Hampshire Cricket History

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May 30, 2021, 2:11 pm
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Bank Holiday Monday and a great forecast but no cricket to watch. It wasn’t like that once because Hampshire always played Kent at Southampton over three days of the Whitsun holiday and then went down to Canterbury for the August break (in those days, early in the month). There were other regular fixtures every year over those weekends including Middlesex v Sussex, Gloucestershire v Somerset and one that survives this year, the ‘Roses’ Match.

Among our matches v Kent was a fine performance in 1952 despite the dodgy weather. Hampshire struggled to 125-9 on the Saturday (Rayment 37, Dovey 6-67) and after the last pair, Derek Shackleton & Vic Cannings had added ten more, they took off their pads and started bowling – and just like the Kent pair of Dovey & Martin, they bowled unchanged and in just 17 overs and one ball put out Kent for 32 (Shackleton 6-22, Cannings 4-10).

Hampshire than batted for 46 overs – on day two remember – before declaring at 144-8 (Gray 61*, Harrison 45), a lead of 247. This time Kent used four bowlers but for the second time and on the same day, Shackleton & Cannings then bowled unchanged for a further 24 overs and four balls, dismissing Kent for 91 (Godfrey Evans 34) before close of play on the Monday. Hampshire won by 156 runs – more than they managed in either of their innings!

In the second innings Shackleton took 6-45 (12- 67 in the match) and Cannings 4-45 (8-55).

Derek Shackleton

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I’ve known about this game for a long time but it’s only just struck me that on Bank Holiday Monday, Shackleton & Cannings were the only men who batted for Hampshire and the only men who bowled, taking all 20 wickets on a day of 90+ overs (and three changes of innings).

Comment by Dave Allen

I bet they were really tired Dave!

Comment by James

But surely more men batted for Hampshire in the second innings?

Comment by James

Magnificent photograph of Shackleton. Has the look of a mildly inconvenienced dressage contestant. Albeit more bran-fed stallion than show pony.

Comment by Chris Davis

Lovely thought Chris – and what about that wrist! Leg spinner turned seamer.

Comment by Dave Allen

When we were boys my friend and I would imitate the actions of the bowlers we saw – John Price with a great arc of a run up, Trueman with his sleeve unrolling every delivery, Butch White all bustle and energy – but Shack was not easy – as you say, that wrist position.

Comment by Dave Pople

Great photo of Shackleton, as mentioned in the comments it does look like a leggie!

Inspired by this post I did a bit of Googling and came across this footage of him. Looks even more like a spinner with the short follow through! https://youtu.be/VXYESCK6ZqA ~ it says it’s at Bournemouth as well Dave.

What did he bowl like? Medium pace and nibbling seam like Abbas or was it more swing?

Comment by Tom Johnson

More seam and cut than swing – and phenomenal accuracy, line & length. Worth remembering that most years he played on uncovered pitches and in damp summers he was particularly lethal. But there again in the four seasons of experiments with covering, or the good weather in 1955, he still took 100+ wickets, mostly under 20 apiece (in 1955 he took 159 wickets at 13.72). I didn’t see him as a young man (he was 35 when I first watched – and for ten years overall) but he was probably about the same pace as Abbas when younger – and then medium pace.

Comment by Dave Allen

Thanks for this Dave. Very informative.

Comment by Tom Johnson

One of my first days watching Hampshire.An incredible day and what a pair of opening bowlers!How would Kyle Abbott have coped with their workload.

Comment by Brian Osman

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