Hampshire Cricket History

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January 13, 2018, 5:06 pm
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Gornall, James Parrington, known as Peter (222 – Amateur) born Farnborough 22.9.1899, died Lower Froyle, Hants, 13.11.1983. After attending Christ’s Hospital he went up to Cambridge University and appeared in the Freshman’s match but not in any first-class matches. He joined the Royal Navy, playing in matches for them through the 1920s, including three first-class matches. In 1923, he played for Hampshire in a victory v Warwickshire at Portsmouth, scoring 11 & 7.

Gower, David Ivon (413) born Tunbridge Wells 1.4.1957. Left-handed batsmen Gower was one of the finest post-war English batsmen, playing in 117 Test Matches for England, and scoring 8231 runs at 44.25 with 18 centuries. He also played in more than one hundred ODIs. He captained England in the mid-1980s, including a successful Ashes campaign but his leadership was not always without controversy and on one tour of Australia he literally flew into trouble. His final Test Match was v Pakistan at the Oval in August 1992.

He captained his first county Leicestershire from 1984 through most of the 1980s and for that county scored over 10,000 runs in 196 first-class matches. He moved to Hampshire in 1990 and played in 73 first-class matches, scoring 4,325 runs at 40.80 with seven centuries, including a best of 155 v Yorkshire at Basingstoke in 1992. He played also in 75 limited-overs matches although often appeared tired of that form of the game and averaged under 30 for Hampshire. One of his great days for the county nonetheless, was captaining them at Lord’s in 1991 when, with Nicholas injured in the previous match, they won the Nat West Trophy v Surrey. In all first-class cricket he passed 1,000 runs in each of his four seasons with Hampshire but pursuing a career in the media, at the start of the 1994 season he asked to be allowed to cover a tour of the West Indies. Hampshire refused the request, Gower retired around his 37th birthday and became one of the main television presenters of cricket on Sky Sports.

Graf, Shaun Francis (385) born Melbourne, Australia 19.5.1957. Graf was a useful batsman and fast-medium bowler who played for Victoria and Western Australia and in 11 limited-overs internationals for his country. In the English season of 1979 he played for Wiltshire and in the following year joined Hampshire with the impossible task of being the overseas replacement for their two tourists, Greenidge and Marshall. Hampshire had a new and inexperienced captain, Nick Pocock, had seen the recent break-up of their Champions of 1973, and 1980 was the one season apart from the dreadful run from 1900-1905, when they finished at the foot of the Championship table, winning only one game when Marshall returned towards the end of the season. Graf played in 15 first-class matches with a batting average of around 20 and one half-century plus 20 wickets at 44.45 – and never more than two wickets in an innings. His best performances were with the ball in limited-overs matches, taking 17 wickets at 18.23 and an economy rate below 3.5 runs per over. Graf pursued a coaching career after his retirement in 1985, and returned briefly to Hampshire in that capacity.

Gravett, Mark (58) born Milford, Surrey 11.2.1865, died Godalming 8.2.1938. He was a slow-left-arm bowler who played in four matches for Hampshire in 1899 (one) & 1900 (three), taking 15 wickets at 29.66. His best figures were 5-50 (& 3-49) v Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1900, despite which Hampshire fell to a heavy defeat. Although born in Surrey, he played a full season with Burnley in the Lancashire League in 1895 and in 1901 played for Staffordshire v MCC. In 1929 & 1930 he stood as an umpire in four first-class festival matches at Eastbourne.



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