Hampshire Cricket History

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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.


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The Hargreaves marriage was marred by tragedy, with two of their three sons being killed in WW1. The film Dreamchild, released in 1985, portrays Alice as being a cynical octogenarian. Perhaps no wonder. Neither of the Hargreaves sons is mentioned in Andrew Renhaw’s Wisden On The Great War, and so they did not seem to have inherited Reginald’s cricketing genes.

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