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The Southern Premier League will be under new management next season – from top to bottom !
Alan Bundy, having been involved in Southern League cricket for more than 30 years, has stepped down as President, David Ridley retired after five seasons in the Chairman’s hot seat, and Adrian Poole hung up his abacus as Treasurer.
Jeff Levick MBE is the new League President, Steve Vear has been elevated from General Secretary (a post held for 14 years) to Chairman and New Milton’s Nic Gargaro elected secretary. Duncan Forbes is the new treasurer.
The new ‘cabinet’ is:
President: Jeff Levick MBE; Chairman: Steve Vear; Secretary: Nic Gargaro, Treasurer: Duncan Forbes; Results Secretary: Steve Jones; Registration Secretary: Caroline Green; Fixture Secretary: Stewart Frazier; T20 Manager: Adam Smith; Committee members Nigel le Bas, Colin Savage, Darren Vann.
This is how the Southern Premier League and Hampshire League County Divisions will shape up in 2018 -
ECB Southern Premier
Alton, Bashley (Rydal), Basingstoke & North Hants, Burridge, Hampshire Academy, Havant, Lymington, New Milton, South Wilts, St Cross Symondians.
Andover, Bournemouth, Calmore Sports, Hartley Wintney, Hook & Newnham Basics, Liphook & Ripsley, OTs & Romsey, Portsmouth, Sarisbury Athletic, Ventnor.
Basingstoke & North Hants II, Langley Manor, Paultons, Rowledge, Sparsholt, St Cross Symondians II, Tichborne Park, Totton & Eling, Trojans, Waterlooville.
Bashley (Rydal) II, Fair Oak, Fawley, Gosport Borough, Hambledon, Havant II, Lymington II, Portsmouth & Southsea, Purbrook, South Wilts II.
Hampshire League, County 1
Alton II, Andover II, Bishops Waltham, Burridge II, Easton & Martyr Worthy, Fareham & Crofton, Hook & Newnham Basics II, Hursley Park, Hythe & Dibden, Longparish, OTs & Romsey II, Parley, Ropley, Rowledge II, Ryde, Shrewton, St Cross Symondians III, United Services.
Basingstoke & North Hants III, Bedhampton, Bournemouth II, Bramshaw, Compton & Chandler’s Ford, East Woodhay, Fair Oak II, Ferndown Wayfarers, Hayling Island, Locks Heath, New Milton II, Odiham & Greywell, Old Basing, Portsmouth II, Sarisbury Athletic II, South Wilts III, Sway, Ventnor II.
County 3 North
Amport, Chawton, Dinton, Hook & Newnham Basics III, Hartley Wintney II, Hungerford, Hursley Park II, IBM Hursley, Liphook & Ripsley II, Liss, Michelmersh & Timsbury, OTs & Romsey III, Petersfield, RAM, Ramsdell, Redlynch & Hale, Steep, Steeple Langford.
County 3 South
Bashley (Rydal) III, Bishops Waltham II, Bransgore, Cadnam, Calmore Sports II, Emsworth, Follands, Hambledon II, Kerala, Langley Manor II, Mudeford, Portchester, Shanklin, Suttoners, Totton & Eling II, Verwood, Winton, Woodgreen.
County 4 North
Alton III, Ashford Hill, AWE Tadley, Basingstoke & North Hants IV, Compton & Chandler’s Ford II, Donnington, Fair Oak III, Littleton & West Hill, Longparish II, Medstead, Oakley, Old Basing II, Overton, Rowledge III, Silchester, Tichborne Park II, Twyford.
County 4 South
Bedhampton II, Fareham & Crofton II, Froxfield, Gosport Borough II, Mansbridge, Old Netley & Highfield, Portsmouth & Southsea II, Purbrook II, Railway Triangle, Ryde Cavaliers, Ryde II, Sarisbury Athletic III, Servicemaster, Southampton Community, Steep II, Trojans II, United Services II.
County 4 West
Amesbury, Ampfield & North Baddesley, Bournemouth III, Bramshaw II, Burley, Ellingham, Farley, Hursley Park III, Hythe & Dibden II, IMB Hursley II, Paultons II, Pylewell Park, Southampton Travellers, Sparsholt II, Stockbridge, Sway II, Whiteparish.
* Log into the Hampshire League website to obtain Regional Division make-up.
Basingstoke & North Hants will play in the ECB Southern Premier Division next season following approval of their promotion at the league’s annual meeting.
They finished runners-up in Division 1 this summer, but champions Calmore Sports do not have the necessary ground accreditation to obtain promotion, so second placed Basingstoke go up in their place.
It will mean a return to nine weeks of all-day cricket to May’s Bounty for the first time since the club’s Home Counties Premier League days and a first taste of white ball 50-over cricket, using coloured clothing and black sight screens.
Confirmation of the make-up of the four SPL divisions in 2018 will appear here tomorrow (the writer needs some sleep ..).
Southern Premier League cricket matches will begin 30 minutes earlier next season, with play getting under way in 50-over matches in all four divisions at 12.30pm, instead of 1 o’clock as in the past.
But the earlier start proposal only just scraped through at the SPL AGM, one solitary ‘yes’ vote giving the Management Committee the two-thirds majority it required.
