Hampshire Cricket History

March 5, 2018, 8:30 pm
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I’m sure you realised that recently I’ve been posting A-Z profiles, out of sequence, about Hampshire’s captains.

It was all a bit ‘hush hush’ but perhaps you have seen the Hampshire Website announcement of the late August Dinner for the 12 living captains – that’s what I’ve been doing, and it was rather nice, after the events of last year to be asked to help. I was entirely happy to do so.


A-Z (K2)
March 5, 2018, 7:08 pm
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I’ve been doing overtime today, and have completed the letter K in one day. Rather a lot to read I’m afraid, but I do need to get on with this (I’ll be busy elsewhere tomorrow)

Kennedy, Alexander Stuart (‘Alec’) (139) born Edinburgh, Scotland 24.1.1891, died Southampton 15.11.1959. Pace-bowling all-rounder Alec Kennedy was born in Scotland, but was otherwise solidly a Hampshire man since his family moved then when Alec was a young boy. From an early age, he would spend hours at the county ground and bowl at anyone in the nets. On leaving school at 14, he joined the groundstaff and along with Alec Bowell, Phil Mead, Jack Newman, George Brown and Walter Livsey, formed Hampshire’s first significant group of major professionals. From 1900-1905 Hampshire were only once free from last place in the Championship, but when this fine group of players came together, they were never again in danger of that ignominy.

Kennedy was just quicker than medium pace, with swing and cut, and until Derek Shackleton arrived was Hampshire’s leading wicket-taker; his 2549 wickets at 21.16 will keep him in second place for ever more. He made his county debut not yet 17 at Leicester in July 1907, taking 4-33, although Hampshire lost by an innings, but he retained his place and took three wickets in a victory at Edgbaston. There were 80 wickets in the first four seasons, then, just into his twenties, in 1912 he took 139 wickets at 17.60, including 11 in the match, as Hampshire beat the Australians. He was taken ill and recovered from an operation at the start of 1913, but still had time to take 82 wickets – this was one of only two seasons until 1933 when he did not reach three figures (the other 87 in 1926) and his total of 190 wickets in 1922 is the highest figure for Hampshire. While he was principally Hampshire’s leading opening bowler, he was a capable batsman, appearing in a variety of positions. In his Hampshire career of 596 matches – second only to Phil Mead – he scored 14,925 runs at 18.51, with ten centuries and 59 half-centuries – the total places him 18th in the Hampshire list, and he was also a capable fielder with 484 catches, third behind Mead and Sainsbury.

There are too many fine performances to list them all, especially with the ball; he completed 1,000 runs in four seasons, 1921-1923 & 1928, and in each of them completed the ‘double’ in all matches; on 40 occasions, he took seven or more wickets in an innings, with a best of 9-33 v Lancashire at Liverpool and while no Hampshire bowler has ever taken 10 wickets in an innings, Kennedy did so (10-37) for the Players v Gentlemen at the Oval in 1927, dismissing his opponents, captained by Tennyson, for just 80. Perhaps as remarkable was his analysis of 13-7-11-8 (all before lunch) v Glamorgan at Cardiff in 1921, or 10-7-8-7 v Warwickshire at Portsmouth in 1927, while in 1922, he had match figures of 15-116 v Somerset at Bath. On three occasions, he and his partner bowled unchanged through two completed innings – once with Jacques and twice with his great partner Jack Newman; he also took three hat-tricks.

While Derek Shackleton took more wickets for Hampshire only four men have exceeded his career total of 2,874, yet he played in just five Test Matches for England, all on the tour to South Africa in 1922/3 where he had 31 wickets at 19.32, with a best of 5-76. He was never selected again, and the only explanation is that the authorities suspected his action, although he was never no-balled. After the 1935 season he became coach at Cheltenham College, returning for a few matches in the holidays of 1936. Later he moved to a similar coaching role in a South African school, before returning to Southampton to run a local shop and again regularly visiting the county ground.

Kenway, Derek Anthony (437) born Fareham 12.6.1978. Derek Kenway was a top-order batsman and occasional wicketkeeper, especially in limited-overs matches. After progressing through the county’s age group and 2nd XI sides, he made his county debut in late 1997 v Warwickshire at Southampton, an extraordinary match which, with 1706 runs, set the record aggregate for a Hampshire match. Only 23 wickets fell, but Kenway was still not out when Hampshire’s ninth fell and they faced defeat, until he faced 49 balls and Bovill 20 and they saved the game.  He did not appear again for more than a year, and there were just three games in 1998, but he established himself in 1999, scoring 1,055 runs at 42.20. There were fewer runs in 2000, but in 2001 with Hampshire at the Rose Bowl, he was just short of four figures and added two centuries. He seemed to have a promising future, but was not the only young batsman to struggle on the pitches at the new ground in the early years; from 2002-2005, he scored about 1,500 runs and averaged in the lower twenties, and after just one first-class match in 2005 he left the staff.

