Hampshire Cricket History

A-Z (H3)
January 22, 2018, 2:54 pm
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The music is playing, so today the bonus of five more! I am fond of the Reginald Hargreaves tale.

Harfield, Lewis (‘Lew’) (239) born Cheriton, Hants 6.8.1905, died Winchester 19.11.1985. He was a batsman who bowled occasionally, and played in 80 first-class matches for the county, from 1925-1931, scoring 2,460 runs at 20.00 with 13 half-centuries and a best of 89 v Sussex in 1929 – one of four dismissals in the 80s in his last two seasons of 1929 & 1931. He missed the whole of the 1930 season with illness and John Arlott (1957) recorded how ill health “prevented (him) from developing into the consistent, long-serving county player he promised to be”. In May 1932 he was reported to be seriously ill, so the county paid his summer wages of 20 weeks at £2 per week, and he left the staff. He bowled occasionally, taking 14 first-class wickets with a best of 3-35 v Derbyshire in 1931.

Hargreaves, James Henry (Pre-’95) born New York, USA, 1859, died Portsmouth  11.4.1922. We do not know his precise date of birth and he played under the alias J. Smith, in two matches for Hampshire in 1884 & 1885, scoring just 15 runs at 3.75. He did not bowl. In 1896 & 1897, he is recorded playing a few games for Hampshire Rovers, when he also kept wicket.

Hargreaves, Reginald Gervis (Pre ’95 – Amateur). born Accrington 13.10.1852, died Lyndhurst 13.2.1926. He was a middle order batsman and lob bowler who played in 12 first-class matches for Hampshire between 1875-1885. After school at Eton, he attended Oxford University but played no first-class cricket there, although he won a ‘blue’ for Royal Tennis. For Hampshire he scored 307 runs at 15.35, with a best of 38*, and took 14 wickets, including 4-55 v Derbyshire in 1878. He is perhaps best remembered as the man who married ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Alice Liddell, the girl on whom Lewis Carroll based his story; the pair are buried together in the parish church at Lyndhurst. He played other first-class matches for MCC, an England XI, I Zingari, and Gentlemen of England.

Harold, Frederick Vere (149) born Eling, Hants 5.9.1888, died Southall 17.12.1964. He played two matches for Hampshire, in 1909 & 1912. On debut v Derbyshire at Blackwell he batted at number 11, scoring 0, and bowling one over for seven runs. Three years later, v Sussex at Eastbourne, he bowled three overs, 0-8, and promoted to number eight, scored 16. He neither batted nor bowled in the second innings. We have no record of any other cricket.

Harris, George Woodrouffe (65 – Amateur) born Chelsea 6.8.1880, died Chorley Wood 10.7.1954. He was a batsman and good field who attended Uppingham School and played in trials at Cambridge University, but his sole first-class match was for Hampshire v Surrey at the Oval in 1899. He scored 10 in Hampshire’s 74 all out, in reply to Surrey’s 459, and in the second innings failed to score, as Hampshire lost by an innings. His last recorded match was for MCC at Hereford in 1912.



A-Z (H2)
January 22, 2018, 12:57 pm
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A bit brief here but I need to rescue my ITunes Library from some alarming fate!

Hamza Ali (see under A, listed under H in Cricket Archive)

Hansen, Thomas Munkholt, (441) born Denmark, 25.3.1976. He was a left-arm pace bowler who played for Denmark under-19s and then the full national side, before joining Hampshire’s staff. From 1997-1999 he played regularly for their 2nd XI and in September 1997, he made his first-class debut v Worcestershire at Southampton in a match when Hick & Moody added 438* for the third wicket. In that context his figures of 24-10-61-0 were quite respectable, but it was two years before he played again, in three matches at the end of the 1999 season. He took five wickets including a best of 3-59 v Sussex, but none in his final game v Somerset as they scored 493-6 declared & 255-2 declared. He left Hampshire but in 2000 played one match each for the 2nd XIs of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Hardy, Jonathan James Ean (394) born Kenya 2.10.1960. He was a left-handed batsman who had the misfortune to be on Hampshire’s staff in a period when their batting was perhaps the strongest in their history. After school at Canford he joined the staff and played quite regularly in 1984 & 1985 – 29 first-class matches with 1,255 runs at 35.85 with seven half-centuries and one century, 107* in an innings victory v Essex at Southampton in 1985. He was less successful in his 21 List A matches, averaging 17.45, with just one half century in a victory v Northamptonshire in 1984. In 1986 he joined Somerset and played in 87 first-class matches, followed by 10 for Gloucestershire in 1991. He played also for Western Province from 1987-1991 and overall he scored 6,120 first-class runs at just under 30, plus 2,798 limited-overs runs at 24.76. He played for many years for Dorset and also ran a bat manufacturing business.

In the News
January 22, 2018, 9:36 am
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The Cricket Paper has more on the proposed changes to the Championship (I’m thinking of writing a book about it, called Forever Changes). It seems everyone keeps going to the end, with 15 matches in three blocks of five. The middle block will take place at the same time as the new T20 competition, so I’m oiling my bat in readiness.

In the latest edition of the Cricketer, Kevin Shine talks about coaching fast bowlers in England. There’s a report that none of the eight T20 Franchise teams will carry names licking them to their city/county/region, with a suggestion that the Ageas Bowl might carry the name “The Mariners”. I’m thrilled of course – and incidentally Old Trafford is the Red Roses and Trent Bridge the Robin Hoods – no suggestion of locale in those names then.

Elsewhere, Barney Ronay dismantles any enthusiasm about Crane’s Test debut with a piece that suggests his figures are “the worst ever … by any England bowler in any Test match ever”. In their “Ashes Autopsy” James Vince gets 5/10 and is “a matter of taste”. The Hampshire focus is all about their trip to Barbados, which starts next week, and there is also a feature on each county’s finest ever XI. No prizes for guessing who opens the batting and Bowling (I think) for Hampshire there’s a decent ‘leggie’ and two wicketkeepers, plus one each from Saints and Pompey, and a couple of England batsmen. For me the two biggest surprises are the captain (I don’t agree) and the ‘keeper, although any number might fill that slot. I’ll let you know later.

There’s lots more too, including an interesting historical piece about Scotland (and I note our Scotsman didn’t play in their match this week – is he back with us, preparing for Barbados perhaps?)

PS: Time to reveal the team: Richards, Greenidge, Mead, Smith, Brown, Tennyson (capt), McCorkell (wkpr), Sainsbury, Warne, Shackleton, Marshall. They also came up with a statistical ploy for calculating how good each team might have been – Hampshire were placed 13th, which suggests either a flaw in the methodology or 12 pretty good sides!

Excellent News
January 20, 2018, 12:00 pm
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Thanks to James, for this alert about another James

He’s a fine bloke, one of the best.

They could put him in charge of Beefys too

James Tomlinson Appointed Hampshire Cricket Player Development Manager



More Sad News
January 19, 2018, 8:42 pm
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Two messages from Brian Scrimshaw:

I have just received notification from a solicitors in Bexhill-on-Sea that Bernice Cowling sadly passed away Nov 22nd. John and Bernice Cowling originally from Bournemouth always had their sun chairs right in front of the players pavilion at Northlands Rd. They moved to Bexhill but were still regular attendees to Portsmouth & South East Area supporters luncheons despite the distance, until John died not too long ago. As Bernice did not drive then, we never saw her again.


Brian Ravenhall’s funeral will be at The Oaks Crematorium on Monday 12th February at 11.30am.

Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Naomi House Hospice. The funeral directors are Searsons, Leigh Park.

After the Funeral the wake will be at Waterlooville Cricket Club.

