Hampshire Cricket History

Not Alone then …
May 2, 2021, 8:47 am
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In today’s Sunday Times, the main cricket article by Simon Wilde is all about how county pace bowlers with a chance of playing for England are being rested because the start of the season has been so demanding. He cites Olly Stone, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, and Saqib Mahmood, although Craig Overton is really odd – it seems he is “one of those who benefits from bowling more and more”.

It’s also very interesting to read of “research that suggests it is important that even when fast bowlers rest they do not stop training, or they can increase the chance of injury”. ‘Shack’ (below) knew all about that. “Training”? He simply bowled himself fit and stayed fit bowling.

Here’s another more recent example, of a Hampshire bowler who, unlike ‘Shack’ in 1961, played in the Championship and white ball cricket. In 1982 in all competitions for Hampshire, he bowled just over 1,000 overs in a season of 22 weeks – an average of 46 overs per week.

In those 22 weeks he played 22 three-day Championship matches plus 22 one-day games in three competitions, a total of 88 days cricket; or four days every week. He also scored more than 600 Championship runs at 22.60 and another 258 one-day runs. Mind you it wasn’t too tough as he was only a medium-pacer. His name? MD Marshall.

(You might have spotted that sleeping on that defeat has made it no better. I’m still very grumpy and very disappointed)

May 1, 2021, 1:39 pm
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We keep hearing that Abbott & Abbas are so tired they needed to be covered by Vince bowling yesterday and one/both(?) might need a rest next week v Somerset.


Hampshire’s current game v Surrey is their fourth of the season and each one has taken place in a separate week, so the players are playing for four days, then having three days ‘off’.

I’m assuming their bowling v Surrey is over, so Abbas has bowled 118 overs this season, with 37 in four days v Gloucs the most. Abbott has bowled 115 overs with 39 v Gloucs the most. Is that really too much?

There is a suggestion that four-day cricket is tougher than the old three-day format, and I can imagine that two days in the field is tiring but normally the bowlers’ teams bat for longer too at which point the bowlers can put their feet up.

Compare with this detailed analysis of Derek Shackleton who opened our bowling in 1961:

The 1961 Championship season lasted exactly 18 weeks. The matches were three days each with Sundays free. Hampshire’s season consisted of six days per week, except for three weeks when (1) there was only one three-day game in week six, following a trip to Glamorgan. and (2) ‘Shack’ was rested over three days v Oxford Uni and the Aussies So, in 15 of the 18 weeks he played six days every week and in three weeks, three days. He averaged 5.33 days of cricket every week over the season.

Further, in every week he bowled on at least two consecutive days – and I’m not including a handful of overs at the end of a day’s batting – plus in four weeks he bowled on three consecutive days and in six weeks he bowled on four consecutive days – albeit twice broken by a Sunday. 15 of the 18 weeks included travel.

Over the Championship season he bowled 1,461 overs at an average of 15 overs per day, 46 overs per match or 82 overs per week. He was quite a good bowler too – he took 153 wickets at 19.13 (on covered pitches). Mind you he was only a nipper; he had another seven years to go, and was only 37.

Tired? Huh?

What do you think of it so far?
May 1, 2021, 12:14 pm
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Our heaviest defeats

1909 v Surrey inns & 468 runs 

1911 v Lancs inns & 455 runs

But this might be THIRD worst: 1897 v Surrey inns & 303 runs 

AND probably the worst since the War

1995 v Essex inns & 254 runs (this is our only defeat by an innings and more than 200 runs since 1946)

PS: (5.30pm)

Hampshire 175 all out – we lost by an innings & 289 runs which is the worst defeat since the war – in fact, since 1911 (which I don’t remember)

April 30, 2021, 7:27 pm
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Even if we’re stuffed it’s unlikely to break records except maybe Amla’s score: The highest innings for Surrey against us is 276 by Ernie Hayes in the 1909 game (next)

Surrey’s highest score against us is 742 in 1909

Our biggest defeat v Surrey (or anyone else) is an innings & 468 runs in 1909

Our next biggest defeat v Surrey is by an innings & 303 in 1897 and that’s the third biggest against anyone. 

April 29, 2021, 10:03 am
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The skipper has lost the toss – first time. The pitch looks a bit green so no surprise perhaps that Currie is in for Crane, although I’m always sorry when he’s left out – especially now we’re bowling last. Do we need five seam bowlers? At least our guys are getting a rest after Saturday & Sunday.

PS Middx 2nd XI are 79-0 at midday.

PPS 12.30. – 44-6. We have beaten our lowest first-class score v Surrey but NOT YET our lowest Championship score, 48 all out at Guildford in 1946 (Gover 5-22; Alec Bedser 5-21, Rogers 16*)

PLUS: Hants’ lowest total in the 21st Century is 76 v Essex in 2017. They have 312 first-class scores of less than 100 – just seven of those in this century (make that 313 and eight now!)

Hampshire won the Championship in 1961 and 1973, the latter on uncovered pitches. In neither season were they dismissed for under 100.

Centuries (+) and Half Centuries
April 28, 2021, 7:13 pm
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Assuming they both play, Liam Dawson reaches his 150th first-class game for Hampshire at the Oval and Tom Alsop his 50th (thanks Tigger)

I’m very pleased that Tom is doing well at number three – I hope at last he’s in for the long haul. It’s taken him into his seventh English season to reach that total – and of course he’s played ‘white ball stuff – but compare with Neville Rogers who came back from the War, made his debut in 1946 and played his 50th game before the end of the following season.

