Hampshire Cricket History

Don Shepherd – + Two
August 12, 2017, 10:35 am
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There is a delightful piece on the BBC about the former Glamorgan bowler Don Shepherd who is 90 today – Happy Birthday!


Almost inevitably it records his achievement of taking over 2,000 first-class wickets, adding that he never played Test cricket.

There are only two other cricketers who have that record, EG Dennett a slow-left-armer who played for Gloucestershire and Jack Newman of Hampshire, born in Southsea in November 1884, also passed 2,000 wickets but were never called to higher honours.

The other two took more wickets but Jack was easily the best batsman of the three with 10 first-class hundreds. Dennett and Newman opposed each other in the only first-class match played at Broadhalfpenny Down, when in 1908 Jack played for the Hambledon side that beat England, commemorating the great 18th century days and the unveiling of the memorial stone. In that match Jack Newman took 8-54 and 5-66 and he finished his career (in 1930) with 2054 wickets – 1946 for Hampshire.

1913 pros

Here is Jack (John Alfred), far right, at Bournemouth in 1913 with the great professionals who transformed Hampshire and made them successful for the first time. (left to right) J Stone, G Brown, A Kennedy, (H) A Bowell, (C) P Mead and Jack Newman.


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I did not know about that Hambledon match. Newman does get overlooked a little. What sort of bowler was he?

Comment by Dave Pople

He’s generally known as a right-arm off-spinner, but as with Sheherd (Underwood), or Hampshire’s Charlie Knott quite quick for a spinner. Sometimes he would open the bowling – albeit on responsive, uncovered pitches. He and Alec Kennedy were the mainstays of Hampshire’s attack from 1906/7 through to 1930.

Comment by pompeypop

Thanks Dave. I dug out my copy of Peter Wynne-Thomas’s History of Hampshire which also describes him as “medium pace with the addition of off-breaks”. It also mentions him uncharacteristically kicking the stumps down at Trent Bridge, and subsequently apologising to Tennyson and the rest of the team

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