Hampshire Cricket History

What’s happening?
May 12, 2018, 4:14 pm
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5.15pm – I’ve been out all day at a school reunion, so heard nothing of the Somerset innings. Why is Abbott bowling (expensively) as the sixth choice? It looks like a bit of a struggle.


Happy Days
May 12, 2018, 9:06 am
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An old pal of mine from Radio Solent, Dominic Busby, just sent me this; it’s Headingley a few years back, with the lovely Dave Callaghan who you probably noted, died recently. Kev in the background is into Chapter Two of his autobiography.

Dave, Dave, Kev Headingley

“A Shambles and a Farce”
May 11, 2018, 4:10 pm
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No, no. The batting wasn’t great today, but not that bad surely?

This is the front page headline in today’s Cricket Paper about the “unveiling of the new franchise” known as ‘The Hundred’, which they say “has brought widespread condemnation from players and supporters”.

(Meanwhile I’m appointing Tigger official Blog weather forecaster, in addition to his other duties – rain at 4pm? Spot on!)

Hampshire v Somerset
May 10, 2018, 2:33 pm
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3.30pm – No info about tomorrow’s team I’m afraid (are Dawson & McManus fit?)

Tigger’s records: http://hampshirecricket.net/Team_Somerset_FC_records.htm

If you’re going, enjoy it.

At last
May 10, 2018, 9:59 am
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My hairstyle has started a trend among the players. How about Rilee next?

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A-Z S3
May 10, 2018, 6:29 am
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Sheldrake, Edgar Francis Talman (Pre ’95, Amateur) born Aldershot, 18.1.1864, died Surbiton 14.12.1950. He was a batsman and fast bowler, who played in three first-class matches for Hampshire in 1884 & 1885, scoring 52 runs at 10.40 and taking one wicket.

Sheppard, Jack David (List A) born Salisbury 29.12.1992. He was a pace bowler who played for Hampshire’s age group sides, England under-19s, and Hampshire 2nd XI, from 2010. In 2013, he played in one limited-overs match for Hampshire v Bangladesh ‘A’, and took 2-49 in a Hampshire victory by eight runs. He played for South Wilts in the Southern League, and in recent years for Ealing in the Middlesex League.

Sheppard, Thomas Winter (125, Amateur) born Havant, Hants 4.3.1873, died Scotland 7.6.1954. He changed his name to TW Sheppard-Graham in 1919, and was the great-uncle of the Sussex and England cricketer, DS Sheppard. He was a right-handed batsman who played once for Hampshire in 1905 in a rain-affected, drawn match v Yorkshire at Hull, scoring 17. Four years later he played one match for Worcestershire (22 & 14). He played also for MCC, Free Foresters and the Army, including one non-first-class match against Hampshire at Aldershot.

Shield Ian Noel Ridley (293, Amateur) born Hertfordshire, 24.12.1914, died Petersfield, Hants 22.2.2005. He attended Rugby School and played for Hampshire’s Club & Ground and 2nd XI sides from 1937. In 1939, he played in four Championship matches, scoring 16 runs and taking four wickets. He played also for the Hampshire Hogs and the 40 Club.

Shine, Kevin James (408) born Bracknell, 22.2.1969. He was a pace bowler who played for his native Berkshire, and for Hampshire 2nd XI from 1985. He made his first-class debut in 1989, playing in two matches, with a few more in 1990 then 38 wickets in 1991, and 40 at 32.25 in 1992 – his most successful season for Hampshire, including a hat-trick and 8-47 v Lancashire at Old Trafford. Sadly, this did not signal his breakthrough, and after one more year, he moved to Middlesex for two seasons, then to Somerset from 1996-1998, where he was capped and took 55 wickets in 1997. His career ended after the 1998 season but he coached at Somerset and then with England, and still leads the pace-bowling coaching for the ECB. For Hampshire, his 119 first-class wickets cost 38.28, and there were 15 limited-overs wickets.

Shirley, William Robert de la Cour (219, Amateur) born London, 13.10.1900, died Bognor Regis 23.4.1970. He was an all-rounder who played at Eton, Middlesex Colts and the MCC. In 1922, he played in a first-class match for Free Foresters v Cambridge University, then quite regularly for Hampshire for three seasons, with a few games in 1925, at the end of his first-class career. From the age of 17, he suffered a number of serious accidents which inhibited his first-class career, but in 1924, he played also at Cambridge University, winning his ‘blue’. Arlott (1957) suggested that at another county, given more opportunities with bat and ball “he might … have been a very valuable county cricketer”. In 49 matches for Hampshire, he scored three half-centuries at 17.54, with a best of 90 v Glamorgan at Southampton in 1922, and took 52 wickets.

