Hampshire Cricket History

16 June (Busy doing nothing)
June 16, 2017, 12:19 pm
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Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the first day of the legendary Monterey Pop Festival. I think it’s unlikely that Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie or Desmond Eagar went to California but I thought I’d check what Hampshire were up to, and the answer is nothing; they had no game (those old-timers had it easy).

However, the Festival continued on Saturday and Sunday (Hendrix, Joplin, the Who, Ravi Shankar, Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding etc – plus my particular favourites, Country Joe & the Fish). Meanwhile on the Saturday, Hampshire started a three-day game against the Indians at Southampton (including Sunday play). The scores were

Indians 316-5 dec & 183-5 dec

Hampshire 207 (Marshall 77) & 286-9 (Marshall 112)

So, a thrilling finish with Hampshire needing just seven runs to win and the Indians one wicket. I’ve resisted looking this up further (yet) but the strange thing is that the Hampshire innings ended after 67.4 balls with Shackleton 20* and Cottam 0*

So why did it end then? Have I forgotten something about the old regs? Either side might have won from the two extra balls of the over.

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Well the umpires were John Arnold and Lofty Herman so maybe they took pity on the Indians or their beloved Hampshire!

Strange the game ended as a draw mid over! Perhaps the May 67 rain returned.

Comment by Ron Griffiths

Good spot Ron – I suppose weather would explain it but I suspect these days they’d try to finish something that close. Maybe the Indians didn’t fancy a county defeat?

Comment by pompeypop

They had already lost to Surrey and Kent before they came to us. There was rain on 19th June in UK but I cannot narrow it down.

Comment by Ron Griffiths

Some details of the fairly unsuccessful tour

Comment by James

I succumbed and checked the Handbook. The man who bowled the odd four balls was the Indian opener Mohol, but I suspect it was not the final four balls. He bowled only 2.4 overs and perhaps did not complete an earlier over and went off injured. He did not play again for almost three weeks.

Maybe back then, no one was required to complete that over (a Tourist match regulation?). The Handbook says that Timms was out from the first ball of the final over, after which Cottam failed to score off the final five balls – that part is certainly believable.

Bob Cottam is one of very few Hampshire cricketers who had a significant career, which ended with more wickets than runs for the county. He was a terrific bowler, and for Hampshire took 693 wickets at 20.71. As a ‘batsman’ however, he scored just 615 runs at 5.44, with a highest of 35 v Somerset in 1969.

We could have a thread on the ‘finest’ number elevens – from my brief sighting I wonder whether Carter (last year) might top the list … (does that constitute an opinion?)

Comment by pompeypop

Brad Wheal would push Andy Carter for a place at number eleven from what I have seen although he has plenty of time to improve!

Comment by James

Alan Mullally wouldn’t be too far away either. As for non-Hampshire players how about Chris Martin (New Zealand), Peter Such (England) and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (India) at Test level and I’d nominate Jim Griffiths (Northants) as the worst at County level – all from the top of my head. I’m sure there are many others!

Comment by James

Interestingly the 2nd XI were ‘resting’ too, although earlier in the week they played Middlesex ‘reserves’ AT LORD’S! Imagine that – and poor old ‘Tommo’ never got there. Hampshire 2s won, on their way to the title, with a team that included Lewis, Wheatley, Keith, Castell, Holder and Leo Harrison captain

Comment by pompeypop

Apropos of nothing in particular Wheater not playing for Essex today.

Comment by Paul

They’ve not needed him either

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