In limited-overs, he was at his best from 1999-2003 – in the latter there were two centuries, but after this, again his performances declined. On occasions in these matches, he was selected the Hampshire wicketkeeper and there were five stumpings in 2000. He played in ten T20 matches in the first two seasons, but in 2004 could barely score a run. This was all very sad, for was only 27 when he left the staff, having shown such promise in the earlier years. In first-class cricket, he ended with 4,382 runs at 29.60. Since then he has played in the Sourthern League for a number of sides including Portsmouth, Totton & Eling and Burridge.

Kimish, Arthur Edwards (305 – Amateur) born Southampton 5.7.1917, died Warwickshire 5.2002 (precise date not known). Arthur Kimish was a batsman and wicketkeeper, who played in two Championship matches for Hampshire in 1946, and also in one first-class fund-raising friendly v Surrey at Kingston. He scored just 18 runs at 6.00 and dismissed six batsmen (three stumped). He played for Old Tauntonians from 1939 through to the late 1950s.

King, James (pre ’95) born Southampton, 1855 (no further details of birth/death are known). He was a left-arm fast bowler who took 10 first-class wickets at 22.30 for Kent (two matches in 1881), and Hampshire, when on his only first-class appearance he took 4-64 & 1-29 v Somerset at Taunton in 1882. Don Ambrose has reported that a man of this name was living in Tonbridge as a carpenter in the 1881 census – if it is the same man, this would explain why he appeared for Kent.

King, Matthew John (List A) born Basingstoke 25.2.1994. He played for Hampshire 2nd XI from 2012-2015 and in two friendly limited-overs matches for Hampshire, v Bangladesh A in 2013 and v Sri Lanka A in 2014. He opened the bowling in the second match which was abandoned after just 18 overs. In 2016, after leaving Hampshire, he was a member of the MCC groundstaff.

Kitchener, Frederick George (27) born Hartley Row, Hants 2.7.1871, died Co. Durham 25.5.1948. He was principally a fast-medium bowler, who played in 10 matches for Hampshire in 1896 & 1897, and three more in 1902 & 1903, taking overall 28 wickets at 22.50. From 1902-1906 he played regularly for Sefton in the Liverpool League, and also represented the Liverpool & District side. His best performances for Hampshire were 6-59 v Derbyshire at Derby and 5-21 v Sussex at Southampton, both in the first year, when his 18 wickets came at 18.27. In the game v Sussex he bowled Hampshire to victory. He was a tail-end batsman whose 80 career runs came at an average of 5.00.

Kleinveldt, Rory Keith (494) born Cape Town, South Africa, 15.3.1983. All-rounder Rory Kleinveldt is clearly a very capable cricketer, who has represented his country in four Test Matches and 10 ODIs, and in addition to playing domestic cricket in his native country, has been playing very effectively for Northamptonshire for three seasons. In 2008, when struggling to retain their place in Division One, Hampshire selected him for one match v Lancashire at the Rose Bowl, when he was clearly not match fit. He scored 20 runs in his two innings, took 1-42 in nine overs, and never played for the county again, other than one 2nd XI friendly v the Army at Aldershot when he batted at number 10 and did not bowl.

Kneller, Arthur Harry (231 – Amateur) born Kingsclere, Hants 28.4.1894, died Chichester 19.7.1969. He spent many years in East Africa playing cricket there from 1928-1947, but in 1924-1926 he played in eight matches for Hampshire, five in 1924, scoring 76 runs at 8.44. His final match at Edgbaston, in 1926, was ruined by rain with no play after the first day, and he did not bat.

Knight, Arthur Egerton (184 – Amateur) born Godalming 7.9. 1887, died Southsea 10.3.1956. AE Knight played one match for Hampshire v Oxford University in 1913 when he took his only first-class wicket, coming on as the tenth bowler, and dismissing AL Hosie who also played for Hampshire. He then played in three Championship matches in 1920, 1921 and 1923, scoring 41 runs at 5.85. That is an unremarkable record but he was also a very good footballer. At 17, he played football for Surrey but then moved to Portsmouth and signed for them as a defender. He played in 31 Amateur Internationals including the 1912 Olympic Games, where he won a Gold Medal. In 1919, he won two full England caps, and after playing in 219 matches for Portsmouth he joined Corinthians. He was a regular club cricketer in Portsmouth.