So, in 2018, all-day Time Pennant matches in the ECB Premier Division will begin at 11 o’clock and 12.30pm in all 50-over cricket.
Scores of past Hampshire county and local players, team-mates and opponents paid their last respects and sad farewell to the late Tony Baker, club cricketer supreme and Hampshire’s Chief Executive.
Basingstoke Crematorium was predictably crammed to almost bursting point for a moving hour-long service conducted by Canon Phil Collins (alas, not the one of Genesis fame), as a packed congregation celebrated the life of one of Southampton’s outstanding all-round cricketers, who died last month, aged 77, after a long battle against Parkinson’s disease.
Surviving team-mates from Tony’s glory days of the Sixties and 70s with Old Tauntonians & Southampton Touring Club, sat alongside past rivals from a host of Southern League clubs and a dozen or more former Hampshire county cricketers and office staff.
Tony’s eldest son Paul read the eulogy. “It was so important to me to make my lovely, wonderful, father proud, “ he said.
He did that and more.
Tony would have been proud of the way his son carried off one of life’s most difficult readings.
Mr Baker’s tremendous sense of humour was reflected in his son’s address, which was warmly applauded, as was Tim Tremlett’s tribute which followed.
Reflecting on his father’s life in cricket and in business, Paul spoke of the ‘wonderful family atmosphere’ his father had helped create at Northlands Road, the home of Hampshire cricket until 2001 prior to the move to the Ageas Bowl.
“Some of his happiest days were at Northlands Road and was proud that under his tenure players like David Gower, Matthew Hayden, Malcolm Marshall (Maco joined in 1979) and Shane Warne all joined the club,” he recalled.
In club cricket, Tony Baker was an integral part of the Old Tauntonians side of the 60s and 70s, a team which included local legends like Tim Binks, Derek Tulk and Bernie Thomason, who wasn’t fit enough to attend the funeral.
“They were a formidable team, winning three of the first five Southern League titles,” Paul reminded us.
“On Sunday, it was Southampton Touring Club, under the unique Harold Longman, with a fabulous fixture list and the annual tour of North Devon.
“It was on tour that Tim Binks scored his 100th century – a fantastic achievement few club cricketers have ever achieved. I was proud to be in the team that day.
Paul made special reference to one specific century - made for the Touring Club against the touring Australian Old Collegians at the old County Ground, when Simon Lane, his great friend from Adelaide, was his batting partner.
“Chasing down 235, Touring Club were 234 without loss and dad has made 122 not out. Simon is unbeaten on 99,” he smiled.
“The pair met in mid-wicket to discuss how Simon, who had lost the strike, could reach his hundred against his Australian counterparts.
Tony said “we’ll pinch a quick single, and then you can hit the winning runs, against your own team, whilst bringing up your hundred” !
“Brilliant !! What could possibly go wrong? – The very next ball dad leaned forward to nudge the single, got an inside edge that narrowly evaded his leg stump, and flew off down to fine leg for 4.”
“Simon was marooned on 99 not out. His comments were unprintable.”
It was with the ball that Tony Baker showed his bowling prowess more than once – particularly in 1972 when he took all ten Netley Sports wickets for 26 in the Hector Young Trophy final in the Parks.
He did more than his fair stint off the field too – doing virtually all the Touring Club’s admin before becoming treasurer and later chairman of the old Southern League and later moving on to work for Hampshire, becoming their first ever Chief Executive in 1986
A Saints season ticket holder at The Dell, Tony was a fine basketball player, a member of Stoneham golf club and a successful race horse owner with Findon-based trainer Josh Gifford.
Tony Baker dedicated his life to cricket.
Adjectives like honest, kind, genuine, intelligent continually cropped up in the countless tributes made. Not a bad template to live your life by …
Sadly, Tony was the type of sportsman we will rarely see again.
* There were so many former Hampshire county and club cricketers present, ‘selectors’ would have been spoiled for choice on how to pick for the various teams.
How about these four teams chosen from the people who attended Tony’s farewell ?
Hampshire Club/Ground/Staff: Giles White, Tim Tremlett, Jimmy Adams, Ian Chivers, Jason Laney, Kevan James, Denis Baldry, Will Kendall, Mike Taylor, Peter Haslop, Ian Watson.
OTs/Touring Club: David Price, Phil Green, Derek Tulk, Colin Wilson, Terry Evans, John Barnard, George Knights, Stuart Wilson, Roger Parsons, Trevor Jerrim, Andy Dodd, Paul Baker, Ian and Stuart Tulk.
Southern League (Baker era): John Harris, Mike Swain, Jan Bridle, Keith Balmer, Mike Francis, Ian Preston-Jones, Alan Bundy, David Gibbons, John Wolfe, Bobby Wilcocks, Malcolm le Bas, Tim Jobling, Tony Wharton, Neville Caffyn.
Southern League Emerging players: Russel Jamieson, Ian Farley, Matt Perry-Lewis, Paul Marks, Neil Trestrail, Bryan Lipscombe, James Slape, Chris de Mellow, Mike Geller, Roger Reeve.
