Hampshire Cricket History

Brad Taylor
January 31, 2021, 11:01 am
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Bradley Jacob (‘Brad’) Taylor (521) born Winchester 14.3.1997.

Squad number 93

Brad Taylor is an off-break bowling all-rounder who played for Hampshire’s age group sides, and, from 2013 age 16, Hampshire 2nd XI. In August 2013, he made his debut for the county in Championship and limited-overs matches, and in the former, he took 4-64 v Lancashire at Old Trafford, still his best figures. In the following year, he made his T20 debut; in all three formats setting the record as Hampshire’s youngest debutant. In 2014 & 2015 he played for England under-19s in all formats, but despite his early county debuts, he has struggled with various injuries since, although he played in the first seven Royal London Cup matches in 2018, scoring two half-centuries to which he added the team’s best economy rate of under five runs per over. In 2019 he played in one limited-overs match, a number of 2nd XI games and captained the Hampshire Academy side, but from mid-July onwards he appeared only in two T20 games. He played no Hampshire cricket of any kind in 2020.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 6 matches; 133 runs at 19.00; HS: 36 v Cardiff MCCU (Southampton) 2016. 13 wickets, BB 4-64 v Lancashire (Southport) 2013

List A: 18 matches; 355 runs; HS 69 v CC&C (Bridgetown) 2017/18. 15 wickets at 44.06; BB 4-26 v CC & C 2017/18 

T20: 8 matches; 23 runs at 7.66; HS 9* v Essex (Southampton) 2016. 4 wickets @32.00; BB 2-20 v Glamorgan (Southampton) 2016

Ryan Stevenson
January 30, 2021, 4:10 pm
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Ryan Anthony Stevenson (537) born Torquay 2.4.1992.

Squad number 47

Ryan Stevenson is a pace bowler who played for Devon in 2015 and joined Hampshire the same season, making his first-class debut v Durham. He played in three key games at the end of 2015 as Hampshire fought successfully to avoid relegation and in that first brief period, he had a top score of 30, and took three wickets. In following seasons he suffered from a serious back problem, playing three limited-overs games in 2016 (two wickets) and only one more first-class match, in 2017, v Cardiff University. In 2018, he played in ten T20 matches, taking nine wickets, then in 2019 he played in one Championship match, took one wicket, and recorded his highest score of 51 v Surrey (Oval). In 2020, he took 4-70 in his first Bob Willis Trophy match v Middlesex at Radlett but suffered a bad leg injury in a fielding accident. He played one more game, limited by rain to 78 overs, v Essex at Arundel, while in nine T20 matches he took three wickets.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 7 matches; 124 runs at 20.66; HS: 51 v Surrey (Oval) 2019. 15 wickets, BB 4-70 v Middlesex (Radlett) 2020.

List A: 3 matches; 0 runs. Two wickets at 71.00; BB 1-28 v Essex (Southampton) 2016 

T20: 21 matches; 54 runs at 9.00; HS 17 v Essex (Southampton) 2020. 14 wickets; BB 2-28 v Essex (Chelmsford) 2018

On His Way
January 30, 2021, 11:46 am
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James Vince today made his highest overseas T20 score of 98* (53 balls) to take Sydney Sixers to the Final down-under. He has one T20 century, for Hampshire in 2015. Chasing 168 to win, they won by nine wickets with three overs to spare.

Tom SCriven
January 29, 2021, 3:14 pm
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Sorry to be a bit late – I’ve been out!

Thomas Anthony Rhys (‘Tom’) Scriven born Oxford 18 November 1998

Tom Scriven, an all-rounder who bowls right-arm medium fast, was born in Oxford where he went to school (Magdalen College). In year group county cricket he played initially for Berkshire, then from under-17s for Hampshire. From 2015 he played in the Southern League for the Hampshire Academy side and a year later made his Hampshire 2nd XI debut. In 2017/18 he played for England under-19s v South Africa and in the under-19s World Cup, while in 2019 he played in the Minor Counties Trophy for Berkshire. By then he had made his Hampshire debut in a T20 match v Gloucestershire although he played only 2nd XI cricket in 2019. He played a second T20 match in 2020 but to date has bowled just one over and played one innings, scoring two runs. He enjoyed more success in two first-class appearances in the Bob Willis Trophy with a best of 68 and 2-24 in the final match in Canterbury.

