Hampshire Cricket History

Facts & Figures
October 15, 2019, 6:17 pm
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I’ve been saving this for wet weather and a quiet day. From Sky at the end of the season, in the COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP :

LEADING RUN-SCORERS since 2007 (Somerset on top)

M Trescothick 13,633 @47.50

J Hildreth 12,562 @ 41.18

C Nash 11,511 @37.86

D Mitchell 11,292 @ 37.39

S Davies 10,417 @ 37.60

W Madsen 10,412 @ 39.89

J Adams 10,376 @38.14

MOST WICKETS since 2017 (three seasons, Essex on top):

S Harmer 209 @ 20.23

J Porter 181 @ 21.44

K Abbott 179 @ 18.67

C Rushworth 176 @ 20.96

(Ollie Robinson is seventh with 156 @18.13)


William Ward: New Book
October 13, 2019, 5:54 pm
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My pal, blogger and Heritage Treasurer Stephen Saunders has written a remarkably researched biography of this man from the very early days of Hampshire Cricket (1816-1845) – and a great deal more besides:

Wm Ward

Stephen: “There is a well-known lithograph of a cricket match between Sussex and Kent and in the bottom right hand corner of this lithograph there is an elderly gentleman seated on a chair taking no interest in the game whatsoever. I was intrigued as to who this gentleman was and discovered his name was William Ward.

Ward is generally only known by cricket historians as the gentleman who saved Lord’s cricket ground from the developers when he purchased the lease from Thomas Lord. However looking at the man there would seem to be more to him than just that. So my research started and I was certainly right.

He was a very formidable character. In addition to his contribution to the Marylebone Cricket Club, he was a leading merchant banker in the City of London, the youngest director of the Bank of England, an extremely active Member of Parliament and had a fascinating family. In addition to which he has a river and settlement named after him in Australia.

These aspects of his life seem to be totally forgotten. Hence this biography of William Ward”.

Good News
October 11, 2019, 8:39 pm
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If a little surprising – especially with the rumours about a certain Australian bowler: Brad Taylor has signed a new contract with the county until the end of the 2021 campaign.

Taylor B

Cricket at Petworth
October 11, 2019, 6:06 pm
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Here is the cricket match in the painting at Petworth, that Stephen sent (see comments on previous post)

Petworth cricket 2

Early Cricket in Pompey
October 9, 2019, 6:06 pm
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I’ve been to Portsmouth City Museum today (just south of the US Ground) to see an interesting exhibition of paintings and drawings of Portsmouth over hundreds of years. This is part of a larger painting ‘Southsea Common’ from around 1850 by Richard Poate who lived and worked in the town:

Common cricket

On the left you can just spot musketry practice – wouldn’t get past Health & Safety these days! – and the tower is St Thomas’s Church, now the Cathedral. I wonder whether the young cricketers ever got a game a couple of miles across town at the East Hants Cricket Ground?

I spotted another painting ‘The Illumination of St Thomas’s Church’ (1863) by an artist called RHC Ubsdell; that’s not a common name is it, but when he painted this, another young man called George Ubsdell from Southampton was 18. In the following year he began a first-class career of 29 matches as a wicketkeeper for Hampshire – until 1870. I wonder whether the two men were related?

Light Programme
October 5, 2019, 4:01 pm
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It’s Saturday evening at 5pm, the RAF Central Band are playing ‘Out of the Blue’ – it’s “Sports Report” with Eamon Andrews …


Actually this is Eamon, but 1955 and “This Is Your Life” – is this the only occasion that a Hampshire cricketer was the subject of that TV show? It’s CB Fry


Richard Griffiths has sent this, wondering about the names. Eamon Andrews if far right, while the tall man in the centre (back) is the great bowler Sidney Barnes and next to him gazing to the right Jack Hobbs. (I think the man far left is one of Kraftwerk’s Showroom Dummies). It’s possible that next to him is CB Fry’s grandson Jonathan but any help with the others gratefully received.

And now for a second reading of the football results …

Northlands Road
October 3, 2019, 8:24 pm
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Stephen asks about those older office buildings at Southampton (comment on previous post)

I’ve blown this up. It’s clearly a different (L-shaped) building from the block opened by Phil Mead in 1957 (part of the Jubilee Appeal) although the groundsman’s house is there. The two pavilions have not yet been joined. But this is just too early for me to recall it – I first went there in 1960. Does anyone know more? It looks like a practice day.

N Road copy 2