Hampshire Cricket History

Services Mystery
January 30, 2014, 7:36 am
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Ports v Comb:United Services? 38?

I’m fascinated by this picture. The game does not appear on Cricket Archive and from the players involved I think it must be around 1938, it’s definitely at Portsmouth and I think it must be against a Combined or United Services XI

If you click on the photo you can see a larger version. In the back row (l-r) the first two are DF Walker and PA Mackenzie, then a CS/US player, then HM Lawson and then probably Ernie Hayter but why is he wearing a capped players crest? Finally another CS/US player

Middle row: Umpire, CS/US, Lloyd Budd, Lofty Herman, Stuart Boyes then three CS/US and umpire

Front Row: CS/US, Neil McCorkell (back home!), CS/US, HLV Day (?), CS/US, Len Creese, two CS/US

There are only 21 players in shot

Why 1938? Walker played 1937-1939, Mackenzie 1938-1939 and Lofty Herman spent 1939 in the Lancashire Leagues. If it is Ernie Hayter he only played for the county side 1935-1937 but he was local. Incidentally ‘Hooky’ Walker appears to be wearing an RAF jacket – he was killed in a bombing raid in the War.

I’ll need a trip to the Library to check the newspapers

All Hampshire
January 29, 2014, 9:42 am
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I’ve just watched a T20 over in which George Bailey and Glen Maxwell faced Danny Briggs. Sadly Danny lost (4-0-53-0). It looks highly probable that in a couple of hours England will have lost too.

Three Short Sherlock
January 28, 2014, 3:08 pm
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I’ve been looking up some bits & pieces about Conan Doyle’s cricket career and came across a local Cup Final in which Winchester beat Portsmouth Borough. The scores were

Winchester: 198 & 376

Portsmouth 188 & 235

That adds up to 997 runs (I think)

But what’s extraordinary is that it is given as a one-day match – 15 September 1890

Those were the days! Full score at:



Wood Injury
January 28, 2014, 11:40 am
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Hampshire seam bowler Chris Wood could miss the first month of the season after undergoing knee surgery just before Christmas. The 23-year-old missed the last couple of Championship matches in 2013 because of the problem but rest has not allowed the injury to settle. It flared up again forcing the left-armer to go under the knife.

v Kent 1964
January 24, 2014, 4:28 pm
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Keith GL bats v Kent N Rd


Geoff Keith batting in the second Hampshire innings. Kent declared on 98-0 setting Hampshire 227 to win and they struggled to a draw at 181-7, of which Keith, opening with Marshall, top-scored with 75.

Keith was trying – ultimately unsuccessfully – to establish himself as Jimmy Gray’s replacement but he became a very good coach with Hampshire’s youngsters until he died tragically young in the mid-1970s. In the match above, Denness, Cowdrey and Henry Horton all scored centuries. Keith is here batting against Underwood, the wicket-keeper is Tony Catt and the fielders are Leary, Cowdrey, Richardson, Denness and Luckhurst – just imagine, three short-legs!

Which Match?
January 24, 2014, 4:00 pm
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HCCC Bmth 1950s

I haven’t checked yet but it must be 1950 or 1951 and it’s Bournemouth. The players are Rayment, McCorkell, Hill, Rogers, Cannings and DE Blake. I cropped it from a larger shot, which shows CJ Knott was captain not Eagar so it should not be too difficult to place.

PS It is v Lancashire, August 1950 and the visitors won by an innings (281 beat 96 & 109). Hampshire’s total of 205 for 20 wickets took 126 overs, with Roy Tattersall taking 7-39 in first innings. Bridger scored 33, Hampshire’s only innings of more than 20 in either knock. In the Lancashire innings, Knott’s figures were 47-19-75-3, while Winston Place scored 81.

A Tale of Two South Africans
January 23, 2014, 7:52 pm
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Somewhat unsurprisingly, Neil McKenzie is unlikely to return to Hampshire – mainly for family reasons. He was a marvellous batsman for Hampshire but they have already added Will Smith and Joe Gatting.

However, Hampshire have also announced their overseas signing – hopefully for the whole of 2014 and a very interesting signing he is:

Kyle John Abbott, Right-arm fast-medium, right-hand batsman

Born Natal, South Africa 18 June 1987. All first-class cricket to date has been for South African sides

One Test Match HS 13, BB 7-29

Two ODIs – Economy Rate 4.6, BB 1-35

FC HS 80

FC BB 8-45