Hampshire Cricket History

Don Cartridge RIP
September 30, 2015, 10:39 pm
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Bob informs me of the death of Don Cartridge who played three games for Hampshire in 1953, mid-season v Oxford University and late season against Champions Surrey and Yorkshire both at Bournemouth. Don was a good club batsman for some years in the Southampton area but sadly failed at the higher level. He made 0 & 4 (dismissed by Colin Cowdrey) in the Parks, 2 & 0 (Ray Illingworth) v Yorkshire and Tony Lock dismissed him twice for a ‘pair’ in his final game. In recent years he generally came to the Players’ Reunions.

September 30, 2015, 3:25 pm
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Last year I invited you to write about your early experiences, thoughts about, hopes for cricket. I still have them all and some others. I published the first part in the Handbook this year and I have a hope to use them more.

I mentioned this new book I’m working on, which is about Changes to Cricket in my lifetime

Without necessarily doing lots of research/reflection I’d like to invite everyone who reads the Blog to tell me in particular the single most significant change in cricket since you first watched/[played/got involved – whatever. It would help if you identified your starting date (mine is 1959 so mine has to be since then)

I won’t tell you my nomination yet but I will eventually, I’d like to know your nomination

It doesn’t have to a good thing necessarily – it may be a bit of both – just the most significant. And it might be to do with schools, or clubs, or counties or Test Matches, on-field, off-field etc.

I’m asking for the one – but you can add others if you wish

I’ll leave this post in prime position for a day or two. All contributions gratefully received


That’s the Ticket!
September 29, 2015, 5:48 pm
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I know that most of you will be, like me, Guardian readers, but just in case you’re not, have a look at this really fine piece on-line and in today’s newspaper, where it has a different headline “Evolution not Revolution is needed in the English game”.

It’s a very wise piece from someone not only at the heart of English county cricket but also a man able to look at it objectively – and with the experience to compare English county cricket and Australian state cricket.

It’s a really good read:


And another thing …
September 29, 2015, 6:48 am
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Have you seen the final Championship averages yet? I’m sure they’re on-line but I have a copy from yesterday’s Times which has the usual minimums of ten innings and ten wickets

I looked at the bowlers, a list of around 130 in total – an average of about seven per county – from which I notice for example no sign of the very promising Adam Riley of Kent who, despite being an England prospect a year ago didn’t take ten wickets. Which led me to check out some other ‘top’ spinners:

There weren’t many.

There’s New Zealand Patel of course with 58 wickets at 25 proving spinners do work in the Championship


Middlebrook at Yorkshire with 17 at 25 – a promising youngster if ever … followed by Rashid with similar but slightly inferior average (29 wickets). Gareth Batty got 40 at 28 in Div 2 (another promising future) and his partner Ansari 44 at 31 – that does look good.

Simon Kerrigan (ex England) took 41 at 32, perfectly respectable but not quite the world beater of a few years back, Ollie Rayner got just 24 wickets at 33 and then our own Mason Crane who despite 10 at 34 each, wasn’t selected in three of the last four, Hampshire preferring Stevenson who took three wickets in three matches at 72 each. Might Crane have managed that? Samit Patel took just 26 at 34 each and he’s in the England side.

Danny Briggs is near the foot of the list with 19 at 37 just ahead of Liam Dawson with 22 at 39 and they’re both ahead of Kent’s other international spinner Tredwell (11 at 40).Sussex relied mostly on Luke Wells (23 at 38). Down among the ‘dead men’ are Taylor at Gloucs and Ajmal at Worcs!

I may have missed a couple but nothing notable I don’t think. It means that on average counties are picking one spinner at a time and up to six pace bowlers and very few of the spinners are contributing much. Apart from anything else it lessens the intrigue, pace and aesthetics of the game.

The obvious answer is to play as many games as possible at the start and end of the season, prepare batting/seamer-friendly pitches and cut the number of games. Then spinners can fulfil their mission to become limited-overs specialists.

That’s Just Not Cricket
September 28, 2015, 7:59 am
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Rod Queens Hotel

Rod:Sect Ticket

But it’s got connections with the Ageas Bowl and playing in Southampton and Pompey

The answers are in the first Comment

2015 Awards
September 28, 2015, 7:54 am
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Players’ Player of the Year and Fans Player of the Year: Gareth Berg

Bowler of the Year; Fidel Edwards

Batsman of the Year: Michael Carberry

Emerging Player: Mason Crane

Club Player: Sean Ervine

(No photos this year, as the season’s schedule left me too exhausted to attend)

Frank Tyson RIP
September 27, 2015, 1:21 pm
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Cannings V bowls Portsmouth v Northants

It’s not quite the perfect tribute to the great fast-bowler as he’s merely standing at the non-striker’s end but there is Frank Tyson, whose death was announced today, in this picture, at Portsmouth watching Hampshire’s Vic Cannings bowling to one of his team-mates. I’ve no idea who the batsman or short-leg are (see Comments) but the umpire is Laurie Gray who played for Middlesex.

The match was in August 1956 and Frank had a pretty good game. He scored 27* in Northants’ 178 all out, then took 4-49 as Hampshire slumped from 133-2 to 166 all out. Malcolm Heath bowled him for nought in the second innings of 148, which should have left Hampshire 161 to win. Sadly the bad weather (common in 1956) meant there was just time for three overs and four balls as Hampshire closed on 9-1 after Vic Cannings (out for 6) and Malcolm Heath made up one of their less likely opening partnerships. Alan Rayment who looks in here occasionally played and scored 33, in a match where only Des Barrick (62) reached fifty – Alan also took 1-8 at a pace slightly slower than the Typhoon!