Hampshire Cricket History

July 18, 2018, 4:08 pm
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More ‘TOWIE & Hants’ from Colin (thanks)

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He says “Hampshire played Championship games here in 1963, 1967, 1969, 1986, 1989 and 1999. In 1986 the Sunday League game was also played here. When Essex played weeks all over the county, they used the Ilford and the other inland grounds in May and June and the seaside grounds in July and August”.

I went to the game in 1999 with another Hampshire Committee man, Eric Tiller. Eric had done National Service in the RAF, as had our Essex host Doug Insole, so the two of them spent the day swopping stories. Insole spent most of the day ignoring me and was the only former player I met in those days, on that circuit, that I didn’t much like. Later I heard a speech from Mark Nicholas in which he recounted similar experiences.

The others were mostly pleasant and interesting, including Les Jackson, David Acfield, Graham Gooch, Don Shepherd, Colin Cowdrey, Derek Ufton (very funny), Brian Statham, Alan Moss, Don Bennett, Raman Subba Row, Jim Parks, Ken Suttle, Hubert Doggart, Rev David Sheppard, John Snow, Mickey Stewart, the Bedsers, MJK Smith, loads from Worcs including Booth, Fearnley, Graveney & MJ Horton, ‘Dickie’ Bird etc … It was great fun meeting people who had seemed like giants, and they mostly had great stories. There aren’t so many former ‘greats’ on the Committee circuit these days – more business men.


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Indeed. In those days I would imagine people ran towards committee members eager to talk to them. Nowadays I suspect in general the exact opposite is true.

Comment by James

Could well be right!

Comment by pompeypop

I’ve only just caught up with this piece, from the Times, on your Umpiring piece, in case you/others didn’t see it:

“An umpire in league cricket in Hampshire lost a tooth after being headbutted by one of the players having turned down an lbw decision during a match between Hythe and Dibden 4th XI and Fawley 3rd XI. The match was abandoned and the police were called. Two weeks ago, also in Hampshire, a bat was thrown at an umpire.”

Comment by Jeremy

Doug Insole did try to sign Bobby Moore for Essex but he decided to concentrate on football. The first time that Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst met was playing for the Essex Schools cricket team.

Comment by Colin Price

Nowadays they probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play cricket, at least at secondary school.

Comment by Ian White

Can dimly remember the SL game at Ilford, Hants home in canter; also a SL game at Colchester with the seating by a river, six hits over it (or may be into it??)

Comment by stephenfh

And now to the modern era, Hampshire 2nd XI played Somerset 2nd XI at the Ageas Bowl in 2x T/20 games, and won both, followed by a Championship game which Hampshire won by an innings. Happy days!

Comment by John West

Incidentally, Marcus Trescothick played in the championship game.

Comment by John West

The boys done great then. Cheers John. Talking of Marcus T, I’ve just returned from a brief trip to Cornwall so haven’t been quite up-to-date.

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