Hampshire Cricket History


A-Z (J2)
February 13, 2018, 5:36 pm
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J2 Oh! I’m having to push on with this project where possible. I’m only halfway through and I want to publish it this season – these three make the five for today.

Jameson, Thomas George Cairnes (257 – Amateur) born India 6.4.1908, died Henley-on-Thames 18.1.1987. He was principally a batsman who made his first-class debut for the Royal Navy v Army at Lord’s in 1929. In 1930 he played in two matches for Hampshire at Hove and Coventry, with a third at Hastings the following year. For the county, he scored 44 runs at an average of 14.66 with a best of 23*, and bowled four overs (0-11). His last recorded match (not first-class) was in a rain ruined match for the Royal Navy v the Army at Lord’s in 1939.

Jameson, Tom Ormsby (198 – Amateur) born Co. Dublin, Ireland 4.4.1892, died Co. Dublin Ireland 6.2.1965. Army officer Tom Jameson was an all-rounder on the cricket field, and further was an accomplished rackets and squash player. He was a pupil at Harrow and made his first-class debut for MCC v Oxford University with Lord Tennyson in July 1919, followed quickly by his Hampshire debut v Yorkshire at Dewsbury (age 27).  He bowled what John Arlott (1957) called “slow ‘rolled’ leg breaks” and Hampshire used 10 bowlers with Jameson’s 3-82 being the best figures, but they lost by an innings. Because of his duties he never played a full English season, although he found time for a number of private tours; his busiest county season was in 1925 when he made the first of his two Championship centuries, 103 v Warwickshire at Southampton in an innings victory, and in the next match recorded his best bowling figures of 7-92 at Old Trafford, despite which Hampshire lost. Thereafter he continued to appear in first-class cricket for various sides, playing his last match for Hampshire in 1932, but his last first-class game for Tennyson’s side in India in January 1928. For Hampshire, 53 matches brought 2013 runs at 24.85 and 77 wickets at 33.20.

Jaques, Arthur (176 – Amateur) born China 7.3.1888, killed in action, Loos, France 27.9.1915.  Jaques was a tall pace bowler who played at Aldenham School until 1907, but at Cambridge University only a little college cricket. He played club cricket for Hampshire Hogs and in the winter of 1912/13, he made his first-class debut on a tour of the West Indies, and in the following season he made his debut for Hampshire, taking just over 50 wickets in that first season. He played extensively in the following year, using his in-swing to develop an early version of what might be called bodyline and the result was 117 first-class wickets at 18.69, although his selection for the Gentlemen v Players was not a success. But for the county, in their best-ever season to that date, he was superb, and three time took seven or more wickets in an innings, including his best of 8-67 (14-105 in the match) v Derbyshire at Basingstoke. At Bath in June, he and Kennedy bowled unchanged, dismissing Somerset for 83 & 38, and by the time they came to 1914’s final match v Kent in September he was captaining the side regularly in Sprot’s absence. In that innings victory he had match figures of 9-86, but there would be no more cricket. Little more than a year later, he was killed in action at the age of 27, on the same day as his brother, and we are left to wonder, how much he – and Hampshire – might have achieved in those lost years.

 

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