Hampshire Cricket History

Memories of ’61
July 15, 2018, 7:49 am
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From Colin Price


He says: “I was in Leyton, London E10 on Sat (14/7) with my camera and went past what was the County Ground, now Leyton Sports Ground. It was locked up with no sign of life but appears to be still used as a cricket ground. Perhaps the teams were playing away or everyone was watching England clinch fourth place in the World Cup. I attach a photo I took, if you enlarge it you will see the markings of the wickets. Hampshire played here 17 times between 1895 to 1933 and in 1961. In 1914 the game was from July 30 to Aug 1 just before the start of World War I”.

Thanks Colin

(In fact the memories from 1961 aren’t great as Hampshire were stuffed – their only defeat in the 10 matches running up to the clinching of the title v Derbyshire at Bournemouth. Trevor Bailey took 11 wickets, including 7-40 in the second innings. ‘Butch’ White didn’t play, and in the first innings, Hampshire’s opening pair of Shackleton & Heath bowled 88 overs between them – mostly on Day Two.)


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First place I watched first class cricket – a bus ride from my childhood home. Norman Hill getting tetchy with his fielders…

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

This was in 1967 – not my first game at Leyton, as Trevor Bailey wasn’t playing, and I remember him hitting boundaries there, not at all in line with his (rather unfair) reputation.
Interestingly, I found the match by a Google search, which took me to Notts CCC (via Accrington CC and Brian Bolus!?), which then had a link to the game. Although it’s got a Notts CCC header on the page, it seems to be a Cricket Archive page, but I got access without being a subscriber.

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

This was the ground where Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes had a first wicket partnership of 555 for Yorkishire v Essex on 15/16 June 1932.

Comment by Colin Price

They broke the previous record (554) by one run (Chesterfield?) and then the wicket fell. As they came off, the story has it that one of the scorers checked and reckoned they were one run short. Apparently one was ‘found’. Percy Homes will for ever hold the record first-class score at Portsmouth.

Was Leyton also the ground where the 1948 ‘Aussies’ scored about 7,000 in a day?

I have a memory too of Leyton Orient winning promotion to Div One (ie the Premiership) in 1961-62, under manager Johnny Carey (ex Man Utd). Pompey went up from Div 3 to Div 2 the same year. I think a bloke called Sid Bishop played for the Os (?)

In 1980/81 I commuted from Pompey to play in a band based in Leyton. We busked at weekends in Covent Garden and played to Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the South Bank. One of us, Andrew Rankin then joined the Pogues and can be seen drumming every Christmas on that song.

So there we are, Leyton, full of great history – but today?

Comment by pompeypop

Essex v Australia in 1948 was played at Southend not Leyton.

Comment by Colin Price

Trevor Bailey always proudly said that Essex were the only team to dismiss Australia on the 1948 tour, omitting to mention that they made 721 in one day!

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

That’s a shame – spoils the history. Never mind, cheers Colin. He’s sent me a list of all the Essex grounds – they used to drive around the county with the scoreboard before they settled at Chelmsford. Perhaps because it has no BIG cities it always seems like a ‘real’ county (also eg Somerset). I’ve thought for some time that were it not for cricket, I’d have no strong sense of being a Hampshire man.

Comment by pompeypop

I’ve just sent you a picture of the Essex scoreboard lorry – I can’t work out how to paste it into the blog. More than that, I vividly remember the Essex CCC Ladies Loo – a double decker bus, with the windows shaded out, and L-A-D-I-E-S spelled out in the windows of the upper deck – driving past my primary school.

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

The 1971 Essex v Hampshire John Player League match was also played at Leyton.

Comment by Colin Price

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