Hampshire Cricket History

One In – One Out
April 17, 2018, 6:37 am
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Many thanks to Paul for alerting us to the news that Hampshire have appointed Charlotte Edwards as Director of Women’s Cricket. The other bit of that story is that it apparently marks the retirement of Bobby Parks who was in that role and had previously done much the same with the Academy. It’s just over 40 years since he came to Hampshire, and while I’ve posted this one before, here he is again.

Parks, Robert James (388) born Cuckfield, Sussex 15.6.1959. Wicketkeeper Bobby Parks was the son and grandson of JM and JH Parks, who both played for Sussex and England, and the great-nephew of HW Parks who played with JH at Sussex. Late in his career, his father moved to Somerset, and Bobby played there briefly for the 2nd XI, before his first games for Hampshire’s 2nd XI in 1976. He had to be patient while Bob Stephenson held his place, but Bobby made his first-class debut in in June 1980 v Sussex, was selected regularly through the final weeks of the season and remained in the sides of Pocock and Nicholas, until mid-August 1990. ‘Adi’ Aymes then came into the side, but an injury meant that Parks was a regular again through 1992, when he played in Hampshire’s B&H Cup winning side.

He had played in their first Cup Final in 1988 and in the side that finished Championship runners-up in 1985, and then won the Sunday League in the following season, and in 1986 he appeared behind the wicket for England, substituting for the injured Bruce French. In his first-class career for the county, he dismissed exactly 700 victims, with 630 catches – both Hampshire records, and he set another record v Derbyshire in 1981, with 10 victims in a match; since equalled by Aymes and Pothas. In limited-overs cricket, his 303 victims also set a Hampshire record, as was his five victims in an innings. He was a dependable batsman in the late middle order, scoring 3,936 first-class runs at 19.68 with 14 half-centuries, and a Championship best of 80 v Derbyshire at Portsmouth in 1986. In that season, he shared an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 35 with Kevan James in the low-scoring Sunday League match v Surrey at the Oval, when Hampshire won the title. In July 1993, he played one match for Kent v Essex, since when he has had a varied coaching career with Hampshire, Portsmouth Grammar School and the Vipers women’s team at the Ageas Bowl.

Parks RJ 1980-1992


A-Z R1
April 16, 2018, 7:15 pm
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While you luxuriate in your team at the top, with a few days off, here are a couple of new posts – 1958 and the first entries under R – including one of our Bloggers!

Raikes, Rev George Barkley (71, Amateur) born Norfolk 14.3.1873, died Shepton-Mallet, Somerset 18.12.1966. He attended Shrewsbury School and Oxford University, playing for three seasons and winning his ‘blue’ in the last two, 1894 & 1895.  He was a useful batsman and good medium-pace bowler who played for his native Norfolk from 1890-1913, and, after being ordained in the Winchester diocese in 1898, for Hampshire in nine matches from 1900-1902. In the first season, he averaged over 40 but could play in only six matches; overall, he averaged 27.26 with the bat, scoring two half-centuries with a best of 77 v Yorkshire at Portsmouth in 1900, and taking 25 wickets at 30.24, including 4-30 at Derby in 1901. He was a good football goalkeeper, winning his ‘blue’, and playing for England.

Ransom, Victor Joseph (307, Amateur) born New Malden, Surrey 17.5.1917, died Esher, Surrey, 23.9.1988. A pace bowler, he played club cricket for Malden Wanderers and for the Club Cricket Conference before the war, and for the Royal Navy during it. In May 1947, he made his debut for Hampshire v Sussex at Portsmouth, and played in a number of matches over three seasons, with his last Championship match for Hampshire in July 1949. In total, he played in 34 matches for Hampshire, scoring one half-century, 58 v Gloucestershire at Portsmouth in 1949, and taking 88 wickets at 34.89 including five or more in an innings on three occasions with a best of 5-50 at Northampton in 1947. He played in two first-class matches for his native Surrey in 1950 & 1955, for their 2nd XI until 1961 and through that decade for the Forty Club.

Ravenscroft, Timothy John (‘Tim’) (List A) born Guernsey 21.1.1992. He was a batsman and occasional spin bowler, who played for the Hampshire age group sides, then for the Academy from 2007 and 2nd XI in 2011. In late August 2011, he opened the batting in one limited-overs match v Scotland in the CB40 competition, scoring five runs in a Hampshire victory.

Rawlence, John Rooke (270, Amateur) born 23.9.1915 Brockenhurst, Hants, died Ascot, 17.1.1983. He was a right-handed batsman who went to Wellington School and Cambridge University, where he won a ‘blue’ for rugby but played no first-class cricket. In 1934, approaching his 19th birthday, he played two matches in a week for Hampshire, scoring 42 runs in his two innings. He played first-class cricket subsequently for the Army in 1938, and Combined Services v Glamorgan in 1950. He played regularly for the Army in non-first-class cricket.

