Hampshire Cricket History

Double Century
March 10, 2018, 9:14 pm
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Assuming at least one ball is bowled in the Championship match at Taunton this year, when Hampshire meet Somerset at the Ageas Bowl in September it will be the 200th Championship meeting of the two sides. That’s more matches v Hampshire than any other team, Sussex having been stuck on 199 since they were relegated; next comes Kent on 192. Apart from Durham, the least number of matches is v Northants – 115.

Between 1864 and 1885, Hampshire played first-class matches before the formation of the ‘official’ Championship, which Hampshire joined in 1895. During that period, their first-class record was:

Played: 74 – Won: 17 – Drawn: 4 – Lost: 53.

(They played no first-class matches in 1868, 1871-1874 and 1879)


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Interesting Dave, I see from cricket archive that the matches v Somerset have been played at 16 different venues over the years since 1895; 6 in Hampshire (the 6th one I certainly wouldn’t have guessed) and 10 in Somerset (more than one of those).

Comment by stephenfh

I thought I’d replied to this one but apparently not – apologies. I didn’t know number six – narrowed it down to two guesses, Newport IOW or Aldershot, while doubting either. We’ll reveal it soon (I’ve looked!).

I’ve not checked the Somerset grounds but apart from Taunton I’ve always liked Glastonbury (1954? it’s the old hippie in me) and Weston where ‘Shack’ took 8-4. Then there’s Bristol, Bath and Wells, (six) after which I’m guessing … Yeovil, Frome? Still two more.

Comment by pompeypop

….two grounds in each of Yeovil and Bristol making the ten.

Somerset have also played first-class cricket at Street, another of their ‘two grounds’; although when Hants visited for a Sunday League fixture in the 1970s it was the other one!

Comment by stephenfh

Blimey Dave, I thought for a minute my website was wrong. I have us as playing Somerset 199 times already. On checking, the game in 1903 at Bath was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Their record and results can be found here:

Comment by Tigger MIles

I’m not sure I realised before now that scheduled but WHOLLY abandoned matches don’t count in results

It means of course that since we did not play Yorkshire at Bournemouth our points total should be divided by 19 matches played, and Worcs’ by twenty

That makes us Champions!

Comment by pompeypop

Excellent! Does that mean you now have to buy me lunch in Beefy’s?

Comment by James

By wholly abandoned matches means there was no toss. If there is a toss and then the match is abandoned without a ball bowled, it does count as a match. In our match with Yorkshire in 1974 there was no toss so you are correct, we are champions, lets celebrate!!

Comment by Tigger MIles

Lovely! hadn’t thought of that. Better start saving up.

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