Hampshire Cricket History

And Today
February 19, 2018, 6:27 pm
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England Lions 145 all out; halfway through the day, West Indies ‘A’ are 306-6, which is 161 ahead. Crane 11-1-44-0. Leach has 3-93.

Meanwhile the Sam Northeast story is now showing on the BBC site – a four-year contract.

PS: Leach took 6-138. Mason Crane 14-1-59-0. West Indies ‘A’ 422 all out; 277 ahead.


Playing today?
February 18, 2018, 7:20 pm
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Criinfo and BBC website both say that England Lions (with Mason Crane?) are playing West Indies A today, starting at 3pm but neither are showing a score four hours later.

Can anyone tell me about Hampshire in Caribbean? I know that the 50-over tournament is finished but are they staying, or perhaps going back to play matches in March?

A-Z (J5)
February 18, 2018, 9:11 am
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Johnson, Neil Clarkson (454) born Zimbabwe 24.1.1970. Johnson was a left-handed batsman and useful bowler who concluded his international career in 2000, and was therefore available for Hampshire full-time in 2001 & 2002, his two seasons there. In the first year he scored 1,000 first-class runs with two centuries but while his best score of 117 came the following year, there were fewer runs and his average dropped from mid-40s to just above 30. He took 45 first-class wickets in the two seasons and in both years he exceeded 600 limited-overs runs, with two centuries and took 27 wickets. Although his performances declined somewhat in the second season he was an effective reliable performer who was not retained with the expected return of Shane Warne; but in the event Warne was suspended and did not arrive in 2003. Johnson now coaches in England.

Johnston, Alexander Colin (96 – Amateur) born Derby 26.1.1884, died Woking 27.12.1952. He was principally a batsman whose father played for Derbyshire but was later Director General of Ordnance Survey in Southampton. Johnston came to Winchester College and played for Hampshire in 1902 when just 18. He was a professional soldier, reaching the rank of Colonel and playing football, hockey and polo there. Despite those duties, he played fairly regularly for the county, although missing the seasons of 1907 & 1909, and he played first-class cricket also for MCC, Gentlemen v Players and the Army. Having missed the 1909 season, he returned in 1910 and achieved his best aggregate of 1,158 runs at 36.18. He reached four figures again in 1912 with an average of 54.94 and his highest score of 175, followed by 100* in the second innings, v Warwickshire at Coventry. There was third century that season v Worcestershire at Portsmouth and a suggestion that he might have played for England in the triangular tournament but the captain CB Fry was unable to contact him. Fry, Johnston and Mead headed the English averages that season.

An injury sustained in the war left him with a permanent limp and he tried to return to the first-class game with a runner, but the authorities were not sympathetic, so post-war he played just one Championship match (73 for once out) and two other first-class games, although he continued to play, touring Egypt as late as 1930. His last recorded match was for Aldershot Division v RAF in 1941.

For Hampshire he played in 108 first-class matches, scoring 5,442 runs at 30.74 with ten centuries, and bowling occasional leg-breaks, took 18 wickets. John Arlott (1957) recorded CB Fry’s view that with his timing and technique he was “the best of all our soldier batsmen”.

Joliffe,  John Henry (93 – Amateur) born Ventnor Isle of Wight 28.9.1865, died Isle of Wight 5.7.1936. He played in one match V Derbyshire at Southampton in 1902 scoring one run in his two innings, and holding one catch.

I doubt whether there is any more to say about Joliffe but at this point Cricket Archive collapsed on me!



Up before 7
February 18, 2018, 6:59 am
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On a Sunday morning, to find England two down. Have I missed Vince already? No, because he’s not playing – but Liam is …

The Best Bowler!
February 17, 2018, 5:28 pm
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As you know, there are lies, damn lies and cricket averages – so who do you think has the best bowling average for Hampshire in the Caribbean? Answers in the first Comment and I’ll do the economy rate asap – and later the batting (assuming of course, that Dave’s adding up and dividing is still ok!)

Weatherley went for 10 and Alsop has gone lbw for 1. He began this series with 12,43 & 31 since when he has scored 0,0,4,0 & 1 – five runs in five innings. It’s 27-2 in the seventh.

So I’m sitting there eating my fish & chips while Hampshire start collapsing – Adams 30; Ervine 34; Dickinson 0. McManus and Taylor are in, Hampshire aren’t winning – like me, they’ve had their chips: 83-5 from 18 overs.

I pop out to make a cup of tea, and when I get back Taylor’s gone too – 103-6. Taylor went for 5 – his first failure of the tour. Hart went for 11, Wood and McManus did well, taking the score to 150 but Wood’s been stumped for 24 and it’s 150-8. Immediately Wheal went for nought so Fidel is the last man standing.

It’s all over, McManus dismayed to be given out lbw sweeping having top-scored with 35. Batting averages in Comments soon.

Late on parade
February 17, 2018, 3:28 pm
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Sorry, Hampshire invited Windward Islands to bat and they are: 192-4 in the 38th. Fidel has three and Weatherley the other; Taylor has finished and was economical; Hart and Wood are back – Organ and Berg omitted.

Bit of a surprise – Ervine’s bowling; slow full-tosses I think

233-5 Chris Wood has a wicket (42 gone) and then another – 245-6 now. AND ANOTHER! 246-7 (six overs left)

Ervine 3-0-32-0; is someone injured? (They have six bowlers: Edwards, Wood, Wheal, Taylor, Weatherley and Hart). Wheal is being smashed about, and after three overs is more expensive than Ervine (0-38).

286-8, three overs to go, Andre Fletcher has 132* and I’m sorry to report that in their important top-of-the-table clash Aldershot are losing 2-0, early in the 2nd half.

