Hampshire Cricket History

These are a few of my favourite …
March 21, 2021, 7:50 pm
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Hampshire cricketers

That previous post and your responses has me thinking more about an XI of my favourites – players I watched, cared about and really liked for whatever reasons. This is not the best XI by any means but nice guys, good cricketers (one or two greats) and some would be fun in the bar at close of play:

Jimmy Adams; Mike Barnard; David Turner; Robin Smith; Richard Gilliat (Captain); Peter Sainsbury; Leo Harrison (w/k); Alan Castell; Malcolm Marshall; Derek Shackleton; James Tomlinson.

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If I could include people I got to know but never saw play: Alan Rayment and Neville Rogers – both delightful.

Comment by pompeypop

Interesting, Dave.
My selection would, I think, be Neville Rogers, Jimmy Gray, Henry Horton, Roy Marshall, Robin Smith, David Blake, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, Peter Sainsbury, Vic Cannings, Derek Shackleton, Butch White.

Comment by Stephen Saunders

So glad you included Tommo Dave. He was one of my very favourite Hampshire cricketers and I was always so pleased when he did well particularly as he was a local lad. He would be the first to say he wasn’t the greatest of players but he never gave less than 100% with ball or bat or in the field. A great example to all.

Now I am going to have to think about ten to join him. Might take a while!

Comment by James

Some welcome news from the BBC

(other commentaries are available!)

Comment by James

Ok so my team (selected from players I have seen in the last twenty five years of regularly watching Hampshire) is Adams, Katich, Vince, R.Smith, Pothas, Mascarenhas, Bichel, Udal, A.Morris, Abbott & Tomlinson.

12th men: Ervine, Berg & Cork.

Comment by James

Nice! And thank you for that news. I gather there is a plan to cover the friendlies incidentally (stream and ‘internal’ commentators.)

Comment by pompeypop

Good news that they’re streaming the friendlies too

Comment by dmashala

They are – but the bad news is that some of you might recognise the Pompey accent of one of the commentators …

Comment by pompeypop

My favourite team based solely on watching enjoyment since 1958, and bearing in mind that I have lived in HK since 1979 and consequently there is a bias towards the 50s, 60s and 70s:

Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge, David Turner, Roy Marshall, Trevor Jesty, Richard Gilliat (c), Peter Sainsbury, Michael Bates (wk), Derek Shackleton, Bob Cottam, Tom Mottram.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

Cheers Ian. Did you ever see Kevan James playing for ‘England’ in Hong Kong (six-a-side)?

Comment by pompeypop

Dave, although I cannot remember ever seeing Roy Marshall bowl, I think he will have to be my 6th bowler if required.

No I do not recall seeing Kevan James in HK.

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

Roy Marshall had two useful bowling seasons with Hampshire – his first two. In 1955 he took 28 wickets at 15.67 with a best of 6-44 at Bradford, and in 1956 (the off-spinners year) he took 36 wickets at 20.55 with a best of 6-36 v Surrey. There were two other six-wickets-in-an-innings (v Gloucs & Glams) but after 1956 he took 10 wickets in 1959 but otherwise never more than five in a season – and only 15 from 1960 to the end of his career in 1972. I don’t remember seeing him bowl.

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