Knott, Charles James (290 – Amateur) born Southampton 26.11.1914, died 27.2.2003. Off-spinner John Arlott once described Charlie Knott as the finest amateur bowler in the county’s history but he was more than that, for in addition to nearly 650 wickets for the county he played a crucial role in developing the Hampshire sides that won a number of trophies in the 1970s and 1980s.

While Charlie was an amateur, he was not typical since most of them came through the public schools and universities. Charlie Knott was the son of a successful Southampton businessman and remained as an amateur in order to play a full part in the family’s business interests. These included the fish trade, the skating rink and stadium adjacent to the County Ground and Poole Speedway.

In his early 20s, Knott played club cricket in Southampton’s parks – often in front of huge crowds. He bowled medium pace and was sufficiently successful to win selection for Hampshire at Canterbury towards the end of the 1938 season. He stayed in the side at Worcester, but after two matches had taken just one wicket for 191 runs, while three men had made centuries. Then he cut his pace somewhat, began spinning the ball and in his third game took 5-51 against Gloucestershire including a young student, EDR Eagar. Even as an off-spinner he had a fairly long run and was perhaps similar to a right-handed Derek Underwood.

Knott and Eagar played a little more, until war prevented further county cricket and when it resumed in 1946, Knott was already in his 30s and Eagar was captain and secretary at Hampshire with Knott as one of his key men. He was a leading bowler for Hampshire from 1946-1953 and in that first post-war season took 121 wickets. He played for the Gentlemen v Players and in the Test Trial but while he was measured for a touring blazer a few years later, greater honours never came. He did nonetheless pass 100 wickets in 1948 and 1949, and as vice-captain he led the side on a number of occasions in 1950 when Eagar was injured. At Eastbourne, with Sussex needing just 98 to win, he took 5-5 and Hampshire won by 60 runs. He also took a hat-trick for the Gentlemen v Players that year. In 1953, he recorded his best figures of 8-36 v Notts at Bournemouth but business pressures forced him to retire after a few appearances in the following season. His career ended with 647 wickets for the county at 23.53, and five or more wickets in an innings on 44 occasions, with a Championship best of 8-36 v Nottinghamshire at Bournemouth in 1953. He was no batsman, but in his 166 matches for Hampshire he just passed 1,000 runs at an average of 7.11 and a best of 27.

By the late-1950s, he was captaining the 2nd XI occasionally and he joined the Committee, taking the Chair of the Cricket Committee. Through the 1970s and 1980s he played a central role in building the sides that won a second Championship, three Sunday Leagues and finally reached a Lord’s Final. In addition, his links with West Indian cricket brought some fine overseas players to Hampshire – not least Malcolm Marshall. He ‘retired’ in his seventies, but continued to support the club as a Life Vice-President and member of the (then) Museum Sub Committee, although as a life-long Southampton man, he was never quite reconciled to the county leaving his beloved Northlands Road.

A-Z (K1)
March 5, 2018, 10:40 am
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OK, back on track, and quite a few although most not lengthy

Katich, Simon Mathew (463) born 21.8.1975, Western Australia. Left-handed batsman and occasional unorthodox slow-left-arm bowler, Katich was one of a succession of Australian Test players who came to Hampshire in an overseas capacity following Hayden in 1997. He had previously played for Durham, and would also have spells with Derbyshire and Lancashire, while his time with Hampshire was split, starting in 2003-2005. In the first year, in a struggling side, his 1,143 runs at 60.15 included four centuries; he also took 17 wickets at 34.76, scored over 700 runs at nearly 50 each in limited-overs games, and added 179 in the new T20 at 59.66. All his statistically best performances for Hampshire came in 2003. He then played some county matches in 2004 & 2005, but both county seasons were interrupted by Test Match duties; v Sri Lanka in 2004 and v England in England in 2005, and he did not play in the 2005 C&G Final. In 2012, he returned to Hampshire, scoring 738 first-class runs at 35.14, and playing in the Clydesdale Bank winning team at Lord’s and the successful T20 Final at Cardiff. For Australia, he played in 56 Test Matches and 45 LOIs.

