Hampshire Cricket History

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May 10, 2017, 7:59 am
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On Sunday 18 July, 1971, Hampshire went down to Somerset for a 40 over Sunday League game, but not to Taunton, they went to


(Mrs A and I visit Glastonbury regularly and have done for many years – I’ve even played at the Festival a couple of times – although it’s not in Glastonbury)

This was Hampshire’s first-ever List A match in Somerset (after two previous home Sunday League games). Somerset won the toss and batted on a pitch reported by the umpires. Virgin and Kitchen reached 52 before the first wicket fell, after which most batsmen got into double figures, although wickets fell regularly. Burgess top-scored with 31, Sainsbury took 4-34 and White 3-21, both in eight overs, and Somerset closed on 164-7 (40 overs).

Richard Lewis opened with Richards and they put on 37, but once Richards had gone for 10 only Bob Stephenson reached double figures (also 10) apart from Lewis, who battled his way to 52 before falling to Langford. Hampshire lost for the second consecutive match by the same margin of 67 runs.

Cartwright’s figures were 8-4-12-3 but that was nothing compared to the next day on the same ground. Overnight Somerset had scored 258 and Warwickshire, in reply, were 52-0. But on Monday, Somerset won by an innings, dismissing Warwickshire for 95 & 69. Cartwright’s match figures were 42-27-37-8. Incredible!

PS Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Hampshire-born Jimmy Adams dropped for South African Rossouw, while Fidel replaces Topley. Six foreigners today.


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I meant to add that the first Glastonbury Festival organised by Michael Eavis was also in 1971

Comment by pompeypop

I should also have added that Tom Mottram batted at number seven. Seven?!!

Comment by pompeypop

I wonder how much more service Sean Ervine needs to give before he isn’t regarded as a foreigner?

Comment by James

I guess it’s a question of opinion (entirely legitimate) vs fact. The fact is he was born abroad, first played at the Rose Bowl in an international for Zimbabwe v South Africa, and signed/stayed because we were unable to produce our own players of comparable quality. I’ve no problem with Sean in particular, he’s been an important Hampshire cricketer, but I do continue to have a problem with a side fielding six players born & raised overseas. This is not a Greenidge situation, where we discovered a kid living in England and played him in our Colts and 2nd XI for three years before his first team debut. Five of our six overseas came to us as international cricketers, the sixth Berg, from another county (and even he played for Italy).

Comment by pompeypop

Fair enough Dave. I too would like to see a host of Hampshire raised (as opposed to born due to the vagaries of maternity hospital locations discussed earlier) players in the team but it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Also with the population being far more mobile than in past times there is less likelihood of significant numbers of local players turning out.

I do have a real problem with counties signing overseas players for a minor part of a season which is becoming common place but frankly don’t see any difference at all between us playing the likes of Ervine and Berg who we didn’t develop but have played their cricket in this country for years and us playing the likes of Carberry and Smith.

I also feel that when someone has given us the service that Ervine has it is rather disappointing to continually see him being used by so many people as an example of a foreign player. Personally I regard him as “more Hampshire” than many Hampshire born players I have seen over the years.

But as you say it’s all a matter of opinion!

Comment by James

Some numbers for all the county squads are at bythesightscreen.com. Hants not so very different to others, although when you look at just those that appear in the first team…….a bit better than Sussex at least!

Comment by stephenfh

Adam Hose, Ventnor CC & Hants 2nd XI (born IOW) just dismissed for 50.

The 2nd XI need 299 to win and are 74-1 with Smith & Holland in the 30s. Holland finished with 4-90, so nine wickets in the match, plus first innings century. Shame he’s an American Aussie (‘double’ foreigner?).

Comment by pompeypop

Hose looked good he is tall,elegant and played one shot to mid wicket boundary that was exquisite

Comment by Mike Peaker

Somerset all out so I turned over to Sky, just in time to see Jerome Taylor take the second of two-in-two for Sussex v Essex. In at four, on a hat-trick, the Essex wicketkeeper, a chap called Adam Wheater. Taylor bowled quick and full; Wheater missed his first ball, lbw for nought, hat-trick for Taylor.

Meanwhile Holland goes on, now 73*. Hants 2s 136-1

Comment by pompeypop

Holland didn’t quite get to a second hundred but Will Smith did make another one and Hampshire 2s won by six wickets. Will is in excellent form but it’s difficult to see any point in him being around really; neither Carberry nor Adams played today so Will won’t get in, will he?

Danny Briggs bowled quite nicely for Sussex today. As Stephen suggests there aren’t many local guys there either, but they have two more than Hampshire today.

Comment by pompeypop

5 players came through the academy.
Mcmanus finishing the game. Mason best leg spinner…, dawson best finger spinner…, vince test player, alsop future test player.

Comment by Jim

I’ve just got back from Taunton – what a game! Although I agree with much of what has been said on this blog about overseas players versus Hampshire born/reared players, after today’s performance I think that if he keeps up this form, Rossouw has got to be the signing of the decade, if not the centaury. For those of you who know the Taunton ground, one six landed on the penthouse balcony of the flats!

Comment by John West

Sorry about the spelling – should be “century”

Comment by John West

I agree, Rossouw was simply awesome. More Gordon Greenidge than Barry Richards, he really hits the ball very hard. When he reached 50 he was the only scorer except for 1 wide. Big crowd too, great win. Sat in front of Lewis McManus’ s Grand parents, they were very proud when he hit the winning runs.

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