Hampshire Cricket History

Cry God for Harry …
April 23, 2020, 12:19 pm
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England and St George”.

It’s his day you know, the chap who apparently never killed a dragon, was born in Turkey, died in what is now Israel and never came here.

Well never mind, since it is England’s day here’s an English Hampshire XI. What do you think?

Carberry, Arnold, Rogers, Mead, Jesty, Brown, Sainsbury, Kennedy, Newman, Shackleton, White.

My reserves are in the first comment

April 23, 2020, 9:00 am
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Vic Marks in today’s Guardian confirms that the Ageas Bowl with its self-contained hotel might be one of three secure ‘behind closed doors’ locations for 2020. On the other hand, the Chairman of Surrey says “if we lose a county I don’t think it will be a small one”:



I’m told that Scyld Berry is about to write a series of articles in the Daily Telegraph about the 18 counties. As it happens I don’t always read that ‘paper, but if anyone spots Hampshire could you alert me (us). Thank you.

April 22, 2020, 12:22 pm
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There has been a bit of a gap, since the interesting early days of 1967 but on 22 April, we still haven’t caught up with the regular May starting dates back then. In 1969, Hampshire went to Hove to open the season with a Championship match on ‘May Day’ – except they didn’t, because it rained all day.

On the Thursday, Sussex won the toss and batted, but not very well. They were quickly 37-5 and after a rally from Peter Graves (45*) and Alan Oakman (32), they closed on 140, Cottam 6-79, Shackleton: 20-13-21-3. Hampshire’s start was even worse, Snow and the Buss brothers reducing them to 16-5 including a debut ‘duck’ for the new instant overseas signing BA Richards. There followed a partnership of 76 between Gilliat (41) and Wheatley 61*, but just before the close Marshall declared with nine wickets down and a deficit of five runs, to which the Sussex openers added one more that evening.

The two teams had made up considerable time and on the final day, the Sussex opener Michael Buss with 71, and Tony Greig (38) enabled Griffith to declare with seven wickets lost (Shackleton 3-35) setting Hampshire 189 to win in 132 minutes. They lost both openers, Marshall and Reed quickly again however and when Sainsbury went at 44-3, Richards (53*) and Turner (12*) played out time. The Hampshire Handbook praised Hampshire’s fielding “throughout”.

On that Friday evening, Hampshire packed their bags and travelled 270 miles to Harrogate where they batted on the Saturday and Marshall, having started the season with 4 & 0, added another duck on the first day (Hampshire 96-6, Richards 55*). There is a tale about Richards that his start was a poor one but in fact, to his 53* in the first match, and 70 in Yorkshire, he added 50 in his fourth game batting – it is simply that after that, he got better and better.

The match at Harrogate was ruined by rain with only six hours possible, Hampshire did not bat at all in the third game, at Edgbaston (no play first two days) and in their first nine innings that year they reached 200 only once (221 at Bristol). All this seemed to contradict the chart-topping view of Louis Armstrong with “What a Wonderful World”. Despite it all, Hampshire finished fifth in the Championship, up from 12th in 1967. The Cup Final, won by a goal from Jeff Astle, was still three weeks away.



Should be a cracker then …
April 21, 2020, 10:59 am
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Maybe Colin Graves will stay!



Can I do this?
April 21, 2020, 7:14 am
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I have a high-tech day in prospect as I attempt to do some on-line teaching (of singing!) with the University. I haven’t really got a clue, but before that I’m hoping here to add a piece of moving image kindly sent by Jo (hi Jo) of Sean Ervine bowling off-spin – especially for Mark!

Here goes …

Sorry (Jo especially) but it says this Blog package won’t support video. Anyway I can confirm the evidence. Now back to this singing …


On the Website
April 20, 2020, 4:48 pm
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Despite quite a number of staff departing on this Furlough scheme I was wrong about Heritage items on the website. They will continue posting them if I keep sending them – and they have some bits of their own too.

So, I have spent today sorting out an ‘On this Day’ series for May from the past 30 years, which will appear


In May!

April 19, 2020, 12:11 pm
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About a week ago, the guys who run the official website asked me to do an ‘On this Day’ feature – not every day, but 2/3 per week.

