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
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.
Bashley (Rydal) left-arm pace bowler Tom Barber has celebrated a new two-year Middlesex county contract by selection for England’s International Pathway Pace Programme.
The Programme will be led by one-time Hampshire pace bowler Kevin Shine, the ECB's lead fast-bowling coach, and he will be assisted by Matt Mason, the Worcestershire assistant and fast bowling coach.
In addition to the opportunity for warm-weather training in South Africa early next year at the High Performance Institute for Sport at North West University's Potchefstroom campus, Barber and several other the bowlers will also make two trips to the Desert Springs resort in southern Spain.
After splitting their time between their counties and the Loughborough Performance Centre through October and November, the Pace Programme will head for Spain from December 9-14, and again from February 27 - March 3, after their return from South Africa.
Barber played twice for Middlesex in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast, producing a fiery spell under the gaze of the Sky Sports television cameras against Hampshire at Lord’s.
Havant and Hampshire 2nd XI off-spinner Brad Taylor will spend the winter in Wellington, receiving specialist coaching from Jeetan Patel of Warwickshire and New Zealand, and training with the Wellington Firebirds, in addition to playing club cricket in the Ewan Chatfield Trophy.
David Parsons, the ECB's Performance Director, explained: "By exposing talented young players to an unsupported, unstructured cricket programme in a challenging overseas environment, the aim of Overseas Placements is to develop the skills and also independence required to be a successful international cricketer."
Three of Havant’s title winning side are included in the ECB Southern Premier Division ‘Team of the Year.’
They are skipper and leading run scorer Ben Walker, opening bat Stuart Ransley (pictured above) and left-arm spinner Chris Morgan.
The ‘select’ team includes two teenagers – Academy captain Felix Organ and Harry Came – and Lymington’s Matt Metcalfe, who hovered up the bowling award for a fifth time.
Premier Division select team -
Stuart Ransley (Havant)
Hit two centuries, including a decisive one against South Wilts, his 540 runs played a key role in Havant’s title triumph.
* Tom Arnold (New Milton)
Jointly retained his wicket-keeping award winning tag, made 401 runs, often on a trying home surface.
+ Ben Walker (Havant)
Double title winning captain, topped Premier batting charts with 602 runs, inc one century and five scores of 50-plus.
Felix Organ (Academy)
Leading young player in the SPL with England Under-19 ICC World Cup aspirations, made 498 runs and took 11 wickets for the Academy
Harry Came (St Cross Symondians)
Became a real team player as the season progressed, favourite for the YC award with 579 runs (two tons) and 19 wickets.
Scott Myers (Alton)
Often held Alton’s uncertain batting order together, with 491 runs.
James Hibberd (South Wilts)
Led a promising home grown South Wilts into an unexpected title push, taking 26 wickets.
Matt Metcalfe (Lymington)
Perennial bowling award winner, his 36 wickets had Lymington contesting the title for two-thirds of the season.
Dan Stancliffe (Burridge)
With 84 wickets in past three seasons, plus a handy late-order bat, has developed into a formidable all-rounder.
Chris Morgan (Havant)
The lead left-arm spinner in the SPL, took 32 wickets towards the championship cause.
Luke Evans (South Wilts)
Made massive steps this season, finishing with 35 wickets.
Thee promising Southern Premier League cricketers are poised to migrate and spend the upcoming winter in sunnier climes.
St Cross Symondians duo Harry Came and Billy Mead head to Cape Town to link up with the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy in Constantia, while Fair Oak all-rounder Charlie Gwynn is confident he'll beat jet leg and be fully fit to make his debut for Middle Park in one of Melbourne's sub-district competitions on Saturday morning.
Hampshire Seniors jet off to Barbados on Friday morning for a Caribbean 50s tournament, boosted by the news that Gosport Borough's John Adams has been passed fully fit to spearhead their attack.
Joined in the squad by Gosport team-mates Pete Robson and Tony Stares, Adams will take the new ball in the 35-over matches against East Anglia, the Barbados Cricket League and the locally based Wanderers club. Two of the matches take place at the YMPC ground at Weymouth.
