Hampshire Cricket History

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)

A-Z (G7)
January 16, 2018, 5:25 pm
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Guard, David Radclyffe (303 – Amateur) born Romsey 19.5.1928, died Sussex 12.12.1978. Batsman David Guard attended Winchester College and was one of a succession of young amateurs who played under the new captain Desmond Eagar in the years immediately following the war; indeed Downer, Parker, Shirreff, Bridger, Guard, Exton, Kimish and Rimmell all made their debuts in that order in 1946, after the one professional Neville Rogers. Bridger played in 38 matches, otherwise Guard with 15 over four seasons played the most, and in a short time, amateurs were a rarity. Guard was still a schoolboy in 1946 and represented the Southern Schools v The Rest at Lord’s. In his four first-class years he scored 405 runs at 15.57, with two half centuries and a best of 89 v Glamorgan at Cardiff in 1949, rescuing Hampshire from 96-5, following Glamorgan’s 337; the match was drawn. Otherwise his only notable score was 58, helping a victory v Combined Services at Portsmouth in his final first-class match. During that last season he played a number of matches for the county’s 2nd XI in the Minor Counties Championship.

Gunner, Charles Richards (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Bishops Waltham 7.1.1853, died Bishops Waltham 4.2.1934. He played just once for Hampshire, v Derbyshire at Derby in 1878, but in a match truncated by rain, he held one catch but neither batted nor bowled. Some years later he played for Swanmore Park (v Hambledon), the Gentlemen of Hampshire and in non-first-class games for Hampshire – from which it appears he was a lower-order batsman who did not bowl. His son (below) later played for the county. He represented England at Rugby Union.

Gunner, John Hugh (132 – Amateur) born Bishops Waltham 17.5.1884, died of wounds in Belgium 9.8.1918. Like his father, he attended Marlborough College and was a middle-order batsman who played in six matches for the county scoring just 65 runs at 8.12 with a best of 32 v West Indians on debut. He attended Oxford University winning a ‘blue’ for hockey, but he did not play cricket for the university side. He played for Oxford University Authentics, MCC and Hampshire Hogs. As Captain John Gunner he was the third and last brother to die on active service in the war.

Gutteres, Rev. George Gilbert (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born London 11.10.1859, died Algiers 2.3.1898. He was a brilliant cover fielder and opening batsman who attended Winchester College, then Oxford University, playing two first-class matches there in 1881 (but no ‘blue’). In the following season, he played for Hampshire in one match v Somerset at Taunton, scoring 24 & 28, in a five-wicket defeat. He had played for Devon in 1878. He was ordained as a priest in 1885.

England under-19
January 15, 2018, 1:48 pm
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Hampshire’s Tom Scriven took 2-30 in nine overs as England won their first World Cup match v Namibia. I think he’s the only Hampshire player involved (?)

PS: I’m affrayed he’s been charged – what’s the usual sentence, if guilty? 500 hours community service, mid-summer perhaps?

Jake Foley? Ambidextrous?
January 15, 2018, 11:48 am
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Cricket Archive lists Jake Foley (one match for Hampshire see A-Z F2) as slow-left-arm but Blair has added a Comment: “Hi. Jake Foley is a right arm leg spinner. He played for South Wilts in 2014 and 2015”. Foley is from Essex, but I guess it’s the same one (?) Does anyone know more? I don’t have a clue, but I have known Cricket Archive to get things wrong.

And thanks Blair

A-Z (G6)
January 15, 2018, 11:40 am
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Greenwood, Sir Granville George (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born London 3.1.1850, died London 27.10.1928. His father played two first-class matches for Cambridge University in 1821, and his brother first-class for MCC in one match in 1875. The brothers had attended Eton College, and in that same season, batsman GG played in one match for Hampshire v Kent at Winchester, but was dismissed for just one run in each innings, as an inexperienced Hampshire side lost heavily –  Hampshire used nine bowlers but not Greenwood. He played two matches for the Gentlemen of Hampshire v Yorkshire United at Lyndhurst in 1974. He was MP for Peterborough 1906-1918.

