Hampshire Cricket History

A New Future? + The Reason Why
April 25, 2018, 8:51 pm
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I didn’t say a better one, but we can always hope

Thanks to Terry Crump for spotting the link


And thanks to Sean in the Comment below, for this link to players telling us why to care about the Championship (including a couple of Hampshire guys and one former Hants 2nd XI player)





2nd XI
April 25, 2018, 11:04 am
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Midday: Hants & Surrey: 340-8. Asher Hart made 42, but a bloke called Jacks (presumably Surrey 2s) is 96*. Four more and it’ll be From a Jacks to a King.

4.30: It’s now 357-9 (Jacks out for 101); I guess there’s been rain. The nine refers to wickets lost but there have also been nine bowlers.

The weather forecast is not too lovely over the next few days

Meanwhile, the players aren’t happy: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/43897776


Not Too Late?
April 25, 2018, 8:26 am
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Here’s Another Eight:


In the years immediately following the Second World War, attendances at county cricket matches were buoyant – perhaps not least through a sense of nostalgia and a return to the traditions that had been threatened so severely in the early 1940s. In 1953 England’s first post-war ‘Ashes’ victory gave another boost, but by the late 1950s, in a country where the Prime Minister told most people they had “never had it so good”, and with alternative leisure entertainments provided by television, the motor car, ‘pop’ music and cheaper foreign holidays, cricket suddenly began to seem ‘old fashioned’, and attendances suffered.

The cricket authorities attempted to address this, particularly in 1963, by abolishing the Victorian distinction between the amateurs and professionals and introducing the first limited-overs competition in the world of professional cricket. The Gillette Cup, initially 65, then 60-overs per side was a success, but it was still a straight knock-out competition so, for example in 1968, Hampshire beat minor county Bedfordshire in their first match but then lost to Warwickshire in the next round at Bournemouth, so their players played just two of what we know now as ‘White Ball’ matches in the season. The public wanted more, and so 1968 was the last year in which first-class cricket dominated the county programme. In 1969, the Sunday League introduced 16 x 40-over weekend matches, enhanced by relaxed licensing at the matches, and attracting two large audiences; on the grounds, but also on BBC-2, which has been launched in 1964, and from 1967 was broadcasting in colour.

By the time the Sunday League started, the counties had also enjoyed a season with some of the finest overseas players appearing in their sides. It had been possible for overseas players to play county cricket previously – Hampshire had the West Indian Test Match batsman Roy Marshall, but typically he had to reside in the county for two years to qualify and renounce any further involvement in Test cricket. As a consequence, Marshall called his autobiography Test Outcast, but from 1968, counties could sign a current Test cricketer with immediate effect, and with no consequences for their international careers. Somerset signed Greg Chappell, Lancashire Clive Lloyd, Gloucestershire Mike Procter and Hampshire – thwarted in attempts to sign Lloyd – took Procter’s pal, Barry Richards. In 1968, he scored over 2,000 first-class runs and became one of the greatest – perhaps the greatest – of all Hampshire’s batsman. 1968 was then the end of the old county cricket and the beginning of a revolution which continues to this day.

Alsop & Taylor in the Runs
April 24, 2018, 11:46 am
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(12.45) Hants & Surrey 2s are 242-7 v Essex & Sussex 2s, with their top-scorers Alsop 91 & Brad Taylor 40.  They took them from 62-5 which included Weatherley for 11 and Ervine for 19. Adam Wheater has four catches, but Coles isn’t playing.

Reminder, you can now follow it on:


PS: It’s raining (& cold) 264-7

PPS Boaty bloke has sent me Liam Dawson’s Championship bowling stats since September. Apparently the best in the country by any spinner bowling more than 60 overs:

9 matches; 141.3 overs; 18 wickets; Average 16.4; Strike Rate 47.2; Economy Rate 2.1

That’s excellent. Now if someone could get him batting properly again, he could play for England.

A-Z R3
April 24, 2018, 10:00 am
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(I missed a Star Wars joke with the last one. Should have published it on Friday week)

I’ve now done a proof-read of the A-Z but it doesn’t mean we can’t have further thoughts and additions on the Blog. When the book is out, I’ll publish on here a full list of further changes and amendments.

Remnant, Ernest Richard (141) born Croydon 1.5.1881, died Harrow 18.3.1969. He was an all-rounder, bowling slow-left-arm, whose father GH, played in 42 matches for Kent. He made his first-class debut for Hampshire in May 1908 and played regularly through to 1921, with the exceptions of 1910, when he played only twice, and 1919 when he was still stationed in India. His first-class career, ended in early June 1922 after four matches in that final year. He scored his one first-class century, 115*, v Kent at Southampton in 1911 but played most often in the two seasons before the war. He was said to be a happy cricketer who would often sing as he ran in to bowl, and that might have worked particularly well in his last full season, 1921, when he took 46 wickets at 23.89 (38 in the Championship), including 8-61 at Colchester. He ended his career for Hampshire with 2,843 runs at 17.33 and 170 wickets at 27.35.