St Cross Symondians all-rounder Logan van Beek produced career-best bowling figures to help his new province, Wellington defeat Northern Districts by 80 runs in New Zealand's Plunkett Shield in Hamilton.
The Netherlands international took 4-60 in Northern District's first innings and followed it up with a best yet 6-57 return in the second.
The 27-year old scored 556 runs and took 22 wickets for St Cross Symondians in Southern Premier League cricket this past summer.
Old Tauntonians & Romsey, British Gas Southern League Division 2 champions 2017
Standing (from left): Danny Mogg, Joe Vaughan, Charlie King, Iain Woodhall, Jodey Brown, Keith Trodd.
Seated: Nick Destefano, Pete Newman, Rob Newman, Joe Welch, Matt Bampton.
Paul Hawkins, the innovator of Hawk-Eye’s cricket technology, won a Southern Premier League divisional batting award for the second consecutive season. Last year he led St Cross Symondians’ seconds promotion charge by topping the Division 3 charts with 757 runs at an average of 58.23. This summer Hawkins hit six half-centuries in his 556-run aggregate, the highest in SPL2. Dave Vokes.
Sparsholt captain Jeremy Frith came within a whisker of pulling off a notable Southern Premier League double this summer.
He topped the Division 2 bowling charts with 39 wickets – taking 6-21 against promoted Hartley Wintney and 5-43 v champions OTs & Romsey – and finished just three runs behind Paul Hawkins.
South Wilts IIs gloveman Sam Pittman bagged his second Premier League wicket-keeping award in three seasons, having snapped up 27 victims in Division 3 in 2015. He topped the SPL2 charts with 22 dismissals this summer.
Promotion winning Basingstoke & North Hants II skipper Chris Chandler (left) and Fawley left-armer Adam Freeman shared the Division 3 bowling award, with 27 wickets each.
Chandler, whose side finished runners-up to Waterlooville, enjoyed a 6-15 return against Gosport Borough, while Freeman’s haul included 6-24 versus relegated Hursley Park and a five-wicket spell, also against Gosport. Dave Vokes
Gosport Borough opener and skipper Tom Larner hit seven scores of fifty or more in his Division 3 winning aggregate of 651 runs, the highest in all four divisions.
Basingstoke II’s Chris Oliver complimented his 379 runs with 23 dismissals behind the stumps, which helped earn the Division 3 runners-up spot for the Bountymen.
Most club cricketers do not receive pay for their efforts – but some do, legally and illegally. Huw Turbervill, Managing Editor of The Cricketer magazine, looks at the pay gap in club cricket.
Heard the one about the club who pay £600 a match to each of their two star players ? Or the northern league side whose first-team playing bill each summer amounts to about £60,000 ?
Despite club cricket being ‘recreational’, it is well known that some clubs pay, and some do not; and some leagues allow it, and some do not. After a social media shout-out to our (Cricketer magazine) readers and followers, however, some of the figures quoted are eye-watering.
We must be careful. There could be malice or jealousy involved. This is not a witch-hunt, a naming-and-shaming exercise. Club professionals can provide great value. They coach youngsters, team-mates and their presence lifts everyone.
Also, non-League footballers are paid – so why shouldn’t cricketers ? It is a club’s business how it spends its money, isn’t it ? A former first-class cricketer is entitled to make what money he can – he may have devoted his 20s and 30s to cricket and be struggling to support his family once he has dropped out of the top level.
There are cases, though, where the amounts changing hands are ridiculous, unsustainable and put clubs in jeopardy. And yes, we have received reports of illegal payments – not just from clubs infringing league rules, but money being paid by allegedly taking it out of fruit machines.
One possible effect of paying players is that they perform well, the team improves, and more spectators come and spend money at the bar… but would the cash not be better spent on colts’ gear and clubhouse facilities ? And pitches... some of the surfaces at 3rd, 4th and 5th XI status are atrocious.
There have been claims that all some clubs care about is winning at first-team level, with lip-service and box-ticking at colts level. Are the egos of chairmen, boards, directors, coaches and captains creating monsters ? Is it a case of boys and their toys ? There have been examples cited of clubs plummeting once the moneymen become bored and pack up. The star players then seek the same rewards elsewhere, and in the meantime it is discovered a lot of the stalwarts and loyalists have already quit, with shells of clubs being left behind.
A knowledgeable supporter of Yorkshire cricket told The Cricketer: “I know sides who are spending more than £50,000 on players’ wages. I have not seen audit accounts of the clubs but it is general knowledge. One North-West club paid its first team £55,000 in 2016. Another is paying two players £600 a game each.”
Another reader who also wishes to remain anonymous told us: “The Bradford League is rife with paid cricketers in the premier league. One club has a wage bill – allegedly – of more than £60,000 per season. Second-team players get paid at some clubs. Players switch teams, going wherever they can to earn extra. Club loyalty is low (except for a few clubs). A concern my club has is that we have a good policy towards developing our junior players so that they can go on and represent us (and hopefully avoid the lure of the cash clubs).
Meanwhile quite a few other Bradford league sides pay no interest in their juniors – and put sides out to ‘tick a box’ to maintain their requirements to stay in the league. They will often cancel junior games because they don’t really want to be bothered by it – but it is a requirement of the league to run teams at nine, 11,13, and 15 to maintain Premier League status.”
