Hampshire Cricket History


Off We Go Then
April 2, 2017, 8:47 am
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I’m wondering whether Alan Rayment will read this. He played almost 200 first-class matches for Hampshire from 1949-1958. He didn’t always play the first match of the season, and sometimes Hampshire played friendly non f/c in late April such as v Sussex at Hove on 29 & 30 April 1949 but Hampshire’s first class ‘debut’ each season during his career was as follows:

1949: 7th May; 1950: 3rd May; 1951: 5 May; 1952: 7th May; 1953: 2 May; 1954: 8th May; 1955: 7th May; 1956: 5th May; 1957: 8th May; 1958: 10th May

Since I don’t (yet) have access to the new costly world of Cricket Archive, I’ve done that the old-fashioned way, leafing through Handbooks but I’m pretty sure I once checked and discovered that Hampshire had never played a first class match in April until the mid-1970s in Richard Gilliat’s time. Now we’re starting a month earlier, despite the fact that on a weekly average today’s cricketers play fewer days than ever previously …

Incidentally here’s a first day of the season for Alan I rather like. Hampshire after their best ever season in 1955 (3rd) went to Lord’s on Saturday 5 May, 1956, to play a strong MCC side, batted first and posted 351-5 declared. Alan (at four) scored 45 before being caught by MCC’s wicket-keeper, a chap called Ingleby-Mackenzie – the bowler was Fred Titmus. There were half centuries for Marshall and Sainsbury, while Mike Barnard, who was playing inside-forward for Pompey v Manchester Utd exactly two weeks earlier, finished 128*

Hampshire dismissed MCC for 125 (Gray 4-5) and, following-on, 247 (Gray 4-60) and won by eight wickets – Jimmy Gray’s Arsenal team-mate, Arthur Milton, top-scored for MCC with 40 & 66

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I still can’t get my head around the fact that we have only one championship home game in July and August the heart of the summer.

Comment by James

Asher Hart is the only debutant. Number 545.

Comment by Bob Elliott

You might like to know that Alan rang me, we had a delightful conversation and he observed – with no bitterness but a slight melancholy – that three-day matches beginning in May on uncovered pitches are in the same place as 78rpm shellac records or ‘wind-up’ Morris Minors. He also recalled a Hampshire ‘leggie’ from the early 1950s, Alec Debnam playing a pre-season friendly in late April, after they had waited for the snow to melt! He could barely grip the ball.

Comment by pompeypop

Hi Dave, You could have used my FREE FOR USE website to check the dates of matches. Unfortunately the links to scorecards only work if you’ve paid Cricket Archive. Like you, I haven’t joined yet!. Kind Regards Tigger

Comment by Tigger MIles

Cheers Tigger

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