Renshaw, Simon John (432) born Cheshire 6.3.1974. He was a pace bowler and useful lower-order batsman who played for Northamptonshire and Essex 2nd XIs, Cheshire and the Combined Universities (York University), before joining Hampshire, where he played in first-class and limited-overs cricket from 1996-2000. He played for the county most often in 1997 & 1999 with a best bowling season of 1997, taking 37 wickets at 34.54. In that year, he played in 25 of his 49 limited-overs matches – overall there were 62 wickets, with a best of 6-25 v Surrey, again in 1997 – while in first-class cricket he took 91 wickets for Hampshire. In 2000, he played more often for the 2nd XI and captained Hampshire v Glamorgan 2nd XI in the first match played on the main Rose Bowl ground. He left Hampshire at the end of that season, playing for some years for Kibworth CC in Leicestershire.

Riazuddin, Hamza (492) born Hendon, 19.12.1989. He was a medium-pace bowling all-rounder who attended Bradfield College and played for England under-19s in 2008/9, by which time he had already made his first-class debut for Hampshire in one match v Somerset in May 2008. In the next two seasons, there were just two more matches against university sides, and then a run of four Championship matches in 2012 and one final first-class game v Loughborough University in 2013. In first-class cricket, he scored one half-century v Loughborough University in 2012, with best bowling of 5-61 (and 12*) as Hampshire won a tight game v Glamorgan by two wickets. He played more regularly in limited-overs cricket with 27 matches and 19 wickets, and 17 x T20 matches with 21 wickets, including 4-15 v the Windward Islands. Since leaving Hampshire he has played principally for Falkland in the Thames Valley League.

Rice, John Michael (364) born Chandler’s Ford, Hants 23.10.1949. All-rounder John Rice was born in Hampshire, but raised in Surrey and was briefly on their groundstaff before moving to Hampshire in 1971, where he became a very flexible player, sometimes opening the bowling and sometimes the batting. He played in nine first-class matches in both 1971 & 1972, but there was just one Sunday League match in the Championship year of 1973 and a quiet season in 1974, before he established himself in 1975. In first-class cricket that year, he averaged 22.10 with the bat, and took 49 wickets at 26.65, but he made an even more important contribution to Hampshire’s first Sunday League title – in all limited-overs matches that year he took 38 wickets at 13.86 at an economy rate below 3.5, and on a Sunday v Northamptonshire took 5-14 including Hampshire’s first Sunday League ‘hat-trick’, then in the decisive match at Darley Dale, he took 4-14. In 1976, with Gordon Greenidge on tour he opened the batting in some Championship matches, while in the following year, his best bowling figures were 7-48 v Worcestershire, and in 1978 he played again in the Hampshire side that won the Sunday League v Middlesex at Bournemouth. In the first three years of the 1980s he took just 11 first-class wickets, becoming more important as a batsman, following the departures of Richards and Gilliat, and in 1981 he scored his two first-class centuries in consecutive matches. In the first at Hove he came in to face the second ball after opener Tim Tremlett was run out without facing from the first, and ‘carried’ his bat for 101*. Then he went to Edgbaston and scored 161*. Rice was also a fine slip fielder with 153 catches in 168 first-class matches, and his all-round skills and positive disposition seemed to fit him for a coaching career. He scored 777 runs in 1982 but was not re-engaged when in sight of a benefit, and he succeeded Vic Cannings as coach at Eton College, until he retired. He also worked closely with Barry Reed for some years coaching Hampshire’s Colts and under-19 sides, helping to develop players including Chris Tremlett and Jimmy Adams.

Richards, Arthur Carew (107, Amateur) born Grays, Essex 20.2.1865, died Nottingham 29.11.1930. He was a batsman and slow bowler who played for Eton, and made his first-class debut, in August 1884, playing consecutive matches v Sussex (scoring 40, taking 3-45) and Somerset (47). There were no more wickets, and while he played some non-first-class games for the county, and for MCC, he did not play again until one match in each of 1903 and 1904, scoring a total of 11 runs.

Richards, Barry Anderson (357) born Durban, South Africa 21.7.1945. Barry Richards signed for Hampshire under the new instant registration rule in 1968 and when he left mid-way through the 1978 season he had played in 204 first-class matches for the county, scoring 15,607 first-class runs at 50.50. Only CB Fry, who played in just 44 matches, has a higher average for Hampshire (58.90) but those figures can only suggest, without revealing, the quality of Richards’ batting – some consider him the finest natural batsman who ever played for the county. John Arlott (1979) began a brief appreciation of him by stating quite simply, “Barry Richards is a great batsman”. Few who saw him, would dissent from that view, yet unlike the majority of ‘great’ players, he achieved what he did, despite his immense frustrations at being largely excluded from Test cricket for political reasons, and despite admitting frequent boredom with the treadmill of county cricket in those days. There were times when he seemed less than fully engaged, but on others he was a batsman of astonishing skill and elegance.