Gregory, John Thomas (183) born Chesterfield 22.4.1887, killed in action near Zonnebeke, Belgium 27.11.1914. He was on the Trent Bridge groundstaff from 1905-1907, but did not play for Nottinghamshire, and enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. In military matches, his bowling was successful and he might have impressed Hampshire’s selectors in a match at Aldershot in May 1913, when taking 10-15 for his regiment v 2nd Worcestershire Regiment. Two months later, he played once for Hampshire v Oxford University but batting at number 11, he was dismissed without scoring as the Hampshire innings closed on 532. The University side replied with 554, and while he is described in the record books as a slow-left-arm bowler, he took the new ball with Jacques, while Kennedy was first change. He took 0-72, and after Hampshire declared, 0-15, again opening the bowling. The match was drawn.

Greig, Canon John Glennie (85 – Amateur) born India 24.101871, died Milford-on-Sea, Hants 24.5.1958. During the first-half of the twentieth century Hampshire often called on church men and service personnel to appear as amateurs, and all-rounder Greig was both, in a rich and varied life which included 125 first-class matches. He was educated at Downside School, but returned to his birthplace India as an army officer , and played a number of first-class matches there in the 1890s for the Europeans, as well as two games in England for MCC and AJ Webbe’s XI.

Fellow officer Major RM Poore, recommended him to Hampshire, and in May 1901 he made his Championship and county debut v Lancashire at Portsmouth and after scoring just 28 runs in his first four innings he recorded his first century for the county (119) v South Africans at Southampton. In the next three matches there were just 43 runs in his six innings, with three ‘ducks’, at which point his Championship average was 7.10, but then came a match at Liverpool where, batting at number four his 47* was one of just two innings to reach double figures in a total of 106. Hampshire batted again 307 behind, and Greig asked to open scoring 249, and batting for more than five hours. The match was drawn. In that season he scored 1,277 runs at 41.19 as Hampshire, for the only time from 1900-1905 finished away from last place. He took 27 wickets in that season including 6-38 v Derbyshire at Southampton, although he bowled relatively little in future years. He went overseas with his regiment again and did not return until 1905; in that year and 1906 he appeared in 27 first-class matches but his appearances were always intermittent with 13 matches in 1910, 10 in 1914, and 11 after the war from 1920-1921. In that sense he exemplified the problems Hampshire faced, assembling sides that relied on amateurs. For Hampshire he appeared in 77 first class matches in a period covering 22 seasons, scoring 4,375 runs at 34.17 with 10 centuries and taking 64 wickets at 32.03. In his final playing season of 1922 he took over as Hampshire’s secretary before training as a Roman Catholic priest. He was Hampshire’s President in 1945/6.

Griffiths, David Andrew (484) born Newport I-O-W 10.9.1985. He was a right-arm pace bowler and left-handed batsman who learned his cricket on the Isle of Wight at a time when the island produced a number of very capable cricketers. In 2004 & 2005 he played for England under-19, by which time he was playing for the county’s Academy and 2nd XI sides. He made his first class debut v Loughborough University in 2006 and his Championship debut in the following season v Durham, taking 4-46 and supporting Michael Brown to save the match, with Hampshire nine wickets down. In 2009 he played in 10 first-class matches with 32 wickets at 32.46 and in 2010 he took 5-85 v Essex. He played in 36 first-class matches for Hampshire from 2006-2013, taking 105 wickets with a best of 6-85 v Nottinghamshire in 2011, but was often troubled by injuries and in 2014 he moved to Kent, playing mostly in limited overs matches until he left after the 2016 season. He played in 22 limited-overs matches for Hampshire, taking 27 wickets and enjoyed his happiest day as a member of the 2012 side that won the CB 40 v Warwickshire at Lord’s, dismissing Ian Bell on 81. Ultimately however, his career will probably be seen as one of unfulfilled promise.

Griffiths, Gavin Timothy (T20) born Lancashire 19.11.1993. Pace bowler Griffiths played for his native Lancashire from 2014 and in 2016, joined Hampshire on loan, appearing in four T20 matches, taking five wickets at 20.20 with an economy rate of 8.41. He joined Leicestershire in 2017.

Gross, Frederick Albert (230 – Amateur) born South Stoneham 17.9.1902, died Birmingham, 11.3.1975. Gross was a leg-break and googly bowler who attended King Edward VI School in Southampton and played in 34 first-class matches for Hampshire, 1924-1927 and 1929 , taking 50 wickets at 37.00 each. His best figures were 5-53 in a drawn match v Yorkshire at Sheffield in 1927. In 1934 he appeared once as a professional for Warwickshire, also v Yorkshire, and his final first-class wicket was Len Hutton. Through the 1930s he played club cricket in the midlands for Mitchell & Butler’s.