Hampshire Cricket History

1961: Those Three days (Part One)
February 18, 2021, 11:26 am
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On the morning of Wednesday 30 August, Hampshire moved to Bournemouth to meet Derbyshire while Yorkshire went to Edgbaston where another man from their county, Norman Horner was deputising for the Warwickshire captain MJK Smith and Yorkshire were without Fred Trueman, albeit on a turning pitch. Hampshire were at full strength, while Derbyshire gave a first match in 1961 to the amateur opener Ian Gibson, and a promising young wicketkeeper, Bob Taylor, was playing instead of the injured veteran George Dawkes. At the start of play the situation was clear:

Hampshire: 30 played – 18 won – 256 points – 8.53 average

Yorkshire: 30 played – 16 won – 234 points – 7.80 average

If Hampshire could obtain seven more points they would be Champions whatever Yorkshire might manage, with the final match, the meeting of the two sides, just three days away. Yorkshire simply had to keep winning, preferably with 14 points.

The two sides had similar first days, Yorkshire in the field as Warwickshire scored 310 all out (Yorkshire 2-0) while Hampshire made 306 – somewhat disappointing after Marshall & Gray opened with 120. In the evening, Derbyshire’s Lee was run out as they closed on 23-1. On Thursday Gibson (46), Johnson (112) and Yorkshireman Billy Oates (89) took Derbyshire past 200 with just two down as Wassell, into his 43rd over took 5-132, but Derbyshire took a lead of 12 runs and with it the four points. Hampshire then slipped to 16-2 and 40-3, but 81* from Marshall, supported by Sainsbury gave them an overnight lead of 113.

At Edgbaston meanwhile, Yorkshire’s opening bat Ken Taylor with 203* and Brian Stott with 57 took them to a four-point lead of eight runs although they will have worried that the Warwickshire openers reached 72-0 at the close. On Friday morning, The Times reported “Yorkshire still have a long way to go before getting the points they need at Edgbaston” while at Bournemouth “the pitch remains good” and Hampshire “had a barren time of it against Derbyshire”.  

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I think it was Brian Stott not Billy.

Comment by Andy Fox

It was, thanks Andy

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