History of Hampshire County Cricket Club


First Class
County Championship - 1961 and 1973
County Championship Div 2 - 2014
List A
Nat West Bank Trophy - 1991
Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy - 2005
Friends Provident Trophy - 2009
John Player League - 1975, 1978 and 1986
Clydesdale Bank 40 - 2012
Benson and Hedges Cup - 1988 and 1992
Royal London One-Day Cup - 2018
Twenty20 Cup - 2010, 2012 and 2022
Fenner Trophy - 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1980 (shared)
Tilcon Trophy - 1976
Asda Challenge - 1984, 1986
Scarborough Festival Trophy - 1990
Joshua Tetley Trophy - 1992 (shared)
Bristol & West Trophy - 1994

Before 1864

There are Hampshire fixtures going back as far as 1766. These were before Hampshire County Cricket Club was formed.
They played 158 matches of which 128 were given First Class status. Of these 50 were at home and home matches were played at Hambledon Broad Halfpenny Down (14),
Hambledon, Cheden Holt (1), Hambledon, Windmill Down (9), Alresford (11), Luggershall (3), Bramshill College (3), Southampton, Day's Antelope (6)
and Southampton, Day's Itchen (3). None of these matches are included in the HCCC averages.

The Early Days (1864-1885)

Hampshire County Cricket Club played their first match that was designated as first class on 7th July 1864 v Sussex at The Antelope Ground, Southampton, which they lost by 10 wickets. Hampshire CCC played 3 further matches in 1864, a return against Sussex and 2 matches against Middlesex.
In 1865 against Middlesex at Islington, James Southerton became the first player to take 5 wickets in an innings (6-50).
Hampshire played another 70 first class matches between 1865 and 1885 mostly against other county teams but also another 12 matches versus The MCC.
It wasn't until Hampshire's 11th match v Surrey that Charles Frank Lucas became the first Hampshire cricketer to score a century.
Their first match at Northlands Road, Southampton was in 1885 against The MCC which they lost by an innings. They had to wait until their 5th match (Sussex) for their first victory at Northlands Road which was to become their home until the end of 2000.

Hampshire didn't play any first class matches between 1886 and 1894 but they did play many inter-County matches during this time.
They joined the Official County Championship in 1895.

The County Championship (pre World War 1)

Hampshire's first match in The County Championship was versus Somerset at Taunton in 1895 which they won by 11 runs despite being asked to follow-on.
They also won their first home match versus Derbyshire at Northlands Road. Despite this impressive start they finished 10th of 14.
Their best finish before war broke out was the 5th they acheived in 1914.
In 1899 Robert Poore with 304 against Somerset at Taunton was the first Hampshire player to score a triple hundred. In the same season he averaged an incredible 116.58.

The County Championship (between the wars)

Between the wars Hampshire never finished better than 6th despite having the services of Phil Mead, the 4th most prolific first class run scorer of all time.
In 1922 at Edgbaston a match took place against Warwickshire that can only be described as the most incredible match in not just Hampshire's history
but possibly of all time. Hampshire won the toss and put Warwickshire into bat. They scored 223 with Newman and Boyes both getting 4 wickets.
Hampshire 1st innings lasted just 8.5 overs as they were bowled out for just 15, their lowest ever score in any match. Phil Mead top scored with 6 not out.
Hampshire followed-on and with George Brown (172) and Walter Livsey (110no, his highest ever score) managed to score 521.
Warwickshire set 314 for victory were bowled out for 158 with Jack Newman taking 5-53. A victory for Hampshire by 155 runs.
In 1937 versus Warwickshire at Bournemouth, Dick Moore scored 316.
This remains the highest individual score by a Hampshire batsman, despite Crawley (twice) and Carberry being not out on 300+ in recent years

Post World War 2

After World War 2 things didn't improve until 1955 when they finished 3rd behind Surrey and Yorkshire.
They then finished runners-up in 1958 behind Surrey under the captaincy of Colin Ingleby-MacKenzie.

In 1961, still under the captaincy of Ingleby-MacKenzie they won their first County Championship title, winning 19 of their 32 matches.
The title was won at Dean Park when at 4:08 on 1st September Livingstone took the catch that won the match against Derbyshire and with it the County Championship.
Roy Marshall was the highest run scorer with 2,455 and Derek Shackleton took the most wickets with 153 but this was a team effort.
They used just 16 players in the 32 matches. The other 13 were: Dennis Baldry, Mike Barnard, Mervyn Burden, Jimmy Gray, Bernie Harrison,
Leo Harrison, Malcolm Heath, Henry Horton, Danny Livingstone, Peter Sainsbury, Brian Timms, Alan Wassell and Butch White.

Following the victory in 1961 they only finished 10th.

