Hampshire Cricket History


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March 6, 2017, 7:05 pm
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From time-to-time, Alan Rayment phones me from down New Forest way and we chat about this and that – often stimulated by something on the Blog. Today our main topic was that 2nd XI, 1957 team photo below. Alan was playing for the first team  at the same time at Guildford, in a memorable game (albeit a heavy defeat) when the sides met HM Queen Elizabeth.

We discussed the players – did you spot only 10 men?

Back row: Umpire, Arthur Holt, Alan Wassell, ‘Butch’ White, Derek Tulk, Brian Robbins, Roy Stride and then Alan wondered, is the scorer (?) former Hampshire player Lew Harfield, a good pal of Arthur who lived in the north of the county? Then the second umpire – their names: N Cole and B Gregory

Front Row: Bernard Harrison, Ray Pitman, Rex Chester (amateur captain), Colin Roper* and Ray Flood, although* Alan who knew Colin, was slightly surprised it was him – was it (below)? He looks similar (wicketkeeper Colin was another ‘one match wonder’).

Here’s another reason I think it’s him; he’s wearing his day shoes. “So what?” you say.  Well I have another photo from this match showing Bernard and Ray walking out to bat. But they didn’t open, ‘Bernie’ (90) opened with Colin who went early for 9 (23-1) after which Ray (82) came in and they were not parted until the second wicket fell at 169. So, I think this picture was taken at lunchtime, with Colin wearing ‘civvies’ after which Bernie and Ray resumed and that photo was taken.

Incidentally, did you notice only 10 players? John Newman is missing. Was he another ‘Gatting’ at lunchtime? The match was a thriller, with ‘Butch’ taking 7-96 in the match

Hants 267-7 dec & 144-5 dec  drew with Wilts 196 & 192-9 (in 52 overs) 24 runs short

Roper C copy

Colin Roper

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