His first-class figures for Hampshire:

2 matches; 84 runs at 28.00; HS 68 v Kent (Canterbury) 2020. BB2-24 v Kent (Canterbury) 2020.

Felix Organ
January 28, 2021, 9:07 am
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Felix Spencer Organ, (550) born Sydney Australia, 2.6.1999.

Squad number 3

Although born in Australia to English parents, batsman and off-spinner Felix Organ went to school at Canford, Dorset and played for Hampshire’s age group sides throughout his teens. He made his 2nd XI debut in 2015 and towards the end of the 2017 season, made his first-class debut, scoring 16 v Middlesex in a low-scoring ‘relegation’ match at Uxbridge. In the winter of 2017/18, he played for Hampshire in four limited-overs matches in the Regional Super50 Tournament in the Caribbean – his only List A matches to date – and signed a new contract at the end of 2018. In 2019 he was the leading run-scorer in the Hampshire 2nd XI side that won the Championship (602 runs at 50.16), captaining the side in the winning Final. By then he had won a place opening the batting in the first team, scoring his first Championship century, v Kent, and adding two half-centuries. In addition he bowled occasionally, and in a victory against Surrey took 5-25. It was a promising start but in 2020 he experienced the ‘difficult second season’, in the Bob Willis Trophy he played in all five matches but with a best of just 16 and an average of 8.57, although his 4-42 v Middlesex helped Hampshire to victory. 2020 was his first season playing for Hampshire in T20 matches; he scored 21 runs in three innings, and took 2-21 v Middlesex.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 12 matches; 376 runs at 19.78; HS: 100 v Kent (Southampton) 2019. 15 wickets, BB 5-25 v Surrey (Southampton) 2019.

List A: 4 matches; 0 runs. Two wickets; BB 1-6 v CC&C (Lucas Street, West Indies) 2017/18 

T20: 3 matches; 21 runs at 7.00; HS 9. Three wickets; BB 2-21 v Middlesex (Southampton) 2020.

January 27, 2021, 12:54 pm
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I’ve been asked to write a new series on the website about each decade from the 1940s. The first one has appeared today and there will be one new one every week over these eight weeks:


Sam Northeast
January 27, 2021, 12:37 pm
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Sam Alexander Northeast, (551) born Ashford, Kent 16 October 1989.

Squad number 17

Sam Northeast is a right-hand batsman who was educated at Harrow School, played in all three fomats for England under-19s (2007/9) and then for Kent in 135 first-class matches from 2007-2017. He also captained Kent for a number of years, then joined Hampshire at the start of the 2018 season. In the preceding winter, he played for England Lions, and for the South XI v the North in the West Indies, and he subsequently played for the Lions in two more first-class matches in 2019 and 2019/20 – there was a thought then that he might be selected for England, but now in his thirties, that chance might have gone.

For Hampshire, Northeast scored a century at the Oval in his second Championship match in 2018 but then broke a finger in fielding practice, missing a number of matches. He returned in the Royal London Cup semi-final scoring 58, and followed that with 75* in Hampshire’s winning total, despite being loudly booed by the opposition Kent supporters. After that there was just one half-century in the T20 matches and a similar return from his final 14 Championship innings. In 2019, having missed just one Championship match, he finished only 31 runs short of 1,000 in the season, although he passed that figure for the fourth time in all first-class matches. In the Royal London Cup he returned to Canterbury and scored 105*, and Hampshire reached another Lord’s Final, where, with Vince in the England World Cup squad, Northeast captained the side, although despite his innings of 56 Hampshire lost to Somerset. He also deputised in a number of first-class matches that year, and with Vince unavailable for the five Bob Willis Trophy matches in 2020 Northeast stood in again and top-scored with 81 in the victory v Surrey at Arundel.  

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 30 matches; 1747 runs at 37.97; HS: 169 v Essex (Southampton) 2019.

List A: 12 matches; 413 runs at 51.62; HS 105* v Kent (Canterbury) 2019.  

T20: 35 matches; 678 runs at 21.18; HS 73* v Essex (Chelmsford) 2018.

Lewis McManus
January 26, 2021, 2:06 pm
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Lewis David McManus, (532) born Poole, Dorset 9.10.1994.

