Hampshire Cricket History

David Mann disappointed
February 15, 2018, 4:29 pm
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He’s been on South Today tonight (BBC1), putting a brave face on what is obviously a great disappointment. There was also a report on the meeting at the ground this evening of the Hampshire Cricket League, who are discussing significant changes to the organisation of the leagues and the matches. Players have been consulted through the winter but it seems the debate could be lively and the decision close. The Ageas Bowl is certainly the site of the ‘New World’.

Incidentally, the news item suggested the Hampshire League is the oldest League in the world. How can that be? It started in the 1970s didn’t it?



In the ‘papers
February 15, 2018, 9:38 am
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TimesElizabeth Ammon says “The announcement means disappointment for Hampshire … Despite significant investment in the Ageas Bowl, which has increased its capacity to 20,000, the county failed to win over the ECB”.

Michael Atherton says: “Test cricket will become a London-centric game … with the traditional* venues gaining a stranglehold”. Plus: “The process by which the games were awarded was fair. There is a high degree of independence on the host venue panel … Crucially the counties were no longer asked to bid against each other”.

GuardianAli Martin says “There will be disappointment (from Hampshire) at yet again missing out on hosting the Ashes, not least from their chairman Rod Bransgrove”.

*The “traditional venues”: it’s only a couple of weeks since Rod Bransgrove in the Cricket Paper set himself as a “modernist” against the “traditionalists”, so perhaps he did get what he wanted – the new T20 competition and T20 internationals. As Mr Weller once observed, “This is the Modern World”.

Grounds for misery
February 14, 2018, 6:17 pm
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Not the new T20 which is coming south, but the ‘Ashes’. The rumours about Ageas Bowl getting one seem unfounded. BBC:

“The 2023 Ashes Tests have been awarded to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed. Edgbaston, Headingley, the Oval, Lord’s and Old Trafford will all host England v Australia matches in both series. The ECB also announced the cities that will host the new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in 2020. Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham have been selected for the competition. Both Lord’s and the Oval will host newly created teams in the competition with the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, the Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge the other grounds chosen”.

(Durham & part-time Gloucs and Somerset miss out)

All a bit like the Weather
February 14, 2018, 1:41 pm
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Yesterday morning woke to find England losing to New Zealand and Mason having a bad time v West Indies. In the evening Hampshire lost to Barbados and then Pompey – like Bournemouth & Saints at the weekend – lost a game they needed to win

Today England A are in a worse state, while Mason made a ‘duck’ and probably won’t bowl as the home side look like winning easily

I think we should all become Aldershot supporters

(NB: expecting news of the 2020 T20 ground allocations today. I’m SO excited)

Hampshire v Barbados (Part 2)
February 13, 2018, 6:34 pm
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They’ve started and Hampshire need 250 to win, but I’m not sure whether they have 50 overs still. Alsop and Weatherley have opened the batting and it’s 8-0 after two although Alsop, having made two consecutive noughts, hasn’t yet scored. I’m going out tonight, so I’ll post the result but not many more updates.

24-0, and Tom has a boundary to get off the mark, but it’s raining again and they’re off (Weatherley 19*). It’s pouring. A groundsman with dreadlocks to his backside – a bit like Nigel Gray – is nailing down the flat covers, as the wind gets up.

A-Z (J2)
February 13, 2018, 5:36 pm
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J2 Oh! I’m having to push on with this project where possible. I’m only halfway through and I want to publish it this season – these three make the five for today.

Jameson, Thomas George Cairnes (257 – Amateur) born India 6.4.1908, died Henley-on-Thames 18.1.1987. He was principally a batsman who made his first-class debut for the Royal Navy v Army at Lord’s in 1929. In 1930 he played in two matches for Hampshire at Hove and Coventry, with a third at Hastings the following year. For the county, he scored 44 runs at an average of 14.66 with a best of 23*, and bowled four overs (0-11). His last recorded match (not first-class) was in a rain ruined match for the Royal Navy v the Army at Lord’s in 1939.

Jameson, Tom Ormsby (198 – Amateur) born Co. Dublin, Ireland 4.4.1892, died Co. Dublin Ireland 6.2.1965. Army officer Tom Jameson was an all-rounder on the cricket field, and further was an accomplished rackets and squash player. He was a pupil at Harrow and made his first-class debut for MCC v Oxford University with Lord Tennyson in July 1919, followed quickly by his Hampshire debut v Yorkshire at Dewsbury (age 27).  He bowled what John Arlott (1957) called “slow ‘rolled’ leg breaks” and Hampshire used 10 bowlers with Jameson’s 3-82 being the best figures, but they lost by an innings. Because of his duties he never played a full English season, although he found time for a number of private tours; his busiest county season was in 1925 when he made the first of his two Championship centuries, 103 v Warwickshire at Southampton in an innings victory, and in the next match recorded his best bowling figures of 7-92 at Old Trafford, despite which Hampshire lost. Thereafter he continued to appear in first-class cricket for various sides, playing his last match for Hampshire in 1932, but his last first-class game for Tennyson’s side in India in January 1928. For Hampshire, 53 matches brought 2013 runs at 24.85 and 77 wickets at 33.20.

Jaques, Arthur (176 – Amateur) born China 7.3.1888, killed in action, Loos, France 27.9.1915.  Jaques was a tall pace bowler who played at Aldenham School until 1907, but at Cambridge University only a little college cricket. He played club cricket for Hampshire Hogs and in the winter of 1912/13, he made his first-class debut on a tour of the West Indies, and in the following season he made his debut for Hampshire, taking just over 50 wickets in that first season. He played extensively in the following year, using his in-swing to develop an early version of what might be called bodyline and the result was 117 first-class wickets at 18.69, although his selection for the Gentlemen v Players was not a success. But for the county, in their best-ever season to that date, he was superb, and three time took seven or more wickets in an innings, including his best of 8-67 (14-105 in the match) v Derbyshire at Basingstoke. At Bath in June, he and Kennedy bowled unchanged, dismissing Somerset for 83 & 38, and by the time they came to 1914’s final match v Kent in September he was captaining the side regularly in Sprot’s absence. In that innings victory he had match figures of 9-86, but there would be no more cricket. Little more than a year later, he was killed in action at the age of 27, on the same day as his brother, and we are left to wonder, how much he – and Hampshire – might have achieved in those lost years.


Hampshire v Barbados
February 13, 2018, 4:00 pm
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Thank to John W for reminding me – been out, meeting up with some Hospital Broadcasting pals. Barbados are batting and in the 44th over it’s 210-3, so a target of around 250 is looming. I’ll check the wicket-takers and report.

Dickinson has returned but not in place of a batsman – Asher Hart makes way.

Fidel Edwards has 3-31 with two overs left to bowl – otherwise no wicket takers. Taylor has bowled out, Wheal has three more. Alsop is keeping wicket wearing someone else camouflaged shirt.

(Tigger’s stats for 50 over stuff include this series of course, when they are missing Roussow, Abbott, Vince, Dawson, Bailey, Holland, Crane, Topley …)

Berg has the fourth wicket – I think it’s Chase who made a century, (? maybe not, seems to be Springer*) but there’s no respite because Walcott’s in now – Worrell & Weekes to follow? It’s about 230-4 with about four overs left.

*Wheal’s back and bowls Chase. It seems to be 229-5 in 47th. Now Fidel gets one (his fourth), clean bowled. Like the last match the opposition are stumbling towards the end from a strong position – 234-6, 15 balls left.

252-6 with five balls left and it looks like snow – but I think it’s just rain! That’ll probably be the end of the innings with a D/L target.

Not much information now – I’ve no idea whether they will resume (5.40pm)