Hampshire Cricket History

April 29, 2020, 7:31 am
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1970 (Car sponsor)

On the matter of overseas players, I wonder how many Hampshire fans – especially those who were there – would have any regret about Kyle Abbott’s 17-88 in the last match at the Ageas Bowl? Not me for sure (and incidentally I still have copies of my booklet for sale!)

For 65 years Hampshire have always had overseas players – and some way before that. By 1970 one, Roy Marshall was captain, although he had slipped down the order, often batting next to Antiguan Danny Livingstone. The first match of the 1970 season, in the Parks, saw a Hampshire-born opening pair, and I wonder if you could name them? (Answer first Comment). One scored 138 the other just a single, and they were followed by Turner (Wiltshire), the two West Indians, Sainsbury (Southampton) and Jesty (Gosport). (When Kyle took all those wickets, there was not one Hampshire-born player in the side, and only half were born in England)

Hampshire declared on 363-6 (Marshall run out, 93), one of the wickets falling to Andrew Douglas-Home the nephew of the 1960s Prime Minister who had also played first-class cricket in the 1920s. The students were then dismissed for 157 by White (4-30), Cottam (2-44) and Sainsbury (3-40) plus one for John Holder, Hampshire’s third West Indian. There was a bit of rain about, so Hampshire batted again, declared on 59-1 and set 266 in 160 minutes. Holder took 3-28 but there was some resistance, and at 71-6 the game was drawn.

Hampshire then moved to Lord’s for a match v Middlesex, starting on 2 May and that same day this year should have seen one of our most loyal bloggers ( he has three names including being another DA!) celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first time watching Hampshire. It must be virtual now of course, but Happy Anniversary ‘Bloggy’ & …

It was not until the third game (away again) at Northampton that BA Richards arrived to resume opening the batting and he stayed for the season and beyond. But the man who scored 138 at Oxford had gone for ever before August, and a young chap from the West Indies, having qualified by residence, made his county debut. Overseas players? We’ve always had lots!

PS That photo? it’s not so much the car that intrigues me, it’s Bob Cottam padded up to practise batting. I hope the car worked more successfully!

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The opener who scored 138 was Barry Reed from Portsmouth. From August 1970 he went back to his farming, although he became an important coach for the pre-Academy colts sides. The other opener was Richard Lewis (Winchester).

Comment by pompeypop

Did you spot Larry Worrell in the photo? He was West Indian too. And the young man who qualified and started in August 1970 was of course, Gordon Greenidge.

Comment by pompeypop

…on his debut he hit a six in the direction of mid-wicket that sailed over the hedge at Dean Park, when sixes were not very common and those that went out of the ground even less so.

They became more frequent as his career progressed!

Comment by stephenfh

From memory, maybe 13 against Sussex at Southampton in 1975? He certainly went to 50, 100, 150, 200 & 250 with a six.

Comment by pompeypop

I may have told this story before, but it is worth repeating. In May 1970 I was playing for Bournemouth Amateurs against Deanery in a Southern League game in the Parks. Gordon Greenidge was playing for Deanery. We had heard he was going to be the next big thing, so it was good to see him. He kept wicket badly when we batted first, all out for about 140. After tea he opened the batting, and we got him out for 16 off the 4th ball of the 1st over. The first 2 went for 6, the 3rd for a 4, and off the 4th, Terry Smith caught him of just about the highest skier I have ever seen. GG was a bit unlucky because Terry had to dive to take the catch. Nobody else in our team could have caught it.

In August that year I also watched GG, aged 19, make his debut for Hampshire against Sussex at Dean Park. Batting 8, he had a thrilling duel with John Snow, bowling at his fastest. Honours were even. JS got him in the end but GG scored 24, in about 45 minutes.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

Great story Ian. That reminds me of a story I was told by one of my club’s old players after another of our former players had passed away. I was told that “Roy once took 3-18”. When I remarked that this wasn’t that unusual the response was “from one over?”.

Comment by James

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