Monday, February 12

Douglas John Insole(1926-2017) Test Cap No.349

Full name Douglas John Insole 349
Born April 18, 1926, Clapton, London
Died August 5, 2017 (aged 91 years 109 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Douglas John "Doug" Insole CBE was an English cricketer, who played for Cambridge University, Essex and in nine Test matches for England, five of them on the 1956–57 tour of South Africa, where he was vice-captain to Peter May. After retiring from playing, he was prominent in cricket administration, and served as chairman of the England selectors and as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Insole was born in Clapton, London, attended the Monoux School, Walthamstow, and lived most of his adult life at Chingford. He was cricket captain of Cambridge University whilst a history student at St Catharine's College and went on to captain Essex for many years. He scored 20,113 first-class runs for Essex, the ninth highest aggregate for the club.He played as a wicket-keeper, batsmen, and as a bowler.He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1956. He was President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the twelve months, beginning on 1 October 2006. For his many services to cricket, Insole was appointed a CBE in 1979.

Insole was chairman of selectors for England in the 1960s, and in 1968, he was criticized for presiding over the non-selection of Basil D'Oliveira for a tour to South Africa. Only later did it become generally known that the selectors had been pressurised into omitting D'Oliveira because he was a 'coloured' South African and his inclusion in a team to visit the country, then under apartheid, was thought to be undiplomatic.

Also during Insole's time Geoffrey Boycott was dropped, in 1967 after having scored 246 not out. Boycott admitted to still feeling aggrieved about this over 40 years later, while commenting on the third Test between New Zealand and England at Napier on 24 March 2008 and again during the Test Match Special commentary of England against the West Indies at Edgbaston on 7 June 2012, where he said that Insole "should have spelt his name with an A!"Again on 9 August 2014 during the 4th Test against India at Old Trafford, Insole's name was mentioned and Boycott was off on his tirade and reiterated his thoughts on how Insole's name should be spelt and was quickly silenced by Jonathan Agnew.

Insole was a first team footballer for the amateur Corinthian-Casuals F.C., and played in the 1956 FA Amateur Cup final, before they lost to Bishop Auckland in a replay.He managed the 1978-79 and 1982-83 Ashes tours to Australia,and for nine years to 2006 was chair of the European Cricket Council.Insole died on 5 August 2017, aged 91. His death was announced by Essex County Cricket Club the following day.

Doug Insole was probably better known for his influence on cricket after the end of his playing days rather than his exploits on the field. He was however, a fine batsman, who made over 50 first-class hundreds and had a modest Test career. His method was unorthodox, with an open stance, and a dominant bottom hand. This made him vulnerable to the ball moving away from him, but an excellent eye, combined with great concentration and tenacity, made him successful. He adapted his methods to the state of the game, but his natural inclination was to score at a fast rate.

An excellent slip fielder (he also occasionally kept wicket), Insole was also an outstanding leader. He honed his captaincy skills at Cambridge in 1949, and took over the leadership of Essex from T.N Pearce the following year. Essex finished bottom of the championship that summer, but over the next decade became a force in the championship, in no small part due to Insole's influence. He understood the game well, and was popular with his players. He bowled occasional medium pace, and was good enough to take 138 first-class wickets.

Insole's Test career consisted of nine matches spread over seven years. He debuted against West Indies in 1950, but twice was dismissed cheaply by Ramadhin as England were heavily defeated. Five years later he was given a second opportunity against South Africa, and played a single Test against Australia in 1956, without notable success. He was chosen to vice-captain the England tourists visiting South Africa in 1956, and topped the England Test batting averages. He made an important century in the third Test, and England won the series. He played for England just once more, making a duck in his final innings against South Africa in 1957. He continued to play for Essex until his retirement in 1963, having at that point made centuries against all the first-class counties, other than his own, with over 25,000 first-class runs.

