Hampshire Cricket History

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January 31, 2018, 8:29 am
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Hayward Arthur John (237) born Christchurch 12.9.1905, details of death unknown. He is described as a batsman and leg-break bowler, but in his four matches for Hampshire in 1925 & 1926 he did not bowl – even when, on his debut, Middlesex scored 456. Meanwhile, batting mostly in the lower order, he scored just 17 runs in four innings.

Hayward, Mornantau (‘Nante’) (493) born South Africa 6.3.1977. Fast bowler ‘Nante’ Hayward played in 16 Test Matches and 21 ODIs for South Africa, and in England he played for four counties, including Hampshire in 2008. He was signed principally to play in the T20 competition and in ten matches he took 13 wickets at 21.38, but after Hampshire’s involvement in that competition ended, he also appeared once in a Championship match, a defeat v Nottinghamshire at the Rose Bowl. He took 2-87 in the first innings but after one ball of his fourth over in the second, he left the field injured.

Hayward, Richard Edward (390) born Ickenham, Middlesex, 15.2.1954. He was a left-handed batsman who played for Middlesex 2nd XI in the early 1970s, for Buckinghamshire from 1978, and he played in one first-class match for the Minor Counties v the Indians in 1979. Shortly after, he began playing for Hampshire 2nd XI, and in July 1981 he made his first-class debut for the county v the Sri Lankans and became the third of six men to score a century on Hampshire debut (101*), but like the other five, this was his county, not first-class, debut. In 1981 & 1982 he played in 13 first-class matches for Hampshire, adding two half-centuries to his debut innings, with a average of 25.22. In 1985 he played for Somerset and scored 100* v Cambridge University, by which time he had emigrated to New Zealand where he played for Central Districts – captaining them in 1984/5. He returned to Hampshire as coach in the early 1990s.

Hazleton, Brigadier General Edwin Hills (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Southampton 16.12.1861, died Simla, India 25.7.1916. He was a batsman who played in three first-class matches for Hampshire in 1883, scoring one half century on debut v Sussex at the Antelope Ground, and averaging 16.60. We have a record of him playing one match in India in 1888.

Heath, Allan Borman (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born East Woodhay, Hants 19.1.1865, died Devon 21.6.1913. He was a right-hand batsman, fast-medium bowler and good cover point, who made his first-class debut for Hampshire in 1883 while still at Cheltenham College. He played a total of seven matches for the county from 1883-1885, when they lost first-class status, although he returned to play a number of matches in 1892. In his first-class career he averaged 9.42 with the bat, including 42 v Somerset in 1884, and took 2-28 v Surrey in 1885, his only bowling for the county.


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January 30, 2018, 12:06 pm
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Haslop, Peter (350) born Midhurst 17.10.1941. pace bowler Peter Haslop was born and raised across the border in West Sussex, but began playing for Hampshire’s 2nd XI in mid-1961. Twelve months later he made his first-class debut in a televised match at Bournemouth v the tourists from Pakistan, and in their one innings, his figures were 34-5-84-2. In that match he was deputising for the rested first choice seamers Shackleton, White and Heath, and with Shackleton now 38 and Heath about to retire through injury, Haslop had the chance to win a first-team place. Shackleton however continued playing regularly for six more years and in 1963 the highly promising Bob Cottam appeared.

Haslop continued to play for the 2nd XI to the conclusion of the 1965 season, by which time leg-spinner Alan Castell had converted to seam, and it appeared that Haslop’s chance had gone. He followed his mentor and friend Arthur Holt as a coach, and played for many years for the Deanery club in Southampton and in representative matches for the Southern League, until, in 1971, he was suddenly selected to deputise for the injured White in a Sunday League match v Leicestershire at Portsmouth. He dismissed opener Duddleston but Leicestershire chased down their target of just 114 without difficulty. He bowled a tight but wicketless spell in the following week at Worcester, then White returned. At the end of that season, White and Cottam both left Hampshire, along with Castell, and the county set about rebuilding their attack. Haslop, now 30, played two matches in a west country weekend in May, dismissing Somerset’s Burgess and Kitchen, while his final wicket was at Bristol, the crucial one of Mike Proctor as Hampshire forced a tie with Gloucestershire, with a last ball run out.

Hayden, Matthew Lawrence (436) born Queensland, Australia,  29.10.1971. Powerful left-handed opening batsman Hayden played 103 Test Matches and 160 ODIs for his country in an outstanding career, which included 30 Test Match centuries. In 1997 he had a very fine single season as overseas professional in a weak Hampshire side and was effectively the first of a run of players from his country to play for Hampshire over the next decade.

In his one season with the county he scored almost 1,500 runs at an average of 53.55, including 235* & 119 v Warwickshire at Southampton – the second Hampshire player (after Mead) to score a double and single century in the same game. He scored a century in the next match v Derbyshire and shortly after 150 v Northamptonshire at Basingstoke. In limited-overs matches that year he scored 980 runs at 46.66, with three more centuries, and he even had time to take 2-16 v Sussex at Southampton, in his penultimate Championship match. Meanwhile the Australians had chosen other openers ahead of Hayden for their tour of England, for which Hampshire could feel very grateful. It would not occur again, although he did play for Northamptonshire for two seasons.

