Hampshire Cricket History


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February 13, 2018, 11:19 am
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That’s the I’s dotted, on to J

Jackman, Frederick (Pre ’95) born Fareham 15.51841, died Horndean, Hants 5.9.1891. Jackman played two first-class matches for Hampshire in 1875 and 1877, scoring 26 runs and taking one wicket with his round-arm fast bowling. At various times, he played other matches for local sides including Hampshire Colts, Players of Hampshire, fareham and Chichester Priory park.

James, Kevan David (400) born Lambeth 18.3.1961. All-rounder Kevan James was a left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-fast bowler who played club cricket in the Middlesex area and for England Young Cricketers, before joining the Middlesex staff. He made his debut for their 2nd XI in August 1978, age 17, playing regularly from 1980, when he made his first-class debut v Oxford University in the Parks.

In 1981 there was a Championship debut in a rain-affected match, and one game v the Pakistanis in 1982 before he appeared more regularly in 1983 – but again there were just two matches in 1984. He spent some winters in New Zealand playing for Wellington, but with a Middlesex batting average of 21.44 and 20 wickets at under 20 each, he chose to move to Hampshire to seek more opportunities. In that first season there were two particularly notable days; his first century (124) v Somerset at Taunton when he and Tim Tremlett set a county record for the eighth wicket, and 6-22 v the Australians as they were ‘skittled’ for 76 in a drawn match.

Thereafter he became a valuable all-rounder in a strong Hampshire side, in both forms of the game. In 1986, he played a vital innings of 54* at the Oval, rescuing Hampshire from 95-7, and enabling them to post a total which just won the match, and crucially clinched their third and last Sunday League title. Despite this he could not always be sure of his place, or his role, and when Hampshire reached their first Cup Final two years later, he was omitted.

In 1987 he batted effectively in the lower orders including a second Championship century; 142* v Nottinghamshire. In 1989 he approached 1,000 runs at 28.88 including 162 at Cardiff, which remained his best, but then missed almost the whole of the following season after a back operation. With the departure of Greenidge and Chris Smith he moved up the batting order and there were 1,000+ runs in 1991 and 1992 as well as appearances in Hampshire’s two cup-winning sides at Lord’s. Meanwhile as a bowler he generally took between 35 and 40 wickets each first-class season at this time and despite a couple of fallow years, he ended his Hampshire career with 359 wickets at 32.47 and a best of 8-49 v Somerset at Basingstoke in 1997. With 8,189 runs (31.01), and a good limited overs career of 2,340 runs and 223 wickets, James was a fine adaptable all-rounder who played an important role in two Hampshire sides – the trophy-winning one under Nicholas and then a team that struggled in transition.

He took a benefit and played in a few matches in 1999 before retiring. For many years he has been a sports reporter on BBC Radio Solent and the ball-by-ball commentator on Hampshire’s matches. But above all that of course, Kevan James will be remembered as the first man ever in first-class cricket to score a century and take four wickets in four balls (including Tendulkar and Dravid), for Hampshire v the Indians at Southampton in 1996. A modest man, and a good cricketer, he deserved his moment in the spotlight.

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KDJ also took a tumbling catch in the deep to dismiss David Thomas in the final over of ‘that match’ in 1986 with the outcome still very much in the balance.

It could be fairly said that he had a good afternoon!

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