Somebody involved with a Surrey club said: “Many Surrey Championship clubs have paid players, flown up the divisions, but then the cash runs out and the club is left in tatters and relegation after relegation occurs. Most cash players will be on a bonus as well as a match fee. It drives a culture of selfish, and not team, players.”
A member of another Surrey club said: “Obviously clubs are well within their rights to spend their money how they want – some do it so that they can push up the leagues, others so that they can remain competitive. For example, some clubs do it because their membership playing strength is not naturally strong enough to compete in the league that they are in, so they pay a few players so that the 1st XI in particular competes and everyone else in the club downwards enjoys their cricket more. But I just feel that the money would be better spent on improving facilities or on the club in general in the long run.”
Another reader told us: “As a member of a club that can just barely afford to pay expenses of a young overseas every year, when playing against these teams we feel like Accrington Stanley trying to compete against Barcelona. Money has distorted the very structure of club cricket in England, to a point where there is no point in smaller clubs competing. I guess that’s why they have to charge £8.50 for a glass of red wine.”
Some of our readers defend the system and say paid players can offer great value. One told us: “My old club pay £10,000 to a pro – a former first-class cricketer with years of experience. Difference is he grew up at the club and his family played there. He earns his cash and as well as playing is the captain, club coach, and develops the juniors. They have progressed massively as a result and his input has seen them grow from a two-team club on a Saturday to them putting out five sides. His loyalty is rewarded in both cash and in seeing his boyhood club develop. I’d like to see clubs utilise their professional players wisely – get them coaching the kids and improving senior player standards by taking on responsibilities such as ‘club coach’. But from what I’ve seen quite a few just freeload, pick up a cheque, play once a week, and give little genuine value to a club (other than runs and wickets... and some don’t always fulfil that.”
We have been furnished with similar reports from Birmingham, Cambridgeshire and Hunts, Derbyshire, Liverpool, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, and Halifax, where one reader joked: “Players do not get paid in the Halifax League… and Captain Blackadder definitely did not shoot the delicious plump-breasted pigeon, sir.”
Article reproduced by kind permission of The Cricketer magazine.
The ECB British Gas Southern Cricket League has formally crowned its four title winning clubs at a glittering presentation awards dinner in Southampton.
[From left] Nick DeStefano (OTs & Romsey), Calmore Sports skipper Mark Lavelle, Havant double winning captain Ben Walker, and Waterlooville all-rounder Archie Reynolds (far right) show off their respective trophies.
A host of photographs snapped by Dave Vokes will appear on this website shortly, but can be ordered directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
Havant were crowned Southern Premier League champions for a second consecutive season at the league's gala presentation dinner at the Southampton Novotel last evening.
Division 2 champions in 2016, Calmore Sports celebrated a second successive title when they collected the SPL1 crown, while OTs & Romsey picked up the Division 3 championship trophy after winning the end-of-season 'shoot out' with Hartley Wintney. Waterlooville were SPL3 winners.
Sadly and perhaps a sign of the times, one-third of the SPL's clubs weren't represented among the 250 diners. Former Middlesex & England pace bowler Angus Fraser was the principal speaker.
Tributes have poured in from far and wide since the sad death two weeks ago of former Hampshire Chief Executive, Southern League chairman and leading all-rounder cricketer Tony Baker, aged 77 years.
One such has been penned by Andy Murtagh, a cricketing opponent in his Southampton University days, a Hampshire player and later a clubmate with Old Tauntonians.
Back in the days, Southampton University played in the Southern League, mixing it with the likes of Deanery, Waterlooville, Basingstoke and Old Tauntonians. We had good sides in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and we must have held our own because we were always top of the league at the end of term. But of course, the end of term was not the end of the cricket season and when the final league table was published, other sides had of course played their outstanding fixtures, caught us up and quite a few no doubt passed us.
It was against Old Tauntonians, I believe, that I made my debut for the university in the Southern League. As I took guard, the bowler and captain sidled up to me and asked what subject I was reading. “English, I replied. “Good,” he said, “It will be a pleasure to speak to someone in your side who can string more than two words together.” But that’s only one word, I thought to myself as I asked for middle-and-leg. This chap had a longish run and in he bounded, dark hair flapping with sweat, to deliver balls that were invitingly pitched up, just outside off stump. I decided to unfurl my favourite shot – the cover drive – and leant in to stroke it effortlessly to the boundary. But it bounced a bit more than I expected and moved away fractionally as it pitched. I nicked it and the wicket-keeper did the rest.
The bowler/captain came over at tea in the pavilion at Montefiore, the university ground, to introduce himself as Tony Baker. He sat down, shared his sandwiches and engaged me in conversation of more than two words and thus was born a long and cheerful friendship that endured right up until his recent death. He was a very good club bowler, I am immediately forced to admit, and he got me out more times than I care to remember. He was indefatigable, bowling for hour after hour, at a lively pace, and he never lost the ability to move the ball away from the right-hander. He was also an absolute gent, both on the field and off, grinning if you played and missed and nodding his head in appreciation if you hit him for four. He enjoyed the banter and the gossip in the bar afterwards and if he was ever missing for our annual skirmishes – which was rare – I always thought that the contest was a little diminished.
