Hampshire Cricket History

A Vital Victory
December 3, 2018, 7:15 am
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Hampshire v Essex at Cowes, Saturday 1, Monday 3, Tuesday 4 July 1961

Essex 321-9 dec (Milner 120, Bailey 72, Shackleton 5-58) & 150-5 dec (Bailey 44*, White 4-77) lost to Hampshire 231 (Horton 55, Greensmith 4-73) & 243-6 (Ingleby-Mackenzie 132*) by four wickets

After six consecutive victories, which took them to a leading position, Hampshire came to the island from a defeat at Lord’s and for two days they struggled again, before their captain led them to a remarkable victory in a match where he also deputised behind the wicket for the injured Leo Harrison.

On Saturday, Essex won the toss and Milner and Bailey added 182 runs for the fourth wicket although their total was at less than three runs per over and Shackleton took 5-58 in 36.1 overs. However, Hampshire suffered a blow when Marshall was injured badly in the field and batted at number seven. Four men passed 40 but no one reached 60 and Essex batted again with a lead of 90. The wicket was still causing some problems and Essex took 60 overs to set Hampshire 241 in 215 minutes with Marshall unlikely to bat.

Bailey and Preston dismissed Gray, Sainsbury, Horton and Baldry for 35 which made complete sense of their declaration. Then after lunch Ingleby-Mackenzie joined Livingstone, adding 86 runs, after which Wassell held out for 45 minutes in a 50-run partnership before he was sixth out. But the captain kept hitting and joined by Marshall with a runner, the pair hit 72 runs in 44 minutes to win the match. Marshall on one good leg scored 36* but Ingleby-Mackenzie played his highest and most important innings for the county, and the highest individual first-class innings on the island. Marshall missed the next three matches. Unlike 1955 and 1958, Hampshire kept winning and they clinched the title at Bournemouth on 1 September 1961.

Hampshire: Gray, Sainsbury, Horton, Livingstone, Baldry, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Marshall, Wassell, Shackleton, White, Burden



The Welsh visit the Island
December 2, 2018, 10:53 am
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Hampshire v Glamorgan Saturday 11, Monday 13, Tuesday 14 June 1960

Hampshire 231 (Marshall 54, Shackleton 54*, Shepherd 4-57) & 218-2 (Gray 92, Horton 59*, Marshall 53) drew with Glamorgan 398-8 dec (Parkhouse 110, Watkins 77, Presdee 64, White 6-113)

Hampshire had won five and drawn one of their previous seven matches but this stalemate was the start of a sequence of nine matches without a victory and Hampshire had a disappointing year, before the triumph of 1961.

Gray was dismissed without a run scored after which Marshall and Horton added 88 before six wickets fell for 61. Then Shackleton and White shared a less probable partnership of 51, but while Shackleton conceded just 59 runs in 38 overs he could not emulate Shepherd’s effective bowling. Glamorgan passed Hampshire’s score with just three wickets down, led by their captain Gilbert Parkhouse, deputising for Wilf Wooller.

Glamorgan recorded the highest first-class innings total on the island, had a lead of 167 and hoped to bowl Hampshire out cheaply but the home side found batting much easier on the final day and Glamorgan were left to rue the length of their innings – over eight hours in which Hampshire bowled 139 overs.

The report in the Hampshire Handbook praised the “wonderful arrangements” at Cowes and in particular, the efforts of Vic Newbery.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Barnard, Baldry, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Harrison, Shackleton, White, Heath, Burden

Sunny Days
December 1, 2018, 9:06 am
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Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Cowes – Saturday 18, Monday 20, Tuesday 21 July 1959 

Hampshire 229 (Harrison 64, Baldry 60) & 133 (Horton 54*, Mortimore 4-30) lost to Gloucestershire 233 (Young 54, Burden 4-54) & 131-0 (Young 72*, Milton 56*) by 10 wickets

This was a glorious summer and Hampshire were in contention for the title for most of the season but won only one of their last six Championship matches. When they came to Cowes they had won three of the previous four matches but were outplayed by a Gloucestershire side who would eventually replace them as runners-up.

The two first innings were almost as close as the previous year’s game and both sides had batsmen who established themselves but then got out. Hampshire fielded a side with a long tail and lost their last four wickets for 12 runs in the first innings and 13 in the second. Generally seam bowlers were most effective at Cowes but Gloucestershire’s three spinners Cook, Allen and Mortimore took wickets as did Burden for Hampshire.

