Hampshire Cricket History


It’s only a game …
April 7, 2017, 8:08 am
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As the serious stuff begins, I’ve received this morning an email and some images from my friend Nigel Gossop at the very interesting Bedhampton Historical Centre where I gave the talk on Tuesday evening. I shared with them some brief examples of the work I did in Forever Changes about the way that cricket used to be more clearly ’embedded’ in our culture, in fiction, cinema and everyday life. They have a large collection of the Boy’s Own Paper in which this, and other extracts appeared.

Farnes BoPaper.jpg

It struck me that this might be a good one to share with you on this day, as everything gets that bit more intense. It was the date (top right) that particularly caught my eye because as this was being published, the 30-year-old Farnes was in his final month of playing first-class cricket. He played 15 Test Matches for England, taking 60 wickets.

On Tuesday 29 August 1939 his team, Essex, reached the final day of their last Championship match of the season v Northants at Clacton-on-Sea. Farnes, opening the bowling as usual, dismissed the first five Northants batsmen, reducing them to 54-5. He finished with 6-47 as Essex won by 210 runs. There would be no more Championship cricket until 1946.

Farnes joined the RAF, and just a couple of years later was killed on English soil when his plane crashed on a night-flying exercise.

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Lovely, evocative picture. Sad story. Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by Dave Pople




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