Hampshire Cricket History

A Cheerful Occasion
August 28, 2015, 9:44 pm
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I’ve been down to Portsmouth Cricket Club on Southsea seafront this evening to launch an exhibition I’ve produced of the club’s history and of cricket history in Portsmouth – a series of panels on the wall of their pavilion. There were what seemed like hundreds (probably many tens) of kids – boys and girls – enjoying their weekly training session, lots of mums & dads, a barbecue, the bar open of course and then a race night. It was quite delightful and no one seemed to be too tired! In the photo I’m with the PCC captain David Henderson – he’s Jon Ayling’s brother-in-law and they play their final game tomorrow having already clinched promotion. LOVELY!

(incidentally, who’s that famous face on that panel behind us?)

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Easy. KJ

Comment by Bob Elliott

Or infamous?! My guess is it’s the man who is the most excited to be spending a lovely day at Edgbaston!! & as most of us that tweet him regularly probably won’t be able to listen he’s going to be lonely too ;0(

Comment by Jo Summerton

It’s true Jo – no tweets from me unless it rains in Southsea, I’ll be too busy groovin’ to Laura Mvula. (is groovin’ still the word to use?)

Comment by pompeypop

PS KDJ is there because in the mid 80s he played at PCC when they were called South Hants CC – and, with Jon Ayling too, who lived 100 yards away, they won the Southern League twice. These days, Hampshire’s city teams never compete in the top division

Comment by pompeypop

Is that Phil Mead by your right shoulder?

Comment by Paul

Yes indeed Paul. Good spot!

Comment by pompeypop

PS As you in particular might imagine Neil McCorkell has a prominent place!

Comment by pompeypop

Excellent. Geoff Elderfield was prominent with South Hants TC I believe

Comment by Paul

He was Chairman then President and is in one of the new photo displays. Also Committee and then VP at Hampshire and at St Helen’s there is a bench dedicated to his memory. He’d have got wet ion it this afternoon!

Comment by pompeypop

He was my Maths teacher at PTHS back in the sixties.

Comment by Paul

Scyld Berry writes a good article in the Telegraph today, regarding the origins of England Test players. It confirms the lack of cricketers coming from the inner-cities, as you have pointed out on many occasions.

Comment by Bob Elliott

I scored for South Hants/Portsmouth from 1987-2011, the first season with both James and Ayling playing for them.

Comment by Paul Coates

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