Squad number 18

For more than a century, from the time that James Stone took Hampshire’s wicketkeeping position, until the retirement of Nic Pothas, Hampshire had a succession of regular ‘keepers’, but in the past decade no one player has held the position for any length of time although Lewis McManus is the current encumbent. Lewis played for England under-19s; for his native Dorset; for Hampshire’s Academy, and after one game in 2011, regularly for Hampshire 2nd XI from 2013. He made his first-class debut at Headingley in 2015 and was second highest scorer as Hampshire fell to a heavy defeat, while in his next match v Durham at the Ageas Bowl he scored 53*, batting for almost three hours to save the game.

Initially, he covered for Adam Wheater when the latter was injured, but from mid- season 2016 he established himself as the first-choice wicketkeeper and Wheater returned to Essex. Since then he and Tom Alsop have both had spells keeping wicket, although in 2020 Alsop played as a specialist batsman alongside McManus. For a brief period in mid-2017, McManus opened the batting in the Championship but he is rather more a useful middle-order batsman who scored one century, 132* (and 35) v Surrey at the Ageas Bowl in 2016. In 2019, he was a member of the Hampshire team that beat Kent to win the Royal London Cup. In his 44 first-class matches he has dismissed 106 batsmen, around 11% of them stumped, whereas, typical of the modern game, 25% of his dismissals in limited-overs matches, and 37% in T20, have been stumped.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 44 matches; 1556 runs at 27.29; HS: 132* v Surrey (Southampton) 2016. Dismissals: 94 ct/12 st.

List A: 32 matches; 430 runs at 21.50; HS 47 v Barbados (Bridgetown 2017/18). Dismissals: 24 ct/8 st.

T20: 48 matches; 475 runs at 15.83; HS 59 v Glamorgan (Cardiff) 2020. Dismissals: 15 ct./9 st.

Yes or No?
January 25, 2021, 1:41 pm
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I heard an informed rumour last week that Hampshire were hopeful of getting a Test Match v New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl this coming summer. Instead, today, BBC have announced:

“England will start their home summer with two Tests against world’s number one side New Zealand. The first Test at Lord’s will begin on 2 June, and the second at Edgbaston on 10 June. Three Twenty20s against Sri Lanka – two at Cardiff and one at Southampton – have also been added to England’s schedule.”

They then offer a list of those T20s but showing all three at Cardiff – who knows? From a personal point-of-view, I don’t give a damn since I won’t watch IT20s, but it’s disappointing news that there is no Test Match. I guess Hampshire didn’t do a very good job of staging them last season?!!

Ian Holland
January 25, 2021, 1:33 pm
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Ian Gabriel Holland, (547) born Wisconsin, USA, 3.10.1990.

Squad number 22

Ian Holland is a medium-pace bowling all-rounder who was born in the USA, but grew up in Australia and played in age group games and then one first-class match for Victoria. In England, he played for Fleetwood in the Northern Premier League from 2013 until early 2016, but also for Hampshire 2nd XI from 2015. He joined the county staff in 2017, making his first-class debut and he scored 234 runs in 13 matches at 26.00, including 58* v Surrey. He also took 19 wickets, including 4-16 v Somerset, but missed the winter tournament in Barbados with an injury, and came back into Hampshire’s Championship side from the middle of the 2018 season. In his early seasons he played rarely in ‘white ball’ cricket although appeared in five List A games on loan at Northamptonshire in 2019. From mid-season 2019 at Hampshire he opened the batting in the Championship scoring 478 runs at 31.86, including his highest score of 143 v Warwickshire at the Ageas Bowl, although he took just five wickets.

He became ‘England qualified’ at the start of the 2020 season and in the Bob Willis Trophy moved back to the middle order with a best of 42, plus 17 wickets in the five matches at 17.47, including 6-60 v Surrey at Arundel. For the first time he also played a full T20 season with a top score of 65 and three wickets at an economy rate of 7.30. In 2017, he played for South Wilts in the Southern League and in 2018 for St Cross, while to the end of 2020 he had played in eight limited-overs internationals for the USA with 244 runs at 30.50, a highest score of 75 v Nepal, and seven wickets at 29.85 with a best of 3-11 v UAE.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 30 matches; 962 runs at 23.46; HS: 143 v Warwickshire (Southampton) 2019. 56 wickets at 26.42; BB 6-60 v Surrey at Arundel 2020.

List A: 2 matches; one innings of 11*. Three wickets at 39.00; BB 2-57 v Kent in 2019.

T20: 14 matches; 173 runs at 34.60; HS 65 v Surrey (Southampton) 2020. 4 wickets at 42.25; BB 1-25.