I went on the play for Hampshire and he went on to take care of Hampshire – well, the financial side of things, anyway – and we perforce maintained contact, which continued down the years at ex-players’ reunions. It was sad to see him wheelchair-bound and physically diminished as Parkinson’s took hold but he remained cheerful, upbeat and sociable, so much so that I never felt constrained to moderate the tone of our usual teasing exchanges. He’s now taken his sweater and gone for a deserved long rest at third man and the game is all the poorer for that.
Well bowled, Tony!
Background: My father never played cricket! Coming from solid Irish stock, he had barely heard of the game; my brother and I taught ourselves to play by dint of endless games of cricket in the back garden. That is why he was non-plussed by my stated desire to play professionally. “Yes, but what are you going to do when you get a proper job?” he remonstrated. So we compromised. He would not stand in my way provided I went to university and got a degree. In those days, the two – a university education and a summer of playing cricket – were not mutually exclusive so I set about the task of choosing a suitable seat of learning. I lighted upon Southampton University for the sole reason that they were the current British university cricket champions.
My stated aim of pursuing a combined honours degree in cricket and English was rejected by the admissions office…but I did it anyway. The English department were good to me; they made allowances, they gave me help and expert tuition, they marked my essays generously and I escaped with a 2-2 draw. There, I also met my future wife, Linda, though the English department cannot take credit for that. She was a social scientist. The cricket went well too. We won the national competition a further two times, making it a hat-trick of triumphs, unprecedented for a provincial university. The captain was a chap called Martin Harrison, whose father, Leo, was the county coach at Hampshire. Martin suggested that I come down to the club to attend a few nets. And the rest is history; lifelong association with Hampshire CCC was born. Recently, I was elected as a Life Vice-President of the club, an honour which I appreciate hugely and intend to make them pay for by living long.
For ten years, I played cricket for Hampshire (four of them during the ‘varsity vacations and six as a full-time pro) and I got paid for it! In truth, my career was not as successful as I would have wished but I had my moments. Playing at Lord’s, winning the championship in 1973 and The John Player League in 1975, facing Jeff Thomson against Australia in 1975 and Michael Holding against the West Indies in 1976 were among the highlights.
Lowlights included a king pair against the West Indies in 1973, facing Andy Roberts in the nets and being run over by an errant sightscreen at Guildford shortly after scoring my career best 165 against Surrey. I never managed to nail down a regular spot in the county side for the simple reason that I was not quite good enough. I was often asked why I did not try my luck at another, less strong county. What, and pass up the privilege of playing in the same team as some of the world’s greats, Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Andy Roberts? It was, as the current cliché goes, a no-brainer.
At length, it was time to get a ‘proper job’. Contacts at the club sent me up to Malvern College. They were looking for a master to run the cricket and teach English, in that order, I subsequently recognised. I may not have been the most inspiring or knowledgeable tutor of our rich literary heritage but I was, I believe, competent enough and the job put me in touch again with my love of the English language and the endlessly fascinating way it can be applied and manipulated. The cricket, of course, I loved and it was joy to work with Roger Tolchard (ex Leics and England) as my coach at one of England’s premier cricket schools.
I was at Malvern for 30 years, eighteen of those as a housemaster, and as a colleague remarked, “You get less for murder these days.” When it came for the time to move on, it was not golf, but writing, that beckoned. Everyone has a métier manqué, I reckon, and mine was with the pen. Write about what you know was always my advice to pupils stuck for ideas for their essays, so my subject was always going to be cricket. Or more specifically, my subjects were always going to be cricketers. My publications:
• A Remarkable Man, on George Chesterton (short-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year)
• Touched by Greatness, on Tom Graveney (long-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year)
• Sundial in the Shade, on Barry Richards (long-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year)
• Test of Character, on John Holder (published 1st July 2016)
Bashley (Rydal) quick Tom Barber believes he has something special when it comes to bowling express pace – and he is hoping to get even quicker this winter.
The talented left-armer was clocked at a rapid 91 miles per hour during his first season at Middlesex, as he went from strength to strength with the former county champions.
After initially earning a deal at Lord’s until the end of the summer, the 22-year-old was rewarded with a fresh two-year contract earlier this month. With that stability secured, the former Parley youngster has also been selected to take part in England’s Winter Pace Programme.
Barber will join the likes of Reece Topley and Jamie Overton as one of five quicks selected by the national set-up to work at their performance centre in Loughborough. He will also jet to warm weather training camps in southern Spain and South Africa.
And the former Bournemouth Grammar School pupil expressed his desire to make the most of an opportunity he is eager to embrace.
He said: “To go on an England programme is massive. You never know what could come about if I do really well this winter. The pace programme is something I have looked at and wanted to go on for the past few years. It’s only natural as a fast bowler to want to be as fast as you can, I think. Pace is such a big factor, especially at 90 miles per hour.
