Hampshire Cricket History

Was it Better in the Old Days?
June 28, 2016, 8:47 pm
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Of course it was.

40 years ago today was a Monday, the second day of a match v Middlesex at Lord’s. In Southampton the temperature reached the mid-30s, a record, during the great heatwave.

On Saturday 79 by Mike Brearley took Middx to 237 (Southern 4-49). Hampshire replied with 265 (Gilliat 65, Titmus 4-82) and then a Brearley century in 275 all out (Mike Taylor 5-24) left us needing 248 to win. Richard Lewis made 59 (Greenidge was on tour) and with Richards poorly his opening partner David Turner led the way with 116* as Hampshire won by six wickets with just three balls to spare.  

And imagine this. In a game that went the full distance in fine weather the two sides bowled 346 overs in those three days – an average of 115 per day or 19+ per hour, as opposed to the 96 they usually bowl today (16 per hour), and that generally with overtime.

Turner DR


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Even the Euros were better. Only four teams went to the Finals where Germany lost on penalties (!) and since England didn’t qualify they had no chance to disappoint.

Comment by pompeypop

Mind you life wasn’t PERFECT, after all the Wurzels were in the Top Five …

Comment by pompeypop

Have you heard today’s top five?

Comment by James

Good point! Sadly I seem to have lost touch since the days of ‘Fluff’ …

Comment by pompeypop

Coconut Airways were still flying; some went on their holidays with them, some slam door to the cricket and others did both!

Comment by StephenFH

I believe Coconut Airways, certainly the one featuring in Typical Tropical’s “Whoa I’m Going to Barbados” was actually a 1975 hit. (I remember because it as the year I left school!).

Comment by James

…..yes it was. I remember it being played a lot during the mid70s, Radio 1 on the beach etc.

18 weeks of unbroken sunshine that hot summer. Happy days, 18 minutes in West London today but points for a draw I see.

Comment by StephenFH

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