(As soon as I typed that Fidel dismissed Fletcher for his fourth). Chris Wood gets the last wicket with about eight balls left. I think the target is 294. The umpires are wearing salmon pink shirts – the original colours of Portsmouth FC  – do you think they know? As I typed that, a Pompey player I’ve never heard of, was sent off. Wood 5-38.

A-Z (J4)
February 16, 2018, 8:42 pm
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Jephson, Rev. William Vincent (102 – Amateur) born Hertfordshire 6.10.1873, died Bath, Somerset 12.11.1956. He was educated at Haileybury and Keble College Oxford, but did not play for the university. He made his first-class debut age 29, v Derbyshire at Southampton in1903, but despite that late start and his amateur status, he played 57 first-class matches, mostly up to 1913, with one further game in 1919. He scored 1,571 runs for the county at 16.89, with six half-centuries and a best of 90 v Worcestershire at Southampton in his debut season. His one century came in the only first-class match played at Broadhalfpenny Down – 114* for Hambledon v an England XI to commemorate the achievements of the great 18th century side. Hambledon won the 12-a-side three day match by five wickets. He played also in the Hampshire side of 1912, the first to beat the Australians, scoring 55 in his one innings. From 1920-1925, he played Minor Counties cricket for Dorset.

Jesson, Robert Wilfred Fairey (138 – Amateur) born Southampton 17.6.1886, killed in action, Mesopotamia 22.2.1917. He was educated at Sherborne, playing in the XI, and then at Oxford University he played in various matches, but only one first-class (no ‘blue’). He was a Southampton solicitor who played in 14 matches for Hampshire, mostly in 1907, plus two in 1908 and one in 1910. He was a leg-break bowler and hard-hitting batsman who scored 191 runs with a best of 38, and took 21 wickets (24.42).

He made his Hampshire debut v Warwickshire at Southampton in 1907 and after scoring 23* batting at number seven, he took 5-42, despite which, Hampshire lost. He could not sustain that, but did once take the wicket of Jack Hobbs – albeit after Hobbs scored 135. In the same match, Jesson made his highest score of 38. He fought in the Great War and rose to become a Major in the 5th Wiltshire Regiment. He was wounded at Gallipoli, recuperated from shell-shock at the old Netley Hospital, and was finally killed near Kut, Mesopotamia in 1917. He was also a rugby half-back for Trojans, and Rosslyn Park – one of 85 members of that club to die in the War. Their story is told in The Final Whistle: the Great War in Fifteen Players, by Stephen Cooper.

Jessop, Rev. Gilbert Laird Osborne (265 – Amateur) born London 6.9.1906, died London 16.1.1990. His father Gilbert Laird Jessop was one of the great fast-scoring batsmen, who played in 18 Test Matches (one century). GLO Jessop played cricket at Cambridge University but not first-class, made his first-class debut for MCC in 1929, and played in three first-class matches for Hampshire in 1933, captaining them in the absence of Tennyson. He scored just 47 runs at 9.40, and took one wicket. In 1936, he played for Cambridgeshire and from 1939-1954 for Dorset.

Jesty, Trevor Edward (355) born Gosport 2.6.1948. All-rounder Trevor Jesty was one of the finest of all Hampshire-born cricketers, and while he represented England in limited-overs internationals in Australia, it is extraordinary that a man of his ability and achievements never played Test cricket. He came through Hampshire’s junior sides, played for the 2nd XI in 1965, and in August 1966 made his first-class debut v Essex at Portsmouth. There were a few matches in 1968 and from 1969 he became a regular member of the side in both formats and both disciplines, in addition to being a good fielder. He was a member of the side that won the Championship in 1973 and the Sunday League in 1975 and in 1978; it was in the mid-1970s that he took 50 wickets in a season for the first time (1974) and in 1976 he passed 1,000 runs for the first-time and somewhat belatedly scored his first Championship century. Having achieved that, he scored 11 centuries in three seasons, and after a couple of less successful years with the bat, in 1982 he scored 1,645 runs at 58.75 with eight centuries – a record only Phil Mead has surpassed for the county. In 1981, he had taken 52 wickets at 19.86, although after this there would be just over 100 more in his final decade, as he became much more a specialist batsman.

He played some fine limited-overs innings including 96 in 40 minutes v Somerset in 1980, and 166* v Surrey at Portsmouth, easily outscoring Gordon Greenidge in a stand of 269*. In that match, he became the first player to score 4,000 runs and take 200 wickets in the Sunday League. As vice-captain, he would deputise for Nick Pocock in the early 1980s, but when Pocock announced his retirement near the end of the 1984 season, Jesty was overlooked in favour of Mark Nicholas, and upset, he departed for Surrey, Lancashire and then a full career as a first-class umpire and coach. It was a sad end to the fine Hampshire career of a local man. He scored 14,753 runs with 26 first-class centuries for Hampshire, took 475 wickets, and in limited-overs cricket there were 6,859 runs with six centuries and 334 wickets – an outstanding record.

Jewell, Guy Alonzo Frederick William (325) born Axford, Hampshire 6.10.16, died Basingstoke 23.12.1965. Guy Jewell was a slow-left-arm bowler, who played for Berkshire before the war, and for Hampshire 2nd XI from 1950, although he was a leading club cricketer in north Hampshire for many years, captaining the Basingstoke & North Hants Club. In a 12-a-side match for them v PI Bedford’s XI in August 1956, he took all 11 wickets for 52 runs including a hat-trick. In 1952, he and Mike Barnard made their Hampshire debuts v Glamorgan at Swansea but while Barnard was embarking on a long career, it was Jewell’s only first-class match. He scored 0 & 1 (run out) and for his one wicket dismissed Willie Jones; Hampshire won by 21 runs, but Jewell never appeared again.