Hampshire Cricket History

60 Not Out
August 19, 2019, 7:03 am
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At first glance this is perhaps a fairly unremarkable photo of two remarkable Hampshire cricketers, Derek Shackleton & Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie

ACD I-M; DS; HH 8.1959 Surrey

It was taken exactly 60 years ago on the morning of Monday 17 August 1959, the second day of Hampshire’s three-day county championship match v Surrey at Portsmouth. On the Saturday of that beautiful summer Hampshire scored 341-4 (Horton 140*, Gray 94, Marshall 63 – against Bedser, Loader, Laker & Lock). Horton is in the background above.

They declared overnight and on the Monday morning ‘Shack’ trapped John Edrich lbw for nought without a run scored. I don’t remember a thing about it but it was the first significant thing I ever saw in a county match, because today is the 60th anniversary of the first day’s county cricket I ever saw, just across the city from where I lived and up the road from my school. By the end of the day, Vic Cannings had taken 5-57, Surrey declared on 220-9 and Hampshire were 25-0, 146 ahead (although Jimmy Gray had retired hurt)

I’m not sure we’ll finish today with a lead like that, but I hope so.

(There were five Hampshire-born players in our side that day, and that did not include Mike Barnard, Alan Wassell, Malcolm Heath, Mervyn Burden or Bryan Timms).

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Stevenson & Abbott going well but a long way yet to break the 9th wicket record v Surrey which happens to be our all-time 9th wkt record; I saw that one too, Livingstone & Castell at Southampton in 1962 – 230

Comment by pompeypop

Completely fine, sunny day in Pompey, as it was in 1959. But in London ….

Comment by pompeypop

According to ESPN Cricinfo Hampshire 2nd XI are top of the Southern Division of the Second Eleven Championship, having completed their fixtures. Kent could finish with more points but Hampshire’s average per match will be higher. So presumably we will play a 4-day championship decider from 3rd to 6th Sept against one of several teams who could win the Northern Division. I’m not sure how the venue is decided (toss of a coin?) but if it’s at home the Bowl should be available in view of the 1st team’s likely failure to qualify for the Blast quarter-finals. Well any chance of a red ball title will be welcome after 46 years!

Comment by Ian White

Excellent – many thanks Ian. Let’s hope it’s at home. T20 Final too – well done Jimmy Adams

Comment by pompeypop

Indeed good news for the Seconds and Jimmy, who (James Adams) scored 134* for St.Cross on Saturday.

Comment by John Cottrell

Is the Oval heading for a draw? Neither Essex nor Somerset going well, but Yorkshire are.

Comment by pompeypop

Many congratulations Dave.

It was also 25 years since Devon Malcolm’s 9-57….Fidel bowled quickly and Hants might have taken another wicket or two, but a draw looks the most likely.

Comment by stephenfh

Thanks Stephen. Let’s hope Surrey upset him this morning, he says “you guys are history” and we win it!

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