Essex and Wiltshire play in a separate four-team group, completed by Kings Park and Maxwell.
You can follow the Seniors' match details exclusively on this website, wef Sunday evening.
Hampshire Academy pair Felix Organ and Tom Scriven have been selected for play for England Under-19s against South Africa and Namibia in a pre-Christmas Tri-Series in Potchefstroom in December. The Tr--Series is a forerunner to the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Back (from left): Kieran Moors, Jack Roberts, Josh Bowring, Tom Atkins, Brandon Ward, Oliver Kelly.
Front: Ed Freeman, Josh Royan, Billy Quigley, Cameron Robertson, Harry Fisher.
Relegated at the end of the 2016 season, Lymington seconds are back in the Southern Premier League next summer having finished runners-up to Portsmouth & Southsea in County Division One.
Now they want a level playing field to play on in 2018 – meaning a change in the rules so they and the other five second teams in the SPL, can include a young overseas player in their ranks.
The matter looks set to be raised once again at next month’s AGM when Lymington (and associates), not unreasonably, will want their second teams playing under the same match regulations as everyone else.
The proposal for 2018 will, as before, be for second teams to have an Under-21 cricketer in their ranks, who can only turn out for that team.
Current legislation states that the 34 SPL clubs can register only one foreign national each – which means the six second teams being handicapped, effectively with one hand tied behind their backs, when they play other club’s first XIs.
If the rules aren’t changed, Lymington will be unable to play a young Australian against, for example, Fawley, whereas their opponents could (if they decide to sign one) benefit from overseas aid.
Is that a fair and level playing field ?
Lymington have good reason to want the rules changed.
Their overseas player from this summer, 19-year old Billy Quigley from Melbourne, not only had an outstanding season on the field – he made three hundreds in his 777-run aggregate and took 24 wickets – but made an enormous contribution off it.
Lymington two’s captain Oli Kelly pointed out: “Billy did more for the colts, the club and the local community than a number of ex-test/first class/first grade pros.
“He simply wanted to come over and play cricket at the age of 19 – he didn’t think he was a “top drawer” player and happily played in our IIs.
"Billy Quigley will go down as one of the all time great Lymo overseas. Obviously he performed out of his skin on a Saturday but he was also universally popular within the club and spent hundreds of hours coaching the colts.
“Guys like this should not be prohibited from playing in the third and fourth tier of the local league structure.”
* The Premier League rule change Lymington will be supporting is that all 2nd XIs (there are six of them in total) should be able to register a foreign national who is under-21 year of age (ie a sixth-form leaver or gap year student), that player to be solely registered for the club's second team, and to possess such coaching qualifcations as are currently stated in the SPL rules.
Star Tichborne Park all-rounder Tom Allam has broken his right leg playing in a Hampshire League soccer match for Four Marks.
Allam, pictured, was taken to hospital after only two minutes of Four Marks’ eventual 4-0 win over Headley United.
He underwent a two-hour operation on a spiral fracture of the right tibia, now supported by two plates and eight bolts.
“I won’t be playing football again this season, that’s for sure,” said Tom, who added: "“But I’m looking on the positive side and would ideally like to be back in the gym around February to start getting myself ready for the 2018 cricket season.”
Next year promises to be a big one for Tom, who hopes to be fit to take over the Tichborne Park captaincy from his elder brother Will.
Relegated Tichborne Park finished bottom of Southern Premier League Division 1 this season.
How does a spot of Barbados cricket, topped up by a rum punch or two and some pre-season Caribbean sunshine in March 2018 grab you ?
Interested ? If you are, Bournemouth have a few vacancies in their playing squad to fly to Barbados on March 9 – a trip that will coincide with the ECB North-South fixture and county champions Essex facing the MCC at the Bridgetown Oval and the Three Ws stadium at the University complex.
There is a tour meeting of interested parties at Bournemouth Sports Club’s main Chapel Gate pavilion this Thursday evening (March 28), so pop along there if you are a decent league cricketer and are interested in going to Barbados.