There was a good crowd on the first two days when the bowlers generally dominated but as Young and Milton moved to an easy victory there were few spectators to watch.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Baldry, Flood, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Harrison, Wassell, Shackleton, Heath, Burden


Up to Second
November 30, 2018, 11:57 am
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Hampshire v Leicestershire Saturday 7, Monday 9, Tuesday 10 June 1958

Leicestershire 133 (Watson 46, Heath 5-43, Shackleton 4-25) & 84 (Shackleton 5-36, Heath 4-24) lost to Hampshire 134 (Goodwin 5-57) & 84-1 (Gray 48*) by 9 wkts.

Hampshire came to Cowes having won just two of their first eight matches which was a concern to their new young captain who had asked his team to “entertain or perish”.

Leicestershire batted first and reached 82-1 with Willie Watson scoring 46 and Hallam 39 before Shackleton and Heath bowled them out. Hampshire lost wickets regularly but took a one-run lead with seven wickets down. They failed to add to that but on a wicket of uneven bounce Leicestershire struggled again. Maurice Hallam scored 32 but in 52 overs Leicestershire could leave only a small target of 84 to win.

Gray who had top-scored with 32 in the first innings was firm again with 48* and Hampshire claimed the extra half-hour to win in two days. Hampshire won six and drew two matches in the following weeks, chased Surrey for the title and, despite a disappointing end to the season, finished as runners-up – their best ever position.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Pitman, Ingleby-Mackenzie (c), Harrison, Sainsbury, Shackleton, Cannings, Heath.


Load of Balls Then …
November 29, 2018, 1:36 pm
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The England & Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that their new competition in 2020 will be 100 balls a side. The format will be made up of ten 10-ball overs, which can be bowled by one or two bowlers, in clutches of either five or 10 consecutive balls.

Winning Ways
November 29, 2018, 9:43 am
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 COWES 1957 and a starring role for our senior Blogger

Hampshire v Nottinghamshire, Saturday 22, Monday 24, Tuesday 25 June 1957

 Hampshire 286-5 dec (Marshall 107, Horton 114) & 167-5 dec (Rayment 80 ) beat Nottinghamshire 259 (Giles 101, Shackleton 7-81) & 114 (Shackleton 6-64) by 80 runs

Saturday was wet with only two hours play possible yet Hampshire scored 178-2 with Marshall second out for 107 with the score at 148. Their innings lasted just 78 overs with another fine island performance by Horton. For Nottinghamshire, Giles batted well first wicket down and he and Clay took Nottinghamshire to 136-2 but Shackleton took wickets regularly and only a last wicket stand of 32 kept the visitors in touch. Hampshire scored quickly again on the Tuesday morning and set Nottinghamshire 195 to win in 130 minutes. Nottinghamshire made a brave effort to win until they lost their ninth wicket at 104 after which Smales and Millman resisted for forty minutes until, with just ten minutes remaining, Sainsbury held a magnificent catch and Hampshire had won.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Rayment, Barnard, Sainsbury, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Harrison, Shackleton, Heath, Burden


Back to the Island
November 28, 2018, 10:12 am
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There was a break in the visits – at least by the full county side – after 1939 until a Saturday 17 years later, and a different venue, JS White’s Ground at Cowes, opened some three years earlier.

Hampshire v Worcestershire – Saturday 26, Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 May 1956

Hampshire 370-7 dec (Ingleby-Mackenzie 130*, H. Horton 93, Jenkins 4-90) drew with Worcestershire 196 (M. Horton 70, Dews 50, Shackleton 4-45) & following on 305-8 (Outschoorn 154*, Shackleton 3-58)

Hampshire came to Cowes early in the season, having won two Championship matches and two other first-class games, as well as dominating the other drawn match with Kent. For the first two days it appeared that they would maintain this excellent start, which replicated their form of 1956. This had been built partly on excellent catching but on the third day at Cowes they missed a number of chances and Worcestershire recovered from 77-4 to draw the match.

Hampshire scored their runs at better than three-and-a-half each over, a good rate in those days and despite losing Marshall and Gray for 44. Horton batted well against his former county. Ingleby-Mackenzie came in at 171-5 and hit his undefeated 130 out of 199 runs added. By contrast Worcestershire’s innings closed in the 90th over but opener ‘Laddie’ Outschoorn followed his first innings ‘duck’ with a fine undefeated innings and Martin Horton batted well again to save the game.

Portsmouth-born amateur David Blake kept wicket for Hampshire. Alan Rayment was a Londoner who had come to the county after playing for Middlesex 2nd XI but he had spent regular boyhood summer holidays with his uncle on the Isle of Wight and had once won a fishing competition in Ryde, sponsored by the News of the World.

Hampshire: Marshall, Gray, Horton, Rayment, Blake, Barnard, Ingleby-Mackenzie, Eagar (c), Shackleton, Heath, Burden