Hampshire Cricket History

September 12, 2016, 12:32 pm
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I read those comments on the previous post and figured he deserved his own Post. Of all the Hampshire Cricketers I’ve known over the years he’s the one I got most pleasure from conversations with – he’s very clear thinking about cricket, very committed and usually wonderfully funny too! Here are the original comments – feel free to add your own (he does look on here from time-to-time).

Bob said: “The end of an era as ‘Tommo’ retires . . . Hope he’s around the place for a lot more years”.

James said: “Tommo’s statement on the official website is well worth a read.
http://www.ageasbowl.com/cricket/news/james-tomlinson – A truly great team player who will be sadly missed. I would have thought a media career beckons if he doesn’t go into full-time coaching”.

Ian said: “I hope you read this ‘Tommo’. Thanks for the memories. I have had a great time watching you and as a Hampshire born lad of a similar age it was always a delight to see you do well doing things I would have loved to have done. I really hope that you receive a benefit from the club and cannot think of anyone more deserving”.

(Only contracted players can get benefits but if he’s stays as a coach, which I believe he will, at some point, like Tony Middleton, Mike Taylor and Nigel Gray, he can get a Testimonial, which is a scaled-down benefit. I happen to know he’s pretty relaxed about all that.)

Tomlinson J appeals .jpg

Looks plumb to me



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Never had the pleasure of knowing JT. But he was always good to watch; his contributions being always completely whole-hearted. And there were some seasons when he was very effective with his swing and seam.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

And what were JTs best figures/scalps?

Comment by Chas C

Without checking I’m pretty sure it was an eight-for at Taunton in 2008 (?) – the year he got his cap. But there was also that cracking last-wicket partnership with David Balcombe when he got a fifty. Overall nearly 400 wickets? (Am I getting lazy? Someone will check)

Comment by pompeypop

Dave is correct, 8-46 v Somerset at Taunton in 2008. He has to date played 129 first-class games taking 382 wickets @ 31.92 with 12 five wicket hauls and one ten wicket match (the game at Taunton). He has also scored 945 first-class runs @ 10.61 with a best score of 51 v Gloucestershire at the Rose Bowl in 2014. he had two 50 wicket seasons and took 25 catches.

Comment by James

He was at the 2nds today, and was very relaxed about it. A bit of a gathering tomorrow apparently. Cakes were mentioned.

2nds 280 odd for 5, Duggan 150+,*, with ten overs left., . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

A bit more about this game. It’s a 4-dayer with pink balls being used in the first innings, and orange in the second. Duggan seemes to like the pink ‘un . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

Using orange ball today in first innings and pink in second innings….

Comment by John Cottrell

It’s a shame we haven’t had the chance to see more of Tommo on the field of play this year & I hope we get a chance to show our appreciation at some stage next week.

To use his own analogy…….you may not not be able to teach old dogs new tricks but old dogs can certainly pass on infinite knowledge & experience to the young pups around them

My abiding memories of Tommo though are watching him scurry across the outfield in pursuit of balls heading to the boundary………a totally different movement to his bowling run up but so entertaining yet endearing at the same time. 😊

Comment by joster69

And his resolute blocking while many many runs were scored at the other end….

2’s close 308-7 [96] Duggan 176*

Comment by Jeremy

Notably at Bristol in 2013 (?14), when he scored a magnificent 1, whilst Jimmy added 50 odd at the other end.

Comment by Ageas

2013 – JHKA 138*

Comment by Ageas

Lovely – and he must be one of the best liked of all cricketers which is quite something

Comment by Dave Allen

I recognise that shot, Dave 🙂

You’ve picked one of my favourite pics of Tommo from the vast collection I’ve taken over the years.

Why do I like it? a) it’s typically Tommo and b) he obliging stepped into the pre-focussed spot two balls after I ‘d decided to try and get an “appeal” picture.


Comment by neil m

Time for one last hurrah against Durham?

Comment by Paul

I have never been one to invade players’ privacy, apart, very occasionally, to say “Well done” after a special performance. But Tommo always goes out of his way to say “Hello”, and, if there’s time, to initiate a conversation. Just a really nice, genuine guy, with intelligent views, who is happy to have a discussion about the game.
I shall really miss him.
(And, in his typically idiosyncratic farewell, I hope you all noticed that he thanked Hampshire members.)
Well done – and thanks for all the enjoyment you have brought.

Comment by Ageas

I’d like to add my thanks to Tommo for all his efforts for the team and for the supporters. It was a rare pleasure in 2008 to see a Hampshire bowler finish as leading Championship wicket taker.

I hope we will hear more contributions from James on the Radio Solent commentaries in future.

Comment by Hedgehog

Perhaps we should rename the Paris end in his honour?

“Tommo’s End”?!

Comment by Jeremy

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