Haygarth, Edward Brownlow (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Cirencester 26.4.1864, died Gloucestershire 18.4.1915. He was a wicketkeeper and lob bowler from a family of first-class cricketers who represented various counties. EB went to Lancing College and played two matches for his native Gloucestershire in 1883, but prior to that he had appeared once for Hampshire v Sussex at Winchester’s Green Jackets Ground in 1875. Sussex won by an innings, and playing as a batsman, Haygarth scored 6 & 4. He also played for the Gentlemen of Hampshire in non first-class matches.

Hayter, Ernest (‘Ernie’) (274) born Bournemouth 31.7.1913, died Southampton, 12.2005 (precise date not known). He was batsman who played mainly for the 2nd XI and Club & Ground, but he also played one Championship match at Chesterfield in 1935 and then two more in 1937, v Cambridge University at Basingstoke and v Northamptonshire at Rushden. Sadly on debut he recorded a ‘pair’, there was another nought v the University and just 17 & 10* in his last match.

Hayter, Montague William (109) born Ringwood 16.11.1871, died  Christchurch 6.5.1948. Hayter was a batsman who played seven matches for the weak Hampshire side that finished last in the Championship of 1904. He was one of seven consecutive debutants for the county, who played only in that season in a total 14 matches. Hayter scored 166 runs at a modest 13.83 but there was one fine innings of 82 v Derbyshire at Derby as the county one of just two victories that year. Otherwise his best was 22 v Surrey.



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January 28, 2018, 5:34 pm
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Harrison, Leo (296) born Mudeford, 5.6.1922, died Mudeford 12.10.2016. Leo Harrison’s birthplace was Mudeford in Hampshire, and he lived his whole life and died there 94 years later, by which time it was in Dorset. But he was Hampshire man through-and-through, making his county debut as a teenager and returning in 1946 to become eventually the last pre-war Hampshire player, when, in emergency, he made his last first-class appearance in 1966. By then, he had succeeded Arthur Holt as Hampshire’s coach, helping to bring through young players some of whom would follow his 1961 side, as the second and last title-winning side.

He came to Hampshire having impressed as a young batsman, and oddly, having switched from left to right hand. His promise was spotted by the former Essex cricketer Charles Bray who suggested in a newspaper article he might be the new Bradman. But during the war with the RAF, his eyesight deteriorated and he spent much of his career playing in glasses. He was demobbed later than some of his colleagues, so that in 1946 he played a mixture of first-class games for the county, the Combined Services and the RAF. There followed a number of seasons when he struggled to establish himself as a batsman; only in 1947 when he scored 567 runs did he average (just) over 20, and by 1950, age 28, 10 matches brought just 152 runs.

Then in 1951 came his first century v Worcestershire at Southampton, 1,189 runs and an average over 30. He earned a reputation as a superb outfielder but as Hampshire sought a permanent replacement for Neil McCorkell, he competed with Ralph Prouton and the occasional amateur David Blake, for the gloves. In 1952, there were three more centuries and another 1,000+ runs, then from 1954 he became the regular wicketkeeper, a position he held for nine seasons, retiring from full-time play after his 40th birthday.

His batting became less significant and he moved down the order, with his last century in 1954, but he became a fine wicketkeeper to the varied Hampshire attack in their best seasons to that date from 1955, to the title in 1961. In that wonderful season, his average went beyond 20 for the first time in more than a decade, and with Mike Barnard, he shared an important eighth-wicket century partnership v Warwickshire  that rescued Hampshire, setting up a vital victory.

In 1959, he set a Hampshire record with 83 victims, and over his career there were 567 catches and 99 stumpings. John Arlott wrote “he is wise in cricket and shrewd about people” and in later years Harrison became Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie’s regular if unlikely companion, on the younger man’s lively social jaunts. Arlott also paid Harrison the compliment of taking his famous saying “It ain’t half a blooming game” as the title of his one fictional short story.

Harrison, William Henry (101 – Amateur) born Nursling, Southampton, 1866, died Salisbury 23.12.1936. In 1893, he played in two non first-class matches for Hampshire during their demotion to second-class. Then, in late August 1902, he played in one first-class match v Warwickshire at Bournemouth, scoring 0 & 12*. But those bald, modest figures hide an intriguing match in which Llewellyn put out the visitors for 99 after which Harrison’s ‘duck’ was one of a number of failures, as Hampshire fell from  95-1 to 131 all out. Warwickshire struggled to 152, leaving a target of 121. Hampshire reached 39-1 and 57-2 but wickets continued to fall, and Harrison, demoted to number 10, arrived at 86-8, so his 12* was a brave effort to win the game, which Hampshire eventually lost by eight runs.