Shirreff, Alexander Campbell (301, Amateur) born Ealing 12.2.1919, died Kent 16.12.2006. He attended Dulwich College. During the war, he was a squadron-leader in the RAF and remained there, enabling him to play for the Combined Services, sometimes as captain, from1946-1957. He won his ‘blue’ at Cambridge University in 1939, when he played also for Surrey 2nd XI, then in 1946 & 1947 he played for Hampshire when available. In 1948 & 1949 he played in first-class cricket only for the Combined Services, and from 1950-1956 for Kent, and in 1958 was player-coach at Somerset. In 12 matches for Hampshire he scored 387 runs at 21.50, with a best of 77* v Essex at Westcliff-on-Sea in 1946, and took 13 wickets at 56.23.

Shutt, Herbert (133) born Ardwick, Lancs 3.9.1879, died Whitehaven, Cumberland 19.11.1922. He was an opening bowler who played most of his cricket in the north of England, but in 1906 played in four matches for Hampshire, scoring seven runs in two completed innings, and taking eight wickets at 28.87, with a best of 4-29 v Somerset at Taunton in a Hampshire victory.

Simpson, Valentine (Pre ’95, Amateur) born London 15.8.1849, died Fareham 2.11.1915. In 1885, he played for Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, scoring 7 & 3 in a defeat.

Smith, Christopher Lyall (‘Chris’) (386) born Durban, South Africa, 15.10.1958. Smith played for his native Natal from 1979-1983 and at the age of 20 played in one first-class match for Glamorgan. In the following season he joined Hampshire, as an overseas player, replacing Greenidge who was on tour, and scored over 1,000 runs at 31.75, with three centuries. He stayed, qualifying by residence, and playing whenever Greenidge or Marshall was not available, until 1983 when he played a full season, scored 1,923 runs at 53.41 and won a place in the England side. For his performances that season, he was nominated as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year. He was never an established Test batsman but in eight matches he scored 392 runs at 30.15, with a best of 91 in New Zealand. In county cricket, he was one of the most consistent players, passing 1,000 runs in every full season from 1983-1991, while his 41 centuries for the county have only been exceeded by four men. In total, he scored 15,287 first-class runs for Hampshire at 46.63, with a best of 217 v Warwickshire at Birmingham in 1987, when he shared with Paul Terry, Hampshire’s record opening first wicket partnership of 347. He added 6,301 limited-overs runs at 42.57 with 11 centuries, and was an occasional off-break bowler, who took 44 first-class wickets including 5-69 v Sussex in 1988 at Southampton. He played in the 1986 Sunday League Champions side, and the team that won the B&H Cup at Lord’s in 1988, but having played in the winning Nat West semi-final at Birmingham in 1991 he surprised everyone by leaving in August to take up an administrative post with the Western Australia Cricket Association. He settled in Australia, becoming a successful businessman.

Smith, Hamilton Augustus Haigh, also known as Haigh-Smith (148, Amateur) born Isle of Wight 21.10.1884, died London 28.10.1955. He attended Marlborough College and was a fine all-round sportsman, playing rugby for Barbarians (later President) and Hampshire, and hockey for the county, as well as cricket. In 1909 (and 1911) he toured Ireland with Hampshire, and in 27 first-class matches for the county scored 327 runs at 10.54, and took 14 wickets at 41.00

No Thanks Then
May 9, 2018, 2:20 pm
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One of my reasons for supporting the proposed Conference system in the Championship was in response to Michael Atherton’s suggestion that it could be played in the summer, at the same time as the Hot One Hundred.

I realised this would mean a slight lessening of quality, although many of the players likely to play the new competition don’t play that much in the Championship anyway. I never pretended it was perfect, just better than the present mess.

But I’ve just read that when the PCA met with the ECB yesterday to discuss the new T13.758 (recurring) they announced that they don’t want the Championship played at the same time, because it remains “the pinnacle”.

Which is why they play it mainly in the spring and autumn of course.

So given that players matter more than regular supporters/members (although not more than mums with kids) I guess their view will prevail – in which case, stuff the Conference, let’s make it a straight knock-out, with a Timeless Final.