Hampshire Cricket History

Good Effort
January 22, 2019, 8:52 am
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Someone close to one of Hampshire’s players (you can guess!) sent me this. He knows I’m not the BIGGEST fan of T20 (!) but this is a fine initiative



Donald Rich RIP
January 21, 2019, 4:10 pm
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I’m sorry to report that Donald Rich, who was Chairman in the 1980s and 1990s before Brian Ford, died over the weekend. He had been living in the northwest for some time but visited or watched Hampshire up there when able. He was always supportive of our historical work.

He is shown below, at the Oval (Sunday League) in 1986, far left next to Charlie Knott and BBC’s Peter Walker

1986 jpl champions oval

All Change
January 20, 2019, 6:39 pm
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I’ve nearly completed checking the second edition of the A-Z book which will be hardback and a numbered and limited edition of 100 copies. I’m not sure yet about the price. I have updated all the 2018 players, I hope I’ve corrected all the errors and I’ve included the three new signings made before the end of 2018.

I’m reversing the colours from last year, blue where it was yellow and yellow where it was blue. I hope to have the copies by the AGM

hcc ppc cover v02 copy

January 19, 2019, 11:10 am
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‘Slug’ news:



How Much?
January 17, 2019, 2:17 pm
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BBC today:

“Cricket World Cup organisers are prepared to take legal action against secondary ticketing sites, with some tickets being priced at over £12,000. Tickets for the England v Australia game at Lord’s are being sold on Viagogo for 104 times their face value”.

I understand the sense of outrage at these sites, but it strikes me that anyone willing and able to pay that much for a ticket to watch any game of cricket* deserves to be parted from their money …

(*even the chance to watch Hampshire clinch the County Championship)

Mike Barnard
January 16, 2019, 11:14 am
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Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph obituary – thanks to Stephen Saunders for the link. It’s a pretty good one I think, although since they won the title at Bournemouth and beat Lancashire, Gloucestershire, Sussex & Leicestershire at Portsmouth I’m not entirely sure that the title went merely “to Southampton” … (!)



County Sides and Populations
January 15, 2019, 12:11 pm
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As promised some information from Colin (many thanks) derived from Wikipedia, which I have summarised in places. Some of my figures are rounded up/down to nearest 500,000

He produced a list by size in which Greater London came top with c 7.5m and then he says “I split up the Greater London figure between Middlesex/Essex/Kent/Surrey/Herts. These figures are fairly arbitrary but I think they would be fairly accurate”.**
After London in Colin’s initial list come Lancashire (c 5m), Yorkshire (c 5m), then a big gap to Warwickshire (c 2m)** and the first non-first-class county Staffordshire (c 2m), followed by Hampshire in sixth place with precisely 1,674,991.
**In his reallocation of Greater London figures, Middlesex have 3m, Surrey & Kent 1.5m and Essex 1m.
He says “It is interesting to note that 14 of the first-class counties are in the top 18 most populated counties; the other four are Leicester (21st or 20th if you add in Rutland), Worcester 22nd, Somerset 23rd, and Northampton 29th.
The four counties in the top 18 by population which are not first class are Staffs, Cheshire, Hertfordshire and Devon”.
He asks whether there is “any particular reasons why these four are not first-class”. I don’t know the answer (a matter of ambition, economics etc?) but Colin adds “I know Devon applied in 1948 but were not let in. Also I think Hertfordshire might have climbed up the table post World War II with people moving out of London and the New Towns being built (Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City) so when the County Championship started they were far smaller by population”.
It is almost a century since Glamorgan were admitted to the Championship since when only Durham (1992) have been admitted. They struggled badly through the 1990s, had a terrific time in the first part of the 21st century and then ‘hit the skids’. I can’t imagine any other counties ever being admitted – always assuming there is any first-class cricket left in the near future!

Mike Barnard
January 12, 2019, 9:07 pm
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Many thanks to Colin for this alert about another tribute – this one from The Independent online


(To follow, some interesting research from Colin about county populations, related to first/second-class counties)

An Invite
January 11, 2019, 6:18 pm
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We’re excited to invite you to look ahead to the new season with us, accompanied by a hot drink and slice of cake, on the morning of Thursday 31st January, between 10am and midday.
Come and meet new signings Keith Barker and James Fuller as they begin their Hampshire career, whilst our Membership Team and Support Staff will be on hand to answer any of your questions about upcoming developments in 2019.

(There is a link on the website)

January 9, 2019, 4:52 pm
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Hampshire fast bowler Fidel Edwards has signed a new contract to play in the County Championship next season. The former West Indies paceman, 36, will only play red-ball cricket, having appeared in all formats in 2018. Edwards took 54 County Championship wickets at an average of 26.72 last term, and is now entering his fifth season with Hampshire. “His pace adds variety and offers something different to our attack,” said director of cricket Giles White.

Seems a wise decision – it’s certainly where he performs best.