Hampshire Cricket History

April 24, 2020, 6:37 am
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In terms of Hampshire’s history on the field, the start of 1969 on Sunday 27 April, was a game best forgotten – except that it was their first match in the brand new 40-over John Player Sunday League.

Hampshire had a very good year, finishing runners-up to Lancashire, and they started nicely at Canterbury with Derek Shackleton, effectively retired from the first-class game**, having the Kent opener Brian Luckhurst caught behind: 0-1. Alan Knott who also opened and Asif Iqbal then added 86, and although Peter Sainsbury applied a brake with 3-31, Stuart Leary scored 54* as Kent reached 211-6 – in those days a challenging limited-overs score. ‘Shack’ was most economical with 28 runs conceded from his eight, but ‘Butch’ White, one of the faster bowlers constrained in those days by the imposition of a limited run-up (12 yards?) conceded 64 runs.

Richards (12) went fairly early and disaster struck when Marshall on 26 was run out while awaiting the verdict on an LBW appeal. Danny Livingstone batting at number three reached 58, but five men went in single figures and wickets fell steadily: 44-2, 48-3 and from 117-5 they fell to 141 all out and defeat by 70 runs. Teams tended to believe back then that seam bowlers were the best bet, but following Sainsbury’s good spell, Derek Underwood took 4-26, supported by West Indian John Shepherd 3-19. The players incidentally wore white, and used a red ball.

**In early August, and with Richards, Gilliat, Sainsbury and White injured, ‘Shack’ was recalled for one match v Sussex at Portsmouth, around his 45th birthday. His figures were 23-10-37-2 and 24.5-11-58-5. Hampshire won by eight wickets and ‘Shack’ finished top of the averages again!

On the previous day, Manchester City beat Leicester City 1-0 at Wembley with Neil Young (soon to join Crosby, Stills & Nash) scoring the winner. While the hippies enjoyed that, the skinheads will have been delighted that Desmond Dekker topped the charts with “Israelites”. It’s not known which ‘Shack’ preferred. (Incidentally, to pick up the previous theme, the Manchester City side was all-English and only one FA Cup winning side since then has been the same, West Ham in 1975).



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Switching topics, the West Indies tour is off as is everything until 1 July – not sure which year though!


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Actually it’s not “off” it’s postponed. The full details are on the Hampshire website (the Championship is clearly fading away):


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