Hampshire Cricket History

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January 12, 2018, 9:20 pm
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Gilliat, Richard Michael Charles (353) born Ware, Herts, 20.5.1944. Left-handed batsman Gilliat was an outstanding schoolboy cricketer at Charterhouse and at Oxford University won his ‘blue’ in four seasons, 1964-1967. By the last of those he had made his debut for the county (1966) and on graduating he became Hampshire’s Assistant Secretary, then vice captain and from 1971 captain.

He was a very good county batsman and in 220 first-class matches for Hampshire he scored 9,358 runs at just over 30 per innings, with 16 centuries and 49 half-centuries, and  he also scored nearly 3,000 limited-overs runs. His best season was 1969, including his highest score of 223* v Warwickshire at Southampton in 1969, and he was considered an England prospect, but after missing most of 1970 with an injury, he took on the captaincy and it is in that respect that he is perhaps best remembered. With the exception of Peter Sainsbury, he was building a side to replace the Champions of 1961 and in the first two years in charge he lost Marshall, Livingstone, White as well as Cottam, Castell and others. Despite that challenge, in his third season as captain Hampshire won the title for the second time, against all expectations, and in 1974, with the addition of Roberts, an arguably stronger side deserved a second title, denied them when the last two matches were wrecked by the weather.

In 1975, they challenged again, although third place was rather more the result of injuries and less consistency. This was and remains nonetheless, the finest three years in Hampshire’s history, and there was compensation in 1975 when the Sunday League brought their first limited-overs trophy. With Greenidge and Roberts touring, 1976 was a relatively fallow year and while there were a number of semi-finals in his period in charge, the one disappointment was that the side of Richards, Greenidge, Jesty, Roberts and others never reached a Lord’s final. They did win the Sunday League again in 1978 after a difficult year in which Richards and Roberts walked out mid-season. In addition the secretary Desmond Eagar had died unexpectedly and rather than take on that position, Gilliat retired from cricket, moving first to a position in the city, and then for a long teaching career back at Charterhouse. A modest, quiet man, his record might be considered the finest of all Hampshire’s captains. He was a good footballer, who captained Oxford University in both sports.

Gladdon, Frederick (127) born 9.6.1881. We have no further information about his place of birth or date and place of death. He played in one match for Hampshire v Warwickshire in late August 1905, scoring 1 & 0. Opening the bowling in the first innings, he recorded economical figures of  28-11-44-0, in a 10 wicket defeat.

Godfrey, John Frederick (294) born Headington Oxfordshire, 18.8.1917, died Newton Abbott, 10.1995. Godfrey was a fast-medium bowler and tail end batsman who played in one match for Hampshire v West Indians at Bournemouth in 1939 – he was probably not yet qualified by residence to play in the Championship. In the first two seasons after the war, he played in 11 further matches for Hampshire. He took 15 first-class wickets at 50.20 and scored 61 runs at an average below five per innings. His best figures were 4-116 in a seven wicket victory v Derbyshire at Portsmouth in 1947.

Goldie, Christopher Frederick Evelyn (393) born South Africa 2.11.1960. Chris Goldie was a wicketkeeper who played club cricket in the London area and for Middlesex 2nd XI, then won his ‘blue’ at Cambridge University in 1981 & 1982. In the following year he joined Hampshire as understudy to Bobby Parks and over three seasons, played in three first-class matches – none in the Championship. He was elected to the MCC Committee in 1983, was also a member of the Middlesex Committee, and he played at Richmond CC for 37 seasons. In 2015 he was captain of the County Cricketers’ Golf Society.

Goodwin, Jake (T20) born Swindon 19.1.1998. Jake Goodwin was a batsman who played age group cricket for Wiltshire, then for the Hampshire Academy and 2nd XI sides. In 2016 he opened the batting and scored 32 in a T20 victory v Somerset at the Ageas Bowl but that was his only first team appearance. He was released, and in 2017 he returned to Wiltshire in the Minor Counties competitions. He also appeared for Sussex 2nd XI, including a match at Horsham v Hampshire 2nd XI, scoring 40 in his one innings.



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Richard Gilliat was very much a man of personal honour, iirc to the point of declaring when he was 97no in one match (against Yorkshire??) having taken a controversial decision to ‘bat on’ rather than declare, consigning the match to a draw.

Re 1974, Hants were denied by rain at Southampton against Glams in the game before the Bournemouth week, so really the last three games.

There is a piece in this month’s Cricketer magazine about cricket on tv, in films, which mentions episodes of Fawlty Towers (1975,79), in one of them the Major saying to Basil ‘Hampshire won’………

Comment by stephenfh

Here you go…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYjECeld96w

Comment by James

My Virgin Media service has collapsed again (Broadband, TV, phone etc). They are aware of the fault in this area (again) but who knows when it will be fixed? In the meantime, no more posts from me.

Comment by Dave Allen

Very much worth it Dave, thanks. Whatever one thinks of Vince the Test/first-class batsman he’s very fine in the white ball stuff

Comment by pompeypop

The Vince T20 stats are rather impressive. The win stat of 65.5% when he scores runs is very good.

Comment by Paul

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