Hampshire Cricket History


How many Hampshire-born
June 28, 2021, 2:47 pm
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Cricketers have played Test Cricket? There was Udal of course, and Tremlett and …

(There are a few more and not all Hampshire County Cricketers)

This one is perhaps the most intriguing. Here’s a note from his recent biographer GREG MILAM

Tony Dell, was the only Test cricketer to fight in the Vietnam War, and saw his life and career fall apart because of the ravages of PTSD. He now campaigns for better mental health support for veterans.


He was actually born in Hampshire and spent most of his childhood in the New Forest before emigrating to Australia as a teenager with his family. When he made his Australia debut in the 70-71 Ashes, he was still officially a ‘Pom’. I found a news report about Desmond Eagar saying Hampshire wanted to sign him for the ’71 season as they wouldn’t have had to register him as an overseas player! The Australia selectors had been tipped off about him by Barry Richards after a game between South Australia and Dell’s Queensland. He would, of course, been a Hampshire team-mate. I talked to Dell about why he didn’t take up the county offer, he gave me various reasons. Greg Chappell told me that, if he had signed up, it would have been the making of him as a fast-bowler.


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