Hampshire Cricket History


“The wicket was dead …
August 8, 2016, 7:19 am
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… and the bowlers (fast and slow) had little chance”.

I think quite a few people agree? However, that quote is even older than me. It dates from August 1939 and a match between Surrey and Hampshire at the Oval:

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I came across it last night, entirely by chance. A couple of days ago, Tim Tremlett passed to the Archive a pencil-written notebook by George Taylor who for one year, in 1939, was Hampshire’s amateur captain. When he could not play (he was a solicitor) Giles Baring took over, and the two compiled brief reports on most matches. The note from Baring (right) and copied by Taylor into his notebook (left) continues “Bailey (Jim) played a very patient innings, taking something like  3 and 3/4 hours” The captains used to give ‘merit points’ so Jim got two!

The game went nowhere, for in addition to the pitch there was much rain about – and the pitches were uncovered of course, making batting harder. On day one Hampshire scored 233 in 76.6 overs (Alf Gover 5-41) and Surrey reached 9-0. On the second soggy (Mon)day they finished on 99-2 from 26 overs and that was it. Day three – no play.

One poignant note, Donald (DF) ‘Hooky’ Walker who had come from club cricket in Surrey, batted for Hampshire. He would play the last five games of 1939 after this match (in early August). Then he joined the RAF’s Bomber Command and in less than two years was killed in a raid over Europe.

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