He played in just one Test series, in South Africa v Australia in 1969/70, when he scored 29, 37, 140, 65, 35, 81 & 126 – an average of 47.50 – while in November 1970, he scored 356 in 372 minutes for South Australia v Western Australia (with four Test bowlers). That was his one season playing domestic cricket in Australia although he spent some English winters playing at home for Natal, for whom he first played in 1964. At Hampshire, he had a slightly hesitant start, but then scored over 2,000 runs in the first season, including 206 v Nottinghamshire, whose attack was led by Garry Sobers. For his performances in 1968, he was nominated as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year. It sometimes seemed that context and opposition motivated him; in August 1972, in a quarter-final v ‘one-day kings’ Lancashire he scored 129 in a losing cause, with the next highest score 28; in 1973, with a title to win, there were four Championship centuries (240 at Coventry) yet perhaps his finest display came in a low-scoring match between first-place (Hampshire) and second (Northamptonshire) at Southampton. After Hampshire dismissed their opponents for 108, Richards scored 45, resisting the wiles of Bishen Bedi (6-69) in securing a lead of 59, then, needing just 90 to win, Bedi took two more wickets as Hampshire fell to 16-2 and 49-3, but Richards, with 37*, took them to the key victory.

As Champions, they opened the following season with the then traditional match at Lord’s v MCC, and on a freezing April day, Richards scored 189, dismissed with the score 249-6, in an astonishing display, which ASR Winlaw (Daily Telegraph) described as “full of grace and majesty”. In 1975 Jeff Thomson led the Australian attack at Southampton and Richards scored 96 (of 156-2) and 69, retired hurt. It sometimes seemed he had a point to prove. There might be many more facts and figures, but Richards’ quality went beyond that. He reached 1,000 runs for Hampshire in every season from 1968-1976 and played in the two Sunday League title-winning sides of 1975 and 1978, but by the latter he had had enough. He played a Championship match at Leicester in late June 1978, and in July four limited-overs games, including another last one at Leicester and then he was gone. He was no longer motivated to play county cricket, perhaps affected by the artificial, but nonetheless challenging World Series matches in Australia, in which he averaged 79.14. The end was very sad for Hampshire fans, but the memories are indelible. When he was not batting, he was a very fine slip fielder, with 264 catches in 204 matches, one of the county’s highest percentages, and he could bowl off-spin very effectively although rarely inclined to do so; he took 46 wickets at 36.41 for Hampshire with a best of 7-63 v a Rest of the World side. He played in South Africa for a few more years, became an intelligent commentator, and returned to Hampshire as their President from 2007-2009,

I Don’t Know … (but)
April 24, 2018, 7:48 am
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Jo – definitely our Cheerful Blogger of the Year – is right to praise Sam Northeast for his century in his second first-class match for the county in the Comments to the previous post.

While any schoolboy or schoolgirl can recite the names of the six men who scored a century on first-class debut for Hampshire – confirming that not one of them was actually on first-class debut – the key question today is of course, name all the men who did that in their second game for Hampshire.

I’m very busy right now, proof-reading the A-Z so no time to check, but one name for certain is the Hon LH Tennyson. He’d already scored a first-class hundred on debut for MCC and a few weeks later, in his second game for Hampshire v Essex, scored a century in the second innings, as Hampshire followed-on.

The case against McManus
April 23, 2018, 6:55 pm
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There, you didn’t expect that did you? Well don’t worry, I’m not suggesting he should be dropped, except down the order. It’s early days of course, but while I’m not convinced he’s an opener, I’m more concerned about the current middle order – especially of course Rilee R and Liam D.

It may be that they won’t both be there on Friday, although Liam needs to play for his bowling, even if he drops below Berg and/or Abbott.

It’s a bit sad to consider that when McManus made his debut at Headingley in 2015, Liam was opening the batting and I wish someone could sort him out. On that debut, against a rampant Yorkshire side, Lewis scored 10 & 28 batting at number seven, and in his next game scored that fine 53* v Durham, when he and Crane saved the game.

His record at numbers seven or eight was a good one, averaging around 30. He scored 132* v Surrey, two years ago and there were two other half-centuries in 2016. The high scores weren’t there last year, but still batting at seven or eight, he regularly reached double figures and his innings included 41*, 39, 38, 37, & 30*.

Then he opened before his injury last year. He’s now opened in six innings, scoring 13, 13, 2, 27, 22 & 4, at an average of 13.5. But my real concern is not just that our opening partnership isn’t working; it’s also that we’re not using Lewis in his best position. It’s like we’ve moved our accomplished centre-half to centre-forward and now we’re conceding more goals (and not scoring more either).