Hampshire Cricket History


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October 22, 2016, 7:21 am
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I’m sitting here, loving watching the Bangladesh spinners – Ballance had no idea how to play them and has just gone to the slow-left-armer Taijul

It reminded me that Hedgehog recalled John Southern and how we don’t mention him here, which we should. Do you remember him? As tall as his successor Raj was short and like Raj came from London, he left at the end of the 1983 season around his 31st birthday, which is young for a spinner. In 164 matches, he took 412 first-class wickets at just under 30 each, and that’s probably more wickets than anyone will ever manage for Hampshire again. He played a bit in limited-overs games (14 wickets, 25 games). He has lived in New Zealand for many years.

southern-jw-1975-1983

(Spot the Crowd)

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I remember him making quite an impact when he first started playing and he looked like a future England player. In the 1970s there were three successive years when Hampshire might easily have won the Championship; if he had been bowled a bit more in 1975 that year would have been one of them.

Comment by StephenFH

Yes I remember him well, a very clean cut scholarly looking guy.
I see the comment “spot the crowd” more like “jeepers look at what we had to sit on” it makes the current plastic seats look comfortable…which they aren`t !

Comment by Brian Scrimshaw

You are right Dave, his 412 first class wickets puts him 27th of the Hampshire list. Only Tomlinson with 380 gets close of recent players. With the number of first class matches deceasing and the amount of movement of players these days it’s unlikely anyone will top 400 wickets again.

Comment by Tigger

I remember him well. While he was a bowler my main memory of him is a batting one. In a match at Basingstoke v Gloucestershire he came in last man with the match already well lost and proceeded to score a 50 in just 12 balls, including 3 sixes and 8 fours in a score of 51. One of the Gloucestershire bowlers was Mike Procter (bowling off spin).

Comment by Bob Murrell




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