A-Z (H1)
January 18, 2018, 6:16 pm
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Hake, Herbert Denys (207 – Amateur) born Christchurch 8.11.1894 died Sydney, Australia 12.4.1975. His uncle SM Toyne played one match for Hampshire, while batsman Hake played five first-class matches at Cambridge University without obtaining his ‘blue’ – he did win them for hockey and rackets. between 1920-1925 he played 21 matches for Hampshire, scoring 478 runs at 17.70, with three half-centuries including a best of 94 opening the batting v Leicestershire at Hinckley in 1921. He was a member of the Hampshire side that won a memorable innings victory v Yorkshire at Headingley in 1920, but Hampshire lost just two wickets and Hake neither batted nor bowled. He did not play in 1924 and after three matches in late August 1925, his first-class career ended. His last recorded matches were in Holland and Portugal.

Hall, Clifford Geoffrey (267 – Amateur) born Breamore, Hants 19.1.1902, died Breamore 9.7.1982. Batsman Hall played in five matches for Hampshire 1933 & 1935, scoring 77 runs at 11.00, with a best of 37 v Somerset at Taunton in 1935. He played for the Club & Ground and for Wiltshire between 1935-1938 but there were no more first-class matches.

Hall, Ernest (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Newmarket 29.4. 1851, died Botley 6.3.1936. He was a batsman and wicketkeeper who played 11 matches for Hampshire from 1880-1885, when they lost their first-class status. He scored 198 runs at 10.42 with a best of 22 and dismissed 14 batsmen. His son, PM Hall (below) played for Hampshire after the First World War. We know that he worked as an auctioneer in Portsmouth.

Hall, Patrick Martin (201 – Amateur) born Portsmouth 14.3.1894, died Fareham 5.8.1941. Batsman Hall went to Winchester College and then Oxford University, for whom he played three first-class matches in 1919 (no ‘blue’), including 101 v Free Foresters. Like his father, he played in 11 first-class matches for the county between 1919-1926 (not 1922 or 1924). His record was modest with just 164 runs at 10.25 but there was one innings of 94* v Lancashire at Southampton in 1920 (Hampshire 325 all out).

Hamblin, James Rupert Christopher (453) born Kent 16.8.1978. His father played first-class cricket for Oxford University, and James, a pace bowler a useful lower-order batsman played first-class and limited overs cricket for Hampshire from 2001. He had played 2nd XI cricket for Sussex in 1997 and for Hampshire from the following year. After making his debut in 2001, he played in a further five first-class matches in both of the next two seasons, with three half-centuries and 14 wickets including his best bowling of 6-93 v Derbyshire – the only Championship match in which he took more than one wicket in an innings. His most consistent performances were in limited-overs, playing 48 matches in four seasons, with two half centuries and 28 wickets. In 2003, the first season the T20 he played in all five of Hampshire’s matches, averaging 24.80 and taking seven wickets. He left Hampshire at the end of the following season but has continued to play regularly for MCC and Charterhouse Friars (their ‘old boys’ XI).

And so …
January 17, 2018, 9:53 am
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Many thanks to Jeremy for this which warrants a separate post

From Todays Times

“Officials from six counties have told The Times that they would be in favour of the radical overhaul that would introduce six-team conferences, with ten group matches and play-offs to determine a champion. The proposed championship system of ten group games and play-offs to determine the champions and final placings of all 18 counties could mean playing one round fewer than at present, which would free up four days to increase the number of T20 Blast matches.”

Sussex, and Kent, are quoted in support of this, but not media shy Branston (perhaps he’d rather just five group games?)

And so it goes on…

(Dave) Thanks Jeremy

This is pretty much exactly what McLaurin proposed back in the mid-1990s and it was laughed out. Still, anything that enables them to cut the amount of Championship cricket is now clearly an excellent idea. It says one round fewer, but that’s only if you get through to the play-offs presumably?

What a surprise!

(Interesting that McLaurin is guest speaker at the Hambledon Club lunch in March – I’ll be taking notes)