Hampshire again finished 10th in the County Championship.
A new one day (65 over) competition was introduced and sponsored by Gillette. Hampshire lost their only match to Derbyshire.

Hampshire's poor form in the County Championship continued, finishing 12th.
The Gillette Cup was reduced to 60 overs. Hampshire beat Wiltshire but lost to Warwickshire in the 2nd round.

Hampshire again finished 12th in the County Championship. In the match versus Lancashire at Old Trafford Bob Cottam took 9-25 which is Hampshire's best ever return in the Championship.
In the Gillette Cup Peter Sainsbury took 7-30 against Norfolk which is the best bowling performance by a Hampshire player in List A matches.
They lost in the quarter-finals to Warwickshire after beating Kent in round 2.

In the County Championship Hampshire finished 11th.
They reached their first semi-final in the Gillette Cup, losing to Worcestershire.

In the County Championship Hampshire again finished 11th.
Roy Marshall scored the first List A hundred by a Hampshire player against Lincolnshire at Basingstoke in the Gillette Cup. They lost to Sussex in the quarter-finals.

Hampshire's form in the County Championship has been consistent! They finished 12th and in the 7 seasons following their first title they have finished either 10th, 11th or 12th. The one good thing to come out of the season was the 2039 runs scored by Barry Richards in his debut season. This is the last time any player passed 2000 in a season for Hampshire.
In the Gillette Cup they lost to Warwickshire in the quarter-finals.

The Championship form improved in 1969, finishing 5th
They lost their only match in the Gillette Cup to Surrey but in the new 40 over Players County League they finished 2nd to Lancashire.

Form in the Championship took a dip when they finished 10th. Roy Marshall and Barry Richards both scored over 1400 runs and this season saw the debut of Gordon Greenidge.
In the Gillette Cup they lost to Lancashire in the quarter-finals and their form in the 40 over league, now sponsored by John Player dipped and they finished 12th.

In the County Championship, 5 players passed 1000 runs (Richards, Marshall, Greenidge, Gilliat and Turner) and Sainsbury took 100 wickets but they still only finished 9th.
They lost to Warwickshire, again in the quarter finals and they improved to 6th in the John Player League.

Form in County Championship didn't improve, again finishing 9th.
A new one day competition was launched sponsored by Benson and Hedges. Hampshire failed to qualify for the knock-out stage after winning 2 and losing 2 of their group matches.
They lost another quarter-final in the Gillette Cup this time to Lancashire and finished 6th in the John Player League. Barry Richards excelled with the bat scoring 993 runs at 55.16 in all List A matches.

Hampshire clinched their second County Championship when at 4PM on August 30th, again at Dean Park (against Gloucestershire) they claimed the batting point that meant they could not be caught.
In the 20 matches played they never lost any, winning 10 and drawing 10. They were captained by Richard Gilliat. Gordon Greenidge scored
the most runs (1,620) and Bob Herman and Mike Taylor both took 63 wickets. Peter Sainsbury was the only survivor from their 1st Championship win.
Hampshire used just 13 players during this Championship winning season.
The other 8 were: Trevor Jesty, Richard Lewis, Tom Mottram, Andy Murtagh, David O'Sullivan, Barry Richards, Bob Stephenson and David Turner.
Their fortunes in List A competitions were not as good. They finished 3rd in the John Player league, lost in the 2nd round of Gillette Cup and the quarter-final of The B&H.

They followed up their victory in 1973 with runners-up in 1974 and had their final game at Bournemouth not been abandoned without a ball
being bowled they surely would have won the title again. They lost the title by just 2 points to Worcestershire.
The record in List A was more or less a carbon copy of the previous season. 5th in John Player League, 2nd round of Gillette and quarter-finals of B&H.

Hampshire finished 3rd in the County Championship.
They also had their best ever List A season. They won their first John Player League under Richard Gilliat winning 13 of 16 matches.
The title was won in their final match at Darley Dale when they beat Derbyshire by 70 runs.
The winning squad were Nigel Cowley, Gordon Greenidge, Bob Herman, Trevor Jesty, Richard Lewis, Tom Mottram, Andy Murtagh, Barry Richards, Andy Roberts, Peter Sainsbury
John Southern, Bob Stephenson, Mike Taylor and David Turner. They also got to their first B&H semi-final losing to Leicestershire. In the match versus Glamorgan at
Southampton, Gordon Greenidge scored 177, the highest LIST A score by a Hampshire player. This record stood for 42 years until James Vince scored 178 also against Glamorgan.
In this match Hampshire scored 371-4 which is their highest ever List A total.
Finally, they lost in the quarter-finals of the Gillette Cup.

