Hampshire Cricket History

June 13, 2016, 7:02 am
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A ‘One Test Wonder’ who played twice for England

Arnold J 1929-1950

Jeremy and I have been discussing him – generally known as ‘Johnnie’. He was a fine opening bat in the 1930s and 1940s and inasmuch as he was an Oxford boy, a successor to Alec Bowell. He made his Hampshire debut in 1929 and retired after being taken ill in the 1950 season.

For Hampshire, he scored 21,596 first-class runs – only four men have scored more and no one will ever match that again. There were 36 centuries with a best of 227 at Cardiff in 1932. He also took 17 wickets and held 181 catches in 396 matches.

In 1931, after Jack Hobbs retired and Herbert Sutcliffe was injured, he was selected age 23, to open for England v New Zealand at Lord’s. Sadly he was dismissed without scoring and despite 34 in the second innings was never picked again. He was also a professional footballer with Southampton and Fulham and won one cap for England as a defender.

Despite never playing for England again he made a habit of scoring centuries against the touring sides. Some years after he retired he became a first-class umpire, standing from 1961-1974.

Cottam Arnold

John Arnold, umpire, at Northlands Road (Stadium End). Bob Cottam is the bowler and Roy Virgin the non-striker. This is a match v Somerset although by 1973, Virgin and Cottam had both moved to Northamptonshire and played in that famous match at the county ground in August 1973, which pretty well clinched the title for Hampshire.




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It seems as if JA was the 52nd man to become an England “One test wonder”, and the 12th to make a duck (G “Fred” Grace made a pair on his only appearance in 1880, died shortly afterwards, aged 29, in Basingstoke, of pneumonia).

Now there are 93 (I think, 92 if Borthwick replaces Compton).

25 have made a “0”, Hamilton the other to manage two, and two have made 50’s – Absolom in 1879, Oldfield in 1939.

It seems the 50th OTW might have been one Harry Smith… involved in an interesting incident against Hampshire in 1919, as described here:


I guess JA must be Hampshire’s youngest Test player (so far!)?

[E&OE of course!]

Comment by Jeremy

I didn’t know the Sam Pothecary story – good one – incidentally he is Sam senior, played less than ‘Sam’ (AE) junior whose nickname was after senior.

Comment by Dave Allen

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