Hampshire Cricket History

For Henry (& Bob)
March 27, 2017, 2:24 pm
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Henry hasn’t been getting our posts so here’s one to check he’s back. I missed yesterday’s Sunday Times but Henry tells me that Simon Wilde was reporting on the changes under the heading: “Crash Bang Wallop! ECB ready to dance to tune of Twenty20” with the sub-heading, “Purists be warned – white-ball game is changing English cricket for ever” Henry adds, “it is a very depressing read for someone of our generation”.

Not the first one, and not the last – but at least we’re ‘Pure’.

And here are two photos connected to our intrepid reporter and his search for every cricket ground in Hampshire (don’t forget to buy a copy)

Bob & Pete Clutterbuck

Which ground was this then Bob? And I wonder whether anyone knows the connection with this photo? (It’s to do with classic, traditional, ‘village’ cricket)



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Well, you know I know the ground, Dave. I don’t know what the bottom photo is but the warship suggests it’s in Pompey so the connection is below (from Wikipedia): The ground is in West Sussex, but qualified for my book through Stansted Park CC being in the Hampshire League between 1975 and 1981, and is now the home of the club that used to be known as Rowlands Castle.

On Monday, 15 June 1741, an important cricket match, Slindon v Portsmouth was played in Stansted Park and Slindon won by 9 wickets. It is the earliest report of a match involving the famous Slindon team, though it must have been playing for some time beforehand. Their patron Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond wrote in a letter to his friend Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle that “above 5,000 people” were present. In a second letter, he gave the result. This is the only time that Stansted Park is mentioned in surviving cricket records.

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