Hampshire Cricket History

“1-2-3 What are we fighting for … ?”
July 2, 2018, 6:29 pm
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Some of you might recognise that as the Country Joe & the Fish anti-Vietnam War protest song from the late-1960s/Woodstock etc. As it happens, Country Joe (McDonald) was actually a USA Navy Veteran who opposed the war but for a longtime has supported Vietnam Vets, particularly those who struggled to get to grips with life ‘back home’

OK Dave, so what has that to do with Hampshire Cricket History? It has to do with this man:

DELL, Tony

This is from the last page of the current edition of the Cricketer. I’ve long been fascinated by Tony Dell but this is the first photo I’ve ever seen of him.

Why fascinated? He’s an Australian Test cricketer who was born in Hampshire (more precisely, Lymington) and this piece reveals that his dad was in the Royal Navy before moving to Australia, which led to Tony doing National Service and being sent to Vietnam.

Back in Australia, he was a left-arm pace bowler who played for Queensland from 1970-1975 (with Jeff Thomson) including a game v MCC in 1974 (2-61) and he also played in two Test Matches, v England in 1971 and v New Zealand in 1973. In his first Test he dismissed John Edrich and Basil D’Oliveira (2-32) and took 3-65 (Knott, Snow and Willis) in the second knock. He took only one wicket v NZ but it was Glenn Turner.

He played little at that top level because he was playing  alongside Lillee, Thomson, McKenzie, Walker, Massie, Gilmour etc., but he finished with 137 first-class wickets at 26.70.

The article focuses on the fact that he returned from war with PTSD; he describes two situations which were pretty horrific, he is apparently the only living Test cricketer who saw active service, and after being diagnosed with PTSD in 2008 he set up a charity, StandTall4PTS.

And while he never played for us, he is certainly a Hampshire cricketer (and very few of them have played in Test Matches).


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Having just rewatched the dvd of “The Post” [very good, if not quite “All the Presidents Men”] the Vietnam fiasco is fresh in the mind.

I’d never thought about Australia, conscription, before. Turns out there was quite a lot of fuss about the possibility of Doug Walters (who I was lucky enough to see make a rare, maybe only, century in England at Canterbury in 1972) being drafted after he’d made 155 on debut v us in 1965. Which was when TD was conscripted…

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Tony Dell was a guest on “View from the Boundary” on TMS earlier this summer talking about his charity. A very interesting man.

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