PS During the last match, we were chatting on commentary about 1,000 runs by the end of May – and I had previously wondered whether our skipper might get there this year. Don Starr (thanks) has sent this link to the full story – although the tale about Bradman and bowler Jack Newman misses that Hampshire also stayed on in the rain while he got there:


2nd XI (Day 2)
April 28, 2021, 12:14 pm
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Lunchtime and hard to believe it but at last we have April showers!

Middlesex 181

Hampshire 220-7 (Albert 74*, Fuller 50, Barker 10)

5.10 pm: 311-9 – Toby Albert (only second ever 2nd XI match) out for 93. Stevenson 43*, Ajeet Dale 24*.

370 all out. 121 for the last wicket by Stevenson 81 & Dale 43*

Is this a record for Hampshire 2nd XI’s 10th wicket v Middx 2nd XI on a damp Tuesday in April? (I’ve no idea)

April 28, 2021, 9:19 am
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Hampshire beat Yorkshire in the Championship twice in season for the first time and were the first side ever to score over 400 in a fourth innings against Yorkshire to win a match – Adams leading the way with 168*. Billy Taylor took a ‘hat-trick’ v Middlesex – the first by anyone at the Rose Bowl. John Crawley scored two centuries in the same match v Nottinghamshire at the Rose Bowl, the only instance on that ground.

Hampshire beat Essex by just 8 runs in the C&G Trophy. They recovered from 12-4 to post 257-9 thanks mainly to 98 by Kevin Pietersen although they were helped when Darren Gough (2-4) was unable to bowl after two balls of his third over. Essex started well and reached 215-4 but two wickets each for spinners Udal and Warne and 3-17 by ‘Aussie’ Dominic Thorneley saw them dismissed for 249 with just three balls remaining.

Hampshire enjoyed most success in the revamped National League now known as the Pro40. They won five of their eight matches, finishing third which took them into a televised promotion play-off against Glamorgan at the Rose Bowl, which Hampshire won by 151 runs. They posted 265-9 in their 40 overs led by Chris Benham with 158. Glamorgan collapsed and only a last wicket partnership of 25 took them to three figures.

Earlier in the season Hampshire’s total of 310-7 against the same opponents in the C&G Trophy was their first limited-overs score over 300 on the ground, and they won by 165 runs, which remains their highest margin of victory by runs. In the same season, in the National League, they beat Derbyshire by one wicket from the final ball, still their narrowest wickets victory in a limited-overs game on the ground.

In March, Hampshire’s President and former captain, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie died and on 29 June, many Hampshire players and officials attended his Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Out of respect, the position of President was not filled. On the evening of the service, Carberry (90), Mitchell Stokes (62) and Thorneley (50) took Hampshire to their T20 record score of 225-2 and they beat Middlesex by 59 runs (Thorneley 3-30). Stokes from Basingstoke played a number of T20 matches while on a summer contract but departed at the end of the following season without playing first-class cricket.

Permanent floodlights were installed and two international matches were held at the Rose Bowl; a second T20 in which England beat Sri Lanka and a longer match, England v Pakistan. In the first Women’s International match played on the ground, England beat India by three wickets. Sarah Taylor top-scored with 61.

2nd XI
April 27, 2021, 3:12 pm
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New post – might keep this going over the next few days. At 4pm, Hampshire v Middlesex is looking like another three-day game:

Middlesex 2nd XI: 181 (Fuller 4-57; Barker 2-27 plus one each for Stevenson, Dale & Turner)

Hampshire 2nd XI 35-2: sadly Felix Organ has failed again (18) and his opening partner Prest is also out.

I noted earlier, no sign of Scriven or Currie, thinking the latter might be going to the Oval. There is no Cameron Steel either and I wonder whether he too has gone to London – Joe Weatherley is probably the least secure of the first team at present, with scores of 41, 16, 1 & 8.

2nd XI @ 6.15: 115-4 Middleton gone for 38; Academy’s Toby Albert is 42*.

PS Thank you for alerting us to the appearance of Harry Came for Derbyshire 2nd XI. I’m biased because I know his dad and I know how disappointed they both were that he was discarded so quickly by his home county (not typical I’d suggest). I hope he makes it – it’s a good start as he’s 82* right now.

CLOSE of PLAY: 130-4 – Albert 45* (120 balls); Fuller 17*.

April 27, 2021, 8:30 am
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Hampshire won their first trophy for 13 years, beating Warwickshire in the C&G Final at Lord’s. The semi-final was at the Rose Bowl v Yorkshire where Sean Ervine in his first season at Hampshire scored the century that took Hampshire to victory by 8 wickets (Pothas 73*). Ervine scored another century in the final.

In mid-September Hampshire still had hopes of the title until at Canterbury, Nottinghamshire declared setting Kent 420 in 70 overs and bowled them out. The new Champions came to the Rose Bowl for the last match and with Warne still angry about that game, Hampshire posted their record score of 714-5 although he declared on Crawley when, with 311*, he was just five runs short of Moore’s record score for Hampshire. Mascarenhas and Udal bowled Hampshire to victory by an innings and 188 runs.

In the T20, Hampshire beat Kent by five wickets when Udal took a single from the last ball. (Pothas 58*, Lamb 4-28)

On 13 June, England beat Australia by 100 runs in the first T20 International played in this country and only the second in the world. Kevin Pietersen, then with Hampshire, played for England, scoring 34.