Hampshire finished 12th in the County Championship with Barry Richards scoring 1572 runs and Peter Sainsbury taking 66 wickets.
In the Gillette Cup they lost in the semi-final against Northamptonshire. They finished 8th in the John Player League and failed to qualify for the knock-out stage of the B&H.

Hampshire improved by one place and finished 11th in County Championship. Gordon Greenidge top scored with 1771 and John Southern took 53 wickets.
Middlesex knocked Hampshire out of the Gillette Cup in the quarter-final. In the John Player League they improved to 4th. They lost in the semi-final of the B&H to
Gloucestershire with Mike Procter taking 6-13 including a hat-trick.

The form in the County Championship improved slightly and they finished 8th with Gordon Greenidge again top scoring with 1711. John Southern was again top wicket taker with 72.
After losing their only match in the Gillett Cup and failing to get into the knock-out stage of the B&H, Hampshire went on to win their 2nd John Player League captained by Richard Gilliat.
They secured the title when beating Middlesex at Dean Park on 3rd September.
Their squad was Nigel Cowley, Richard Elms, Gordon Greenidge, Trevor Jesty, Nick Pocock, John Rice, Barry Richards, Andy Roberts, David Rock, John Southern, Bob Stephenson, Keith Stevenson,
Mike Taylor, Paul Terry, Tim Tremlett and David Turner.

Hampshire's failure to challenge for the County Championship continued when they finished 12th. However, on the plus side we saw the debut of Malcolm Marshall who took 46 wickets at 20.80.
They lost in the 2nd round of the Gillett Cup and again failed to qualify for the knock-out stage of the B&H. As holders of the John Player league they failed to make an impression and finished 10th.

In 1980 they won just 1 County Championship match and finished bottom for the first time since 1905.
Their form in List A wasn't much better. They lost in the quarter-finals of the Gillett Cup, 11th in the John Player League and failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the B&H.

Hampshire improved in 1981 and finished 7th in the County Championship with Malcolm Marshall taking 68 wickets.
Their List A form also improved with another quarter-final defeat in the newly sponsored Nat West Trophy. They finished 6th in the John Player League and again failed to get out the B&H group stage.

Hampshire showed more improvement in the County Championship and finished 3rd. Malcolm Marshall took an incredible 134 wickets at 15.73 including 5 wickets in an innings on 12 occasions and 10 wickets in a match 4 times. It was also the most wickets in a season since Derek Shackleton in 1964.
They lost in another quarter-final this time to Surrey, finished 5th in the John Player league and failed to reach the knock-out stage of the B&H for the 5th consecutive season.

Hampshire's consistent form in the County Championship continued and they finished 3rd again. 5 players passed 1000 runs and Malcom Marshall took 80 wickets.
They lost to Kent in the semi-final of the Nat West Trophy and finished 5th in the John Player League. They finally got out the group stage of the B&H but lost in quarter-finals to Kent.
1983 saw the debut of Robin Smith who went on to become Hampshire's leading List A run scorer.

Despite 6 batsmen reaching 1000 runs and 3 bowlers passing 50 wickets Hampshire could only finish 15th in the Championship.
Their List A form wasn't much better as they lost in the 2nd round of the Nat West, finished 9th in the John Player and again failed to get out the group stage of the B&H.

1985 was a much better year for Hampshire as they finished runners-up in the County Championship behind Middlesex. 5 players passed 1000 runs with Chris Smith the highest with 1720 at 53.75.
Malcolm Marshall took 95 wickets at 17.68. Tim Tremlett and Raj Maru also bowled well taking 75 and 64 wickets respectively.
Their List A form also improved. They lost an exciting semi-final to Essex in the Nat West, finished 3rd in the John Player and lost another close game versus Leicestershire in the quarter-final of B&H.
This season also saw a significant change in the rules with wides and no-balls now being recorded against the bowler and not just extras.

Hampshire finished 6th in the Championship. The batting wasn't as consistent as the previous year with only Gordon Greenidge (1916) and Robin Smith (1100) passing 1000 runs.
The bowling was all about Malcolm Marshall. He took almost a third of all the wickets and ended on exactly 100 at just over 15 apiece.
Hampshire won their 3rd John Player League captained by Mark Nicholas when beating Surrey at The Oval on 7th September.
Their full squad was Paul-Jan Bakker, Cardigan Connor, Nigel Cowley, Gordon Greenidge, Kevan James, Malcolm Marshall,
Bobby Parks, Richard Scott, Chris Smith, Robin Smith, Paul Terry, Tim Tremlett and David Turner.
Form in the other List A competitions wasn't as good as they lost in the 2nd round of the Nat West and failed again to reach the knock-out stage of the B&H.

Form improved slightly in the Championship with 4 players passing 1000 which helped them to finish 5th.
List A form however, declined as they finished 7th in the newly sponsored Refuge Assurance League, lost in the 2nd round of the Nat West and the quarter-finals of the B&H.

