Hampshire Cricket History

A-Z (A8)
October 16, 2017, 6:18 pm
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Armitage Edward Leathley (204 – Amateur) born 26.4.1891, Omagh, Ireland, died 24.11.1957 St Leonard’s, Sussex. Armitage was a middle-order right-hand batsman. He went to Cheltenham School and then became a professional soldier, playing cricket for the Royal Artillery before making his Hampshire debut in 1919 (age 28). He played four matches during August without reaching fifty and in 1920, played just once in early season v Leicestershire. After two more county matches without success in 1921, he disappeared from county cricket until 1925 when he played once v Worcestershire (0 & 3), although he was selected to play in first-class matches for the Army during the 1920s. After eight county matches, an average of 13.07, and a highest score of 42, his county career was over. In a first-class match for MCC v Oxford University at Lord’s in 1929, he scored 105 and took 2-29, and he played for the Europeans in Bombay in December 1929.

Armstrong HH (Pre ’95 – Amateur) Very little is known about his personal details; we do not know his first names or his dates of birth/death. Armstrong was a right-arm pace bowler who played in 23 first-class matches for Hampshire from 1882-1885, and after the county lost its first-class status he continued playing until 1889. In first-class matches, he scored two half centuries (HS 68) and took 68 wickets at 20.23, with a best of 7-33 v Derbyshire at Derby in 1885.

Arnold Alban Charles Phidias (169 – Amateur) born 19.11.1892, Chester, died in action at Ovilliers, La Boiselle, France, 7.7.1916. He was a right-handed batsman and occasional wicketkeeper who went to Twyford then Malvern Schools and Cambridge University (1912-1914), where he won a ‘Blue’ in the final year. He played 16 first-class matches for Hampshire from 1912-1914. He made his first half-century for the county v Derbyshire in August 1914 and followed it with 76 v Somerset in an innings victory in the next match, 51 in the following game v Warwickshire, then 69 v Lancashire. After scoring 20 v Essex he made 54 v Kent in an innings victory at Bournemouth – five half-centuries in six matches. Then he went to war and never played county cricket again. His father was vicar of Holy Trinity Fareham, and in 1921 he conducted the service to unveil the town’s war memorial – including the names of Arnold and his brother Edward Gladwin who was killed in 1918.



Every now and then …
October 15, 2017, 5:11 pm
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… a modern cricketer says or does something that makes me despair. Having written in the past few days about CH Abercrombie and FGB Arkwright (below), I then find myself reading today’s headlines on the BBC site:


If he said that, he’s a bloody idiot and he should be ashamed of himself. Maybe the emerging forms of cricket around the world are getting the players they deserve (and perhaps even losing the supporters they need?)


It’s Not Cricket
October 15, 2017, 3:43 pm
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But it is a cricketer

PFC 1954:6

My apologies to anyone from the west or north of my home, alarmed by this photo but it arrived from Paul yesterday (thanks) and in an intensely nostalgic way, I love it. It’s ‘Monty’ of course, and he’s shaking hands with Hampshire’s Mike Barnard.

By processes of inclusion and exclusion, I’ve worked out it’s either 1954/5 or 1955/6 and I know most of the players: L-R: unknown**, Norman Uprichard, Jackie Henderson, Gordon Dale, Alex Wilson, Jimmy Dickinson (hidden), Len Phillips, Dougie Reid, Peter Harris, Mike Barnard, unknown.

**I’ve found a photo of full-back Jack Mansell and that’s him. As a consequence I’m pretty certain the young man far right (closest) is Ron Rafferty and the match is Portsmouth v Sunderland at Fratton Park on 11 September 1954. It finished 2-2, and Pompey were 3rd that season, behind Champions Chelsea. It was all downhill from there!

(Alex Wilson was a Scottish international who spent quite a few years at Pompey. In the 1960s he bought a newly-built house on the northwest edge of Old Portsmouth, which is now my home).

Anyone got a team photo from the same period of ‘Saints’ including Henry Horton?

A-Z Update
October 15, 2017, 8:05 am
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I’m following Tigger’s batting order but referring to a number of other databases and publications, so the comments about the alphabetical placing of Pakistan players, refers in particular to the Who’s Who publication and the Cricket Archive site where (for example) Wasim Akram is a W (so why is Basil Akram an A?)

I doubt there is a single definitive site or publication, even where it’s predominantly statistical. On the Cricket Archive site there is a list of Hampshire cricketers and a separate list of players who appeared for linked sides.

