Hampshire Cricket History

Hampshire men at the Test
October 30, 2014, 1:58 pm
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Michael Clarke is of course captaining Australia in the 2nd Test v Pakistan but Glenn Maxwell has come in also after their beating in the First game but things are not going their way again. Whatever one makes of maxwell surely he’s not a Test cricketer? Incidentally, Imran Khan is in the Pakistan side!

Vince goes to South Africa
October 28, 2014, 2:50 pm
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With the England Lions after Christmas

Provisional England Lions first-class squad: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid, Adam Riley, Sam Robson, Jonathan Trott, James Vince.

Riley, Robson and Trott replaced by Stephen Parry, Samit Patel and Jason Roy in the provisional one-day squad.

Caribbean Highlights
October 26, 2014, 9:19 am
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In today’s Observer, Vic Marks writes a sympathetic piece about the future of West Indies cricket, suggesting it could cease to exist unless …. It’s 55 seasons since Roy Marshall scored his first century in Hampshire (against us) and last month we said goodbye to the short-lived Ruel Brathwaite who might be our last Caribbean cricketer (although ‘Carbs’ is of course of ‘Caribbean origins’).

I thought it might be nice to invite from each of you ONE FAVOURITE MEMORY of Hampshire/West Indies. There are many to choose from but I’ll try to pick one myself

Deanery Question
October 25, 2014, 7:43 am
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Two Hampshire-watching pals have sent me a question which I can’t help with immediately – I don’t have a lot of Hampshire club information. I have some contacts who may know something, but thought it was worth trying here. Any help will be much appreciated:

“We had dinner with a friend this week – he has been trying to track down details of his great-uncle.

Ernest (Ernie) Frederick Nicholls  21/11/1871  – Feb/1971

He played football for Southampton St Mary’s starting when Church Youth side – all this is on Wiki.
He played cricket for the Deanery Club from 1901 to 1922 and was captain for a number of years.
Just wondered in your archivist role you have any info about the Deanery Club/its players/stats?
Or any of your cricket contacts might be able to help?”

October 25, 2014, 7:30 am
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Well Ageas (a new contributor so welcome) got CB Fry almost immediately. This is what the graphologist made of his writing (part one). Remember that if you click on it you can see a larger version.

CB Fry's handwriting 2

A Character (Study)
October 24, 2014, 2:17 pm
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Here’s an extract from a letter written by a great cricketer who played for Hampshire. I was sent it by a graphologist who has also sent a character analysis which I find fascinating and which will follow. I’ll leave you to carry out your own analysis first (click on the image to enlarge it)

CB Fry's handwriting sample

Reciprocal Deals
October 24, 2014, 12:09 pm
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The answer with Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, now seems to be £6 entry for visiting members – and thereafter members’ facilities are available

The FULL list of Hampshire’s Reciprocal Arrangements can be seen on the Blog run by Terry CRUMP (Members’ Chairman)

Please go to


and thanks to Terry for the clarification