Form in the Championship took a dip, finishing 15th. This season saw the introduction of 4 day matches with each county playing 6 4-day and 16 3-day matches.
However, 1988 was all about a Lords Final. At the 7th attempt they finally won a semi-final to reach their first final. They beat Derbyshire by 7 wickets.
The winning team captained by Mark Nicholas was Paul Terry, Chris Smith, Robin Smith, David Turner, Jon Ayling, Stephen Jefferies, Bobby Parks, Nigel Cowley, Cardigan Connor and Steve Andrew.
Man of the Match was Stephen Jefferies for his 5-13 off 10 overs.
They missed out on a 2nd Lords final when losing to Worcestershire in the Nat West semi-final. In the Refuge Assurance League they finished 7th.

Hampshire improved their position in the County Championship from last season when finishing 6th.
In the Refuge Assurance League they finished in the same position as the previous season, 7th. They lost yet another semi-final in the Nat West and didn't qualify for the knock-out stage in the B&H.

Hampshire finished 3rd in the Championship with Chris Smith top scoring with 1678 runs at an average of almost 60. Malcom Marshall topped the bowling with 72 wickets at under 20 each.
They lost in a semi-final for the 9th time in 10 and also the 3rd S/F loss in 3 seasons when they lost to Northamptonshire in the Nat West Trophy.
They finished 5th in the Refuge and again failed to qualify for the knock-out stage of the B&H.

Their up and down form in the County Championship contined when finishing 9th.
They lost to Essex in the quarter-final of the B&H and finished bottom of the Refuge Assurance League. But this was all forgotton when they reached a final at Lords for the 2nd time and their first
in the Nat West. They beat Surrey under the captaincy of David Gower. The rest of the team were: Paul Terry, Tony Middleton, Robin Smith, Kevan James, Jon Ayling, Andrian Aymes,
Rajesh Maru, Shaun Udal, Cardigan Connor and Aaqib Javed. Man of the match was Robin Smith for his 78.
Chris Smith scored 1004 runs in List A matches at an average of 77.23. This is the only time a Hampshire player has passed 1000 in List A matches.

They struggled in the Championship and finished 15th. The County Championship now had 18 teams as Durham joined the first class counties.
This season also saw the last Hampshire match played at Dean Park, Bournemouth. They have played regular matches here since 1897.
They lost in the 2nd round of the Nat West against Kent but 2 days later they got their revenge when beating Kent in the final of the Benson and Hedges Cup at Lords.
This was Hampshire's 3rd Lords Final. They were captained by Mark Nicholas and Robin Smith was man of the match again for his 90. The rest of the team was:Paul Terry, Tony Middleton,
David Gower, Malcolm Marshall, Kevan James, Jon Ayling, Bobby Parks, Shaun Udal and Cardigan Connor.
In the un-sponsored Sunday League they finished 3rd behind Middlesex and Essex. Shaun Udal excelled with the ball in List A taking 51 wickets at 18.74.

The format changed this year with each county now playing each other once in a 4 day match. Hampshire's fortunes didn't change much as they finished 13th.
Their List A form failed to live up to the form of previous seasons. They lost in the quarter-final of the B&H and finished 15th in the newly sponsored AXA one day league.
In the Nat West they lost to local rivals Sussex in the 2nd round. Sussex needing 249 for victory lost their first wicket with the scores level.

Hampshire again finished in 13th position. Mark Nicholas, Robin Smith and Paul Terry all passed 1000 runs and Cardigan Connor (67) and Shaun Udal (62) were the pick of the bowlers.
In the B&H they lost another semi-final, this time to Worcestershire. In the Nat West they lost to Kent in the 2nd round and finished 12th in the AXA League.

They finished 13th in the Championship for the 3rd year running. Only Mark Nicholas passed 1000 runs. Udal, Streak and Connor all took 50+ wickets.
In the B&H they didn't qualify for the quarter-finals and they lost in the 1st round of the Nat West to Leicestershire. In the AXA they won just 3 matches and finished bottom.

Hampshire finished 14th in the Championship and only Robin Smith passed 1000 runs. No bowler reached the 50 wicket milestone.
Their involvement in the B&H was over in the middle of May as they again failed to get out of the group stage. They lost a Nat West quarter-final to Essex and finished 15th in the AXA League.

Hampshire's mediocre form in the County Championship continued. Even with Matthew Hayden scoring 1438 runs at an average of 57.52, Hampshire won just 3 matches.
Another poor season in the List A competitions. Group stage in the B&H, 15th in the AXA League and losing in the 2nd round of Nat West to Glamorgan.