Insole served cricket with considerable distinction after his playing career (earning the CBE). He was on the MCC committee for over 20 years, and an England selector for 19. Notably he was chair of the Test and County Cricket Board at the time of the Packer "crisis", and led English cricket through a difficult time with much common sense. He also managed the 1978-79 England tour of Australia, and latterly was chair of the European Cricket Council. In 2006 he was elected as president of MCC. Council.

Test debut England v West Indies at Nottingham, Jul 20-25, 1950
Last Test England v West Indies at Birmingham, May 30-Jun 4, 1957
First-class span 1947 - 1963
List A span 1969 - 1969

John Harry Hampshire Test Cap No.442

Full name John Harry Hampshire
Born February 10, 1941, Thurnscoe, Yorkshire
Died March 1, 2017 (aged 76 years 19 days)
Major teams England, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Tasmania, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Other Umpire

John Harry Hampshire also known as Jack Hampshire, was an English cricketer and umpire, who
played eight Tests and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) for England between 1969 and
1975.He played first-class cricket for Yorkshire from 1961 to 1981,and for Derbyshire from
1982 to 1984. Overseas, he was a successful captain of Tasmania in the period before the
state was included in the Sheffield Shield.He was also appointed President of Yorkshire
County Cricket Club in 2016, serving until his death.
Cricket writer Colin Bateman remarked, "Hampshire thrilled English cricket supporters when
he scored a century at Lord's on his Test debut – a unique achievement for an England
player. An attractive middle-order stroke-player, Hampshire looked one for the future but
he was dropped after one more match".

Born on 10 February 1941 in Thurnscoe, Hampshire came from a cricketing family.His father, John, played for Yorkshire in 1937.His younger brother, Alan, also played for the Yorkshire in 1975.Hampshire made his debut for his native Yorkshire at the age of 20 in 1961,where he had a twenty-year career with the club.Between 1969 and 1975 he played 8 Tests for England, scoring 403 runs.On his debut against the West Indies at Lord's, he made a dashing 107 and he appeared set for a glittering Test career. He was the first Englishman to score a Test hundred on debut at Lord's.Strangely, he was dropped after the next match, and faded away from the Test arena, making just half-a-dozen more Test appearances for England.

After the ousting of Geoff Boycott from the Yorkshire captaincy, Hampshire captained the club for two seasons from 1979 to 1980.The two had previously clashed, and in the last season of Boycott's captaincy, Hampshire had staged a 'go-slow' at Northampton – which cost Yorkshire a bonus point – as a protest against slow batting by his long-time rival. He left Yorkshire in 1981 during one of the county's then almost perennial bouts of civil war, and during the winter played for a Leicestershire team as a guest in Zimbabwe. In 1982 he joined Derbyshire where he stayed for three years.

Hampshire played for Tasmania for five years under the captaincy of Jack Simmons.He made his Sheffield Shield debut with Tasmania in their first season in 1977–78.He was a member of Tasmania's 1978–79 Gillette Cup-winning squad.Hampshire was a powerful stroke maker in the middle order, especially strong off the front foot. He scored 28,059 runs in 577 first-class matches at 34.55, including 43 centuries,with a highest score of 183 not out.He added another 7,314 runs in 280 one day matches with a best of 119 at 31.12.He was a brave close fielder who took 446 catches in his first-class career.He was seen as potentially useful leg spinner, taking 7 for 52 against Glamorgan in 1963.

After retiring from the playing arena, Hampshire became a county umpire in 1985.He was then appointed to the Test list in 1989,and later in 1999 he was added to the ICC panel of umpires.Hampshire stood in his first Test match as an umpire at Old Trafford during the 1989 Ashes.He remained a highly respected umpire on the first-class circuit until his retirement in 2005. He stood in 21 Tests and 20 One-day Internationals.He umpired the final of the last Benson and Hedges Cup competition in 2002 with Barry Dudleston, thirty years after having played against Dudleston in the first final of that competition held in 1972.

Test debut England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 26-Jul 1, 1969
Last Test England v Australia at Leeds, Aug 14-19, 1975
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971
Last ODI England v Australia at Lord's, Aug 26, 1972
First-class span 1961 - 1984