Hampshire Cricket History

Days at the Oval
July 30, 2017, 11:33 am
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One of the games we chatted about last night was the Oval Test Match of 1963 against the West Indies – the first Test Match I saw live, and ‘Shack’s’ last. He had replaced Brian Statham as Fred Trueman’s opening partner for Tests two, three and four, but now Statham was back and ‘Shack’ bowled first change. The two England innings were worth 275 & 223, yet apart from Brian Close in the second, all the top seven got into double figures twice, although only Phil Sharpe with 63 and 83, reached fifty (Close passed 40 in the first innings).

In what would be seen today as a low-scoring match, England led West Indies by 29 on first innings, but with Fred Trueman injured after bowling just one over, the tourists won easily on 255-2. Opening batsman Conrad Hunte scored 80 (‘Shack’s’ final Test victim) and 108*.

The commentators today are discussing the likely target that England will set and as usual, listing highest fourth innings totals on the ground. In all first-class matches, the top spot is more than a century ago, but in second place is Surrey’s score v Hampshire in 2007 – do you remember that one?

Hampshire 481-9 dec with 80s from Adams and Pothas (not out) & 224-1 dec (Michael Brown 115*) beat Surrey 203 (Warne 5-45) & 467 (Batty 121, Salisbury, 103, Udal 4-138) by 35 runs. Salisbury and Mahmood put on 177 for Surrey’s 8th wicket

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My interest in Hants was sleeping then; times remembered at Burnaby Road way back at bythesightscreen.com

Comment by stephenfh

And a delightful memory too. Sundays were always packed at Pompey – not least of course because the bars (but not pubs in those days) were open through the afternoon. I’ve a feeling that was the Sunday when ‘Billy-no-mates’ Boycott came out for a warm-up before the game and had to get local kids to bowl to him! Nice to read about John Rice too who was a particularly fine Sunday League cricketer.

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