Hampshire Cricket History

A-Z (G7)
January 16, 2018, 5:25 pm
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Guard, David Radclyffe (303 – Amateur) born Romsey 19.5.1928, died Sussex 12.12.1978. Batsman David Guard attended Winchester College and was one of a succession of young amateurs who played under the new captain Desmond Eagar in the years immediately following the war; indeed Downer, Parker, Shirreff, Bridger, Guard, Exton, Kimish and Rimmell all made their debuts in that order in 1946, after the one professional Neville Rogers. Bridger played in 38 matches, otherwise Guard with 15 over four seasons played the most, and in a short time, amateurs were a rarity. Guard was still a schoolboy in 1946 and represented the Southern Schools v The Rest at Lord’s. In his four first-class years he scored 405 runs at 15.57, with two half centuries and a best of 89 v Glamorgan at Cardiff in 1949, rescuing Hampshire from 96-5, following Glamorgan’s 337; the match was drawn. Otherwise his only notable score was 58, helping a victory v Combined Services at Portsmouth in his final first-class match. During that last season he played a number of matches for the county’s 2nd XI in the Minor Counties Championship.

Gunner, Charles Richards (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Bishops Waltham 7.1.1853, died Bishops Waltham 4.2.1934. He played just once for Hampshire, v Derbyshire at Derby in 1878, but in a match truncated by rain, he held one catch but neither batted nor bowled. Some years later he played for Swanmore Park (v Hambledon), the Gentlemen of Hampshire and in non-first-class games for Hampshire – from which it appears he was a lower-order batsman who did not bowl. His son (below) later played for the county. He represented England at Rugby Union.

Gunner, John Hugh (132 – Amateur) born Bishops Waltham 17.5.1884, died of wounds in Belgium 9.8.1918. Like his father, he attended Marlborough College and was a middle-order batsman who played in six matches for the county scoring just 65 runs at 8.12 with a best of 32 v West Indians on debut. He attended Oxford University winning a ‘blue’ for hockey, but he did not play cricket for the university side. He played for Oxford University Authentics, MCC and Hampshire Hogs. As Captain John Gunner he was the third and last brother to die on active service in the war.

Gutteres, Rev. George Gilbert (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born London 11.10.1859, died Algiers 2.3.1898. He was a brilliant cover fielder and opening batsman who attended Winchester College, then Oxford University, playing two first-class matches there in 1881 (but no ‘blue’). In the following season, he played for Hampshire in one match v Somerset at Taunton, scoring 24 & 28, in a five-wicket defeat. He had played for Devon in 1878. He was ordained as a priest in 1885.


England under-19
January 15, 2018, 1:48 pm
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Hampshire’s Tom Scriven took 2-30 in nine overs as England won their first World Cup match v Namibia. I think he’s the only Hampshire player involved (?)

PS: I’m affrayed he’s been charged – what’s the usual sentence, if guilty? 500 hours community service, mid-summer perhaps?

Jake Foley? Ambidextrous?
January 15, 2018, 11:48 am
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Cricket Archive lists Jake Foley (one match for Hampshire see A-Z F2) as slow-left-arm but Blair has added a Comment: “Hi. Jake Foley is a right arm leg spinner. He played for South Wilts in 2014 and 2015”. Foley is from Essex, but I guess it’s the same one (?) Does anyone know more? I don’t have a clue, but I have known Cricket Archive to get things wrong.

And thanks Blair

A-Z (G6)
January 15, 2018, 11:40 am
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Greenwood, Sir Granville George (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born London 3.1.1850, died London 27.10.1928. His father played two first-class matches for Cambridge University in 1821, and his brother first-class for MCC in one match in 1875. The brothers had attended Eton College, and in that same season, batsman GG played in one match for Hampshire v Kent at Winchester, but was dismissed for just one run in each innings, as an inexperienced Hampshire side lost heavily –  Hampshire used nine bowlers but not Greenwood. He played two matches for the Gentlemen of Hampshire v Yorkshire United at Lyndhurst in 1974. He was MP for Peterborough 1906-1918.

Gregory, John Thomas (183) born Chesterfield 22.4.1887, killed in action near Zonnebeke, Belgium 27.11.1914. He was on the Trent Bridge groundstaff from 1905-1907, but did not play for Nottinghamshire, and enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. In military matches, his bowling was successful and he might have impressed Hampshire’s selectors in a match at Aldershot in May 1913, when taking 10-15 for his regiment v 2nd Worcestershire Regiment. Two months later, he played once for Hampshire v Oxford University but batting at number 11, he was dismissed without scoring as the Hampshire innings closed on 532. The University side replied with 554, and while he is described in the record books as a slow-left-arm bowler, he took the new ball with Jacques, while Kennedy was first change. He took 0-72, and after Hampshire declared, 0-15, again opening the bowling. The match was drawn.

