Hampshire Cricket History

60 Not Out
August 19, 2019, 7:03 am
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At first glance this is perhaps a fairly unremarkable photo of two remarkable Hampshire cricketers, Derek Shackleton & Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie

ACD I-M; DS; HH 8.1959 Surrey

It was taken exactly 60 years ago on the morning of Monday 17 August 1959, the second day of Hampshire’s three-day county championship match v Surrey at Portsmouth. On the Saturday of that beautiful summer Hampshire scored 341-4 (Horton 140*, Gray 94, Marshall 63 – against Bedser, Loader, Laker & Lock). Horton is in the background above.

They declared overnight and on the Monday morning ‘Shack’ trapped John Edrich lbw for nought without a run scored. I don’t remember a thing about it but it was the first significant thing I ever saw in a county match, because today is the 60th anniversary of the first day’s county cricket I ever saw, just across the city from where I lived and up the road from my school. By the end of the day, Vic Cannings had taken 5-57, Surrey declared on 220-9 and Hampshire were 25-0, 146 ahead (although Jimmy Gray had retired hurt)

I’m not sure we’ll finish today with a lead like that, but I hope so.

(There were five Hampshire-born players in our side that day, and that did not include Mike Barnard, Alan Wassell, Malcolm Heath, Mervyn Burden or Bryan Timms).

Sub Sub?
August 18, 2019, 3:12 pm
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At about 4.05 Australia’s Concussion substitute Labuschagne (for Smith) made history as the first such in Test Cricket

About three minutes later Archer laid him out, the physio was on, the helmet being changed etc

If he’d been concussed could he go off and be replaced by a second substitute? Can this be ‘endless’ (easier for the home side)?

In the Early Morning Rain
August 18, 2019, 8:11 am
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I’ll explain tomorrow why this Championship match v Surrey has some real significance for me – so much that while I empathise entirely with the point-of-view expressed by James (comment below) I thought of going to the Oval.

The forecast seemed ok, but in Pompey now just after 9am it’s pouring – and I suspect it will move eastwards. I wonder if it will hit South London?

(Gordon Lightfoot; Peter Paul & Mary; Grateful Dead …)

PS As I feared, start delayed and also at Lord’s. Even with England’s batting, that’s got to be heading for a draw, surely.

Who plays – and where?
August 17, 2019, 8:48 am
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Hampshire’s last Championship match (v Kent) ended a month ago yesterday, the next one starts tomorrow, and the one after that in three-and-a-half weeks. I wonder if you could recall the last XI? I wonder too what changes there will be, given, I assume, the return of James Vince and Liam Dawson. Will England still require Vince to open, since they still cannot find an opening pair (they might be halfway there).

In the first Comment, I’ll list that XI and invite you to consider who plays tomorrow. I know nothing.

Is That It?
August 16, 2019, 6:12 pm
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Not mathematically, but after today’s abandonment and with four matches left it’s tough. Hampshire are two wins and run rate behind Gloucs in fourth place and three points behind Somerset in fifth – with those two sides still to play each other – so they will either take one more point each or one of them will take two

That suggests Hampshire must win three of the last four at the very least, possibly all four, which would give them 16 points. Then their best bet is for Middlesex to lose all four matches, for Somerset to win only their match v Middx, and for Gloucs to win only their match v Somerset. Hampshire could then finish third!

Let’s guess that Kent v Sussex is off tonight in which case the points table and fixtures remaining is as follows

Sussex 15 – v Essex (H) v Middx (A) v Glams (A) v Gloucs (H)

Kent 14 – v Surrey (H) v Gloucs (H) v Essex (A)

Middx 13 – v Hants (H) v Sussex (H) v Hants (A) v S’set (A)

Gloucs 12 – v S’set (H) v Kent (A) v Sussex (A)

S’set 11 – v Gloucs (A) v Glams (H) v Surrey (A) v Middx (H)

Hants 8 – v Middx (A) v Essex (H) v Middx (H) v Glams (A)

(I’m assuming that if we’re overtaken by the others that really is it).

