Hampshire Cricket History

Not the first
April 23, 2016, 9:10 am
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News from the BBC (etc)


“Hampshire have signed Ireland seamer Craig Young on a short-term loan deal. The 26-year-old right-arm bowler has played nine one-day and 10 Twenty20 internationals for Ireland, and was previously on the books at Sussex. He will appear for Hampshire’s second XI against Somerset on Monday”.

He’s not Hampshire’s first Irishman of course – in 1973 there was Andy Murtagh from Dublin and in 1899, the man who enjoyed that finest of all seasons RM Poore. Less well-known is EE Bowen who played briefly in the County Club’s very first season (1864) and Henry Maturin also appeared in 1864 although played until 1882. 60 years after our first season, there was Robert St Leger Fowler from Enfield, Ireland – one of the few county cricketers to be named after a horse race, and a more notable cricketer of Lord Tennyson’s era was TO Jameson – more appropriately named after an Irish whiskey! (Is this amusing you? Don’t forget we have Dave “May your God go with you” Allen too).

In addition, Craig is not our first C Young – Charles Robertson Young remains the youngest player ever to appear in an English first-class inter-county match – at the age of 15 in 1867.

Incidentally, Hamza Ali, having played v Cardiff University, thereby securing his place in immortality on the Atrium Players’ Board, seems to have disappeared (?)



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I joked about Fowler’s name but his great moment came not for Hampshire but in the annual Eton v Harrow match. Details can be found at:


NB TO Jameson also played in this match

Comment by pompeypop

Hamza Ali. Yes, a bit odd. He was in the squad for the Surrey game, but it says he was an unused batsman on the scorecard (along with Jerry, and Hovey (who wasn’t named in the squad)). However, he doesn’t appear in the bowling analyses either, but I’m sure I saw him fielding . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

And don’t forget our other more recent Irishman – Sean Terry. (Although we didn’t know he was Irish at the time!).

Comment by James

Hampshire player named after a horse race : H Oaks who played for us against Surrey at The Oval in 1890

Comment by Hedgehog

Hamza Ali has a side strain tear.

Comment by jim

Cheers Jim. Apparently they’ve now closed the first floor of the Hilton Hotel and converted it into Emergency Ward 10

Comment by pompeypop

Wow, blast from the distant past.

Comment by Paul

A Hampshire bowler injured? Surely not!

Comment by James

In recent years the Hampshire website has shown pictures of Hampshire cricketers visiting a ward full of disadvantaged children. Is it true that a reciprocal gesture is planned, with disadvantaged children visiting a ward full of Hampshire players?

Comment by Ageas

Seems Tino Best is playing for the Seconds tomorrow . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

But is he any good at football?

Comment by James

From what I read, you bneed to lock up your daughters . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

I saw that too. Probably explains why he never really achieved much in the game.

Comment by James

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