Greig, Canon John Glennie (85 – Amateur) born India 24.101871, died Milford-on-Sea, Hants 24.5.1958. During the first-half of the twentieth century Hampshire often called on church men and service personnel to appear as amateurs, and all-rounder Greig was both, in a rich and varied life which included 125 first-class matches. He was educated at Downside School, but returned to his birthplace India as an army officer , and played a number of first-class matches there in the 1890s for the Europeans, as well as two games in England for MCC and AJ Webbe’s XI.

Fellow officer Major RM Poore, recommended him to Hampshire, and in May 1901 he made his Championship and county debut v Lancashire at Portsmouth and after scoring just 28 runs in his first four innings he recorded his first century for the county (119) v South Africans at Southampton. In the next three matches there were just 43 runs in his six innings, with three ‘ducks’, at which point his Championship average was 7.10, but then came a match at Liverpool where, batting at number four his 47* was one of just two innings to reach double figures in a total of 106. Hampshire batted again 307 behind, and Greig asked to open scoring 249, and batting for more than five hours. The match was drawn. In that season he scored 1,277 runs at 41.19 as Hampshire, for the only time from 1900-1905 finished away from last place. He took 27 wickets in that season including 6-38 v Derbyshire at Southampton, although he bowled relatively little in future years. He went overseas with his regiment again and did not return until 1905; in that year and 1906 he appeared in 27 first-class matches but his appearances were always intermittent with 13 matches in 1910, 10 in 1914, and 11 after the war from 1920-1921. In that sense he exemplified the problems Hampshire faced, assembling sides that relied on amateurs. For Hampshire he appeared in 77 first class matches in a period covering 22 seasons, scoring 4,375 runs at 34.17 with 10 centuries and taking 64 wickets at 32.03. In his final playing season of 1922 he took over as Hampshire’s secretary before training as a Roman Catholic priest. He was Hampshire’s President in 1945/6.

Griffiths, David Andrew (484) born Newport I-O-W 10.9.1985. He was a right-arm pace bowler and left-handed batsman who learned his cricket on the Isle of Wight at a time when the island produced a number of very capable cricketers. In 2004 & 2005 he played for England under-19, by which time he was playing for the county’s Academy and 2nd XI sides. He made his first class debut v Loughborough University in 2006 and his Championship debut in the following season v Durham, taking 4-46 and supporting Michael Brown to save the match, with Hampshire nine wickets down. In 2009 he played in 10 first-class matches with 32 wickets at 32.46 and in 2010 he took 5-85 v Essex. He played in 36 first-class matches for Hampshire from 2006-2013, taking 105 wickets with a best of 6-85 v Nottinghamshire in 2011, but was often troubled by injuries and in 2014 he moved to Kent, playing mostly in limited overs matches until he left after the 2016 season. He played in 22 limited-overs matches for Hampshire, taking 27 wickets and enjoyed his happiest day as a member of the 2012 side that won the CB 40 v Warwickshire at Lord’s, dismissing Ian Bell on 81. Ultimately however, his career will probably be seen as one of unfulfilled promise.

Griffiths, Gavin Timothy (T20) born Lancashire 19.11.1993. Pace bowler Griffiths played for his native Lancashire from 2014 and in 2016, joined Hampshire on loan, appearing in four T20 matches, taking five wickets at 20.20 with an economy rate of 8.41. He joined Leicestershire in 2017.

Gross, Frederick Albert (230 – Amateur) born South Stoneham 17.9.1902, died Birmingham, 11.3.1975. Gross was a leg-break and googly bowler who attended King Edward VI School in Southampton and played in 34 first-class matches for Hampshire, 1924-1927 and 1929 , taking 50 wickets at 37.00 each. His best figures were 5-53 in a drawn match v Yorkshire at Sheffield in 1927. In 1934 he appeared once as a professional for Warwickshire, also v Yorkshire, and his final first-class wicket was Len Hutton. Through the 1930s he played club cricket in the midlands for Mitchell & Butler’s.


January 15, 2018, 10:14 am
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You’ll have realised I’m pushing on with this now – I’ve contacted the publisher pal, and my aim is to complete it on the Blog by the start of the season, and publish by mid-season.

There is less cricket activity to comment on right now, and on days like today (if you’re not in England, it’s pretty foul out there) it’s hard to resist doing quite a lot of work on it. I hope it’s not all too quick, because I do value all the comments, corrections, and additional information.

A-Z (G5)
January 14, 2018, 12:49 pm
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Gray, James Roy (314) born Southampton 19.5.1926, died Southampton 31.10.2016. Opening batsman Jimmy Gray scored 22,450 first-class runs for Hampshire, with 30 centuries and a best of 213* (& 84*) v Derbyshire at Portsmouth in 1962. His career total places him fourth in Hampshire’s batting records, behind three Test cricketers, Mead, Marshall and Brown – and he is the highest Hampshire-born run scorer. In addition, he took 451 first-class wickets with a best of 7-52 v Glamorgan at Swansea in 1955. Fielding often in the slips, he held 350 catches, and he stands alongside Newman, Sainsbury and Jesty as Hampshire’s finest native cricketers.

