Hampshire Cricket History


Dean Park Weekend
May 29, 2021, 11:47 am
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Many thanks to Paul Fowling for this contribution to our fond memories. He says:

“I’m really enjoying all the old reminiscing about Dean Park. It was a staple of my childhood as my Mum’s from Bournemouth, so Bournemouth Cricket Week was always a week we would all go down and visit my grandfather and go to the cricket.

I thought you might like this photo from The Daily Telegraph, the day after the final day’s play which we cut out and kept at the time. My Dad is on the left in the front row in the light blue coat. My coat appears to be on the bench next to him… I must have been playing on the outfield at the time!”

(Incidentally the umpire is Mervyn Kitchen, ex-Somerset. We have a large collection of scrapbooks in the archive covering most years since the early 1950s – and some earlier than that. I think this photo is also in one of them, but as the ground is now in lock-down for a month I can’t check yet; there might be more on the topic)


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Looks like I’ve started something! Its absolutely fabulous to hear and see all the memories of such a beautiful cricket ground that has appealed to a lot of people including players too. I’m incidentally reading ex Dorset CCC Captain Tom Hicks’ new book ‘Bowlers name? The life of a cricketing also-ran’ and he like me started his affliction with Dean Park at an early age watching his ‘heroes’ play there….
A ground that truly got into your blood I believe!

Comment by Steve Anstey

I do remember sitting in the Members’ area just by the pavilion at Dean Park during the 1990 Hampshire v Northamptonshire match. Northants were struggling in reply to our 360-3 declared, and as the ninth wicket fell at 140, I said to my wife about the incoming batsman “This bloke (Mark Robinson) won’t delay us long”. The couple behind leaned forward and said – much to our embarrassment – “That’s our son!” However, they hadn’t taken offence, and agreed with the assessment.
M. A. Robinson b Marshall 0
Following on, there was a bit of variety:
M. A. Robinson b Bakker 0
It’s always been one of the joys of cricket that you mix with, talk to and learn from the opposition supporters. It’s especially helpful when you play a team that you haven’t played for some years, so you don’t know their players.

Comment by dmashala




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