Hampshire Cricket History

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October 28, 2017, 3:56 pm
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Benjamin, Winston Keithroy Matthew (422) born 31.12.1964 Antigua, WI. Except when touring with the West Indies, Malcolm Marshall was Hampshire’s overseas professional from 1979 until he retired after the 1993 season. In his place Hampshire signed Benjamin who had always seemed to have the potential to replicate Marshall’s performances as a fast bowler and useful batsman. Ultimately however, his career figures indicate that he fell short of that potential both for his country and for Hampshire.

He signed for Hampshire age 29, after eight years with Leicestershire when he enjoyed some successful days in Championship and List A cricket – particularly with the ball, taking 237 first-class wickets at 26.84. His three-year Hampshire career was hampered by fitness problems playing just 11 matches, although he scored a fine century v Essex at Southampton  (117) in 1996, sharing a partnership of 178 for the 7th wicket with centurion ‘Adi’ Aymes. Despite this, and a first innings total of 539, Hampshire contrived to lose the match by four wickets. There would be only one further first-class match for any side, which came at Edgbaston a week later, and in May 1996 and with a couple of wickets he left major cricket, injured again. He did however play some limited overs games that year and in his last one, top-scored as Hampshire lost a Nat West quarter-final – Benjamin, playing only as a batsman, top-scored with 41.  In his 11 first-class matches for Hampshire, he took 30 wickets overall with a best of 6-46 in the first innings at Worcester in 1994 – this was one of two five+ wicket hauls for the county, but even then he batted at number 11 in the second innings and was unfit to bowl, as Hampshire won the match.

He played in 21 Test Matches with a best score of 85 and best bowling of 4-46. In England he had played for Cheshire in 1985. Benjamin was cricketer who natural ability rarely shone for Hampshire, ultimately he frustrated the hopes of the club and its supporters.

Bennett, Richard Alexander (30 – Amateur) born 12.12. 1872 Bournemouth, died 16.7.1953 Gloucestershire. Alexander was a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper who played at Eton, and later for Eton Ramblers, and appeared in 23 first-class matches for Hampshire between 1896-99. He played also in first-class matches for MCC and on tours with his own side (to the West Indies) and Pelham-Warner’s XI (Philadelphia). He made his highest first-class score of 47 for Hampshire v Derbyshire at Southampton in 1899. He had played for Hampshire initially as a batsman, with captain Charles Robson wearing the gloves, but when Wynyard captained to side from 1897, Bennett sometimes kept wicket, and on one occasion, captained the side. His final first-class match was for the Gentlemen of England v Oxford University in 1903. His two brothers-in-law, AW Crawley and  CJ Webb both played first-class cricket.

Bentinck, Bernhard Walter (83 – Amateur) born 16.7.1877 South Warnborough, died 27.6.1931 Winchester. No fewer than 19 men made a Hampshire first-class debut for Hampshire in 1900, and 16 of them played in fewer than 10 matches, including batsman Bentinck who played once that year and once again in 1902, scoring just 26 runs in his four completed innings; Hampshire lost both matches. He had played at Winchester School and his brother-in-law CR Seymour had played for Hampshire in the 1880s.

Berg, Gareth Kyle (529) born 18.1.1981 South Africa. Berg is an all-rounder who played for Middlesex 2008/14 and made his debut for Hampshire in 2015. He is still under contract.

(Reminder, I will complete current players’ profiles whenever this project is completed)

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