r: BSV Timms, DO Baldry, AG Holt, BRS Harrison, AR Wassell

(I believe M Green is correct but not entirely sure – it may be R Hughes)

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Both John Shippey and Mike Green were OT’s and I knew them both. Neither are alive today, and Green died particularly young and tragically. I’m pretty sure that’s not him in the picture, but maybe Alan Castell would give an opinion.

Comment by Bob Elliott

Thanks Bob – it probably is Hughes then. There’s quite a bit of evidence that suggests Shippey could (should?) have made it in the county side

Comment by pompeypop

Mick Green was my brother and that IS him in the picture – regards Richard (Dick) Green

Comment by Richard Green

Excellent – thanks Richard. I’ve had that photo (from Hampshire Telegraph for well over 50 years!

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