Hampshire Cricket History

Senior Pro’
November 1, 2016, 1:00 pm
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Let’s hope that November is a kinder month than October. I think that the recent deaths of Leo Harrison (debut 1939), Jimmy Gray (1948) and Vic Cannings (1950), leave my friend Alan Rayment as Hampshire’s ‘senior pro’ – the only Hampshire professional still alive who played in the 1940s (debut 1949).

Alan is 88, although still often seems more like 28. In 1955, he was one of the 13 players who took Hampshire to third place in the Championship for the first time. Of his team-mates from those days, only Mike Barnard (83) and Malcolm Heath (82) are also still with us.


(The 13th player – in just one match, deputising as w/kpr for Leo who was representing the Players at Lord’s – was ACD Ingleby-Mackenzie)

Hampshire’s senior player – and now the only one who played in English first-class cricket before the war, is JE Manners (102) the naval officer/amateur, who played in seven f/c matches for Hampshire – four in 1936, one in 1947 and two in 1948. He also played for the Combined Services against Hampshire in that match at Aldershot when Jimmy Gray made his debut.


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Its astonishing to realise again that Hants used only 13 players during that 1955 season given the number of fixtures, travel, bowlers’ workloads etc. I can’t imagine how that would be possible nowadays with injuries, fatigue, etc. How did they achieve such levels of fitness! I dare say some of them did not always have perfect lifestyles either as regards diet, nutrition, alcohol etc.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

Nice to see all three mentioned on “South Today” this evening.

Comment by Jeremy

They were not molly-coddled in those days!
I tried to attach a photo to this comment, but I do not think I can so I am sending it to Dave separately.

Comment by Stephen Saunders

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