Hampshire Cricket History

One Day Semi Two
June 12, 2018, 6:28 pm
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Tigger has mentioned Hampshire’s tendency to lose semi-finals, but in the early years, the quarter-finals were probably worse!

After their semi-final defeat to Worcestershire in 1965, Hampshire went out in Gillette Cup quarter-finals to Sussex in 1967, Warwickshire 1968, Lancashire in 1970, Warwickshire 1971, and Lancashire 1972 at Bournemouth despite a magnificent century by Barry Richards.

By then they were also playing in the B&H Cup so there were two chances of a Final but still in 1973 v Kent, and 1974 at Taunton, they lost quarter-finals – the latter when a young chap called Botham took on and beat Andy Roberts. Eventually, in June 1975, they won another quarter-final, beating Somerset at Southampton by 50 runs despite top-scorer David Turner making just 40, while Viv Richards hit 62*. This victory gave Hampshire a second semi-final at Leicester, in the year the midlands county won their first Championship – and this semi-final was in the B&H Cup.

Richards failed this time but Greenidge made 111 out of 216 – only Sainsbury 26 and Gilliat 22 gave much support, but Roberts, Jesty, Sainsbury and Rice reduced Leics to 115-4. Roberts returned figures of 10.1-5-16-1 but Chris Balderstone stood firm, going to a not out century, supported by Davidson, Illingworth and Tolchard. Leics got home by five wickets with five balls to spare; there was a wicket for each of Hampshire’s five bowlers (the other,  Bob Herman). Bob Stephenson kept wicket and the two other Hampshire players were Lewis and Murtagh.

I saw the Final. I had a London pal, John, a Hampshire member, and we would buy two tickets for both Finals through most of the 1970s, certain we’d see Hampshire at Lord’s eventually (you know the sad ending to that venture). Leics won a pretty pedestrian Final with Middlesex scoring just 146 all out – of which Mike Smith scored 83. Leics got home with 22 balls and five wickets to spare – and since John Steele top-scored with 49 you can tell it wasn’t enthralling, on what I recall was a grey day.


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