Hampshire Cricket History

It’s None of My Business
July 12, 2018, 9:13 pm
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(since I didn’t go) and I’ve been out with pals this evening, but (10.10pm) just home to see what looks like a bit of a thumping? What’s to be done about Abbott I wonder; player of the season in 2017? It’s an odd thing since the signings of Abbott and Rossouw were controversial, that broadly speaking, at any given moment since they signed, one of them has been in form, and the other hasn’t.

PS: Hampshire lost their first two T20 games in 2004, and 2012 (when they won the third v Kent). They’ve never lost the first three.


2nd XI
July 12, 2018, 2:56 pm
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Hampshire 450-8 dec & 131-2 dec

Surrey 250-2 dec & (at Tea) 167-1, chasing  332 to win

Holland made 49 in Hampshire’s second innings; Scriven has the wicket this afternoon.

PS I’ve tried three times since tea to check the score on the ECB site, but it seems to have gone to sleep.

PPS Surrey finished on 242-5, Holland 3-33, Match Drawn.

A-Z Corrections & Additions
July 11, 2018, 9:04 pm
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It’s about time for an update. Some of these are now being corrected (beautifully) by hand but here are the lot (mostly repeats). Particular recent thanks to Colin Price.

John Arnold scored 2,000 not 2,00 runs

Tom Barber’s ‘number’ should read: (List A)

George Carter was born 1846, not 1946

Cecil Currie attended Marlborough College, not Marlborough School

Jimmy Gray’s number should read (314)

Granville Greenwood’s match at Lyndhurst was 1874 not 1974

Guy Jewell was born 1916, not 16

John Manners was 103 in April 2018, not 104

Matthew Salisbury’s ‘number’ is 548 not 348

Shahid Afridi also played in one List A match in 2016 (List A/T20)

Herbert Stewart’s memorial is in Hans Place, London, not Hans Crescent

Chris Tremlett played three first-class matches in May/June 2015, age 33

HE Webb scored 145* for Oxford University v Cambridge University at Lord’s 1948

The bibliography is missing:

P Bailey, P Thorne & P Wynne-Thomas (1984) Who’s Who of Cricketers


Call Me … ?
July 11, 2018, 4:27 pm
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The Hampshire Cricket website tells us that for the two T20 matches this week, Hampshire have the same 14-man squad as last week, including their two new signings “Colin Munro and Mujeeb Ur Rahman”.

I was asked last week how I might list our new Afghan player in any updating of the A-Z.

Cricket Archive have him under M. They do, however, call him Mujeeb Zadran

Who knows?

(Incidentally, my dry cleaning and hoovering session has been cancelled so I don’t have to go. I might manage to miss them all this year)

PS Last ball ‘thriller’ at Bristol, where Gloucs beat Kent. It means that tomorrow’s opponents Sussex are the only unbeaten Southern team.

Excitement in ’66
July 11, 2018, 6:17 am
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England wore white – mind you cricketers always wore white back then.

But they also wore white to beat Portugal 2-1 – and Jack Charlton wasn’t sent off for a deliberate handball.

Meanwhile there was a full round of Championship matches plus MCC v West Indies. Hampshire played at Kettering where Shackleton (6-85) and Castell (3-53) dismissed Northants, leaving Hampshire with a few awkward overs to face. Roy Marshall declined to open, sending in Bryan Timms as nightwatchman to face the deadly pair of Tony Durose and Mick Kettle.

Marshall’s ploy did not work. At the close Hampshire had lost Timms, Reed, Wheatley, Horton and Livingstone and were 6-5!

Caple and Sainsbury were not out and on the next day, after Caple went (19) Marshall arrived at number eight and scored 94. It rained on the last day and the match was drawn. Hampshire then returned to Southampton to play Derbyshire, while the country focused on the footy, and while that was a 4-2 thriller, the two county sides managed around 200 runs in a day of about 110 overs – with Castell, enjoying his reinvention as a seamer, taking 6-49. Sadly he didn’t get the headlines, and after more rain, that game too was drawn.

The 60s really were groovy you know – except for the weather.

The Way We Were
July 10, 2018, 4:40 pm
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And not all to be missed I guess:

From my Cage Cricket pal, Trevor McArdle (any to add?)


PS I shall soon publish an updated list of corrections to the A-Z (there are not too many more). This one is not a correction, but an addition. HE Webb played just one match for Hampshire, v Oxford University and I have noted that in 1948 he won his ‘blue’ with the students. I might have added that he scored 145* in an innings victory for his side.

193* – a fine partnership
July 9, 2018, 4:19 pm
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I’ve been out to Hungerford on a delightful trip today, with my friend Alan Rayment, our ‘senior pro’, to visit our senior everything JE (John) Manners who is rapidly approaching his 104th birthday, and who first played for us in 1936. I’ll share more later, but here’s a nice photo of the two of them:

Manners J, Rayment A.jpg