Hampshire Cricket History

February 28, 2023, 4:35 pm
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My question relates to a new display we are organising in the Shackleton bar

In August 1955 v Somerset at Clarence Park, Weston-Super-Mare: Derek Shackleton had match figures of 14-29, at that time the fourth best figures for Hampshire. In the first innings he took 8-4 and that average of 0.5 runs per wicket is better than any Championship average with eight or more wickets in an innings**.

(In 1930 Verity took 10-10 for Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire in 1932 and AP ‘Tich’ Freeman 9-11 for Kent v Sussex in 1922. In 1950 Jim Laker took 8-2 for England v the Rest in a Test Trial but it was not a county match)

**Is that bit right?

PS Sorry to steal anyone’s thunder but the ACS replied immediately and said yes!

***(From ACS) We have a list of ‘Best Bowling Returns Eight wickets in an innings’, headed, inevitably by Laker, but with Shack in second place and no-one else with an equal or better Championship performance. In fact, next best was Charles Palmer’s unlikely 8-7 for Leicestershire in the same season as (but around three months before) Shack’s 8-4. There’s been a 6-2 and a number of instances of 6-3, but the best 7-for is ‘only’ 7-6. So Shack’s average of 0.5 is actually better than that of anyone taking 7 or more wickets in a Championship innings.

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