Hampshire Cricket History

‘Dimi’ Free?
December 5, 2018, 5:28 pm
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Christmas Island
December 4, 2018, 9:44 am
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I’m not too knowledgeable about the band Vacant Stare and have only vague memories of Haircut One Hundred (how topical!) but since we’re into an Island theme, and given the time of year, here’s one of my favourite Christmas albums – I’m particularly fond of Leon Redbone’s duet with Dr John on ‘Frosty the Snowman’ but here, to follow our theme, is the title track – Ho! Ho! Ho!:

Goodbye to the Island?
December 4, 2018, 9:39 am
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Not quite

Hampshire v Worcestershire at Cowes  – Saturday 26, Monday 28, Tuesday 29 May 1962

Hampshire 307 (Marshall 99, Gray 75, Flavell 4-74) & 122-8 dec (Coldwell 4-43) drew with Worcestershire 139 (Headley 73, Shackleton 5-44) and 192-8 (Richardson 76, Shackleton 4-51)

Hampshire dominated their last match on the island but were unable to clinch victory. Marshall, Gray and Horton took Hampshire past 200 for the loss of one wicket against the strong Worcestershire attack. Only Headley succeeded against Shackleton and Wassell (3-24) but the follow-on was not allowed under a brief experimental rule, so Hampshire set Worcestershire 290 to win in around four-and-a-half hours. Sadly they made no real effort to win despite a top five including Kenyon and Graveney. Shackleton with the new ball took the eighth wicket with ten minutes remaining but then light rain became heavier and first-class cricket on the Isle of Wight ended prematurely* in a downpour.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Livingstone, Sainsbury, Barnard, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Wassell, Shackleton, White, Heath

*Except we now know that it didn’t – but for now, that’s all folks!

The Boss?
December 3, 2018, 12:43 pm
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No, this is not about Mr Hughes – it’s from a piece in The Times today on the ECB’s replacement for Andrew Strauss as the top man. Apparently Mark Nicholas has been having a conversation with them, although he’s probably not the favourite.

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


The Welsh visit the Island
December 2, 2018, 10:53 am
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Hampshire v Glamorgan Saturday 11, Monday 13, Tuesday 14 June 1960

Hampshire 231 (Marshall 54, Shackleton 54*, Shepherd 4-57) & 218-2 (Gray 92, Horton 59*, Marshall 53) drew with Glamorgan 398-8 dec (Parkhouse 110, Watkins 77, Presdee 64, White 6-113)

Hampshire had won five and drawn one of their previous seven matches but this stalemate was the start of a sequence of nine matches without a victory and Hampshire had a disappointing year, before the triumph of 1961.

Gray was dismissed without a run scored after which Marshall and Horton added 88 before six wickets fell for 61. Then Shackleton and White shared a less probable partnership of 51, but while Shackleton conceded just 59 runs in 38 overs he could not emulate Shepherd’s effective bowling. Glamorgan passed Hampshire’s score with just three wickets down, led by their captain Gilbert Parkhouse, deputising for Wilf Wooller.

Glamorgan recorded the highest first-class innings total on the island, had a lead of 167 and hoped to bowl Hampshire out cheaply but the home side found batting much easier on the final day and Glamorgan were left to rue the length of their innings – over eight hours in which Hampshire bowled 139 overs.

The report in the Hampshire Handbook praised the “wonderful arrangements” at Cowes and in particular, the efforts of Vic Newbery.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Barnard, Baldry, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Harrison, Shackleton, White, Heath, Burden

Sunny Days
December 1, 2018, 9:06 am
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Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Cowes – Saturday 18, Monday 20, Tuesday 21 July 1959 

Hampshire 229 (Harrison 64, Baldry 60) & 133 (Horton 54*, Mortimore 4-30) lost to Gloucestershire 233 (Young 54, Burden 4-54) & 131-0 (Young 72*, Milton 56*) by 10 wickets

This was a glorious summer and Hampshire were in contention for the title for most of the season but won only one of their last six Championship matches. When they came to Cowes they had won three of the previous four matches but were outplayed by a Gloucestershire side who would eventually replace them as runners-up.

The two first innings were almost as close as the previous year’s game and both sides had batsmen who established themselves but then got out. Hampshire fielded a side with a long tail and lost their last four wickets for 12 runs in the first innings and 13 in the second. Generally seam bowlers were most effective at Cowes but Gloucestershire’s three spinners Cook, Allen and Mortimore took wickets as did Burden for Hampshire.

There was a good crowd on the first two days when the bowlers generally dominated but as Young and Milton moved to an easy victory there were few spectators to watch.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Baldry, Flood, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Harrison, Wassell, Shackleton, Heath, Burden