Surrey T20
August 15, 2019, 8:35 pm
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Their victory v Sussex tonight is not particularly helpful to Hampshire. Any bets against one point each tomorrow?


Hampshire concluded their first T20 season with a 19-run defeat against Surrey, who would become the 2003 Champions as Adam Hollioake took 5-21. Simon Katich who would not return to Hampshire for nine years scored 45. In the following season, Hollioake repeated the feat with 5-34, following 76* by Ramprakash, as Surrey won again by 32 runs, although this time they lost the Final to Leicestershire.

In 2005, Hampshire recorded their first victory over the Londoners with Richard Logan (4-37) and James Bruce (3-20) dismissing them for 118. In 2006, we lost our last four wickets for five runs, and were defeated by 10 runs, while in the following year we lost a rain-affected 10-over match at the Oval. Doshi took 4-30 in the first match and 3-6 in the shortened game. Ian Harvey and ‘Nante’ Hayward had brief T20 careers with Hampshire, but took two wickets each as we chased down 176 at the Oval in 2008, when three of our batsmen, Carberry, Lumb and Ervine, got into the forties. We also won the return, with Lumb scoring 63.

2009 saw a low-scoring thriller at the Oval; after Surrey posted 125-8, we lost both openers for ‘ducks’, recovered thanks mainly to Chris Benham (39), but fell one run short of the Surrey total. Our openers Lumb and Adams were in better form for the return, posting 93 as we won by 18 runs, while in the following year Jimmy Adams 101* saw us home by 10 runs (Wood 3-30) before Surrey’s victory by one more run at the Oval. Andrew Symonds who had previously hammered our attack for Kent in 2003 now top-scored with 63 for Surrey.

We won one game each again in 2011 but were successful in both games in 2012, not least at the Oval when Liam Dawson dismissed Kevin Pietersen with the first ball of a rain-affected match, which we won by ten wickets, scoring 63-0 in 5.4 overs. At the Ageas Bowl Surrey recovered from 9-4 but could only post 94-6 with four Hampshire bowlers conceding fewer than 20 runs from their four overs. Carberry’s 60 took us to victory in 2013 and we won again that year in a low-scoring game at the Oval, but this winning sequence was broken disappointingly in the semi-final at Edgbaston which Surrey won in the final over.

In 2015, Adam Wheater’s 78 took us to victory in the single match that year, played at the Ageas Bowl, while Surrey thumped us by 80 runs in the following year. 2017 was another match in which rain prevented any play, while last season, Adam Finch hit 67 from 57 balls as Surrey won by seven wickets. We have now won 11 matches each, but in view of recent games perhaps it’s time we won again!

2nd XI Final
August 15, 2019, 4:17 pm
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Thanks for the Comments (below) showing that the 2nd XI beat Durham in their T20 semi-final at Arundel

In the Final, Glamorgan are 97-5 after 17 overs. Interesting that our first three bowlers all played for our first team two days ago (Stevenson 1-19, Fuller 2-17, Holland 1-17) while Billy Root is 37*. Dale & Harrison each have a wicket.

In the first match, Fuller took 4-9 and Holland 2-14, while Scriven & Soames took them from 53-5 to victory.

PS: The target is 123 – and “That’s how elementary it’s gonna be …”

Fuller 3-23, Billy Root 49*

Organ out in the second over (5-1); sadly Ward & Came followed quickly (13-3). Maybe Len Barry got it wrong.

48-4 from 10 overs. Fuller gone for 8, Holland 25* joined by the in-form Scriven.

Target 53 from six overs – still four down, Holland going well.

39 from five overs – but then Scriven run out. Soames joins Holland (48*) but is dismissed first ball.

33 from four overs

26 from three overs, but Harrison is out so seven down. Holland 50*

20 from two overs.

Sorry – phone call – three to win from one ball. (Super over?)

We lost by one run