Hampshire Cricket History

May 22, 2020, 4:39 pm
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This was a hugely difficult season which took place under the shadow of the Packer revolution, involving Richards, Greenidge and Roberts and then ended tragically in the very sudden death of Desmond Eagar, for 30+ years one of the key architects of Hampshire’s rise to be one of the strongest sides in the land. It hinged too on a couple of matches with Gloucestershire, when quite probably both counties would have settled for swapping the result. As it was, we lost to them narrowly in the Procter hat-trick B&H semi-final (they won the cup), but on the last day of the season we beat them at Bristol to deny them their first Championship title in the modern (1890-) era.

The season opened on 23 April, with a rain-affected two-day B&H victory over Lancashire at Southampton. Richards went early, but John Rice (41, replacing the absent Greenidge) and David Turner (81) took the score to 126, after which only Mike Taylor (22*) and extras reached double figures in a total of 201-8. Barry Wood (64) and ‘Bumble’ (44) then opened with 97 to set Lancashire well on their way, but Tom Mottram 3-33 and John Rice with 3-36, took wickets regularly and they finished on 183-8, short by 18 runs. John Rice took the Man-of the Match award.

At the end of the season, Hampshire took part in the Scarborough Festival, beating Essex to win the Fenner Trophy and then losing by just one run (with Greenidge absent ill) to TN Pearce’s XI over three days (not first-class)

The Cup Final was a month away – Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 – while back in April, Abba were top of the charts again with “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. On 17 August, the day scheduled for the Gillette Cup semi-finals, Elvis Presley died.


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How the cricket gods are having a laugh. Barely a drop of rain during the season so far.

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