Hamshire made a vast improvement and finished 6th in the Championship. Although no batsman reached a 1000 runs there were good contributions from several players.
They also improved in the AXA League finishing 8th. Next season the one day league will be 2 divisions, so by finishing in the top half meant Hampshire would be in division 1.
They again failed to get out of the group stage in the B&H. In the Nat West they lost yet another semi-final, this time to Lancashire.

In 1999 the County Championship took on extra importance as the Championship would become 2 divisions in 2000. The top 9 would make Division 1 while the bottom 9 would be in Division 2.
Hampshire finished 7th and would therefore be in the top division in season 2000.
There was no Benson and Hedges Cup this season. There was instead a B&H Super Cup with just 8 counties entering. Hampshire lost in their only match. The format of the Nat West Trophy also changed
with more teams being added. Hampshire lost in the 4th round to Lancashire. The one day cup had new sponsors (CGU) and 2 divisons. The overs were increased to 45. Hampshire finished 8th and were relegated.

This season was to be the last at the Northlands Road which had been their home for 116 years. It also ended matches played at the United Services Ground, Portsmouth. They had played here since 1895.
Unfortunately they didn't do well in Division 1 and were relegated.
In September 2000 Hampshire lost to Yorkshire. This was Hampshire's last County Championship match at Northlands Road. In the previous match.
Will Kendall and Lawrence Prittipaul were the last players to score centuries at the ground while Dimi Mascarenhas took Hampshire's last first class wicket.
In the CGU divison 2 they finished 8th and in the B&H (now back to the normal format) they lost in the quarter-finals. In the Nat West they reached the semi-final for the 10th time (inc. Gillette).
They lost to Warwickshire and have now lost 9 semi-finals in this competition and won just once. Including B&H they have won 3 semi-finals out of 15.

A new era at The Rose Bowl

This was Hampshire's first season at their new ground, The Rose Bowl. In their first match Dimi Mascarenhas became the first player to score a century at the ground, while Derek Kenway
was the unlucky first batsmen to lose their wicket. They were unbeaten at their new ground, winning 5 and drawing 3 and they were promoted to division 1 after finished 2nd.
In List A matches they finished 4th in The Norwich Union League Division 2, lost in the 3rd round of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy and finished bottom of the South Group in the Benson and Hedges.

Hampshire struggled in division one and were relegated after winning just 2 of their 16 matches.
In the C&G Hampshire lost to Somerset in round 4. They finished a poor 7th in the Norwich Union division 2 and again didn't qualify for the knock-out stage in the B&H.
This year ended Benson and Hedges association which started in 1972.

In 2003 they had their worst finish since 1949 when they effectively finished 17th of 18 (or 8th in Division 2).
They got promoted to division 1 of the National League after finishing 3rd in division 2. In the C&G they lost their only match versus Sussex.
This season saw the start of the Twenty 20 competition. Hampshire won just 1 of their 5 matches and finished bottom of the Southern Group.

Shane Warne returned as captain in 2004 and there was a vast improvement and they finished 2nd and gained promotion back to the top division.
John Crawley scored only the 3rd first class triple hundred by a Hampshire player against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Shane Warne declared the Hampshire innings when Crawley needed just 16 runs to beat Hampshire's highest ever individual score.
They also did well in division 1 of the Totesport League finishing 3rd. In the C&G they lost in the 3rd round to Gloucestershire.
In the Twenty20 Cup they lost in the quarter-finals to Lancashire.

Hampshire finished runners-up and this was their best finish since 1985. John Crawley excelled with the bat scoring 1246 runs including a triple century against Nottinghamshire.
This is still the highest individual score at The Rose Bowl. In this match Hampshire scored 714-5 which is Hampshire's highest ever score in the County Championship.
When Shane Warne declared the Hampshire innings Crawley was just 6 runs short of beating Moore's score of 316 and becoming Hampshire's highest ever scorer in an innings.
They reached their 4th Lords Final in the C&G. They maintained their 100% record when beating Warwickshire. Man of the match was Sean Ervine for his 104 off 93 balls.
The team was captained by Shaun Udal and the rest of the team were: John Crawley, Nic Pothas, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Dimi Mascarenhas, Andy Bichel, Greg Lamb, Kevin Latouf
and Chris Tremlett. They also finished bottom in Division 1 of The Totesport League and were relegated.
In the Twenty20 Cup they finished 4th in the Southern Group.

Hampshire continued their good form and finished 3rd. John Crawley again finished top run scorer with 1737 at 66.80. Shane Warne took 58 wickets.
Hampshire were promoted to division 1 after finishing 3rd in the Nat West Pro40 League. In the C&G they finished 4th in the Southern Group.
In the Twenty20 Cup they finished 5th in the South Group.

