Hampshire Cricket History

Home Grown
January 10, 2016, 12:41 pm
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With the retirement of Chris Tremlett and the departure of Sean Terry, I’ve been writing a piece for the Handbook about Hampshire-born, Hampshire cricketers.

Here are 20 such men, from which, if you felt so inclined you might select a best-ever (first-class) side. You could also check whether I’ve missed anyone very significant. It’s in a ‘sort of’ batting order although McCorkell might open if picked:

Jimmy Gray, Jimmy Adams, Tony Middleton, Barry Reed, AJL Hill, Trevor Jesty, Peter Sainsbury, Neil McCorkell/Leo Harrison/Adi Aymes (wk), Jon Ayling, Jim Bailey, Jack Newman, Shaun Udal, Chris Tremlett, Alan Wassell, Vic Cannings, Malcolm Heath, Stuart Boyes, Charlie Knott.

Only Adams, Moore, Middleton, Reed and the wicketkeeper would not be expected to bowl.



Leo Harrison
January 5, 2016, 7:34 pm
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The other Hampshire cricketer who attended today’s funeral was Leo Harrison, a good friend of Wilfrid Weld’s. I have just learned of the death of Stanley Ian Philips who as a schoolboy in 1938/9 played six matches for Northamptonshire.

It leaves Leo and John Manners as the only pre-war county cricketers from any county still alive. Must be the Hampshire air!

PS Bob Elliott alerted me to the teenager in India who scored over 1,000 runs in an innings and will now replace AEJ Collins at the head of the list of highest scores in ‘minor cricket’. It’s just one hundred years and a couple of months since Collins died in action in France.

PPS I need to work at home tomorrow on the Handbook. Should I bother watching the Test Match?

Wilfrid Weld
January 5, 2016, 7:03 pm
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I’ve just returned from the funeral of Hampshire’s Patron, Wilfrid Weld which took place at the family’s home, Lulworth Castle. It was an incredible event – the main service took place in the beautiful Chapel with everything relayed on video screens to a huge audience in marquee.

The club was very well represented by members of the plc, Members’ Committee and current and former players and coaches. The latter included Jimmy Adams, Giles White, Tim Tremlett, Bryan Timms, Alan Castell, Raj Maru, Mike Hill, Richard Lewis and Keith Wheatley. There were also representatives from Dorset CCC, including Julian Shackleton.

many of those and other Hampshire cricketers played with Wilfrid in the grand weekend matches at Lulworth Castle – and the first team would often stay there – with families – when the team played at Bournemouth.

Very Sad News
January 3, 2016, 9:50 am
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Did you see our first Championship match last year v Sussex? They fielded a promising young seamer, Matthew Hobden. I’ve just seen on the BBC site that he has died at the age of 22. No further information at present.

The past few weeks have been quite awful. The club’s Patron Wilfrid Weld died (funeral Tuesday), Vice President Eric Tiller (Committee in 1980s/1990s) died Dec 30th, lovely Ray Feltham the Wiltshire farmer who was always at the ground was buried last week and Roy Martens, longtime supporter and scorer for the Hospital Radio team, died in late autumn. Fond memories and RIP to them all – but the death of a young cricketer is particularly sad.

Number One?
January 3, 2016, 8:58 am
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In the context of the modern competitive world I don’t mind the idea of the ICC calculating a league table of Test nations although it doesn’t make complete sense with teams playing different opponents each year.

South Africa are clearly in a period of transition from the fine team of a couple of years ago and struggling with injuries but it’s rather odd to see them still at number one while watching Ben Stokes murdering them this morning. It’s now twelve months since their last Test Match victory in January 2015 since when they’ve lost/drawn about a dozen matches – and it’s difficult to see them winning this game. So how can they still be number one?

Mind you who should replace them? India who have been generally poor but beat South Africa 4-0? Australia who lost the Ashes but then beat New Zealand and West Indies? Pakistan, too good for England? England who won the Ashes and are beating South Africa but lost to Pakistan? One of the good things about the modern world as opposed to my earliest watching years (late 1950s on) is that levels are far more even – albeit that sometimes they favour the home side too much and the demise of West Indies has to make those of my generation very sad.

I think Ageas is at the ground this morning – if so lucky you! Regards from a damp, grey and windy Hampshire.

PS: It was a terrific morning BUT – a whole day of Test cricket with about a dozen bowlers used and only one wicket all day fell to a bowler …

Happy New Year Folks!
December 31, 2015, 8:57 am
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Many thanks for all your contributions through 2015 – it’s what keeps this going.

Thanks too for the thoughts about the New Year. The panto season is still going to feel free to keep adding.

My one wish is a stable and sensibly scheduled Championship of at least 16 matches for the forseeable future – but I do like the thought that we might win the Championship!

2015 in review
December 30, 2015, 3:50 pm
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

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