Hampshire Cricket History


One Day: Semi Thrills
June 12, 2018, 6:25 am
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Since we are really the Hampshire Cricket History site, I thought I’d turn away from the recent past and build some excitement for Monday with a look back at Hampshire’s previous semi-finals.

The original knock-out (Gillette) Cup started with 65-over matches in 1963. Hampshire (minus ‘Shack’) lost in the inaugural first round by six runs to Derbyshire on a Wednesday in May at Bournemouth. Bowlers could bowl a maximum of 15 overs each then.

We got to the second round in 1964 by beating Wiltshire and the Quarter-Final in 1965, losing to Warwickshire. Then in 1966 with Roy Marshall as captain, but Ingleby-Mackenzie returning to keep wicket, we beat Lincolnshire, Kent and Surrey before travelling to Worcestershire for our first semi-final – still mid-week – where I’m sorry to say we were well beaten.

By now, games lasted 60 overs and bowlers got 12 each. ‘Shack’ was typical, 12-3-21-1, but ‘Butch’ White went for 89 from his 12 while Martin Horton opened the Worcs batting, scoring 114 and sharing a second wicket partnership of 95 with Alan Ormrod. Bob Cottam took two wickets (2-45), Castell on List A debut, one, and Peter Sainsbury bowled a tight spell of 12 overs for just 32 runs, Worcs closing on 252-4 which in those days was a good target from 60 overs.

Worcs were a very strong side in the mid-1960s winning a couple of Championships, although Marshall and Reed opened with a 59-run partnership, both scoring 37. Sadly, that was it; Danny Livingstone scored 18, but Len Coldwell took 4-39 and Hampshire were never in it. They lasted just 48.2 overs, losing by 99 runs. It was then farewell to ‘Ingleby’, and to Mike Barnard, who had a good record in the early days of limited-overs cricket. The eleventh Hampshire player, not mentioned here was Henry Horton (bowled Gifford 7).

Worcs had lost the first Final to Sussex in 1963, but the experience did not help. They lost at Lord’s on September’s first Saturday in 1965, to their local rivals Warwickshire by five wickets, after scoring just 155-8 in their 60 overs (Tom Cartwright 12-4-16-3). Throughout the whole match, only the ‘occasional’ Warwickshire spinners Ibadulla & Barber, who bowled 12 overs between them, went at more than three runs an over.

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It’s probably not a good idea to look at our record in semi-finals. We have played 20 semis and won 7. Our record in finals however is impressive. Played 7 and won 6. I have been to 6 finals and missed the defeat in 2007. I must be a lucky mascot so if we get there will make sure I’m at Lords.

Comment by Tigger MIles

I’ve never been a gambler – I went to the Grand National once and didn’t bet a penny – except at Hampshire’s Finals. I’ve been to every one, and each time I put a fiver on our opponents. I’m always happy to lose and very happy only to have won once, on that horribly soggy half-day in 2007! Until then, I was superstitious about it, although I did it again in 2009 & 2012. It’s been six years since, and I’ve nearly saved up another £5.

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