Hampshire Cricket History

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April 29, 2020, 9:02 pm
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Following on ref overseas players, I’m very grateful to Stuart who has sent a fascinating piece by Josh Burrows & Scyld Berry in the Telegraph. It shows two graphs across the last three first-class seasons 2017-2019, recording Runs scored and Wickets taken by “non-English players”.

I hope the link works but in case not, here are the top three figures:


Glamorgan 51%

Hampshire 39%

Durham 34%


Hampshire 74%

Glamorgan 63%

Essex 53%

(So, Glamorgan ‘beat’ us by 1%)



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I’m surprised that our bowling figure is not higher, although I suppose our England prospect Keith Barker boosted the home 26% last season.

Comment by pompeypop

As the article relates, this is a poor reflection on the Academy system as far as producing bowlers is concerned

Comment by Peter Jeffs

Although we’ve produced a fair few spinners – but the timing of the Championship games means they rarely get a bowl

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

Quite right ‘Bloggy’. There is a trail more than a century old, of Hampshire spinners that were not only brought through by us, but were actually born in the county – including some of our finest: Jack Newman, Jim Bailey, Gerry Hill, Charlie Knott, Peter Sainsbury, Mervyn Burden, Alan Wassell, Keith Wheatley up to 1970 – then came Larry Worrell and David O’Sullivan from abroad, Nigel Cowley (Dorset), John Southern (London), Raj Maru (via Middx) and back to local lads for a while: Shaun Udal, Darren Flint, Ian Turner followed by some chap from ‘down under’. Although born outside the county, it’s entirely reasonable to see Liam and Mason as ‘ours’.

Keepers have often been ‘ours’ too. Top batsmen? Neil McCorkell, Jimmy Gray, Trevor Jesty and Jimmy Adams from Hampshire, and to a large extent, Arnold, Brown, Rogers, Greenidge, Turner, Nicholas, Terry, Vince – maybe even Mead – came through our ranks. Pace bowlers? Not many (21st century Tomlinson and Tremlett).

Comment by pompeypop

Not to mention Danny Briggs and Brad Taylor – and Felix Organ! But none of them get much of a bowl in the Championship (with notable exceptional events)

Comment by Bloggy McBlogface

I note Surrey and Nottinghamshire are both very low in the tables as they don’t rely so much on non-English qualified players.

Instead they rely on English qualified players they poach from other counties. Is that any better I wonder?

Comment by James

Entirely reasonable question – and in the case of Notts recently it’s not working either!

Comment by pompeypop

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