Hampshire Cricket History

The Year Before
November 24, 2021, 1:22 pm
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Chris asked, had I seen the piece in Wisden Cricket Monthly about 1963 and Roy Marshall. I hadn’t, I’m a Cricketer bloke myself (what about you?) but I bought it this morning at the one remaining WH Smith’s on Portsea Island.

The piece is quite a lot about the West Indians tour of 1963 but the photo of Roy was interesting – the wicketkeeper is Pakistani Imtiaz Ahmed and then the ground was easy to recognise – it’s Arundel – and it’s not 1963 but the start of the previous season, when Hampshire’s XI were invited to represent the Duke of Norfolk in a one-day opener for the tour to honour their clinching of the County Championship the previous year.

1962 would be the first year of a knock-out cup competition between four midlands counties, but for this April fixture the two sides played it like a normal club match – the Duke’s XI 204-6 declared in 63 overs, the tourists 173-5 in 54 overs, match drawn – Marshall top-scored with 61.

The article mentions Marshall’s feat in scoring 1,800 runs in 1963. In fact in 1955 and then over five seasons from 1958-1962 he passed 2,000 runs. 1963’s total impressed because it was a wet summer with uncovered pitches but so too were his 2,118 runs in 1958 (when we finished second). The totals from 1959-1962 with a best of 2,607 in 1961 (and best average of 43.45) were all during the brief experiment with covering which changed again from 1963, for almost 20 years.

Here is the photo

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Great stuff, thanks for following up, Dave. I hadn’t recognised it as Arundel (only been once, to a gig in the pavilion), nor who the opposition were. Those are amazing batting stats for Marshall.
I tend to get both magazines (WH Smith at the local hospital, and long waits in the Day Treatment Unit!) so can alert you to any Hampshire content in WCM. Cricketer has good County content and more extensive book reviews but WCM has improved recently, and introduced regular, albeit sometimes brief County news. The WCM podcast is interesting too. And the Talksport Cricket podcast with Neil Manthorp and Steve Harmison also worth a listen.

Comment by Chris Davis

Thanks Chris – and good luck with those days of waiting – had it myself last year! I thought WCM ‘looked’ very good – nicely designed and some interesting articles and historic photos. I guess the December issues of both will be full of Yorkshire/ECB.

Comment by Dave Allen

Talking of photographs of Roy Marshall, the one I like best is in ‘Of Didcot and the Demon – The Cricketing Times of Alan Gibson’, page 23. The photograph is given the title “Among the best half dozen of his era”. It shows RM straight driving over the bowlers head, with Roger Tolchard standing up. Great book too!

Comment by Ian Laidlaw

I know of the book but not seen it – thanks for the tip.

Comment by Dave Allen

The link with Cantell School was featured on South Today last night. The film footage suggested some children of Asian descent with some serious batting talent. Hampshire’s rep was Charlie Freeston. No mention of Cage cricket.

Comment by Alan Edwards

No cages Alan but I know the lack of inner-city players is another of Dave’s big concerns.

Comment by James

Here’s hoping – Cages or no cages!

Comment by Dave Allen

Is it premature or unfair to ask why there is no mention of Portsmouth, Leigh Park et al in this story?

Comment by Ian White

Not at all Ian! (don’t get me started …)

Comment by Dave Allen

Interesting that two current England footballers, Mason Mount and James Ward-Prowse were born in Portsmouth and brought up by Pompey families (even though they progressed elsewhere) yet there are apparently no talented sporting people in the city who might become cricketers. The last Pompey-born debutant for Hampshire was Richard Hindley who was not on the staff but played one match in an emergency in 2003.

Comment by Dave Allen

… and he did rather well didn’t he?

Comment by James

He did James, albeit he was brought in to replace Udal but excelled with the bat. He still does rather well for Havant too.

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