My A-Z will attempt to list everyone who played from the formation of Hampshire County Cricket Club (first match 1864) in any first-class match (including friendlies v the universities, MCC, tourists etc) and everyone who played in competitive List A or T20 matches (including recent overseas competitions out-of-season).

I will not list some of the players that appear on the Cricket Archive site if they did not play in such matches. For example, under A, I have eliminated their listing of JC Amherst (Gentlemen of North Hants), plus A Annett, VE Archer-Brown and AR Aspinall (Hampshire but 1886 and/or ’87 so not first-class). It’s not clear to me why they have been included.

I shall not be listing anyone who played for sides designated as Hampshire (including those of the famous 18th century Hambledon Club) prior to 1864.

That’s the plan anyway.

Tony Baker RIP
October 14, 2017, 12:44 pm
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I’m sorry to report the passing of Tony Baker (thanks to John for notifying us). I knew him very well as he was Chief Exec throughout my time on the Full (as opposed to Members’) Committee in the 1990s. He had been ill for some time, but I did visit him and Sally about 18 months ago. There is a good obituary in the Echo, so from me, a few pictures:


Baker, Tony

Tony Baker

Nat Lottery cheque 2000 (£7m)

The cheque from the National Lottery that enabled work on the ground to proceed: Mike Taylor, Bill Hughes, Tony Baker, Brian Ford, Wilfrid Weld

Tony Baker 10 wkts 2.jpg

D Allen 29 (top score). Sadly no, not me!


A-Z (A7)
October 14, 2017, 12:21 pm
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Andrews Clifford Jack: (289 – Amateur) born Swindon 6.8.1912, died Eastleigh 11.12.1973. Jack Andrews was a wicketkeeper and lower-order batsman who played seven matches for Hampshire (five in the Championship – HS 29) from 1938-1948, principally covering the absence of Neil McCorkell. He played for Hampshire 2nd XI and Club & Ground, and during the war for various sides including Southampton Police, the British Empire XI and the Club Cricket Conference. His brother Bill was a player and coach at Somerset for many years and published his autobiography The Hand That Bowled Bradman, which includes a photograph of Jack.

Yasir Arafat (LA/T20 – normally listed under Y) born 12.3.1982 in Pakistan. Pace bowler Yasir Arafat played international cricket for Pakistan in all three formats and for various domestic teams there, as well as for a number of county sides. He joined Hampshire to play in ‘white-ball’ cricket in 2015 and in the following season went on loan to Somerset. He played in six List A matches (BB 3-56) and 16 T20s (BB 4-37 v Somerset) in 2015.

Arkwright Francis Godfrey Bertram (227 – Amateur) born 30.1.1905 Bromley, Kent, died 1.7.1942 Libya. He was a hard-hitting batsman said to be weak in defence. In 1923, at the age of 18, he scored 175 for Eton v Winchester, an innings that was probably seen by HS Altham, and later in that season he appeared in three matches for Hampshire but scored only 44 runs in five innings (HS 14). Apart from his final innings batting at number three, he appeared at numbers nine or ten, but did not bowl. He went to Sandhurst at the end of that season, became a career soldier and two years later played one further first-class match for the Army v Cambridge University (0 & 23 – his highest first-class score).

In 1940, he was an officer in the 12th Royal Lancers when they covered the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk. For bravery in that action he was awarded the MC, while in 1942, as a member of the famous ‘Desert Rats’ in North Africa, he was awarded the DSO. He was killed on 1 July when his tank was hit by a shell and laid to rest in the Commonwealth War Cemetery at El Alamein.

(further information on his military record in The Hampshire Handbook 2010 article “Hampshire’s World War II Roll of Honour” by Stephen Saunders, pp 46-49).


A Warning?
October 13, 2017, 8:47 pm
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One of the the main stories in this week’s Cricket Paper is the collapse of the South African ‘IPL’ – at best postponed for a year but at worst …?

Derek Pringle, writing principally a very interesting piece about the Championship, drawn matches and spin-friendly surfaces concludes by noting that the South African venture failed to find either a “broadcasting deal or a title sponsor” and wondered whether it constitutes a “warning shot across the bows of white ball cricket, while simultaneously being one in the arm for the red ball game”.

He concludes that this would be so, especially “if it should result in more time and space being found for it to properly flourish”.

Do I like that? So much, I’ll repeat it: “more time and space being found for it to properly flourish”.

Incidentally, in terms of the previous post he notes the growing concern about two of eight teams being relegated from Div One each season and suggests instead, ten teams in Div One with two up/two down, thereby also encouraging those down among the dead men. Just imagine – 18 matches per season!