Hampshire Cricket History

Memories are made of this
June 8, 2016, 2:13 pm
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I’ve been to a funeral – sadly by no means the first in the past few months – and one with strong cricket connections, particularly from the 1970s/1980s.

Pompey Week 83

We were saying goodbye to Jenny, the lady in the middle of the back row, next to the great Malcolm Denzil Marshall. This is a photo of Jenny and MDM with some of my pals on Saturday 30 July 1983, the Saturday of ‘Pompey Week’, always a great event in the city. That day Hampshire scored 362-4 declared and Gloucs 22-0 with 105 overs in the day plus change of innings.

The photo holds many memories for me. Back left and only just in the pic is John Denison from London, typically holding a pint, but  less typically not near the bottom of it and not actually drinking. Next is Keith Eckhart who, as well as being a Hampshire fan had a part-time role as a B&H rep at their cup matches. Far right is Sharon and it’s a sad thought that not one of the back row is still with us. Bottom left my wife might seem remarkably affectionate but it’s actually one of her strategies for avoiding having her photo taken. Next to me is Mike Peaker, just like me a grammar school kid in 1960s Pompey who grew up playing, watching and loving cricket. He lives in the west country now and doesn’t drive, but he still gets to the Ageas Bowl quite frequently. These were my friends back then, and the older I get the more I value the friendships that come from cricket as much as the cricket itself.

I’ve driven to Portchester today to the Crematorium, recalling my years teaching in the Comprehensive School there (1975-1980) with a terrific bunch of kids who excelled at cricket and football. At various times five of them played local cricket to a standard higher than I ever achieved. I’m not sure that still happens and the old Pompey week and three day matches are both long gone too.

There are so many memories. It’s not necessarily the same thing as the facts (on that Saturday, Chris Smith 125, John Childs 33-9-89-2, and later Zaheer 87 in 75 minutes etc) but often the best ‘histories’ create a marriage of the personal and the factual.

Meanwhile RIP Jenny and thanks for the memories


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A lovely piece Dave.

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