Rayment, Alan William Harrington (315) born Finchley, 29.5.1928. He was a right-handed batsman and occasional bowler, who played club cricket in the London area, and from the end of the war played variously for Middlesex 2nd XI, London Counties, the Lord’s XI and, on National Service, the RAF. His matches for the Combined Services included his first-class debut v Northamptonshire in June 1947, captained by AC Shirreff, also of Hampshire. In the 1940s, the Middlesex batting line-up, including Compton, Edrich and Robertson was very strong, and Rayment joined Hampshire in 1949, made his county debut, and playing for them in 198 first-class matches over ten seasons, scoring 6,333 runs at 20.36, with four centuries, 23 half-centuries and 19 wickets. He completed 1,000 runs in a season on two occasions. As a batsman, he was enterprising at the crease, and when fielding in the covers, quick on his feet, helped no doubt because with his wife he ran a dancing school in Southampton, and they often performed together. His maiden century was v Somerset at Portsmouth in 1952, while in the week of the Coronation in 1953, at Bristol, he scored 126, adding 246 with Cliff Walker for the fourth wicket. In 1955, at Weston-Super-Mare, his 104 came out of a Hampshire score of 245-7 declared, after Somerset had been bowled out for just 37. After retiring in 1958, he coached at Lord’s and occasionally captained Hampshire’s side in the new 2nd XI competition. He has led a fascinating and varied life since then, and at the start of the 2018 season he was, by virtue of his debut on 7 May 1949, Hampshire’s ‘senior pro’ – the longest-serving of all their former professional players. See also the autobiography of his younger years Punchy Through the Covers, 1928-1949.


All the Eights (2)
April 16, 2018, 7:09 pm
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In 1955, 60 years after they entered the County Championship, Hampshire finished third in the table, behind the two ‘giants’ of those days, Surrey and Yorkshire. To younger supporters that might not sound so special, but prior to that, Hampshire’s best position had been fourth in 1914 – and this was only the second time in 23 seasons they had even finished in the top half. In those times, Hampshire was a modest, unfashionable county but the captain/secretary Desmond Eagar was building a good side, and in 1958 he handed the captaincy to the charismatic young Etonian Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, who advised his experienced, professional side to “entertain or perish”, and immediately led them to the runners-up spot.

In those days, the players’ only major cricket was first-class; 28 x three (not four) day Championship matches, plus friendlies against Cambridge and Oxford Universities and the touring New Zealanders. That was 93 days of cricket in a much shorter season from 10 May -2 September, an average of five-and-a-half days each week. When the season ended, most of the players went off to find winter employment – England toured Australia, but despite their fine performance, without any Hampshire players.

While third place in 1955 was so unexpected that it was widely celebrated, in 1958 there was a sense of an opportunity missed. In a very wet summer that favoured the bowlers on uncovered pitches, Hampshire beat Kent in the traditional Canterbury Bank Holiday fixture in the days when that August weekend came at the start of the month. They then drew matches against Middlesex and Warwickshire without taking the first innings points available back then, before the disaster of an alarming pitch at Derbyshire’s Burton-on-Trent ground. Hampshire’s giant pace bowler Malcolm Heath took 13-87 in the match, but Hampshire lost by 103 runs, as the match aggregate of 259 was the lowest in Hampshire’s history in a match in which 40 wickets fell. Hampshire were dismissed for 23 in the first innings, and Mike Barnard top-scored in both Hampshire innings with an aggregate of just 21 runs. Hampshire beat Essex in the next match, but failed to win any of the last four games and in the run-in Surrey clinched their seventh consecutive title. Three years later, the ever-popular Ingleby-Mackenzie went one better with most of the same players and a few new recruits and Hampshire were Champions for the first time.


This is the End
April 16, 2018, 1:40 pm
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As Jim Morrison once observed

Hants beat Worcs 2018


And here’s KDJ’s newest sidekick – Emily Windsor (posh surname huh, but from Pompey). She took five wickets on commentary today.

KDJ & Emily

Clearing Up (?)
April 15, 2018, 3:10 pm
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It’s 4pm and in the Championship, the first rain interruption of the season. The umpires are due to look in 10 minutes, but it’s a bit gloomy, and as I type, the groundstaff have just replaced the cover at the pavilion end, and they’re now replacing all the covers, which is not good news.

In fact it’s raining again.

PS: They didn’t look then – but 4.25 they are out there.

PPS: They began at 5.45 with another quick wicket for Abbott, but after a very good morning for Hampshire, the main photos this afternoon:


Worcs RSP



Good Game
April 14, 2018, 8:37 pm
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Interesting pitch – evenly-matched sides. Nobody definitely ‘in’; it’s almost like an old-fashioned three day Championship match, and a real pleasure for that.

Tomorrow – weather permitting I’m looking forward very much to my first day back with Mr James.

I wonder who will win?

Listen In
April 14, 2018, 2:15 pm
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Not ‘Jamo’ or me or Ken; it’s a Podcast sent from Ian Pearce and Phil Webb. I’m pretty new to Podcasts but I’m happy to give this one a plug and good luck with it guys: