Hampshire Cricket History

John Manners
September 22, 2014, 10:46 am
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Things may be busy on here by Thursday so

On Thursday 25 September John Manners will reach his 100th birthday, only the third Hampshire cricketer to have played in the County Championship to reach that figure. As an officer in the Royal Navy, John played as an amateur and made his debut v Gloucestershire at Portsmouth on 19 August 1936, scoring 81.

He is the oldest living county cricketer; two others who played before the war are still alive, BD Carris (Middlesex) who was born 23.10.1917 and made his debut also v Gloucestershire (Lord’s) in July 1937, and another Hampshire player, Leo Harrison (born 5.6.1922) who made his debut v Worcestershire at Bournemouth in August 1939. Another Hampshire player Vic Cannings is 95 but did not play until after the War. With the very recent death of South Africa’s Norman Gordon (age 103) John Manners is probably the oldest first-class cricketer alive today.

John Manners played in 21 first-class matches between 1936-1953 for Hampshire, MCC, the Free Foresters and the Combined Services. He scored 1,162 runs at an average of 31.40 with four centuries including 121 for Hampshire v Kent at Canterbury in 1947.

Manners (l), Cannings (r)

John (left) with Vic Cannings in 2013


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I am seeing data that suggest Bertram Carris actually died on 19 August 2000 in Cape Town? Not Hampshire I know…….

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