In Shane Warne's final season, Hampshire finished 5th. Michael Carberry scored 5 centuries.
Hampshire reached a Lords final for the 5th time. They lost for the first time in a final to Durham. In division 1 of the Nat West Pro40 they finished 4th.
Their form in the Twenty20 Cup was poor and they won just 1 match from 8 and finished bottom in the South Group.

Dimi Mascarenhas took over as captain and Hampshire improved to finish 3rd. James Tomlinson took 67 wickets and the batting was consistent with Nic Pothas scoring most runs (963).
They had a great season in the Nat West Pro40 division 1 finishing 2nd to Sussex. In the Friends Provident Trophy they finished 4th in the South/West Group.
In the Twenty20 Cup they won half of their 10 matches in the South Group but failed to qualify for the knock-out stage.

Hampshire finished 6th winning just 3 of their 16 matches. Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry both passed 1000 runs and Imran Tahir took 52 wickets in his 2nd season.
In 2009 they again reached the final of the Friends Provident Trophy in a local derby against Sussex. Hampshire won their 5th Lords final by 5 wickets.
Dominic Cork was man of the match for his 4-41. Dimi Mascarenhas was captain and the rest of the team were: Michael Lumb, Jimmy Adams, Michael Carberry,
Sean Ervine, Chris Benham, Nic Pothas, Liam Dawson, Chris Tremlett and Imran Tahir.
They finished 5th in division 1 of the Nat West Pro40.
In the Twenty20 Cup they qualified for the quarter-finals but lost to Northamptonshire.

In 2010 they finished just above the relegation zone in 7th. Jimmy Adams showed good form with the bat scoring 1351 at 48.25 but Hampshire found winning matches difficult.
The home match versus Durham was played at May's Bounty, Basingstoke. This was their last match played at the ground where they first played in 1906.
The one-day league format was changed from 2 divisions to 3 groups with the final to be held at Lords. Hampshire finished 4th in Group C.
The finals day of the Friends Provident T20 was to be held at The Rose Bowl and Hampshire put their past form in T20 behind them and won a tense final by losing fewer wickets.
The winning team for S/F and Final was: Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, James Vince, Neil McKenzie (man of the match), Sean Ervine, Michael Carberry, Daniel Christian,
Dominic Cork (captain), Chris Wood, Michael Bates and Danny Briggs.

They were relegated to Division 2 after finishing bottom of division one. Only Neil McKenzie, in his second season with the county scored 1000 runs. Danny Briggs with 38 was the leading wicket taker.
There was one remarkable achievement during the season. In the home match versus Yorkshire Michael Carberry (300no) and Neil McKenzie (237) put on 527 for the 3rd wicket.
This is the highest partnership for Hampshire (any wicket) and is also the highest 3rd wicket partnership in first class cricket in Britain.
When Hampshire declared, with little chance of a result, Carberry was on 300 not out and needing just 17 runs to become Hampshire's top scorer in an innings.
This is the 3rd time in 8 seasons that Hampshire have declared leaving a player on 300+. Will anyone ever beat Dick Moore's 316?
Hampshire finished 4th in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40 and didn't qualify for the quarter-finals.
In the Friends Life T20 Hampshire again made the finals day at Edgbaston. They lost in the semi-final to Somerset after an eliminator.

From this season Hampshire's home will now be called The Ageas Bowl after getting ground sponsorship.
Under the new captaincy of Jimmy Adams Hampshire struggled with consistency and finished 4th.
No batsmen reached 1000 runs although Neil McKenzie scored 403 at 67.16 but he only played in 5 matches. David Balcombe had his best season taking 59 wickets.
Hampshire reached a Lords final for the the 6th time in the Clydesdale Bank 40. They beat Warwickshire in the most tense finish of any Lords final.
Hampshire scored 244 in their 40 overs with Jimmy Adams top scoring with 66 and winning the man of the match award. Warwickshire looked assured of victory as they
went into the last over needing 7 for victory and with just one ball to go the scores were level. But Carter failed to score off the last ball bowled by Kabir Ali
which meant Hampshire won because they lost less wickets. The winning team was: Michael Carberry, James Vince, Jimmy Adams (captain), Neil McKenzie, Sean Ervine,
Simon Katich, Liam Dawson, Michael Bates, Chris Wood, Kabir Ali and David Griffiths.
Hampshire also won the Friends Life T20 beating Yorkshire at Cardiff. The winning team in S/F and Final was: Michael Carberry, Jimmy Adams, James Vince, Neil McKenzie,
Sean Ervine, Simon Katich, Liam Dawson, Dimi Mascarenhas (captain), Chris Wood, Michael Bates and Danny Briggs.
Man of the match in the final was David Miller (Yorkshire) for his unbeaten 72.

Hampshire again finished 4th but James Vince with 1101 runs at 61.16 finally showed consistency along with his natural flair and ability. Liam Dawson also passed 1000 runs for the first time.
In the Yorkshire Bank 40, Hampshire lost in the semi-final to Glamorgan.
In the Friends Life T20 Hampshire reached the finals day for the 4th year running. They lost to Surrey in the semi-final at Edgbaston.

Hampshire gained promotion back to division one when winning the division 2 title. They wrapped up promotion at Cardiff when defeating Glamorgan and thanks to Essex beating
Worcestershire on the same day they went up as Champions. James Vince had another excellent season scoring 1525 at an average of 61. Jimmy Adams and Will Smith also reached 1000 runs.
James Tomlinson took 47 wickets including the first 6 in Glamorgan's 2nd innings in the decisive match at Cardiff.
Kyle Abbott was influential early season with 36 wickets and Matt Coles weighed in with 41.
In the new 50 over Royal London Cup Hampshire had an awful time. They beat Lancashire at Old Trafford with Maxwell scoring 146 but that was their only win in 8 matches.
The T20 competition was renamed the Nat West Blast and Hampshire again reached the finals day (for the 5th season running) at Edgbaston. They lost to Lancashire in the semi-final.

Hampshire struggled early season back in division one. With relegation staring them in the face they won 3 of their last 5 matches and avoided the drop on the last day of the season. They beat Nottinghamshire while Yorkshire did us a favour by beating Sussex on a tense final day. It was Fidel Edwards with 45 wickets in just 8 matches they helped Hampshire to the wins that kept them in division one. Michael Carberry was the only batsman to reach 1000 runs. Gareth Berg with 672 runs and 42 wickets was another successful signing.
In the Twenty20 Hampshire reached the finals day for the 6th time in 6 seasons but were beaten in the semi-final. In the Royal London Cup they were knocked out by Glamorgan in the quarter-finals.

This was Hampshire's most disappointing season for many years. They had many injury problems in the first half of the season. Their batting improved in the second half but the bowling was never good enough to take the 20 wickets in a match for victory. They won just 2 matches, both against the bottom team, Nottinghamshire.
They were originally relegated but were reinstated after Durham were relegated over financial issues.
Sean Ervine was the only batsman to reach 1000 first class runs. Mason Crane took the most first class wickets with 35.
In The Royal London One Day Cup they failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
After 6 successive Twenty20 Final Day appearances they failed to qualify for the knock-out stage.

Hampshire again failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup. Despite Vince with 178, Rossouw 156 and Bailey 145 all scoring big hundreds they still only managed to finish 6th in the South Group.
Hampshire reached T20 Finals Day for the 7th time in 8 years. They lost in the semi-final to Nottinghamshire. They have now lost 5 semi-finals at Edgbaston in the last 7 seasons.
In the County Championship they started the season well winning at Headingley and Taunton and beating Warwickshire at home. However, that home win was their last and ended the season in a relegation
struggle. When they lost to Essex in their penultimate match they still needed points in their last match at Edgbaston. In a tense last session they survived by holding on to a draw.
Kyle Abbott was the player of the season taking 60 Championship wickets (highest since 2008) and also scoring over 400 runs at an average of just under 30.

Hampshire started the year with a visit to Barbados. They entered the Cricket West Indies Super50. They failed to qualify for the knock-out stage finishing bottom of their group. They won just 2 of the 8 matches played.
In the Royal London One-Day Cup they did much better winning their 7th Lords Final against Kent. A magnificent 171 by James Vice in the semi-final gave us victory over Yorkshire.
In the final Hampshire scored a record breaking 330 (most in a Lords Final) including a great innings by Rilee Rossouw (125) which earned him the Man of the Match award and he shared an opening partnership of 136 with Tom Alsop (72). The team was captained by James Vince and the other 8 players were Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Lewis McManus, Joe Weatherley, Gareth Berg, Dale Steyn, Chris Wood and Mason Crane.
Following their success in the 50 over format, Hampshire's performance in the T20 Blast was quite the opposite. They won just 2 of their 14 matches and finished 8th in the South Group.
In the Championship they repeated their 5th position in division 1. James Vince was the highest run scorer with 962 and Fidel Edwards took 54 wickets and Kyle Abbott 51.

