Hampshire Cricket History

Stick with the Counties!
March 8, 2017, 5:10 pm
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I missed this very fascinating report in last Sunday’s Telegraph

Thanks to Peter Jeffs




A Clue
March 8, 2017, 4:29 pm
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Bob got the two captains below but not the two whose faces we can see (photo in 2013). OK here they are in a nine man, team photo of HCCC 2nd XI 40 years earlier – assuming you can work out which two!

Hants 2nd XI 1972

Today’s Picture Quiz
March 8, 2017, 11:02 am
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73 Reunion 2013

Mainly of course the two in the middle, who used to do something together in a secondary way. Backs to camera? A couple who took charge, one straight after the other.

Yes you did, No I didn’t
March 8, 2017, 10:58 am
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Interesting squabble developing between the Aussies and Indians, which you can read about at


I saw it live on TV. I didn’t realise immediately what was happening but the key for me was that umpire, Nigel Llong, intervened immediately, telling Smith to stop – as far as I could see, before Kohli came across to complain.

Nonetheless the Aussie CEO calls the Indian’s claims “outrageous” …

Thriller in Bangalore
March 7, 2017, 9:03 am
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I hope you can watch this? Proper cricket at its best – not one completed innings has reached 300 and it’s a cracker!

Meanwhile thanks to John for the information that Mason Crane has a wicket and his NSW cap.


Our last home-grown leg spinner Alan Castell played over 100 f/c games in more than 10 years for Hampshire and never got a cap.

PS: BBC Crane report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/39193715


More (below)
March 6, 2017, 7:05 pm
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From time-to-time, Alan Rayment phones me from down New Forest way and we chat about this and that – often stimulated by something on the Blog. Today our main topic was that 2nd XI, 1957 team photo below. Alan was playing for the first team  at the same time at Guildford, in a memorable game (albeit a heavy defeat) when the sides met HM Queen Elizabeth.

We discussed the players – did you spot only 10 men?

Back row: Umpire, Arthur Holt, Alan Wassell, ‘Butch’ White, Derek Tulk, Brian Robbins, Roy Stride and then Alan wondered, is the scorer (?) former Hampshire player Lew Harfield, a good pal of Arthur who lived in the north of the county? Then the second umpire – their names: N Cole and B Gregory

Front Row: Bernard Harrison, Ray Pitman, Rex Chester (amateur captain), Colin Roper* and Ray Flood, although* Alan who knew Colin, was slightly surprised it was him – was it (below)? He looks similar (wicketkeeper Colin was another ‘one match wonder’).

Here’s another reason I think it’s him; he’s wearing his day shoes. “So what?” you say.  Well I have another photo from this match showing Bernard and Ray walking out to bat. But they didn’t open, ‘Bernie’ (90) opened with Colin who went early for 9 (23-1) after which Ray (82) came in and they were not parted until the second wicket fell at 169. So, I think this picture was taken at lunchtime, with Colin wearing ‘civvies’ after which Bernie and Ray resumed and that photo was taken.

Incidentally, did you notice only 10 players? John Newman is missing. Was he another ‘Gatting’ at lunchtime? The match was a thriller, with ‘Butch’ taking 7-96 in the match

Hants 267-7 dec & 144-5 dec  drew with Wilts 196 & 192-9 (in 52 overs) 24 runs short

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Colin Roper

Derek Tulk
March 6, 2017, 2:43 pm
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Bob has revealed the other four names below, left to right Bob Stephenson, Ian Watson (one match v West Indies in 1973), Mike Barnard, and Derek Tulk (pointing).

Below, Derek is standing central at the back with long-sleeved sweater – Ray Flood incidentally is seated right (2nd XI v Wilts at Andover, 1957)

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Derek Tulk from Southampton went to Tauntons School – on Cricket Archive it shows him playing no fewer than 25 school matches in 1951 – imagine that today!

He played mostly for Hampshire 2nd XI although few games are listed, as the 2nd XI competition did not start until 1959. He played one Championship match for Hampshire, v Gloucestershire at Southampton in 1956. Arthur Milton scored a century and Derek’s figures were 0-48. On the final day, because of rain, the game drifted to a three innings draw, but Derek did not bowl. In the following year he played v Cambridge University and Bob Barber hit three figures, while Derek bowled just three overs (0-22). He scored 8* but again did not bowl in the second innings. He must have been a bit unlucky not to get a wicket, in a pre-season friendly v Worcs he dismissed England opener Don Kenyon.

He had a long club/Southern League career with Old Tauntonians, playing for a time with his sons, Stuart and Ian – the latter, known as ‘Easel’, is part of the ground staff at the Ageas Bowl, these days managing all the caretaking and maintenance jobs. Stuart’s son Harry also plays now for OTs.