Hampshire Cricket History

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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).

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