Hampshire Cricket History

December 7, 2017, 8:42 pm
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Thanks to Jo for this info: Hampshire have offered full contracts to Calvin Dickinson and Chris Sole and thanks to Stephen for sending this programme note from the Holland game about Godfrey Evans (I’ve never seen Roy Marshall described like this before!)

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JH Down
December 6, 2017, 5:01 pm
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I’ve just received this delightful message from Alan Edwards, following my A-Z posting about JH Down – and here’s the photo from the club’s archives to which he refers, with Down back row, 2nd left:


From Alan (MANY thanks):

“I don’t know what information you have on JH Down but I’ll let you know what I have.

JH Down is a real enigma. As you rightly state. there are no birth/death details. Yet there is a photograph of him. On the cover of Peter Jones’ book  A Torch in Flame there is a photograph of Hampshire’s team at Dudley in 1914. Down is second from left in the back row. The photo was taken, incidentally, on the weekend that the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated (though I’ve not seen that mentioned anywhere before).

I’ve establish from the newspaper archive in Southampton City Library that Down was on the Lord’s ground staff and that he was playing as George Brown was injured. I’ve contacted Lord’s twice but on both occasions they stated they do not have any records of ground staff members in that period.

I searched local club scores in both Southampton and Basingstoke newspapers over the few weeks before and after his appearances but there is no mention of him.

However, I found a mention on a newspaper archive website of a JH Down playing in a golf tournament in Coventry and Keith found a mention of him in the Coventry Evening Telegraph as being on the Lord’s ground staff. So he may have been domiciled in the Coventry area at the time. Coventry, of course, is not too far from Dudley and it could be assumed that Hampshire drafted him hastily. As mentioned above, there is no mention of him in our local newspapers.

My next step was to establish whether he served in WW1. He must have been eligible to have done so. Again, no mention of him. I asked Peter Jones if he could try and find him but he couldn’t either. However, he did find a Down on a liner passenger list to New York.

I then contacted that ace finder of “lost” cricketers, Keith Walmsley. Keith was kind enough to look up  a Heritage website and found one man  with his initials in the 1911 Census who was born at about the time it is assumed that Down would have. However, the circumstantial evidence surrounding that man suggests that it is not our JH Down.

I can’t locate the reference, but I recall one Hampshire player of the era thought he may have been Australian. My own conclusion is that as there is no mention of him in the 1911 census, and that he did not serve in WW1, then it is quite possible he was not British-born and the prospects of ever finding more information on him are distant.

But we do have that photograph!”


Call the Copyright Lawyers!
December 6, 2017, 4:53 pm
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Remember you read it here first

Today’s Guardian, Ali Martin suggests Vince will get another chance while suggesting his latest innings “was made to look all the more flaky

Here’s a Strange One
December 6, 2017, 1:37 pm
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I’ve been checking on the listings for Hampshire’s Es. Cricket Archive has all kinds of players who did not play first class/white ball cricket for Hampshire, including in 1962, “leg spinner” TG (Godfrey) Evans. I though they had made a mistake but it’s true – the former Kent & England ‘keeper, kept and bowled for Hampshire v Netherlands in Haarlem in early September:

Hampshire 308-7 dec (Sainsbury 74*, Gray 52, Marshall 48, Horton 47, Evans 10)

Netherlands 112 (Castell 3-47)

Hampshire 154-6 dec (Horton 51, Evans 11)

Netherlands 301-8 (Baldry 2-20, Livingstone 2-21, Evans 0-36)

Match – not first-class – drawn.

Incidentally, Cornelius Bakker opened the bowling for Holland. I wonder …

A-Z (D5)
December 6, 2017, 10:30 am
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A big burst this morning; no major players but I’m completing D – it keeps my mind off Australia …

Dorey, Lewis Hugh John (236 – Amateur) born St Alban’s 23.10.1901, died Surrey 31.7.1958. We know little about Dorey other than in his schooldays he attended Harrow. He is one of a considerable number of players who have appeared once for the county in first-class cricket, in his case v Leicestershire at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1925. He batted at number nine, did not bowl and was dismissed twice without scoring in a low-scoring victory for Hampshire.

