John Hampshire

Country: England
Born: February 10, 1941, Thurnscoe, Yorkshire
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Died: March 01, 2017 (aged 76y 19d)

John Hampshire Bio

John Harry Hampshire was a highly skilled and stylish cricketer hailing from England. Born on April 9, 1941, in Barnsley, Yorkshire, Hampshire grew up with a deep passion for cricket and an unwavering determination to succeed. He left an indelible mark on the cricketing world, exhibiting exceptional talent as a batsman and establishing himself as a remarkable fielder.

Hampshire’s journey commenced on a high note when he made his Test debut against West Indies in 1969. In a groundbreaking performance, he became the first player to score a Test hundred on debut at the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground. This remarkable achievement provided a glimpse of the great potential he possessed as a cricketer, with many anticipating a promising future for Hampshire in the game.

However, Hampshire’s international career took a significant setback as he was surprisingly dropped after just one more match. Consequently, his appearances for the national team became sporadic, overshadowed by inconsistencies in his county form. Despite this, Hampshire remained an attractive and courageous batsman, known for his front-foot dominance and elegant stroke play.

In addition to his prowess with the bat, Hampshire was renowned for his exceptional fielding skills. Whether stationed in the slips or patrolling the infield, he demonstrated unrivaled agility and sharp reflexes. Hampshire’s reliability as a close fielder left an indelible impact on the game and further highlighted his versatility as a cricketer.

Hampshire’s captaincy skills were put to the test when he took charge of Yorkshire for two seasons, from 1979 to 1980. This period coincided with a turbulent phase in the team’s history. One incident that particularly stood out was Hampshire’s decision to stage an infamous go-slow at Northampton. This controversial move was a protest against what he perceived as selfish batting by one of Yorkshire’s legendary cricketers, Geoff Boycott. Although it cost the team a bonus point, Hampshire’s commitment to fair play and team spirit was undeniable.

Following his stint as captain, Hampshire joined Derbyshire, where he enjoyed three seasons of relative tranquility. It was during this phase that he displayed his cricketing expertise consistently, adding value to the team both as a batsman and as a leader. Hampshire’s experience and maturity greatly contributed to the success of Derbyshire during his tenure.

In 1985, Hampshire transitioned to a new phase of his cricketing career by becoming a first-class umpire. His astute decision-making, unbiased approach, and adherence to the rules ensured high-quality officiating. Hampshire’s commendable performance as an umpire earned him a place on the prestigious Test list in 1989. Continuing to showcase his expertise, he was later added to the ICC panel of umpires in 1999.

Throughout his umpiring journey, Hampshire remained a popular figure among players, officials, and spectators alike. With an inherent understanding of the nuances of the game and an unwavering commitment to fairness, he earned the respect and admiration of all involved in the cricketing world.

Hampshire’s career as an umpire came to a close in 2005, after which he retired from professional cricket entirely. However, his contributions and impact on the game are immeasurable. Known for his attractive batting style, exceptional fielding, and dedication to the spirit of cricket, John Harry Hampshire remains an influential figure in the history of English cricket.

John Hampshire Career Stats

John Hampshire Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 16 1 403 107 26.86 929 43.37 1 2 55 0 9 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 3 1 48 25* 24 86 55.81 0 0 7 0 0 0
FC 577 924 112 28059 183* 34.55 - - 43 156 - - 446 0
List A 280 267 32 7314 119 31.12 - - 7 41 - - 84 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

John Hampshire Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 577 - 2539 1637 30 7/52 - 54.56 3.86 84.6 - 2 0
List A 280 - 54 45 1 1/22 1/22 45 5 54 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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