Hampshire Cricket History

April 28, 2021, 9:19 am
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Hampshire beat Yorkshire in the Championship twice in season for the first time and were the first side ever to score over 400 in a fourth innings against Yorkshire to win a match – Adams leading the way with 168*. Billy Taylor took a ‘hat-trick’ v Middlesex – the first by anyone at the Rose Bowl. John Crawley scored two centuries in the same match v Nottinghamshire at the Rose Bowl, the only instance on that ground.

Hampshire beat Essex by just 8 runs in the C&G Trophy. They recovered from 12-4 to post 257-9 thanks mainly to 98 by Kevin Pietersen although they were helped when Darren Gough (2-4) was unable to bowl after two balls of his third over. Essex started well and reached 215-4 but two wickets each for spinners Udal and Warne and 3-17 by ‘Aussie’ Dominic Thorneley saw them dismissed for 249 with just three balls remaining.

Hampshire enjoyed most success in the revamped National League now known as the Pro40. They won five of their eight matches, finishing third which took them into a televised promotion play-off against Glamorgan at the Rose Bowl, which Hampshire won by 151 runs. They posted 265-9 in their 40 overs led by Chris Benham with 158. Glamorgan collapsed and only a last wicket partnership of 25 took them to three figures.

Earlier in the season Hampshire’s total of 310-7 against the same opponents in the C&G Trophy was their first limited-overs score over 300 on the ground, and they won by 165 runs, which remains their highest margin of victory by runs. In the same season, in the National League, they beat Derbyshire by one wicket from the final ball, still their narrowest wickets victory in a limited-overs game on the ground.

In March, Hampshire’s President and former captain, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie died and on 29 June, many Hampshire players and officials attended his Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Out of respect, the position of President was not filled. On the evening of the service, Carberry (90), Mitchell Stokes (62) and Thorneley (50) took Hampshire to their T20 record score of 225-2 and they beat Middlesex by 59 runs (Thorneley 3-30). Stokes from Basingstoke played a number of T20 matches while on a summer contract but departed at the end of the following season without playing first-class cricket.

Permanent floodlights were installed and two international matches were held at the Rose Bowl; a second T20 in which England beat Sri Lanka and a longer match, England v Pakistan. In the first Women’s International match played on the ground, England beat India by three wickets. Sarah Taylor top-scored with 61.

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