“There are not many bowlers who bowl 90 miles per hour, left-arm, in the county circuit. It’s a valuable asset in any sort of cricket. I always knew I had the potential to get to where I am now. I just needed coaches to believe in me, put faith in me and get a lot of that hard work done.
“To reach the speeds I got up to was pretty pleasing because a lot of the stuff I had done was not only to help accuracy and swing. It was also for me to get a bit quicker as well. That is the plan for the winter, to see where I can really get to.”
Barber added: “To play Test cricket for England is the pinnacle. Hopefully, being on the pace programme is a stepping stone towards that. There is a lot of hard work to be done but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Barber bowled a number of hostile spells for Bashley (Rydal) in the Southern Premier League last summer, being described as “nasty” by skipper Michael Porter after he claimed 4-33 against relegated Andover.
Asked what he would like a batsman to be thinking when he charges in, the former England under-19 international replied: “I want to be as aggressive as possible towards a batsman.
“I want them to know that I can hit them on the head as well. A bouncer is such a big weapon, you don’t even have to bowl it. As long as a batsman knows you can do that, I think they will always try and hang on the back foot. The intimidation factor and the fear factor should always be there I think.”
Barber got the opportunity to step out at Lord’s against his former county, Hampshire, in a T20 contest back in August – in which he dismissed South African international Rilee Rossouw. And he insists rubbing shoulders with some star names of the game has also aided his development.
“I enjoyed it so much last season,” he added. The players have been pretty welcoming of me, the facilities at Lord’s are top drawer. Being involved in the T20 competition with the squad and playing a few games has all been a great experience.
“When you have Dan Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee coming in, as well as Steve Finn and Eoin Morgan – to talk to people like that has just been a great experience. Hopefully I can push on in the next couple of years.”
* Article by Dan Rose, Bournemouth Echo, photography Terry Nash.
Former Hampshire and Kent pace bowler David Griffiths carried off Basingstoke & North Hants’ first team Player of the Year award on account of his 39-wicket haul and 255 runs, which helped the Bountymen finish runners-up in Southern Premier League Division 1.
Left-arm spinner Rakitha Perara was named 2nd XI PoY, with batsman/wicketkeeper Laurence Benge taking the third team, Mikhal Saujani (4th XI), and Gary Watts the fifth team award.
Left-hander Matt Deadman, 17, who made over 400 runs for Basingstoke’s promotion winning second team, was named Young Cricketer of the Year, with Academy-bound George Metzger awarded the Vince Cowan Promising Young Player. Jake Fincken was the most improved player, while Chris Jolley received the Peter Collop award.
Basingstoke & North Hants awarded a Lifetime Membership of the May’s Bounty club to Steve Rolfe, a member for over 25 years, during which time he has been a player, captain, coach and umpire. He is also heavily involved in the management committee organisation of the popular midweek Guy Jewell T20 knockout competition.
* From left: Rakitha Perara, David Griffiths, Matt Deadman, Gary Watts and (front) George Metzger pictured with their awards.
Former Hampshire Academy and Havant all-rounder Josh McCoy has returned to Purbrook, where he played junior cricket and cut his teeth in the adult game. He will captain the Southern Premier League Division 3 club in 2018, replacing Martin Lee, who led the club to promotion from the Hampshire League in 2016.
England Under-19 World Cup hopefuls Tom Scriven and Felix Organ have been awarded Hampshire scholarships.
The 18-year-old duo have featured prominently for Hampshire Academy over the previous two seasons, with West Ilsley-based Scriven totalling 633 runs at an average of 45.21 and Organ notching 586 runs at an average of 39.07 in the 2017 campaign.
Organ also made his first Hampshire First XI appearance this year, featuring in the side’s rain-dogged Specsavers County Championship draw against Middlesex at Uxbridge.
Both all-rounders are in an 18-man England Young Lions squad set to undertake a winter programme, which begins with a Tri-Series of ODIs against Namibia and South Africa in Potchefstroom, starting on November 23.
Both players hope to push claims for inclusion for the U19 World Cup which takes place in New Zealand in January.
With the clocks about to change (next weekend) and winter just around the corner, how does the opportunity of spending some time in South Africa playing cricket and getting invaluable coaching experience grab you ? Interested, read on …
Former Durham all-rounder and past Hampshire coach Dale Benkenstein has set up his own (DB) Academy which is able to provide Premier and Hampshire League cricketers winter cricket coaching experience and an opportunity to play club cricket in Durban between January and April 2018.
DB Academy is run by Dale Benkenstein, a seasoned international and county cricket professional, assisted by Basingstoke & North Hants Director of Cricket David Griffiths at the superb and famous Hilton College.
The Academy offers the opportunity to tailor packages to suit individuals or cricket teams, offering everything from one-to-one sessions, group sessions and game time. As well as first class cricket facilities, they also offer S & C and Physio sessions.
- Accommodation Hilton College and in Durban/Umhlanga for 3 nights a week
- Catering at Hilton College during your stay (3 meals a day)
- Minimum of 4 hours a week One to One coaching with Dale Benkenstein and David Griffiths
- 2 Group sessions a week with everyone involved at the academy
- Game time at Hilton College T20 cricket
- Daily gym programme and fitness testing
- Use of facilities at Hilton College induced (gyms, outdoor pools, golf driving range and all playing fields)
- Tracksuit and T shirt from DB Academy
- Assignedment to a club team in Durban
- Transport to and from Hilton and Umhlanga
Alongside all of this, participants will be provided with an opportunity to develop their cricket skills alongside like minded individuals. They also have many contacts regarding Game drives, golf courses and deep sea fishing, if you would like to experiment these in your own personal time at an additional cost.