Down JH (189). We do not have any information about his forenames or date of birth or death. He was a slow-left-arm bowler who played in two matches for Hampshire in one week in June 1914, v Sussex at Horsham and Worcestershire at Dudley. In his first innings, he scored 31* at number 11 in a partnership of 61, although he bowled just seven overs in a Hampshire victory. In the second game he took his first wicket as one of nine bowlers in a Worcestershire score of 493, but he did not bowl in the second innings; the match was drawn.

Downer, Harry Rodney (299 – Amateur) born Southampton 19.10.1915, died Canada March 1980. Downer was a right-handed batsman who played in two matches in 1946 but scored just eight runs in four innings. His first match was at Lord’s v Middlesex, and he was somewhat unfortunate that the last of the four innings was a run out v Gloucestershire at Southampton, but that was the end of his first-class career. He was an optician and in 1952 moved to Canada where he continued to play cricket and field hockey.

Drake, Edward Joseph (‘Ted’) (261) born Southampton 16.8.1912, died 29.5.1995. Ted Drake was principally a batsman and one of a number of Hampshire cricketers who also played professional football; indeed in the latter case he was probably Hampshire’s outstanding footballer, although this made it difficult for him to succeed at the summer game. He played in 16 matches for Hampshire from 1931-1936 but with 219 runs in 27 innings his average was below 10; he also took four first-class wickets. His best score of 45 came on debut v Glamorgan at Portsmouth but he could not maintain that promise. He played various non first-class matches during the war years but he was then fully engaged in football. He was a forward who played for Southampton and Arsenal and won five England caps. In 1935 he scored all seven of Arsenal’s goals v Aston Villa, and he scored the only goal when Arsenal won the FA Cup in the following year. After the war he managed and coached at various sides, and as manager led Chelsea to their first league title in 1954/5. In later years he was particularly involved with Fulham.

Dumbleton, Horatio Norris (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born India 23.10.1858, died Winchester 18.12.1935. He was a batsman and round-arm bowler most noted for his performances in military matches. At Portsmouth in 1884 he scored 325 for the Royal Engineers v Royal Marines and in that same year he played his single first-class match for Hampshire v Somerset at Bath, scoring seven and nine (run out) in an innings defeat (two overs 0-14). His last recorded matches in the 1890s were in Hong Kong, where he designed the course at the Royal Golf Club.

Duncan, Arthur James (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Southampton 21.11.1856, died London 26.8.1936. He was a batsman who played twice in first-class matches for Hampshire at the Antelope, with a gap of five years: v Kent in 1878 (0 & 2), and v Sussex in 1883 (0 & 26). He played alongside his brother (DWJ) in the former.

Duncan, Dunbar Wilson Johnston (Pre ’95 Amateur) born Southampton 8.7.1852, died London 12.12.1919. He was principally a batsman who played for Hampshire more frequently than his younger brother – in 17 matches from 1875-1885 he scored 581 runs at 22.34 with a best of 87* v Somerset in 1884, and he also scored three half-centuries v Kent (best 75) in 1876 & 1877. He had played non first-class matches in the county, particularly for the Gentlemen of South Hampshire, from 1870 when still in his teens. His last recorded matches were at Lord’s in 1905.

Duthie, Arthur Murray (158 – Amateur) born India 12.6.1881, died Dorset 3.6.1973. He was an opening bowler who attended Marlborough School and played in army matches for the Royal Engineers before appearing in one match for Hampshire v Derbyshire at Southampton in 1911. He took 3-85 & 2-56, and scored one and five, in a Hampshire victory.

Dutton, Henry John (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born London 17.1.1847, died Hinton-Ampner House, Hampshire 1.1.1935. After attending Eton he played in one match for Hampshire in 1875 which Kent won by an innings, after scoring 333 (Dutton 9-7-8-0). Hampshire were dismissed for 34 & 82, but Dutton was undefeated in both innings scoring 0* & 7*.  In the same year he is recorded as playing in matches for the Portsmouth Garrison XI.