Further information from Jon Clutterbuck: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampshire’s Septuagenarian cricketers are National Over-70s champions for the second season running.
They retained their vintage title with a 23-run win over Worcestershire in the final at Marlborough, where England 70s star Mike Swain (left) made 64 to take his Hampshire Seniors’ run tally past the 1,000 mark for the second consecutive season.
The former Gosport Borough left-hander hit four 70s centuries during the summer, his highest 135 not out coming in an emphatic semi-final win over Sussex at Three Bridges.
Warwickshire 201-5 (Hall 2-24) Hampshire 202-7 (Swain 127). Hampshire won by three wickets.
Hampshire 210-6 (Swain 103, Watson 39) Worcestershire 211-4 (Davis 77, Knowles 60). Worcestershire won by four wickets.
Cheshire 159-8 (Brown 102*, Hicks 2-17, Smith 2-23) Hampshire 73 (Langford 23). Cheshire won by 86 runs.
Hampshire 224-5 (Watson 101, Kyle 35, Green 27) Worcestershire 185-5 (Brown 71, Hicks 3-41). Hampshire won by 39 runs.
Hampshire 216-3 (Swain 122, Blakey 33, Watson 30) Gloucestershire 67 (Biddlecombe 3-11, Langford 2-11). Hampshire won by 149 runs.
Hampshire 155-7 (Watson 46, Swain 37, Kyte 38) Warwickshire 144-7 (Hall 2-15, Biddlecombe 2-38). Hampshire won by 11 runs.
Hampshire 207-4 (Swain 135*, Kyte 28, Watson 25) Sussex 98 (Langford 3-24, Smith 2-3, Hall 2-26). Hampshire won by 109 runs.
Hampshire 189-5 (Swain 64, Watson 47) Worcestershire 166-9 (Stratford 5-28). Hampshire won by 23 runs.
Hampshire 70s’ cup winning squad: Jan Bridle, Ron Biddlecombe, Clive Hacker, Stuart Hicks, Clive Smith, Peter Green, Edward (Buddy) Langford, George Stratford, John Hall, Mike Swain, Neil Blackey, Ian Watson, Russell Kyte.
Third placed Bournemouth missed out on a promotion ticket but had the consolation of having three of their players named in a Southern Premier League Division 1 ‘Team of the Season.’
Brothers Chris (left) and Nick Park once again featured prominently in the individual performance statistics on which the ‘Team selection’ was largely based, with teenage left-arm spinner Dom Clutterbuck chosen as one of the spin bowlers.
Title winning captain Mark Lavelle and young left-hander Ben Johns are selected from Calmore Sports, along with Basingstoke & North Hants all-rounder David Griffiths and Mitchell Stokes.
Division 1 ‘team’ -
Nick Park (Bournemouth)
Consistent all summer with 525 runs including four 50-plus scores.
Ricky Rawlins (Sarisbury Athletic)
Terrific season, with 485 runs and 20 wickets.
Ben Thane (Hook & Newnham Basics)
Led from the front for Hook with 494 runs and 14 wickets.
Ben Johns (Calmore Sports)
Teenage left-hander, won SPL1 batting award with 539 runs.
Mitch Stokes (Basingstoke)
Ultimately led Basingstoke to promotion, with 532 runs and 18 wickets.
David Lloyd (Rowledge)
417 runs and 22 wickets for a relegated team.
+ Chris Park (Bournemouth)
Often had to prop up a fragile batting order with 388 runs and 23 victims.
Suman Ganguly (Liphook & Ripsley)
Explosive all-rounder with 380 runs and 14 wickets.
David Griffiths (Basingstoke)
His 39 wickets (at pace) and 250-odd runs had a major impact in Basingstoke’s eventual promotion.
* Mark Lavelle (Calmore Sports)
His 32 wickets (inc 8-17 at Tichborne Park) and nagging line a key factor in Calmore’s title win.
Dom Clutterbuck (Bournemouth)
Still the best young spin bowler in SPL1, took 29 wickets