Hampshire Cricket History


Is he a Big Bloke then?
May 25, 2021, 11:05 am
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You’ve probably seen that New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is to join Hampshire as an overseas player for the T20 Blast. He is expected to join up with the county after New Zealand’s scheduled World Test Championship final against India in late June.

I don’t suppose I’ll get to see him, but I did write a pice about Hampshire and New Zealand(ers) which I think will appear on the website. Who was my favourite (apart from my pal KD James of course)?


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There could be confusion in the dressing room regarding his nickname!

Comment by vern1970

Oo-er! Still a bigger challenge than ‘Daws’, Vincey, etc.

Comment by Dave Allen

We could have a thread on best Hampshire nicknames, real or imagined. I’ve just discovered a 1938 signed team photo with the signature of pace bowler George ‘Hampstead’ Heath.

Comment by Dave Allen

Now Dave, that would be very interesting learning some Hampshire nicknames!
My all time favourite Hampshire player is and always will be ‘The Judge’….

Comment by Steve Anstey

John ‘Creepy’ Crawley, Alan Mullally – Spider, Malcolm Marshall – Sobie, Mark Nicholas – Jardine or Elvis, David ‘Lord’ Gower, Chris Smith – Kippy, David Turner – Birdy, Trevor Jesty – Jets, Michael Clarke – Pup, Fidel Edwards – Castro, Ed Giddens – Geezer, Wasim Akram – Sultan of Swing, Shuan Udal – Shaggy, Dale Steyn – Remover, Shahid Afridi – Boom Boom, Matthew Hayden – Unit, Ian Harvey – Mr Light Ice, Phillip Hughes – Little Don, Dan Christian – Siri, George Bailey – Hector, Glenn Maxwell – The Big Show, John Stephenson – Stanley, Shane Bond – 007, Nic Pothas – Skeg, Imran Tahir – Parasakthi Express, Andy Roberts – Hit Man & Sean Irvne – Slug.

Comment by vern1970

A Good Story:

Northamptonshire all-rounder Gareth Berg has signed a new contract until the end of the 2022 campaign. The 40-year-old right-arm seamer has taken 34 first-class wickets since rejoining from Hampshire in 2019. Berg is averaging 44 with the bat in the County Championship this year, and took career-best match bowling figures of 9-90 against Sussex this month.

Comment by Dave Allen

Malcolm Marshall “Sobie”? I saw a good deal of his whole career with Hampshire, spoke to him on occasions and never once heard that one. Any idea why? I knew many of the others but certainly not all of them. Thank you

Comment by Dave Allen

His nickname was “Sobie”, after a supposed resemblance in his stroll to the great Gary Sobers

Comment by vern1970

Mark Nicholas told the story of Malcolm Marshall wanting to be Sobers and sometimes being called Sobey by Clive Lloyd in his funeral address for Malcolm. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/a-eulogy-for-malcolm-marshall-83136

Comment by Sean

Also:
Jimmy Adams- Bison/Hippy,
Liam Dawson – Daws/Lemmy
Heath Streak – Streaky/Stack
Simon Katich – Kat
Shane Watson – Watto
Stuart Clark – Sarfaz
Marcus North – Snorks

Comment by Steve Anstey

Marcus North? Only there half a day and got a nickname!! Thanks for all these. If I ever rewrite the A-Z maybe I should include them.

Comment by Dave Allen

On that humerous note about Marcus North, did he play for Hampshire longer than KP??!!!

Comment by Steve Anstey

Malcolm Marshall was certainly known to his teammates as Macca.

Comment by Brian Osman

I know someone who played in the Hampshire colts team with Mark Nicholas and he says his nickname then was Tarzan.

Comment by Colin Price




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