Katinakis, George Demetrius (116 – Amateur) born London 25.7.1873 died in an air raid, Suffolk 15.5.1943. In 1904 & 1905, batsman Katinakis played four matches for Hampshire, when they were struggling at the foot of the table but scored just 46 runs at 9.20. Only one of the matches was in 1904, at Tonbridge, when Kent beat Hampshire by eight wickets, dismissing them for 91 & 85 (Blythe 15-76). In the second innings Katinakis finished 16*. Although he was born in England we have a record of him playing for Bulawayo in South Africa in 1899; his brother, MD, played for Buckinghamshire.

Kay, Henry George (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Bedhampton, nr. Portsmouth 3.10.1851, died London 8.9.1922. Kay was an occasional wicketkeeper and batsman who had two innings in two matches for Hampshire in 1882 but failed to score in either; he bowled six overs (0-20). He was the father of Anton Dolin, born in Austria, who became a notable ballet dancer and director, and appeared in many films, including Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes (1948). Wikipedia suggests Dolin’s father (Kay) was a circus clown.

Kaye, James Levett (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Hertfordshire 27.12.1861, died London 17.11.1917. He was a right-handed opening batsman and wicketkeeper who played for Hampshire v MCC at Lord’s in 1881, scoring 3 & 11 in a seven-wicket defeat. He had played cricket at Winchester College and attended Sandhurst, after which he was a professional soldier, serving in the Sudan and India for many years. His brother, HW Kaye, played three matches for Middlesex.

Keech, Matthew (421) born Hampstead 21.10.1970. Batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler Keech was one of a number of Middlesex cricketers who moved to Hampshire, particularly post-war. He played for England under-19s, and in 20 first-class matches for his first county, before making his Hampshire debut in 1994. He played most regularly for Hampshire from 1996-1998, in 1996 scoring 793 runs with one century at 44.05, while in the following year there were two further centuries, including his best of 127 v Oxford University. He played frequently in limited overs matches (74) scoring 1,440 runs at 22.85, and his best of 98 came v Worcestershire at Southampton in 1995 in an exciting tied match – he shared a partnership of 158 with Paul Whitaker. He left the staff after the 1999 season, having scored 2,240 runs for Hampshire in 49 first-class matches (32.46), and subsequently played for Dorset in limited-overs cricket and in the Southern Premier League, before pursuing a coaching career.

Keith, Geoffrey Leyden (‘Geoff’) (349) born Winchester 19.11.1937, died Southampton 26.12.1975. Geoff Keith was a batsman and occasional off-break bowler who was born in Hampshire but from mid-1950s played for Somerset 2nd XI and from 1959-1961, in 15 first-class matches. In 1962, he returned to his native county as Hampshire looked to replace their ageing Championship-winning side he played in 60 first-class matches until 1967 without ever establishing himself. There was one century, 101* v the touring South Africans in 1965, otherwise just eight half-centuries and an average of 21.38.

In the winter of 1968/9 he played in South Africa for Western Province, and in 1971, after Leo Harrison retired as coach, and his intended successor Mike Barnard was badly injured in a coach crash, Keith returned to Hampshire in the coaching role which in those days consisted principally of running and playing for the 2nd XI. He was a very popular man with his players, who included at various times Greenidge, Turner, Jesty, O’Sullivan, Mottram, Lewis and Murtagh, all of whom played in the Championship-winning side of 1973 – and one occasion his team included the pace bowler Bill Frindall. Sadly, Keith was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia, and although he remained in post in the 1975 season, he died that winter, age just 38.

Kendall, William Salwey (‘Will’) (433) born Wimbledon 18.12.1973. Batsman Will Kendall attended Bradfield College and played representative schools cricket, before his Hampshire 2nd XI debut in 1992, age 18. He attended Oxford University, playing there 1994-1996 and appearing for the Combined Universities side, and in 1996 he won his second ‘blue’, scoring 145* v Cambridge University at Lord’s. In the following month, he made his Championship debut for Hampshire in an innings defeat at Taunton, but in the next match at Southampton, he scored 42 & 63 against a Gloucestershire attack led by Courtney Walsh. In all cricket that year, he passed 1,000 runs and after two seasons in-and-out of the Hampshire side, he seemed to establish himself in 1999 with 1,186 runs at 39.53 including 201 v Sussex which brought his county cap. He was appointed vice captain and seemed a likely successor to the senior role as his average improved slightly in 2000 with four figures again and three more centuries.

