Hampshire Cricket History


For Liam read Ledger?
December 21, 2016, 1:53 pm
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Liam finished with 66* and 0, plus 2-129 on his Test debut. The Times today gave him 6/10 but said “It appears that he is unlikely to be called on again anytime soon”.

If so, it reminded me of one of Hampshire’s first Test players, Southampton-born AJL (Ledger) Hill who played three times for England v South Africa in the winter of 1895/6. The games were only designated Test Matches retrospectively and as well as Hill, Christopher Heseltine played for England and RM Poore (a serving British officer) ‘guested’ for South Africa (Jennings in reverse)

Hill had a fine series (three matches) mainly as a batsman, and in the last match scored 124 to finish with a batting average of 62.75 – rather similar to Liam’s. He only bowled in the final innings but took 4-8 as England won.

Hill played on until 1921 but was never picked for England again, although as an amateur he was not always available and indeed stayed in South Africa during 1896 on business. I doubt whether Liam will stay in India!

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AJL Hill

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Scyld Berry in the Telegraph gave him 6/10 also, and said he deserves NOT to be a 1-cap wonder.

Comment by Bob Elliott




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