Hampshire Cricket History


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March 5, 2017, 2:11 pm
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Bob got the answers – he sent an email. These are the two guys standing right (below), pace bowler Peter Haslop and batsman Ray Flood. They have ITV in common …

Peter came from Midhurst way and was a prodigy of Arthur Holt – he carried the coaching baton after Arthur retired. He made his debut for Hampshire on Southern TV in the match at Bournemouth v Pakistan in 1962 but his timing was unlucky. When he joined Hampshire, their pace attack was Shackleton, White and Heath and a year later Bob Cottam arrived ,so Peter played only that single first-class game (2-82). He became a top club and Southern League representative player (Trojans I think) for many years, but out-of-the-blue was called up by Hampshire to play a Sunday League game at Pompey in 1971. Hampshire lost but Peter’s 1-34 in his eight overs included the wicket of Barry Duddlestone. His 8-2-26-0 the following Sunday at Worcester was the most economical in another defeat and then in 1972, he played in two B&H zonal games at Yeovil and Bristol. He took three wickets, the last Mike Procter, but again Hampshire lost both, and at 30 his county career ended.

Batsman Ray Flood, was really a New Forest man, although born in Southampton and came from a sporting family (brother John played for ‘Saints’). He joined Hampshire in the mid-1950s, and made his first-class debut in 1956, playing twice. He next appeared once in 1958, but 1959, a hot summer and the first of covered wickets was his great year. He played in 20 matches, with 750 runs and an average of 25.16, including four fifties and his only first-class century, 138* v Sussex at Hove, another match shown on Southern Television. Ray was interviewed during the tea interval and we tried to find a recording – but live events were rarely saved on video back then. He played only one match in 1960 (v Oxford University) scoring a ‘duck’ and 72 but struggled with a knee injury and with the emergence of Danny Livingstone and the full-time availability of Mike Barnard was released, after which he played club cricket for Lyndhurst. Ray died in 2014.

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Sad news about a local cricketer
http://www.vimpsatthecrease.com/latest-news/cleighton-rudder

Comment by Paul

Yes indeed – he got rid of me for not many, last time I played at St Helen’s (decades ago!)

Comment by pompeypop

Thanks for the background to Peter Haslop and Ray Flood. I played against them both. Peter several times in the very early days of The Southern League. His speed was not the problem, but he was so accurate. Always on a length, he gave nothing away. I think he was playing for Trojans. I remember being impressed with Ray when we played Lyndhurst at their ground in c1974 or 1976. One could see immediately why he had been good enough to play for the County. I was playing for Bournemouth Amateurs out of Dean Park.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

The other four are Stephenson (GR), Ian Watson, Mike Barnard, and Derek Tulk . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott




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