Hampshire Cricket History

1961: the Morning After
February 20, 2021, 9:13 am
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The next morning Brian Chapman in the Daily Mirror, a leader in the Daily Mail, the Cricket Correspondent of The Times, and EW Swanton in the Daily Telegraph all invoked the spirit of the men of Hambledon from two centuries ago – Chapman observed that “on a golden afternoon … the greatest prize in cricket’s gallery, the County Championship, came home to its own heart and birthplace” – not historically quite accurate, but who was checking?

On the following morning the deposed Champions came to Bournemouth, clear-headed and we learned subsequently, resentful. Hampshire – Ingleby’s side of “wine, women and song” – were of course anything but; it was always said that ‘Butch’ White arrived on Saturday morning to find his car in the middle of the road outside Dean Park but with no idea how it got there. It is not hard to imagine that Hampshire relaxed a little; we know too that Middlesex would beat Gloucestershire at Lord’s over this final weekend, so anything less than victory would have consigned Yorkshire to third place. It wasn’t to be. Through hazy eyes, Hampshire restricted Yorkshire to a rate barely more than two runs per over before they declared at 288-7. Sunday night brought considerable rain and more during Monday meant that in what play was possible Hampshire went from 13-0 to 156-8 (Illingworth 7-39). The last two wickets went quickly on Tuesday morning, Yorkshire batted more quickly with Fred Trueman at number five hitting a rapid 51* and the declaration set a target of 245 in 200 minutes. Roy Marshall played one of his great innings (109) but only Mike Barnard (26) and Wassell 12* gave support, Fred Trueman ran out Marshall with a direct throw and Illingworth (5-63) led Yorkshire to victory with half-an-hour left.

A week after the Championship season ended, Champion County Hampshire, met Runners-Up Yorkshire again in an end-of season Festival match at Scarborough. September Festival cricket, very much a thing of the past, was an annual part of the season in those days; in 1961 an England XI lost to a Commonwealth (overseas) side at Hastings, the South beat the North in Blackpool and Scarborough hosted three matches: TN Pearce’s XI lost to the Australians, Yorkshire drew with MCC, and finally the Hampshire v Yorkshire match. It ended as a draw which included centuries for Marshall & Horton and 5-73 by Derek Shackleton.

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Fred Trueman hitting 51* would have been fun. That triggered another memory – it may not have been that season, though: Ingelby-Mackenzie had just got out and was intercepted on his way to the pavilion by Trueman. Fred borrowed his bat and demonstrated what he should have done. He mimed an enormous slog, followed by an umpire’s signal for 6. The crowd loved it.

Comment by Dave Pople

Good story Dave! Hadn’t heard that one.

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