DB Academy can cater for all of your needs both cricketing and experience South Africa can offer at its best.
If you would like any further information or have any questions please contact David Griffiths at email@example.com
Retired Hampshire Cricket Chief Executive Tony Baker has died, aged 77, after a long and brave battle against Parkinson’s Disease. His funeral is at Basingstoke Crematorium on Friday 10 November at 12.30pm. This article reflects on the career of one of the area’s leading sportsmen.
Tony Baker dedicated his life to cricket.
An all-rounder who opened the batting and bowling for Old Tauntonians’ and Southampton Touring Club at the peak of their powers in the late Sixties and Seventies, he was one of the finest club cricketers of his era.
A handy basketball player in the winter months, he combined his cricketing talents with organisational skills and, at the Touring Club, was opening batsman and bowler, secretary, fixture secretary and treasurer – all at the same time !
A perfect gentleman and one of the most genuine guys you could ever wish to meet, Tony was heavily involved with the old Southern League (in which he played with considerable distinction), initially as treasurer then the league’s chairman for five years.
He later took up his role as Hampshire’s Chief Executive for a 16-year period before the move from Northlands Road to the Ageas Bowl.
He was previously county treasurer at Northlands Road and was later Cricket Secretary for a period of five years before taking retirement.
A tower of a man both professionally and in sport, Tony was a partner with the Winchester-based accountancy practice Brooking Knowles & Lawrence (BKL) before becoming Hampshire’s Chief Executive in 1986.
“Tony was well known and very popular with Hampshire members and played a pivotal role in moving the Club from Northlands Road to the Ageas Bowl,” recalled Hampshire cricket secretary Tim Tremlett, who played against Mr Baker countless times during his embryo years with Deanery.
In the days before media officers and media teams, Tony was the press contact and spokesman for the club. He handled the media as he did everything else, in an honest and gentlemanly way.
He ensured Hampshire's interests were protected but never shied away from awkward or tough questions. And you knew you were always dealing with a straight arrow of a guy.
Tony Baker’s considerable sporting prowess first became evident at Taunton’s Grammar School, where he excelled both academically, at cricket and on the basketball court, where he was a prolific point-scoring centre.
He played basketball for Old Tauntonians and represented the South.
A Saints season ticket holder in the Dell days, Tony’s uncle George Baker was club secretary at Southampton FC.
After a brief spell with the Inland Revenue, he concentrated in a career in accountancy, but alongside his family – he is survived by his wonderful wife (of over 50 years) Sally (always great fun to spend time with) and sons Paul and Jonathan – cricket was always his first love.
Old Tauntonians were a dominant force in South of England cricket during the pre-league Tony Baker era.
Tall and upright, he opened the OTs batting for years, alongside forming a formidable new-ball bowling partnership with Tim Binks and Bernie Thomason. Few opposing batsmen will forget the long loping Baker run-up, hair waving and then patted back again once he'd delivered the ball.
“In many ways he was a dogged opening batsman, seldom playing many bad shots and always working out ways to score runs when the going was tough,” reflected long time friend and OTs team-mate Derek Tulk, with whom he shared many years of captaincy.
“Everything Tony did was spot on. An inspirational figure, he was as straight as a dye.”
The advent of competitive league cricket in the early 1970s saw Old Tauntonians win three of the first five Southern League championships and finish runners-up to Deanery, their arch Southampton rivals, the sixth.
In 1972, he performed the feat of taking all ten Netley Sports wickets for 26 playing for OTs in the Hector Young Evening Trophy final in the Southampton Parks.
Four years later – by which time Southern League had really become established – he helped set a new first-wicket partnership for Southampton Touring Club, making an unbeaten 126 in a 235-run stand as Australian Old Collegians were beaten by ten wickets at the County Ground, Northlands Road. His long standing Aussie pal Simon Lane was stranded on 99* at the non-striker's end.....
Playing and often skippering Southampton Touring Club took Tony Baker all over the South for all-day Sunday matches, the club boasting a formidable fixture list.
It didn't end there. The Bakers took in cricket overseas on the Bournemouth & South Hants tours to rainy Barbados in 1979 (it poured down for best part of two of the three weeks they were there), muggy Singapore & Malaysia in 1984 (where Tony became the first - and only - Southern League chairman to strike a 50 in the Malay peninsular !) and two years later in Kenya. Those trips and the long flights gave Tony the opportunity to display some of the magnificent sporting cigarette card collection he had assembled; sadly the quizzes he set for the airborne tourists were all too much for most of us ...
Tony Baker was an outstanding cricketer, as well as being a kind and genial team-mate with a great sense of humour – the type of sportsman, sadly, we will rarely see again.
