Hampshire Cricket History

Malcolm Heath
October 26, 2016, 10:36 am
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Malcolm Heath’s entire first-class career was for his native Hampshire County XI. He was born in Bournemouth and played in 143 matches from 1954-1962. One of my memories is of him slogging the Aussies around Southampton in the match before we won the 1961 Championship. He scored 28, but he’s not generally recalled for his batting and with 569 runs and 527 wickets he was almost one of those classic tailenders who took more than he scored!


Malcolm Heath  was perhaps too nice to be a fast bowler – the opposite of ‘Butch’ White who to a certain extent replaced him. Malcolm seemed set to replace Vic Cannings as ‘Shack’s’ opening partner – playing some games when Hampshire reached third place in 1955, and in just four successive seasons taking almost 350 wickets: 1957 (76); 1958 (126); 1959 (71); 1960 (74).

I remember him well because he was generally picked on the quicker Pompey pitches; less often on the ‘turners’ at his home ground. With his height there was always lift and Neville Rogers celebrated his arrival because for the first time since the war, Hampshire could dish out some short stuff instead of merely receiving it.

His best figures of 8-43 were against Sussex in 1958 with Hampshire chasing their first title, but perhaps his most remarkable/peculiar figures were at Burton-on-Trent that year. He and ‘Shack’ bowled unchanged with Malcolm taking 6-35 and 7-52. In their two innings Derbyshire’s totals were 74 all out and 107 all out – yet they beat Hampshire by 103 runs in two days!

He played quite a few games in 1961 but was not in the side at Bournemouth that won the title in September.

Malcolm’s career was ended by a hip injury after the 1962 season although he played quite a bit of club cricket and also coached for the MCC at Lord’s. He had a stroke a few years ago but still attends our players’ reunions every year.



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Strangely I cannot recall seeing him bowl. Probably due, as Dave says, because he was not picked for Dean Park after Butch White came into the side. He was picked as the 3rd seamer for Portsmouth quite regularly.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

With my serious hat on (sorry about my flippant suggestion below) I’m looking forward to this series and this is a great start as I knew Malcolm’s name but very little else about him.

Comment by James


We’re coming out of this too well!

Comment by Paul

Typo should read
We’re not coming out of this too well!

Comment by Paul

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