Hampshire Cricket History


Excitement in ’66
July 11, 2018, 6:17 am
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England wore white – mind you cricketers always wore white back then.

But they also wore white to beat Portugal 2-1 – and Jack Charlton wasn’t sent off for a deliberate handball.

Meanwhile there was a full round of Championship matches plus MCC v West Indies. Hampshire played at Kettering where Shackleton (6-85) and Castell (3-53) dismissed Northants, leaving Hampshire with a few awkward overs to face. Roy Marshall declined to open, sending in Bryan Timms as nightwatchman to face the deadly pair of Tony Durose and Mick Kettle.

Marshall’s ploy did not work. At the close Hampshire had lost Timms, Reed, Wheatley, Horton and Livingstone and were 6-5!

Caple and Sainsbury were not out and on the next day, after Caple went (19) Marshall arrived at number eight and scored 94. It rained on the last day and the match was drawn. Hampshire then returned to Southampton to play Derbyshire, while the country focused on the footy, and while that was a 4-2 thriller, the two county sides managed around 200 runs in a day of about 110 overs – with Castell, enjoying his reinvention as a seamer, taking 6-49. Sadly he didn’t get the headlines, and after more rain, that game too was drawn.

The 60s really were groovy you know – except for the weather.

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I’ve watched a bit of today’s T20 on Sky. There was a period in the Gloucs innings of about 3 or 4 overs, when two LBW shouts were given ‘not out’ and one was given ‘out’. Sky reviewed all three on screen and (assuming the technology is ok) all three were clearly (not slightly) wrong (both umpires) – but of course you can’t call for DRS in county T20s.

Comment by pompeypop

I heard one suggestion that in the Horrendous Hundred competition there won’t be any LBWs. If so that would solve this problem!

Comment by James

That’s a good one. I’ve thought for some time these white ball games are too bowler-friendly! First team to 300 off 100 balls?

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