Hampshire Cricket History


It’s a Knock-Out
April 26, 2017, 9:04 pm
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As I mentioned below, this is season number 55 in one-innings, limited-overs knock-out cup matches – intended to be played on one day (not always possible).

Hampshire’s first match against Kent came in the third season (1965), was their fifth game and their first victory against first-class opposition. It was played in Portsmouth – Colin Cowdrey’s only competitive match on that ground and Hampshire (208) won against Kent’s 185 in a not untypical low-scoring 60-over match back then. Peter Sainsbury was Man-of-the-Match, scoring 70 and taking 3-45.

They were drawn against each other the following year, this time at Southampton and Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, back from retirement to keep wicket, won the match award with 59, while Luckhurst scored 65. He took Kent to 114-1 chasing 200 but they collapsed to 145 all out and the incredible ‘Shack’ had figures of 10-3-12-3.

They didn’t meet again in a knock-out match until 1973, and while Hampshire were winning the Championship, Kent knocked them out of both competitions – in a B&H Quarter Final at Southampton by 11 runs and in the Gillette Cup in the first of such matches at Canterbury, by eight wickets, with a century from Luckhurst.

I’ll post more tales from those competitions as the season progresses

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