Hampshire Cricket History

BL Reed
January 12, 2017, 9:49 am
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It’s been a while but I’m resuming the ‘I Remember You’ theme with opening batsman Barry Reed

Reed, Ayling, LP .JPG

I’m fond of this picture – Barry spent some years coaching what would now be known as our Academy including an outstanding squad in the late 1990s who won the National under-19 competition. Among the players in that squad were Jimmy Adams, Chris Tremlett, Derek Kenway, Charlie van der Gucht and Lawrie Prittipaul (centre above). On the left, is an earlier ‘graduate’ Jon Ayling, and what links all three is that they were born in Portsmouth, although Barry grew up on Hayling Island and then attended Winchester College.

He played one match in his home city v Cambridge University in 1958 (age 20) – a side captained by Ted Dexter, while ‘Ossie’ Wheatley bowled him twice (2 & 12). There were four ‘Pompey’ or adjacent players in that side, Reed, Blake, Barnard and Wassell and four others from within the county.

That, however, was it for eight years, while Barry turned to farming in the Petersfield area, but in the mid-1960s, with Jimmy Gray gone, Hampshire were struggling to find an opening partner for Marshall and back he came, playing three full seasons, 1966-1968.

As well as opening the batting, he was an outstanding cover fielder and a charming man. In 1969, he played fewer Championship matches, as Hampshire, having promoted a chap called Richards, gave opportunities to Richard Lewis, but in this first season of the Sunday League, Barry topped the averages at 66.25 with Hampshire finishing runners-up.

Hampshire tried out younger players as partners for Richards again in 1970 and in August found the right one, Gordon Greenidge, so Barry’s final game was at Trent Bridge at the end of July when he scored 52. He never played first-class cricket again but in that last season, only Richards and Marshall of the regular batsmen bettered his average of 38.85. No more matches perhaps, but for years he helped to produce fine young players for Hampshire – mostly from within the county.



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What a goldmine of info this page is. I had no idea – that there was any connection between opening batsmen of my boyhood and today’s openers. e.g.Adams. And a photo to boot.

Comment by Chas C

Many thanks Chas – I guess it’s been a crazy way to spend a life but I’m delighted it brings pleasure – and that connection point is lovely.

Comment by pompeypop

I agree with Chas. It’s always fascinating to learn about Hampshire players that were a little before my time.

Comment by James

Oh James – you’re making me feel old. Not before my time! Great player and loyal servant of Hampshire in different roles

Comment by Ageas

To avoid confusion I’m no spring chicken it’s just that I started watching Hampshire much later in life than many others!

Comment by James

I should leave a ‘like’ but the blog doesn’t let you!

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