Hampshire Cricket History

Get Well Soon!
October 8, 2018, 10:48 am
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I’m sorry to report that Matthew Hayden, who enjoyed one glorious season with Hampshire in 1997, has broken a bone in his neck while surfing – as the Beach Boys noted memorably “Surf’s Up”.

Plus – John Manners 104+ has broken his arm. Our best wishes to them both.



Liam foiled
October 7, 2018, 2:25 pm
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Apparently he was due to play in England’s second warm-up but it proved to be a cold/wet-up instead (no play)

Meanwhile, especially considering that he bowls SLA but throws right-handed, I wonder whether Liam got a good look at the Sri Lankan Kamindu Mendis in the first match. He bowled SLA and ROB – switching sometimes mid-over!

I wonder whether (in the nets) he could do both at once?

Back Next Season
October 5, 2018, 5:19 pm
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No not me, I’m going nowhere, but The Cricket Paper is ‘on holiday’ until next year after today’s publication, which I’m delighted to discover includes the full first-class averages. Top of the batting? You’ll never guess. They don’t impose any conditions so MA Naylor of Oxford University MCC scored 202 in his only innings and thereby has an average of … (Yep) 202.00. He’s only ever played in two first-class matches, the ‘Varsity’ game in 2017 when he made 0 & 19,  and this one innings in 2018, when Oxford Uni won by nine wickets (he wasn’t needed again). He’s a former Warwickshire age group player.

Talking of Warwickshire, Keith Barker played in 11 matches and averaged 18.16 with the bat, while also taking 41 wickets at 16.63. It’s Div Two but nonetheless pretty impressive – indeed only one Hampshire bowler ended above him in the list. You can guess**

Elsewhere James Vince was the only Hampshire player to make it into their Div One team of the season and they reckon he is “unlucky” to miss out on either a Sri Lanka trip or the Lions. Last night he was also one of the PCA’s team of the season – again our only representative.

Incidentally, the batting averages start with players who appeared just once, but end with those who have an average of 10. That leaves three Hampshire players in the bottom seven (Wheal, Taylor and Steyn). In that list, new signing Donald has 12 men holding him up, with 67 runs at 11.16 in four matches.

** Tom Alsop of course, one wicket, 12 runs, average 12.00.

James Kerr Fuller
October 4, 2018, 11:52 am
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Born South Africa 24 January 1990; RHB, RFM. Educated at Otago University. Played for Otago 2009-2013, Auckland 2015/16, Gloucestershire 2011-2015, Middlesex 2016-2018.

Career: 49 first-class matches, with 1,101 runs at 19.66 & 141 wickets at 33.06 (BB 6-24). In 52 limited-overs matches he has scored 597 runs at 22.11 and taken 70 wickets, average 29.74 (econ. 5.78). In T20 he has scored 547 runs in 76 matches and taken 94 wickets at 23.91 (econ 8.71).

He did not play first-class cricket in 2017. This year, in eight matches, he took 28 wickets at 30.17. He played in three limited-overs matches but took no wickets, he was however a regular in the T20 with 15 wickets at 31.86 (econ. 10.82).

His last Championship match v Hampshire was two years ago in that freezing cold innings defeat at Merchant Taylor’s, which Hampshire ended with fewer points than they started. He took 5-70 in the second innings.


Fated (not feted)
October 4, 2018, 6:34 am
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Reece Topley has gone. It’s no surprise of course. Giles White (BBC) said “Midway through the 2018 season Reece made it apparent that he wanted to pursue his career elsewhere. We wish him well.”

He made his debut at the start of 2016 and broke his hand making his highest first-class score, so could not bowl. By the time he recovered, his back had gone and he played only two more first-class games for us, both in 2017. He played more white ball cricket; in the 50-over matches, 11 games brought 16 wickets at 36.93 (econ. 5.85). In T20s he took seven wickets at an economy rate just above eight runs per over.

He was a bit unlucky in this year’s Royal London Cup. He took 2-47 in the first match at Hove and 4-40 in nine overs v Middlesex, but having played in the semi-final (1-53 from 10) he was omitted at Lord’s, when Crane returned – and Steyn who played in the last three matches had season’s figures of 3-170, with an economy rate of 6.54.

He was clearly unhappy from that point, although two days later played his fourth match this year for England Lions, and broke down again after four expensive overs. That might have happened at Lord’s. I think he was hardly seen after that and we are left to wonder what kind of a contract he will get, and where. There is something a bit ‘odd’ about the Hampshire/Essex connection (Wheater, Coles, Topley, Salisbury). It doesn’t work in our favour.

A-Z: A Favour
October 3, 2018, 4:41 pm
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I have very few copies left of the first print of Hampshire County Cricketers.  I have been able to distribute a good few to our former players and others where appropriate, and thanks to Mike in the shop, I’ve sold sufficient to pretty much pay for the publication which is delightful.

I am going to print a second edition, in hard-back and limited edition numbered and signed, to be published in time for the start of next season (up to and including last week’s game). I’m thinking of 130, since to the end of 2018 we have played in 130 first-class seasons since our formation in 1864 (allowing for the occasional demotion, wars etc).

It will give me a chance to make all the necessary corrections which have been spotted (for which many thanks) and here’s the favour. If you have a copy at home and at any point in the next three/four months you happen to be at a loose end (you know, something like ten minutes to “Coronation Street”), perhaps you would be willing to open it at random, check an entry or two and email me if anything strikes you as needing a revision. Any comments will be gratefully received (dave.allen@port.ac.uk).

Apart from a couple of sneaky hand-written alterations( e.g. Manners, Tremlett – I have them noted) here’s the list:

John Arnold scored 2,000 not 2,00 runs

Tom Barber’s ‘number’ is (List A)

Henry Bethune’s number is (37)

Cecil Currie attended Marlborough College.

Jimmy Gray’s number is (314)

Guy Jewell was born 1916, not 16

Shahid Afridi’s number is (List A/T20)

Herbert Stewart’s memorial is in Hans Place,

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

Goodbye & Thank You
October 2, 2018, 5:17 pm
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To Southampton today, with Alan Rayment and Tim Tremlett, to pay our last farewells to Ralph Prouton. Younger brother Geoff brought a fascinating booklet about his football days:

R Prouton

Arsenal 1950-51

Ralph Prouton

Jimmy Gray

(It seems odd that Tom Parker from Southampton was sending locals to Arsenal rather than Saints …)