In 2001, however, Hampshire moved to the Rose Bowl, where the pitches were difficult for batsman in the early years. In his four seasons there, his average dropped to the mid-twenties with 705 runs in 2002 the best aggregate, and his only century was back at his old university ground. He was just 30 when his promising career came to an end. He seemed best suited to first-class cricket, but played in 127 limited-overs matches for the county, passing 2,000 runs at 21.90. His one limited-overs century came v Middlesex, ironically at the Rose Bowl, when, captaining the side, he arrived at the wicket with the Hampshire score 6-3, guided them to 241-7 and led them to victory by 24 runs. He has played for some years for Bradfield Waifs, particularly in the Cricketer Cup. He was a charming, intelligent man and a fine all-round sportsman, once offered terms to play professional football by Reading FC.

Kendle, Charles Edward Compton (62 – Amateur) born Amesbury, Wiltshire 10.2.1875, died Sussex 3.1.1954. He was a lower-order batsman and wicketkeeper who played in two matches for Hampshire in 1899 at Leicester and Bradford, scoring 27 runs (9.00) and dismissing three batsmen, one stumped. He played for Wiltshire in the Minor Counties Championship from 1911-1914, and some years later in club cricket in the London area.

Kendle, Rev. William James (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Romsey 9.4.1847, died Dorset, 30.1.1920. He was a batsman and the uncle of CEC Kendle (above). He studied at Cambridge University without winning his ‘blue’ and played in five matches for Hampshire, one each in 1869 and 1875, and three in 1878. In that period, he played also for the Gentlemen of Hampshire; in first-class matches, he scored 66 runs at 7.33.

Kennard, John Adam Gaskell (193 – Amateur) born Chelsea 8.11.1884, died Hove 6.4.1949. He was a middle order batsman who had been at Harrow and was one of 14 Hampshire debutants when first-class cricket resumed after the war, and one of four who played only in that season. He was dismissed twice in scoring 46 runs in his two matches and bowled two overs (0-17). In the early 1920s he played Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire and he played quite often in non-first-class matches for MCC.

Intriguing …
March 5, 2018, 7:53 am
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I am getting back to the A-Z but this one has me wondering. The Bedhampton bloke whose son …

Kay, Henry George (Pre ’95 – Amateur) born Bedhampton, nr. Portsmouth 3.10.1851, died London 8.9.1922. Kay was an occasional wicketkeeper and batsman who had two innings in two matches for Hampshire in 1882 but failed to score in either, and bowled six overs (0-20). The Who’s Who of Cricketers describes him as the father of Anton Dolin, born in Austria, who became a notable ballet dancer and director, and appeared in many films, including Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes (1948). Wikipedia suggests Dolin’s father was a circus clown.

I confess a real affection for the films of Powell & Pressburger, but this seems rather odd.

March 4, 2018, 9:13 am
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LBW Hazlewood 8

He reviewed it but it was out – umpire’s call. The Aussies seem to be winning easily.

Jumping about
March 4, 2018, 7:20 am
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In the A-Z (soon back to normal)

Vince, James Michael (499) born Cuckfield, Sussex 14 March 1991. When James Vince finally retires, he will be remembered as one of the most elegant batsmen to have played for Hampshire, perhaps the most elegant to have come through the county’s age group and 2nd XI sides. Whether he will be remembered as one of the greatest Hampshire batsmen remains to be seen, even nine years after his debut, but since he is still in his mid-twenties, it remains a possibility.

As a captain, he led the T20 side in 2014, added the limited-overs side in 2015, and became club captain in 2016, although in 2017, George Bailey took over the Championship side. By this time, Vince was being selected at times for England in all three formats, albeit with mixed results. At the conclusion of his international appearances in the winter of 2017/18 he had played in 12 Tests with a best of 83 in Australia but an average in the low twenties, and there were also five LOIs with one half-century, and seven IT20s at an average of 27.71.

At this point, approaching his 27th birthday, he has scored 8,132 first-class runs at an average of 38.12, in which there 20 centuries, some of the highest class. Late in 2010, he and Adams set a (then) partnership record v Yorkshire at Scarborough with 19-year-old Vince contributing 180, his maiden century. There were nine more in the next three years, and four in the promotion year of 2014, including 240 v Essex in a victory that would be crucial at the season’s end. In that second division season, he scored 1,525 runs at 61.00, but in three seasons in the higher division he has averaged in the low thirties with just five centuries. In the shorter forms however, his performances have been of the highest quality; in 2017, leading from the front, he scored 476 limited-overs runs at 68.00, adding 542 runs in the T20 at 38.71. He bowls occasional medium pace, with a few wickets in each format, and has even kept wicket in an emergency.

