Hampshire Cricket History

“Here we go, here we …”
March 31, 2016, 9:14 am
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Exactly 50 years ago, the 1966 English first-class season began on Wednesday 27 April with matches at Fenners and the Parks (Essex and Glamorgan). On 30 April Middlesex and Hampshire were the next to visit the students, while MCC met the Champions Yorkshire at Lord’s.

Today the start in England (there’s already been MCC v Yorks) is four weeks earlier, minus one day, because in less than an hour the 2016 first-class season gets underway with five University v county matches. It’s a good job the sun is shining.

Incidentally, my new book (among other things), catalogues the endless changes made to English cricket over the past 50+ years. Probably the maddest of the lot occurred in 1966 when in about half of all the Championship matches, the first innings was limited to 65 overs – utterly barmy!

Have a look at this game against Somerset for example:


On a happier note, it was also the season that two very fine Hampshire players appeared for the first time, David Turner and Trevor Jesty.


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I wonder how long it will be before some genius suggests County Championship games should consist of four twenty over innings all played on one day so the players don’t get too tired? They could call it the Double Twenty20 County Championship.

Looks like I’m now a genius.

Comment by James

There were a few centuries around yesterday. Last season Michael Carberry recorded the first ‘ton’ of the first-class season v the students and then failed to get to three figures again. He won’t be first this year. Basil Akram took 3-78 for Loughborough Uni v Surrey – apparently he’s still on our radar. Interesting that each game had a toss, and in each case the county side batted first. Apparently the new arrangement applies only to the Championship.

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