Hampshire Cricket History

A Vital Victory
December 3, 2018, 7:15 am
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Hampshire v Essex at Cowes, Saturday 1, Monday 3, Tuesday 4 July 1961

Essex 321-9 dec (Milner 120, Bailey 72, Shackleton 5-58) & 150-5 dec (Bailey 44*, White 4-77) lost to Hampshire 231 (Horton 55, Greensmith 4-73) & 243-6 (Ingleby-Mackenzie 132*) by four wickets

After six consecutive victories, which took them to a leading position, Hampshire came to the island from a defeat at Lord’s and for two days they struggled again, before their captain led them to a remarkable victory in a match where he also deputised behind the wicket for the injured Leo Harrison.

On Saturday, Essex won the toss and Milner and Bailey added 182 runs for the fourth wicket although their total was at less than three runs per over and Shackleton took 5-58 in 36.1 overs. However, Hampshire suffered a blow when Marshall was injured badly in the field and batted at number seven. Four men passed 40 but no one reached 60 and Essex batted again with a lead of 90. The wicket was still causing some problems and Essex took 60 overs to set Hampshire 241 in 215 minutes with Marshall unlikely to bat.

Bailey and Preston dismissed Gray, Sainsbury, Horton and Baldry for 35 which made complete sense of their declaration. Then after lunch Ingleby-Mackenzie joined Livingstone, adding 86 runs, after which Wassell held out for 45 minutes in a 50-run partnership before he was sixth out. But the captain kept hitting and joined by Marshall with a runner, the pair hit 72 runs in 44 minutes to win the match. Marshall on one good leg scored 36* but Ingleby-Mackenzie played his highest and most important innings for the county, and the highest individual first-class innings on the island. Marshall missed the next three matches. Unlike 1955 and 1958, Hampshire kept winning and they clinched the title at Bournemouth on 1 September 1961.

Hampshire: Gray, Sainsbury, Horton, Livingstone, Baldry, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Marshall, Wassell, Shackleton, White, Burden


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