Hampshire Cricket History

Record Days
May 11, 2017, 6:53 am
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With Glamorgan’s visit in mind, I’d like to start today by writing about a young South African opening batsman and a spectacular innings for Hampshire. He opened in this particular game alongside a young man we discovered in an adjoining minor county and brought through our junior ranks.

I’m talking of course about Barry Richards and Gordon Greenidge (you thought I meant who?)

We have to go back to Southampton on 16 July 1975 – just imagine playing knock-out cup matches in mid-summer – The Hampshire Handbook records that the pair made a “quiet start” against Malcolm Nash and Tony Cordle but Richards in particular accelerated and completed his century before lunch. Do you remember when these 60 over games honoured the traditional lunch and tea breaks?

At 210-1 Richards (129) was first to go, even before Greenidge reached three figures but Gordon then took over with an “onslaught” that brought about the highest individual and team score anywhere in the world at that time. Greenidge hit seven sixes and 17 fours before being dismissed for 177, Turner and Jesty added a few, and Hampshire closed on 371-4, which remains their highest ever List A total. Greenidge’s score too is still Hampshire’s record innings in List A

Nash took 2-84 from his 12 overs, Cordle 0-81. The rest of the game was something of an anti-climax. Solanky, whose 0-57 was the best economy rate, also top-scored with 51 but Hampshire won by a massive 164 runs – remarkably it stands only 10th in our list of highest runs victories, and last year’s victory in Swansea by 186 runs means it’s not even Hampshire’s best v Glamorgan. The wickets were shared by Roberts, Herman, Rice, Jesty and Sainsbury but spare a thought for Andy Murtagh who neither batted nor bowled.

I’m coming tomorrow to do a bit of work with my pals on Hospital Broadcasting (and next week). I wonder whether we shall see anything like that?


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I thought I’d leave the disappointment for a separate comment. In the next round Hampshire went to Old Trafford, where the weather was very Manchester. Our openers put on 32 but Richards’ 25 was our top-score and we were dismissed for 98, Lancashire winning by six wickets in only a little over half their allotted overs. (Andy Murtagh scored four and took 0-4)

Comment by pompeypop

Unless my memory is fading, was this the game where Nash pulled a white hanky out of his pocket and waved it to Greenidge is mock submission?

Comment by Ron Griffiths

I recall being at that game quite well, probably one of the first games after schools broke up. Whilst the morning session was spectacular, you’re certainly right the rest of it was an anti-climax.

The Wisden report (which says Greenidge made 104 off 20 overs after Barry was out) has an interesing footnote – it wasn’t the then highest World 60 over score, Eastern Province had made 373-4 in the 1974 SA Gillette Cup, Pollock made 222*.

Comment by Jeremy

That’s interesting, cheers. I blame the Handbook editor, and no, it wasn’t me in 1970s!

Comment by Dave Allen

Remember it as well; 240 was a good score in those days.
The Lancashire game was on TV and IIRC they still had some of the aura that went with their dominance of a few years before.

Comment by stephenfh

Back to today – 2nds batting. Hay out already . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

100 for Taylor . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

301 all out – no rain, YET!

Comment by Bob Elliott

Thanks Bob – Who’s Taylor,Mike? Billy? …

Comment by Dave Allen

Ian Holland has been added to make a squad of 14 for tomorrow, after his fantastic all round effort for the 2XI against Essex….does he play?
Maybe Ervine is rested?

Comment by Nick Jenkins (@nickjenkins01)

Brad Taylor 140. Then some tidy bowling. Essex need about 100 off the last 11 overs . . . We seem to have an Essex lad playing for us. Assani?

Comment by Bob Elliott

I’m sorry Bob – I was being VERY dumb. Brad of course. I see he now has two wickets now as well, while Josh McCoy (born in P……….) has 3-49. 40s too for Hart and Duggan. We seem to be winning.

Comment by pompeypop

Will Smith wrapped it up with two wickets, Hampshire won by 51 runs.

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