Hampshire Cricket History

Wickets for Winners
April 26, 2021, 8:45 am
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In 1961 when Hampshire first won the title, they did so by winning 19 of their 32 matches

In 15 games, they took all 20 of their opponents wickets, while Warwickshire declared with nine down in the first innings and were all out in the second.

Hampshire won just three against declarations by their opponents. Surrey were unlucky early season because the follow-on was not permitted; they lost just six wickets, set us a third day target and we got them with five down

Essex at Cowes lost 14 wickets to our 16 in the match, but they set us a target not least because Marshall was injured in the field on day one, and couldn’t open. Ingleby-Mackenzie’s highest score won it on day three

Finally we beat Gloucestershire (remember them?) in Pompey in June, after the whole of the second day was washed out. We declared without losing a first innings wicket, sacrificing four certain points, but then chased down our target. Gloucs lost 18 wickets in the match to our eight.

In 1973 we played 20 matches and won 10. In the first nine victories we took 20 wickets in every match, then clinched the title with bonus points on the second day v Gloucestershire (remember them?). We had bowled them out in the first innings and on the third day they declared with nine down. We won that, the only game we won without taking all 20 wickets, but after the title was won. They declared not least because the following day they were in their first Lord’s Cup Final and wanted to get to London (they won it).

In 1961 we were in the middle of a brief experiment with covered pitches; in 1973 we were back to uncovered pitches

Over rates? Matches back then were played to fixed times, normally 11.30-6.30 on the first two days with variations on day three (and often an 11 am start). Over these past four days, the two sides bowled 373 overs, just about the full whack (but with overtime) giving an average of 93 overs per day. In the matches in 1973 that were drawn or went to anything like a full three days, the teams usually bowled 300+ overs in three days, with the longest being 346 (we won); 338 (drawn); 332 (won), 323 (drawn), 320 (drawn), 317 (twice, win & draw) & 316 (drawn). If Gloucs and Hampshire had averaged (say) 103 overs per day, those extra 40 overs would surely have seen us winning the game.

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Only one match remained yesterday in the Second Group, an enthralling finish between the top two, 100% sides about which, in its coverage of four matches, the Daily Telegraph said …


EW Swanton would be outraged!

Comment by Dave Allen

In 1973 John Arlott wrote it could be safely assumed though ‘hardly hailed’ that the title had been won on getting a 10th bonus point. He was also rather critical of a points system in which a title could conceivably be won without actually winning a game.

Seemed like a happy enough afternoon as I remember it though with a report on the nine o’clock news on the BBC that evening.

Comment by stephenfh

Certainly happy enough for me albeit on holiday in the Peak District! Good job we didn’t know it might be the last time though …

Comment by Dave Allen

Dear god, it’s nearly 50 years ago!
I was there and somewhere I have a few poor quality photos of the celebrations. Was Gilliat the best captain we ever had?
Take away the openers and on paper it must be one of the weakest teams to win a championship.

Comment by henry thompson

Gilliat has always been my nomination for best captain. Six bowlers averaged 25 or fewer – Sainsbury 17.83 – Mike Taylor was a terrific signing, but I know what you mean. People remember Jesty’s batting from later, but that year he averaged under 15 with one half century!

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