Hampshire Cricket History

I Remember You
January 19, 2017, 2:49 pm
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Alan Edwards got him of course (comment below)

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Hampshire CCC 1977, Mike Hill standing, far left, next to Tim Tremlett. He came from Berkshire and as a very young man played a bit for Worcestershire 2nd XI (etc). He started playing for HCCC 2nd XI as understudy to Bob Stephenson in 1970.

Mike made his first team debut v West Indies in 1973, ‘keeping to fellow debutant Andy Roberts. He played just six first class matches from then to 1976 and three of them were v tourists, but in May 1976 he played four first-class matches when Bob Stephenson was (unusually) injured.

Mike’s best game was v Sussex at Basingstoke in that little run when, in a low-scoring game, his 27* (v Snow and Greig) helped Hampshire to victory. He played a B&H match in 1975 and two Sunday League games in 1976, the last, a defeat v Somerset, despite which he held two catches and for his final dismissal, stumped Ian Botham.

He retired in his twenties, as Bobby Parks came on the scene in the late 1970s but still regularly attends players’ reunions.

Nobody Expects
January 19, 2017, 12:58 pm
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To open the news pages of their daily ‘paper and find a photo of an occasional Hampshire wicketkeeper from the 1970s but …

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Today’s Guardian, page 5 and the ‘keeper is? (All will be revealed)

(While I was queueing to pay, a cricket loving pal of mine came in, picked up his Daily Telegraph, looked at my preference and said “you won’t find anything worth bothering with in there”. But that just goes to show you can never underestimate the ‘paper of Cardus and Arlott).

Rachel Heyhoe Flint RIP
January 18, 2017, 6:08 pm
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I’ve just seen the news that she has died today. About 45 years ago she made the headlines at Northlands Road. Interesting approach to the story by the Echo (!) – incidentally, the non-striker is the recently mentioned Barry Reed.

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The South African conundrum
January 17, 2017, 9:18 am
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I was very grateful for all the Comments about the South African display – and since you guys ‘represent’ the intended audience I’m going to keep asking a question or two.

I thought Alan Edwards was very sensible in suggesting/observing “Should concentration be on those who played in South African domestic cricket? A number of those above at the turn of the 20th century just happened to be born in SA as they were sons of servicemen, civil servants etc”.

That would exclude the three Evans, although I guess RM Poore does count as having played in “South African domestic cricket”.


It would mean including Rory Kleinveldt, a decent enough cricketer but on his one appearance for Hampshire probably the worst overseas player we ever had and ‘Nante’ Hayward who also played just one first-class match (plus T20) but not Brad Wheal who has never played senior South African cricket and would be omitted along with the Evans. That doesn’t seem right to me.

Then we might also have mentioned Jimmy Cook and Dale Benkenstein?

It’s not easy being a cricket historian you know!

PS Fortunately Little Mix are not South African …

The Bigger Picture
January 17, 2017, 8:29 am
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From ‘Hedgehog’ (cheers!):

“I found a larger image – but the blog wouldn’t let me post including a link to it. Hence this email. The top painting is “The Closing Match”. If it is the same ground as”The Opening Match”, then it must be from the opposite side of the field”.


A Question
January 16, 2017, 2:58 pm
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Does anyone know where this ground might be?  Could it be one in Bob’s forthcoming book?

The artist worked in Sussex and Hampshire. I’m sorry the image is small but there is more information here:



A Good Day
January 15, 2017, 4:04 pm
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for Liam Dawson maybe?

On Display
January 15, 2017, 8:33 am
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No Liam today

There’s a new Heritage Committee and Trust moving into action now and they’ve asked me to help with a new display tribute to Hampshire’s South Africans, so I’m asking you for your help too. When I compiled the first list I managed to forget the only South African-born Hampshire player to captain England (!).

Here’s my basic list of South African-born Hampshire players

AE, DM and WHB Evans (either side of First World War)

CB Llewellyn (1899/1910)

E Oliver (1911)

WLC Creese (1928/39)

Then came more familiar names: BA Richards followed by CL Smith, RA Smith, CFE Goldie, SJ Jefferies and in this century, Nic Pothas, Kevin Latouf, ‘Nante’ Hayward, Neil McKenzie, Kevin Pietersen, Kyle Abbott, the new guy Rossouw and …

Three ‘interesting’ cases:

Army officer RM Poore born in Ireland but in 1895/6 while stationed in SA he represented a South African XI against ‘England’ in a match that was subsequently designated as a Test Match

Tom Dean born Gosport but raised in SA. Returned to play for Hampshire in 1939 and post-war (probably doesn’t count)

Imran Tahir, not born in SA but represented them.

Any thoughts? Anyone missing?


News, News and more News
January 13, 2017, 6:56 pm
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I’ve been to the Ageas Bowl today – my first visit since my unhappy truncated final day of last season. I met with Richard Griffiths in the Archive and we chatted about this and that including a plan for a visual tribute to Hampshire’s ‘South Africans’ and progress on establishing a Heritage Trust to ensure the security of all the artefacts, books etc at the club. My relationship at present is a bit semi-detached, but I do have some projects and I’ll describe one on the next Post, inviting your comments and thoughts.

Meanwhile, the Cricket Paper today has a few relevant pieces including a confirmation of the Michael Carberry story – Giles White adds, his task now is “working back to full fitness”. Derek Pringle offers an article about ‘adopted’ Englishmen, asking who was the best of the lot. On this Blog there may be few dissenters from his nomination of Robin Smith. Simon Sweetman of the ACS, in his regular column, however reveals that he’s a Basingstoke boy and has supported Hampshire for 60 years, but his column’s headline “Cricket losing its soul with Kolpack influence” reveals how he feels.

There is an ‘exclusive’ by Elizabeth Ammon, predicting a vote in the spring to approve an eight-team city T20 franchise. It’s worth a read because there is considerable detail.

Perhaps the most surprising entry is a photo of Somerset’s T20 Champions of 2005, from which we learn that John Francis was a “spinner”- did we miss that fact? Next to him is Gareth Andrew about whom it says “all-rounder who is about to start his second season with Hampshire” (??). There is also a reminiscence by Michael Brown, titled “It was so great fielding at short leg when Warnie came on to bowl”.



The West Indies
January 13, 2017, 9:14 am
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(Probably warmer there today!)

I have been asked a question to which I don’t know the answer

Is it possible to set up your own trip to the WI – not part of a tour package – and still buy tickets to see one or more of the forthcoming ODIs?


Are all the match tickets from England wrapped up in official tour packages?

Any help gratefully received