Hampshire Cricket History

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April 16, 2018, 7:15 pm
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While you luxuriate in your team at the top, with a few days off, here are a couple of new posts – 1958 and the first entries under R – including one of our Bloggers!

Raikes, Rev George Barkley (71, Amateur) born Norfolk 14.3.1873, died Shepton-Mallet, Somerset 18.12.1966. He attended Shrewsbury School and Oxford University, playing for three seasons and winning his ‘blue’ in the last two, 1894 & 1895.  He was a useful batsman and good medium-pace bowler who played for his native Norfolk from 1890-1913, and, after being ordained in the Winchester diocese in 1898, for Hampshire in nine matches from 1900-1902. In the first season, he averaged over 40 but could play in only six matches; overall, he averaged 27.26 with the bat, scoring two half-centuries with a best of 77 v Yorkshire at Portsmouth in 1900, and taking 25 wickets at 30.24, including 4-30 at Derby in 1901. He was a good football goalkeeper, winning his ‘blue’, and playing for England.

Ransom, Victor Joseph (307, Amateur) born New Malden, Surrey 17.5.1917, died Esher, Surrey, 23.9.1988. A pace bowler, he played club cricket for Malden Wanderers and for the Club Cricket Conference before the war, and for the Royal Navy during it. In May 1947, he made his debut for Hampshire v Sussex at Portsmouth, and played in a number of matches over three seasons, with his last Championship match for Hampshire in July 1949. In total, he played in 34 matches for Hampshire, scoring one half-century, 58 v Gloucestershire at Portsmouth in 1949, and taking 88 wickets at 34.89 including five or more in an innings on three occasions with a best of 5-50 at Northampton in 1947. He played in two first-class matches for his native Surrey in 1950 & 1955, for their 2nd XI until 1961 and through that decade for the Forty Club.

Ravenscroft, Timothy John (‘Tim’) (List A) born Guernsey 21.1.1992. He was a batsman and occasional spin bowler, who played for the Hampshire age group sides, then for the Academy from 2007 and 2nd XI in 2011. In late August 2011, he opened the batting in one limited-overs match v Scotland in the CB40 competition, scoring five runs in a Hampshire victory.

Rawlence, John Rooke (270, Amateur) born 23.9.1915 Brockenhurst, Hants, died Ascot, 17.1.1983. He was a right-handed batsman who went to Wellington School and Cambridge University, where he won a ‘blue’ for rugby but played no first-class cricket. In 1934, approaching his 19th birthday, he played two matches in a week for Hampshire, scoring 42 runs in his two innings. He played first-class cricket subsequently for the Army in 1938, and Combined Services v Glamorgan in 1950. He played regularly for the Army in non-first-class cricket.

Rayment, Alan William Harrington (315) born Finchley, 29.5.1928. He was a right-handed batsman and occasional bowler, who played club cricket in the London area, and from the end of the war played variously for Middlesex 2nd XI, London Counties, the Lord’s XI and, on National Service, the RAF. His matches for the Combined Services included his first-class debut v Northamptonshire in June 1947, captained by AC Shirreff, also of Hampshire. In the 1940s, the Middlesex batting line-up, including Compton, Edrich and Robertson was very strong, and Rayment joined Hampshire in 1949, made his county debut, and playing for them in 198 first-class matches over ten seasons, scoring 6,333 runs at 20.36, with four centuries, 23 half-centuries and 19 wickets. He completed 1,000 runs in a season on two occasions. As a batsman, he was enterprising at the crease, and when fielding in the covers, quick on his feet, helped no doubt because with his wife he ran a dancing school in Southampton, and they often performed together. His maiden century was v Somerset at Portsmouth in 1952, while in the week of the Coronation in 1953, at Bristol, he scored 126, adding 246 with Cliff Walker for the fourth wicket. In 1955, at Weston-Super-Mare, his 104 came out of a Hampshire score of 245-7 declared, after Somerset had been bowled out for just 37. After retiring in 1958, he coached at Lord’s and occasionally captained Hampshire’s side in the new 2nd XI competition. He has led a fascinating and varied life since then, and at the start of the 2018 season he was, by virtue of his debut on 7 May 1949, Hampshire’s ‘senior pro’ – the longest-serving of all their former professional players. See also the autobiography of his younger years Punchy Through the Covers, 1928-1949.



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Charlotte Edwards appointed as women’s director of cricket.

Comment by Paul

Raikes’ nickname mirrored his initials;he was apparently known as Ginger Beer!

Bob Parks, Emily Windsor and Charlie Dean (daughter of long time Staffordshire opener, Steven, and now living in Havant)addressed HCS in March. It was a most entertaining and informative evening. The two girls were very clear minded about their ambitions in the game. They were also our youngest ever speakers by some distance!

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