Hampshire Cricket History

No ‘Ducks’ Please! (Quiz)
July 5, 2017, 8:37 pm
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All the answers are in the first Comment

  1. Which Hampshire player top-scored for England on his Test debut in 1950?
  2. Which two Hampshire players recorded ‘ducks’ for England on Test debut at Lord’s?

(Liam Dawson also recorded a duck on his debut last December of course – but second innings, after an impressive half century+)



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The first answer is probably a bit surprising: Derek Shackleton who scored 42 of 223 v West Indies. The two rather sad debuts – both opening the innings – were by John Arnold v New Zealand in 1931 and Chris Smith also v NZ in 1983. Arnold scored 34 in the second innings but was never picked again. Chris scored 43 in the second innings and did play a few more Tests.

Comment by pompeypop

Dave-Chris Tremlett was a 3rd Lord’s test debutant who failed to score in his first innings, v India, 2007.

Comment by Alan Edwards

Cheers Alan – it’s a strange record isn’t it?

Comment by Dave Allen

Dave, despite the failures, there have been notable successes by Hampshire players on test debuts at Lord’s, all against Australia. Lionel Tennyson scored a brave74 not out in the second innings in 1921, Robin Smith 96, again in the second innings, in 1989, and though it grieves me to include him, as he played only once for Hampshire thereafter, Kevin Pietersen made 57 and 64 not out in 2005. For the West Indies, our home grown Gordon Greenidge scored 84 in his first innings in 1976. Let’s hope Liam has similar success!

Robin went on to score two test centuries there, 101 not out v India in “Gooch’s match” in 1990 and that magnificent 148 not out v West Indies in 1991 (probably the innings of his life). Gordon, of course, made a breathtaking 214 not out to win the test for the West Indies in 1984, as well as 103 in 1988. KP scored a heady 152 v South Africa (as good an innings as I’ve ever seen live) in 2008.

Of course, both Smith and Pietersen learnt their cricket overseas, but the same can’t be said about Greenidge.

I need to research further whether KP scored further test centuries there whilst notionally with Hampshire.

Comment by Alan Edwards

Many thanks Alan – and let’s hope so indeed. Given the morning at Lord’s, he might be batting quite soon!

Comment by pompeypop

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