Just a Thought
December 6, 2017, 8:20 am
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James Vince might not survive the series, but could end up with England’s highest individual score …

A-Z (D4)
December 5, 2017, 5:39 pm
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OK de Wet is here for now, but I suspect Tigger is right because it’s not deWet it’s de Wet. No one very substantial here, so I’m pushing on towards the end of the Ds

de Wet, Friedel (509) born South Africa 26.6.1980. Pace bowler de Wet, who played in two Test Matches for South Africa in 2009/10, signed for Hampshire in 2011. He played in four first-class matches in that season, taking nine wickets at 52.22. He did not play in limited-overs or T20 matches.

Dibden, Richard Rockley (428) born Southampton 29.1.1975. Off spinner Richard Dibden played for Hampshire 2nd XI from 1994-1998, and appeared in four first-class matches for Hampshire in 1995, taking six wickets at 71.33 with a best of 2-36 v Yorkshire. In seven innings (two not out) he failed to score a run. In the following season he played in one first-class match for the British Universities v the Indians. In 2001 & 2002 he played in three List A matches for the Hampshire Cricket Board in the C&G Trophy. He played for some years for BAT Sports and then Totton & Eling in the Southern League.

Dible, William Guy (Pre ’95) born Sholing 5.11.1861, died Fareham 15.8.1894. He was also known as William Charles Dible, and was a fast bowler who played for Surrey in one first-class match v the Australians in 1882. He made his first-class debut for Hampshire in the following season and played regularly in the next three years (25 matches), after which the county lost its first-class status. He was an effective bowler taking five or more wickets in an innings on five occasions, and ten in the match v Sussex at the Antelope in 1893 (4-16 & 6-50), having already taken 5-69 earlier that season in an innings defeat at Hove. Two years later, again against Sussex, he recorded his best figures of 7-60. Overall he took 90 first-class wickets for Hampshire at 22.17 and he continued to play in second-class matches until 1890, but died just four years later age just 32.

Dickinson, Calvin Miles (549) born South Africa 3.11.1996. Dickinson is a wicketkeeper currently on the staff, and the only man to have scored 99 on first-class debut for Hampshire (to be completed).

Dighton, Michael Gray (List A) Australian Dighton appeared in two limited-overs matches for Hampshire in 2004 while with Greenock CC in Scotland. The two matches, both at Bristol, were played one week apart in May and he top-scored with 74 in the first, a league victory, but scored just 12 as Hampshire were knocked out of the C&G Trophy. In Australia he played for Western Australia and Tasmania and in England for Derbyshire in 2007.

Dixon, Cecil Egerton (253 – Amateur) born Scotland 21.7.1903, died Battle, Sussex 3.3.1973. Dixon was a batsman who played at Wellington College and Sandhurst, and represented the Army v Public Schools at Lord’s in 1928. In the following year he played in two matches for Hampshire in late May, scoring just ten runs in four innings, and both matches, v Gloucestershire and Derbyshire, ended in innings defeats. Neither Mead (injured) nor the captain Tennyson were available in either match, and Brown was an unusual professional captain in the second one. We have no further information about his cricket career.

Dodd, William Thomas Francis (260) born Steep, Hampshire 8.3.1908, died New Forest 13.2.1993. Dodd was a slow-left arm bowler who had the difficult task of challenging Stuart Boyes for a permanent place during his first-class career from 1931-1935. In the event he played in just 10 first-class matches, taking 10 wickets at 32.10, with a best of 5-63 v Middlesex on a rain-affected pitch in his penultimate match. Perhaps his best performance was 3-59 v Yorkshire at Hull in June 1935 in a total of 315-5 dec, including a Sutcliffe century. Hampshire lost by an innings in two days. His final match was v Glamorgan at Cardiff in July 1935 and Boyes replaced him in the following game.