Hampshire Cricket History

An Unusual Start
March 28, 2020, 8:11 pm
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Back to the series now – and I’d like you to know that with these main posts I’m copying and enlarging them and sending them to Susanne Marlow who I’m sure you know – loyal supporter for many decades, one of only three women Committee members, Vice President and of course the leading light of Hampshire Cricket Society for many years. She’s pretty isolated out in East Meon and struggling with her eyesight, so she enjoys these posts.

1962 and Hampshire started the season with a match when they weren’t actually Hampshire. Having won their first Championship title in 1961, the Duke of Norfolk invited them to be his XI to play against the visiting Pakistani tourists in a one day (but not limited overs) match at Arundel.

Hampshire flew their Champions flag for the first time on Saturday 28 April 1962 and batting first with 12 players, posted 204-6 declared from 63 overs with Roy Marshall scoring 61 and Henry Horton 55, while opening bowler Mohammad Farooq took 4-42.

Pakistan replied with 173-6 from 54 overs with five Hampshire bowlers taking one wicket each plus a run-out.  Intikhab Alam top-scored with 45 before dismissed by Marshall, while Mushtaq Mohammad was 37*.

1962 was the last English season before the introduction of the knock-out cup and the abolition of the amateur/professional divide and Hampshire slipped from the peak to 10th place. This photo shows Arundel on that day – pinched from the Handbook.

Arundel 1962

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