Hampshire Cricket History

How about Billy Bob?
April 25, 2016, 9:07 am
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Bob Elliott mailed me to say:

“The first wicket to fall today, in the Kent game, was ‘handled the ball’. I don’t remember ever seeing that in club cricket, let alone Hampshire. Has any Hampshire player been dismissed this rare way?”
He added: “I think my strangest was ‘hit-wicket’ off a wide!” (I’m not sure if he was batting or bowling at the time)
Well there is an answer of sorts although it’s against Hampshire and it created some confusion. At Coventry in 1963 Khalid ‘Billy’ Ibadulla was out ‘handled ball’ against us, although for years it was wrongly reported in Wisden as obstructed field (the Hampshire Handbook had it right). When I first discovered this confusion I asked some of our players but not one could remember a thing about it! Before any runs had been scored, Ibadulla played a ball from White which was then threatening to hit the stumps, but instead of playing it again with his bat, he took his hand off the handle and flicked it away.
In the match, Roy Marshall and MJK Smith scored centuries and Cartwright took 8-45 as Warwickshire won by 4 wickets. The only other Hampshire connection I can find is Desmond Haynes who coached us briefly, in a Test Match v India.



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The Telegraph today says yesterday’s was the 60th time in first-class cricket history. And, I was batting . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

. . and I found this


Comment by Bob Elliott

I can confirm that no Hampshire player has been out ‘handles the ball’. I have a note of unusual dismissals for Hampshire. The only one we have suffered is the occasional hit wicket.

Comment by Bob Murrell

If you are looking for an unusual form of dismissal refer to Players v Gentlemen July 1837 when Fuller Pilch was out “Hat knocked on wicket b. Bathurst”. However cricket archive reports it as Hit Wicket presumably to comply with subsequent rules.

Comment by Stephen Saunders

The BBC TV Red Button scorecards can’t cope with anything out of the ordinary. They leave a blank space, which usually means “retired hurt”. Even catches by a substitute baffle them, with the word “sub” seemingly out of bounds.

Comment by Ian White

To be fair I think sport in general baffles the BBC nowadays. Excepting Premier League football of course.

Comment by James

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