Hart, Asher Hale-Bopp, Joseph Arthur (545) born Carlisle 30.3.1997. All-rounder Asher Hart joined Hampshire from Durham at the start of the 2017 season and played in two first-class matches v Cardiff University and South Africa ‘A’. (Current player, to be completed)

Hartley, Peter John (442) born Keighley, Yorkshire 18.4.1960. Pace bowler Hartley played briefly for Warwickshire in 1982, then joined his native Yorkshire, from 1985-1997. At 38, he came to Hampshire and played for three years in 34 first-class matches, taking 102 wickets at just under 30 each, and 73 limited overs wickets at 21.56 and an economy rate just over four runs per over. His outstanding Championship performance of 8-65 for Hampshire came in a defeat v Yorkshire at Basingstoke in 1999, a season in which he took 54 wickets. There were fewer successes in 2000 and his career ended against his native county in the last match ever at Northlands Road; he was 0* as fellow Yorkshireman Alex Morris was dismissed from the last ball to give Yorkshire victory. In that final season however, his 5-20 v Sussex at Hove was his best performance in his limited overs career. In his whole career in first-class and limited overs matches he took more 1,000 wickets, and he scored two first-class centuries for Yorkshire – for Hampshire there was one half-century. He retired after the 2000 season, and became a first-class and international umpire.

Harvey, Rev. Frank Northam (61 – Amateur) born Southampton 19.12.1864, died Southampton 10.11.1939. He was a wicketkeeper and lower order batsman who played in three first-class matches in 1899 & 1900, scoring 20 runs at 5.00 and dismissing three batsmen. We have records of him playing for the South Hants Club and the Hampshire Hogs.

Harvey, Ian Joseph (T20) born Victoria, Australia, 10.4.1972. He had an extensive career, playing in ODIs for Australia and among others, for five counties. In 2008 he played as an overseas professional for Hampshire in the T20 competition, scoring 197 runs at 21.88 (best 34) and taking seven wickets at 27.00 (best 2-20).

Trad or Modern?
January 28, 2018, 3:35 pm
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It reminds me of the late 50s/early 60s, but then it was the jazz fans – “Dirty Boppers or Mouldy Figs”. Now, as we see from the Comments below, Rod Bransgrove has told this week’s Cricket Paper that

“There’s going to be a sea change…..Those people that are still clinging to tradition just for the sake of it will gradually disappear from the equation, and the modernists will start to make their presence felt as we move forward.”

That’s it then. I’m intrigued that Rod and his ‘modernists’ haven’t yet made their presence felt (watch out!) but in terms of traditions, as James asks, what exactly does “just for the sake of it” actually mean – is it a bit like insisting that Shakespeare, Mozart or Rembrandt are no longer relevant in the days of Eastenders, Britney and Banksy – that it must be one thing or another?

But why? I value the great traditions of cricket and I don’t like seeing them dismantled, but while I don’t enjoy T20, any more than I care about Britney, Adele or Ed Sheeran, I’ve no problem that they exist, or that people do like them, and never have. In cricket, what rankles is simply what the promotion of T20 is doing to the finer forms – which once again Rod claims to care about  (“the game that many of us still treasure”) – but beyond the fine words, where is the evidence?

He says:

“..we probably still play a bit too much four-day cricket. We need to play more higher quality and meaningful cricket to make the game bigger again, as opposed to just filling loads of blank days on the calendar.”

Meanwhile, a few pages later, his Cricket ‘boss’ Giles White says that “county cricket is strong …”, that youngsters are getting their chances because “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough”, and that English cricket “is in a far better place than when I was playing”. They can’t both be right.


Here’s the scorecard
January 25, 2018, 4:54 pm
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(Thanks to Stephen). It’s completed but obviously not in batting order (e.g. Charlie Knott). The current side took all their wickets with spin. but ‘Lofty’ did the early damage for the former team (incidentally Jim Bailey did come back for one game the next season):

Heath Testimonial card

Some names?
January 24, 2018, 8:02 pm
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Alan Rayment knows them but I don’t believe there is a photo of the other team, and when Stephen sent the photo, he assured me he had the 12 names too – it’s been there about 24 hours now so here’s my attempt – I’m sure about nine of them and no idea about two (both amateurs?):

Jim Bailey, ‘Lofty’ Herman, ??, Cecil Paris, George Heath, ??, Dick Moore, John Arnold, (??but maybe Don Roper?), Stuart Boyes, Arthur Holt, ‘Sam’ Pothecary (jnr)

Name this XII
January 23, 2018, 10:03 pm
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Stephen Saunders sent this – a Testimonial match for George Heath at Bournemouth in 1951, and this is Hampshire Past (who played v Present).

Can you name them? I’ve got nine, but I don’t know those third, sixth and ninth from the left. Two of them were (official) captains but if you look very carefully there’s a third captain in the photo. Incidentally one of them, unexpectedly, wasn’t quite ‘past it’ yet …

It’s delightful! Stephen knows them all, so we’ll post the answers (when he tells me!)

HCCC Past 1951.jpg