As club captain, he had a difficult first season which concluded with him being run out for 92 in the defeat v Durham that seemed to condemn Hampshire to relegation. They were reprieved, but in 2017 under Bailey, struggled – and survived – again. They have made little impact in the longer form of ‘white ball’ cricket in recent years but 2016 was an unusually poor season in the T20 – Hampshire have generally reached Finals Day, although they have not won the Trophy since 2012. In the 2017 semi-final he top-scored with 56 from 50 balls but Hampshire fell short again. At 27, he approaches the 2018 season with every possibly of moving on to a higher level – for the sake of Hampshire and England cricket it is to be hoped he can achieve that.

And the Next One Please …
March 3, 2018, 10:58 am
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Smith, Robin Arnold (392) born Durban, South Africa,13 September 1963. Robin Smith was quite simply one of the finest batsmen ever to play for Hampshire, and with the recent exception of the somewhat short-lived Kevin Pietersen, played more times for England while with Hampshire, than any other player.

As a consequence, it is unsurprising that, like his England contemporaries Gooch, Stewart, and Gatting he captained his county although the circumstances in 1998 when he took over from John Stephenson were more crisis than natural choice. From 1992-1997 Hampshire were never out of the bottom third of the Championship as many of Nicholas’s fine side departed. In 1992, they had done well in the Sunday League and won their third Lord’s Final, but again there was little excitement for a few years after that, as the next generation largely failed to establish themselves. Despite this, when Smith took on the captain’s role he took Hampshire to 6th and 7th in the Championship and to a semi-final in the Nat West, although they lasted only one season in the top league when two divisions were introduced in the Sunday League in 1999. In the same year, they qualified for Division One when the Championship followed suit, but even with the addition of Warne and Mullally they were relegated the following season. Smith led them straight back up in 2001, when he was the first captain at the brand-new Rose Bowl; sadly, they went down again in 2002, and were perhaps the first ‘yo-yo’ side.

At this point, Warne agreed to return to Hampshire in 2003 and was appointed captain. In the event, he did not arrive until 2004, but John Crawley deputised for one season, with Smith continuing to play. Over his career which ran from 1982-2003, and despite Test Match commitments, he passed 1,000 runs in 11 seasons; the first occasion in his first regular season in 1985 and the last in 1999 at an average of 42.69 – very similar to his final first-class average. But the captaincy of Hampshire in the early years of the new century was a tough task and there were fewer runs, and in 2003 no centuries, although in 2001 he scored a century and led Hampshire to victory against the Australians. In 2003, he struggled with hamstring problems and missed six weeks, returning at Durham in late August, followed by Taunton where the injury recurred while batting. He returned to the crease with Adams as his runner, and reached a half-century, finishing 56* when the innings closed. It seemed likely that his career might be over and despite a desperate wish to continue playing, that was the case. It felt unfair that there was to be no fine farewell in front of his own supporters at the conclusion of such a great career, but the bravery of that final innings was typical of a man who for his adopted country took on the might of the West Indies pace men as effectively as anyone.

It was not merely the quantity of runs scored by Smith but the entertaining way in which he led every assault and gave confidence to the lesser players around him. He was also a thoroughly nice, perhaps somewhat ‘innocent’ man; despite his impressive physique, there was for ever something about him of the schoolboy, who had posed for Barry Richards’ coaching book in the 1970s. The figures tell something of the story with 4,236 runs at 43.67 in 62 Test Matches and nine centuries – only Gower of his regular England contemporaries ended with a higher average and there was a strong feeling that his Test career ended prematurely. For Hampshire, there were 18,984 runs at 42.09 with 49 centuries in 307 matches, and his best of 209* v Essex in 1987 came after Hampshire were reduced to 5-3. He was at least as effective in limited-overs games, playing significant innings in his three Lord’s Cup Finals and scoring 12,034 runs for Hampshire and 2,419 runs for England with four centuries including a magnificent 167* v Australia which remained the country’s highest innings until very recently. For Hampshire, his total of over 30,000 runs in all matches puts him behind just Mead and Marshall who both played in many more games. Wisden chose him as one of their five Cricketers of the Year in 1990.