As holders of The Royal London One-Day Cup they again got to the final but lost to Somerset in the last ever one-day final at Lords.
James Vince (509) and Aiden Markram (466) starred with the bat and Kyle Abbott (20) and Liam Dawson (18) took most wickets. James Vince beat his previous best score when
scoring a brilliant 190 against Gloucestershire. This is the highest ever score by a Hampshire player in List A matches beating the previous best of 178 (also by Vince in 2017).
In the Blast they failed to qualify for the knock-out stage after finishing 7th in the South Group.
In The County Championship they finished a creditable 3rd. After a good start, winning 3 of their first 4 matches they then went 7 matches without a win. Finally, winning 2 of their last 3.
Sam Northeast scored most runs with 969. The season was dominated by an incredible bowling performance by Kyle Abbott against Somerset in the pemultimate match. He took 17 wickets,
breaking a Hampshire record that had stood for 92 years. He also took 71 wickets in the Championship, the most since Malcolm Marshall in 1990.

This season was devastated by Coronavirus. The season didn't start until 1st August. The County Championship and The Royal London One-Day Cup were cancelled.
A new first-class competition was introduced called The Bob Willis Trophy. Hampshire finished 4th in the South Group. They won 2, lost 2 and drew 1.
The Vitality T20 Blast was changed to 3 groups of 6. Hampshire finished bottom of the South Group winning just 2 of their 10 matches.
The season ended with a bang when Shaheen Afridi took the last 4 Middlesex wickets in 4 balls. He ended with 6 for 19 which is a new Hampshire record.

The format for The County Championship changed this year. The 18 counties were split into 3 groups. This meant that at the start of the season every County had a chance of becoming County Champions. However, it also meant that the 12 teams that progressed to Divisions 2 and 3 had 4 matches at the end of the season that meant very little other than their overall position between 7th and 18th. Hampshire finished 2nd in Group 2 after a nail-biting final Group match against Gloucestershire.
In Division One Hampshire went into the final match at Liverpool as leaders. In a low scoring match they lost to Lancashire by just one wicket (just the 8th time in their history). They finished in 4th place. James Vince was leading run maker with 816 and Kyle Abbott took must wickets with 46.
In the Royal London One-Day Cup Hampshire finished 6th in Group One so did not make the knock-out stage.
In the Twenty 20 Hampshire faired much better. They started poorly winning just one of their first 7 matches. These were all away as The Ageas Bowl was being used for International matches. Their first home match was abandonned and they then lost to Surrey. The chances of qualification for the quarter-finals were now very slim. However, they won their final 5 matches and scrapped into 4th place on run-rate after scoring 187 in just 13 overs against Glamorgan. They beat the current holders, Nottinghamshire in the quarter-final and so reached their 8th Finals Day. This equals the record for Finals Day appearances. They lost to Somerset in the Semi-finals. This is their 6th semi-final loss at Edgbaston.

A disappointing end to the County Championship where Hampshire gained just 7 points from a possible 48 in their final 2 matches. They were in with a chance of winning the title until the last two matches. They were never out the top 3 and were top after a thrilling victory over Northamptonshire. They eventually finished 3rd. Three bowlers (Abbott 58, Barker 52 and Abbas 50) took 50+ wickets and this is the first time since 1995 that this has happened. James Vince finished on most runs with 839.
They won the Twenty 20 Final at Edgbaston. After losing their first 4 matches they then won 12 of their next 13. They beat Somerset in the semi-final and Lancashire in a dramatic final. The winning team for both S/F and Final was James Vince (captain), Ben McDermott, Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson, Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, Nathan Ellis, Chris Wood. Mason Crane and Brad Wheal.
In The Royal London One-Day Cup they were beaten in the semi-final by Kent. In the group matches they won 7 of their 8 matches and finished top of their group. In was a splendid effort by a young side with many useful and promising performances by the young players, notably Tom Prest with 402 runs and John Turner with 20 wickets.

Hampshire finished 3rd in the County Championship equalling last season. They were never out of the top 4 and were top after defeating Northamptonshire in April. They finished the season with 3 straight including a last match win against champions Surrey.
James Vince was the only batter to reach 1000 runs. Only Mohammad Abbas took 50 wickets. Liam Dawson was Hampshire's 'Player of the Season' with 840 runs and 49 wickets in the County Championship. He also took 7-15 (Hampshire record) in the List A semi-final.
In the T20 they qualified for finals day for a record 10th time. They lost in the semi-final in a rain affected match against Essex. James Vince scored 670 runs and Nathan Ellis took 23 wickets.
John Turner made his T20 debut and took 21 wickets at an average of 11.76.
They got to the final of the Metro Bank One Day Cup but lost to Leicestershire at Trent Bridge. Fletcha Middleton top scored with 480 runs and Ian Holland took most wickets with 18.

Hampshire have a new ground sponsor this season. The ground name will now be The Utilita Bowl.

Hampshire's Record
Match TypePlayedWonLostTiedDraw/NRAban
County Championship (1895-2023)26557098554107215
All First Class (1864-2023)29287799554117218
List A (1963-2023)107753545383645
Twenty20 (2003-2023)2751331126915