He was 20 when first-class cricket resumed after the war and after making his debut at Aldershot in 1948 he generally batted in the middle order until, with the retirement of McCorkell, he gradually established himself as an opener. In 1951 he passed 1,000 runs for the first of 13 consecutive seasons, and in the following year scored his first Championship century, v Essex on his home ground. In 1955, as Hampshire finished third, he spent his first season opening with the dashing Roy Marshall and his run-scoring and average declined somewhat, but it was temporary set-back, they established a famous partnership, and with the sunshine of 1959 and a brief experiment with covered wickets, he passed 2,000 runs three times in four years, including 1961, when the addition of 34 wickets at 31.00 played a significant part in Hampshire’s first title success.

1962 was statistically his most successful season but there was a decline with the bat in the following year, and as he took up his new teaching career he played less frequently, finally retiring after the 1966 season. He was the consummate professional and a good enough all-round sportsman to have been briefly on Arsenal’s books; he played football in the Southern League for Bedford Town. He spent his whole life in Southampton, and succeeded Charlie Knott as Chairman of the Cricket Committee from 1988-1997 when Mark Nicholas’s side enjoyed success in limited-overs competitions – a form of the game that Gray had experienced only briefly in his later years.

Greenfield, George Price (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Winchester 24.1.1843, died Ealing 3.9.1917. He was a round-arm fast bowler who played in five first-class matches; three for Surrey, one for the Gentlemen of the South, and in 1875, one for Hampshire in an innings defeat v Kent at Winchester, scoring 0 and with figures of 0-32. He played at other times for various sides including MCC, Huntingdonshire and clubs including Tooting and Wimbledon.

Greenhill, Hubert Maclean (89 – Amateur) born Christchurch 18.9.1881, died Dorset 22.1.1926. He was a slow-left-arm bowler who attended Sherborne School and in May 1901 played twice for Hampshire at Southampton, v South Africans and Derbyshire. He took 3-39 in the first match as Hampshire won by an innings but there were no further successes. He played most of his cricket for Dorset from 1903-1925 and also in minor military matches.

Greenidge, Cuthbert Gordon (363) born Barbados 1.5.1951. Opening batsman Gordon Greenidge stands alongside Hampshire greatest batsmen, but unlike Mead, Marshall, Richards and Smith he came to the county from his home in Reading as a junior, playing in Holt’s Colts and the 2nd XI from 1966, until his first-class debut in 1970. Indeed by today’s criteria he might have played for England, not least after the West Indies went for the ‘safe’ option of Headley in 1973 after their first choice, Camachao, had his tour ended with an injury at Southampton. That Greenidge was not chosen was fortunate for Hampshire, as he and Richards formed an opening partnership that was a key element in their second Championship title. In that year Greenidge eclipsed Richards with five centuries and 1,656 runs at 48.70 and the pace at which he and his partner scored eased the task for their bowlers.

In 1974, the record was less impressive but he made his Test Match debut in India, the following winter, scoring 93 & 107 on debut. There would be 108 Tests by the end, with 19 centuries, 7,558 runs at 44.72, and another great opening partnership with Desmond Haynes. He played also in 128 ODIs with 11 more hundreds and an average of 45. For Hampshire, he scored 19,840 first-class runs at 45.40 including a best of 259 v Sussex at Southampton in 1975, when he reached every fifty and hundred with one of 13 sixes. In that same year he scored 177 v Glamorgan in the second round of the Gillette Cup, sharing a double century partnership with Richards in the county’s record limited-overs total of 371-4, which still stands. The only surprise is that he never appeared in a Lord’s final over the 18 seasons of his county career, although he played in all three sides that won the Sunday League – most significantly in 1978, after Richards and Roberts quit Hampshire mid-season. He scored 122 v Middlesex at Bournemouth in the decisive final match which Hampshire won by 26 runs.

When he left the county, he held Hampshire’s record scores in all three limited-overs competitions, adding 173* in the B&H Cup in 1973 and 172 v Surrey in the Sunday League (1987) – only Vince (178) has yet bettered those three innings, and Greenidge was the last Hampshire batsman to pass 2,000 runs in a first-class season, in 1986. In 1978 he scored three successive first-class centuries and he also equalled Mead’s record of centuries in both innings on three occasions. In 1988, he came to the County Ground with the tourists, and scored 103, with eight sixes, despite which Hampshire released him. His departure was not altogether a happy affair, but the pleasure he gave to Hampshire’s supporters over many seasons was considerable. He was simply one of the greatest Hampshire cricketers.


England collapse
January 14, 2018, 11:43 am
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v Australia!

Opener goes for just 14, three others in the top six score just nine between them, and three wickets fall for 21 runs …

Incidentally, Robin Smith is now third in England’s list of highest ODI innings.