So I kicked off with one for today, which should be up there but isn’t because they’re all away on Furlough – so for you faithful followers of the Blog, here it is:

19 April 2000

This was a highly significant season for Hampshire as they played for the final times at Southampton and Portsmouth – and almost the last at Basingstoke – while preparing to move to the new ground.
In addition, they had a new overseas player who created some interest – Shane Warne. Sadly the start of the season was rather damp. Their mid-April friendly at Oxford University and two home B&H games were abandoned without a ball bowled, but Warne did get onto the field at Chelmsford on 19 April although his 0-44 was upstaged by three wickets for Peter Hartley and two each for ‘Dimi’ and Shaun Udal.
Essex closed on just 201-9 after 50 overs (Irani 50) but Hampshire lost their openers Laney & Kenway with just 11 runs scored. Aymes (63) and Robin Smith (56) then steadied things, adding 120, Giles White scored 27 and ‘Dimi’ with 21* took Hampshire home with 15 balls and five wickets to spare. Warne took his first wicket in the next match at Hove, two more at the Oval, and Hampshire moved to the quarter-final – but no further.
Warne Mullally capped
Alan Mullally & Shane Warne who both joined in 2000, with Chairman of Cricket, David Robinson and captain Robin Smith.

April 18, 2020, 7:39 am
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I’m picking up quite a few alerts from WordPress recently, telling me that new people are now following the Blog. I’m delighted, I hope you enjoy it and feel able to contribute.

I’m Dave Allen, these days the Historian to Hampshire Cricket Heritage Ltd, which for various reasons is a separate organisation housed at the Ageas Bowl – it protects the artefacts in the archive, it enables us to operate to some extent independently etc. This Blog is nothing more than something I started 10 years ago and is not officially linked to Hampshire Cricket or HC Heritage.

People are very nice to each other on here – as far as I’m concerned you can be as rude as you wish about the Hundred (or not) but I like that people are nice, and offer all sorts of interesting Comments. The first time you post a Comment I have to approve it, after which you can post away. Occasionally I ‘trash’ attempts to use it to advertise stuff.

I’m also posting various things on the Heritage section of the official club website, although the guys I work with most closely are now on furlough, so who knows … this blog will keep going.

Finally, if you see a Comment by ‘Pompey Pop’, that’s just my WordPress name because my first Blog was part of a big, on-going project about the history of popular music in Portsmouth. It’s still me. Enjoy it folks!

1967 Part Two
April 17, 2020, 11:37 am
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Bloggy has just sent this (cheers). No comment, but I wonder if it was one of your first? Sadly it was also one of the worst, and actually created quite a scandal at a time when everyone wanted ‘Brighter Cricket”. This wasn’t!

Hampshire 354-4 overnight declared on 421-7 from 145 overs. So far so good, but Middlesex requiring 272 to avoid the follow-on, were 124-4 overnight and 190-6 before lunch on the last day. Then they finished on 371-7 from 176 overs (Radley 100*, so after three days and 321 overs the two teams had not even completed their first innings. (incidentally, despite the handwritten note, Price played, so perhaps it means Stuart fielded substitute?)

1967 Middx v Hants (1) copy

April 17, 2020, 9:48 am
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Continuing the series of the season’s first matches and we have reached the Summer of Love, when in all competitions cricketers still wore A Whiter Shade of Pale. The season opened at Southampton on 20/21 April with a couple of unlikely winners, David Turner, and Sandie Shaw whose entry “Puppet on a String” won the Eurovision Song Contest and topped the charts that weekend. The FA Cup Final was still a month away, and when it came, ‘Spurs’ beat Chelsea 2-1 – the latter’s consolation goal scored by Bobby Tambling from Hayling Island.

And teenager David Turner? He won the Hampshire Single Wicket Championship, beating another youngster Trevor Jesty in the final (38: 41*). The beaten semi-finalists were a pair of West Indians, John Holder and Roy Marshall. Each batsman had eight overs to bat and only Brian Timms managed that, but Leo Harrison who dismissed him from the final ball for 33, then scored 36* to win the tie. Turner went on to represent Hampshire at Lord’s, but a chap called Sobers won that (against Brian Edmeades of Essex). Cricketweb says of Turner:

“There were fears that some of the comparative unknowns produced by the counties would not prove good enough. A particular concern was Hampshire’s 18 year old David Turner, not yet established in the county side, he had not taken a single First Class wicket and had only taken nine by the time he retired 22 years later. But Turner beat Hanif in his first match and experienced Kent all-rounder Alan Dixon in his second to fully justify his place”.

The Hampshire team then opened their season with a 103 runs victory against Lincolnshire at Basingstoke in the first round of the Gillette Cup: Hampshire 244-8 (Marshall 102, Horton 56, Norman McVicker 3-42), Lincolnshire 141 (Pougher 54, White 4-8 in 7.2 overs).

Hampshire beat Glamorgan at Portsmouth in the next round but then lost to Sussex at Hove by 9 runs (Castell 4-52), Timms 55).


This the Hampshire team at the Oval before Day Three of an innings victory over Surrey. Sainsbury is ‘captain’ because for whatever reason, the real captain Roy Marshall, who had scored exactly 100 the day before, missed the photo. I have no idea about the man standing left. I have asked some of our players, I have asked Surrey; nobody knows.