Local cricket will say its fond farewells to Tony at the Basingstoke Crematorium on Friday 10 November at 12.30pm. The wake will be at the Ageas Bowl, not Basingstoke & North Hants cricket club, as previously announced.
Bashley (Rydal) old-timers are certainly entertaining the cricket loving Barbadian with their Calypso-style batting.
Iain Britton's almost all-run 82 not out against Wanderers is still the talk of the Caribbean.
Now a marginally younger Bash-man, in the shape of Neil Taylor, has nailed his colours to the mast of a local coconut tree.
It was all-action stuff as Taylor smashed three huge sixes and five boundaries in an undefeated 53 which swept the Hampshire Seniors to a five-wicket win over Kings Park, with seven balls of a 25-over match (in blazing heat) to spare.
Cadnam's John Goodchild, who took nine wickets in one Hampshire League match this summer, returned 3-24 as KP made 149-9, a total Peter Doust (30) helped overcome.
Iain Britton, now bordering on local legend status, emerged from a Bridgetown massage parlour to slap 13 runs (including a six) off the 20th over and keep the door ajar for Taylor to win the match.
Hampshire Seniors’ wind up their tour with a T20 match at the famous Empire Club on Sunday, with Iain Britton expected to put more on the gate …
Bashley (Rydal) legend Iain Britton brushed aside the blistering Caribbean heat to strike a tournament best 82 not out for the Hampshire Seniors against the Wanderers at the famous Barbados Police ground in Weymouth, where Sir Garfield Sobers cut his teeth in local island club cricket as a 15-year old.
The mercury sizzled around the 32C mark as the Bashley maestro cut loose – locals in the crowd being struck with awe as Britton ran 68 of his 82 runs.
He explained: “The boundary was massive. I hit one six and two fours and had to run the rest – but the hours I’d spent in the gym and running around the roads of New Milton pre-tour paid off.”
Regulars at the Police club, one of the most famous grounds in Barbados, thought they were watching Sobers in disguise as Britton sublimely too the West Indian bowling apart, without getting the century reward his knock justified.
Wanderers hurried home by six wickets in 29.2 overs to inflict a second consecutive defeat on the sun baked Seniors, who suffered a 16-run defeat by a strong Barbados Cricket League Vets XI the previous day.
Basingstoke & North Hants all-rounder Keith Harsham top scored in the Seniors’ 152 all out after the BCL had posted 168-9.
[The 'crease' regrets that, since the above photograph was taken, Iain Britton has lost his job as Sway's school crossing patrol operative.]
DEAN Park, Bournemouth, which hosted Hampshire county championship matches until 1992, will no longer be able to host club cricket if new plans are approved.
Owner Dean Park Cricket Ltd, which bought the site from the Cooper Dean Estate in 2014, wants to build three all-weather pitches around the northern and eastern edges of the existing cricket ground.
The firm says its plans will reduce the size of the boundary field to an extent it will no longer be usable for competitive/club cricket.
The company, which has "close ties" with the independent Park School, says in its application that previous users Dorset County and Parley cricket clubs were offered the use of the ground at "a very low rent" but ceased to use it in 2016.
"Some harm to the significance of the cricket ground may result from the ending of its potential use for competitive/club cricket," the planning statement says.
"Such harm is less than substantial and outweighed by the significant benefits of the development. Furthermore, junior cricket will continue to be played at the grounds, sustaining part of its historic use."
The company says the site's facilities will remain "available as a venue for local clubs, local schools and for training sessions" when not in use by Park School.
The former home of Dorset and Hampshire county cricket clubs, the ground has a Grade II listed pavilion, built in 1902, which was last year converted into the Dean Park Day Nursery.
The all-weather pitches would measure 40m x 35m and are intended for football, netball and hockey, with construction likely to take 15 weeks.
Back in April last year, Parley Cricket Club said it had sought to continue using the ground and, although Dean Park Cricket Ltd had offered the use of the site rent-free, it feared rising costs in future.
Then-chairman Graham Stickland said the Park School's decision to lease the pavilion to a nursery, leading to limitations on the use of the pitch, had forced the club to back out of the negotiations.
"I think cricket will stop there forthwith," he said at the time. "We are disappointed, for Bournemouth and for local cricket, but Park School own it and have their plans and what more can one say."
Then, the directors of Dean Park Cricket Ltd said: "When we bought Dean Park our hopes were to preserve the site and to give Park School a large area of grass and pitches where pupils can play sport.
"We also planned to try and keep the ground as a good quality venue for cricket. To this end we have refurbished the square, the outfield and the perimeter. Dean Park is a lovely green site in the middle of Bournemouth and we are working very hard to keep it that way."
Hampshire Seniors are off to a flying start in their Calypso Caribbean tour beating East Anglia - and the blistering Barbados heat - by nine runs in a 32-over affair at the famous YMPC ground in Weymouth.
Colin Handley (37) and Keith Harsham (22 not out) top scored in Hampshire's 122-6 - a modest total they defended with Peter Doust taking 4-25 and off-spinner Chris Wood, who took three wickets for only two runs.
Hampshire look to build on their nine-run win against the potentially powerful Barbados Cricket League Vets, their prospects already being boosted by the recall of Gosport Borough all-rounder John Adams.