Hampshire Cricket History

May 28, 2020, 11:08 am
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We did not know it at the start of the season but this was to be the end of a great era under the captaincy of Richard Gilliat. His side won three trophies in six years, deserved a fourth and might have had one or two more – or at least a first Lord’s Final. By the end of 1978 they had won their second Sunday League in a thrilling conclusion to the season but they did so without Richards and Roberts who departed mid-way and Gilliat had also gone before the start of 1979.

It all began rather quietly, the first Championship match should have started on 5 May at Lord’s but all three days were washed out as was the first B&H fixture against another county, Somerset at Southampton, four days earlier. They had managed to get their competitive season underway however, meeting and beating a Combined Universities side in the same competition on 22 April at Cambridge – the earliest ever start in Hampshire’s history. The students fielded a decent side, including Paul Parker, Vic Marks, Ian Greig, Aistair Hignell (captain) and Nigel Popplewell, who played for Hampshire 2nd XI before joining Somerset.

Hampshire batted first and Richards (49), Greenidge (61) and Turner (80*) took them to 236-5 from their 55 overs – Popplewell 11-1-31-2. Paul Parker top-scored for the Universities with 33, but their innings never got going – they were quickly 29-3, then 52-5 and eventually 91 all out in the 47th over. Young Tim Tremlett returned figures of 11-3-21-3 and there were two wickets each for Taylor, Cowley and Rice. Godfrey Evans presented David Turner with the Gold Award – and the smokers will have taken home free samples. Hampshire won only one more match in the competition and failed to reach the quarter-finals. Barry Richards incidentally stayed long enough in 1978 to have appeared in every B&H match for Hampshire to that date.

While Hampshire were in Cambridge the Bee Gees topped the charts with “Night Fever”. On the first Saturday in May Ipswich Town surprised Arsenal, winning the FA Cup Final 1-0 – a rare victory for a minor county!

1978 copy

Pre-season squad minus the West Indians. Can you name them all?

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Only 18 (between David Rock and Paul Terry??).

Four captains, those with three initials well represented among them!:)

Comment by stephenfh

Stevenson, Terry, Richard Elms, Tim Edwards (2nd XI only)

Comment by pompeypop

Good spot Stephen – and one ‘captain’ who departed because he wasn’t …

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