In a brand new feature, we look back at what happened “On This Day” across Calmore Sports history.  Using the information uploaded to CricketArchive from the library of old club scorebooks and scoresheets and also within the club’s statistical database, we can look back through the years to see what happened in our history.  Today, we start with May 1.

Unfortunately, there are some matches missing but that is the nature of the beast sadly.

The first match was in 1971, a ‘time game’ at Romsey Sports Centre which ended in a rather uninspiring draw!

Calmore batted first and declared their innings after 38 overs with 142-3 on the board, mainly thanks to Stan Piper’s unbeaten 71 and contributions from Eddie Smith (23), Mike Glogg (14) and Vic Sevier’s 28 – his dismissal bringing about the declaration.

The home side lost two early wickets to Maurice Geary and Trevor Lawrence, including influential skipper Don Smith, before Tony Drake (42*) and Alex Hayes (43) salvaged them and the match ended with Romsey on just 111-3 from 37 overs, the other wicket falling to C. Taylor.

In 1982, Loperwood staged the first game of the season at home to Ellingham and fine performances from Ray Hurst and Terry Chilcott saw Calmore get home by four wickets with two balls to spare in a 40-over a side match.

It didn’t look this way when Mandeville (91) and Faulkner (50) put on 127 for the first wicket for the visitors but Ray claimed 4-25 in 12 overs to restrict the Foresters to 176-5 from their 40 overs, the other wicket falling to Tony Archer.   Regular wickets hampered the Calmore reply despite Bob Wilcocks (24) and Jim Gill’s (24) efforts, it was Terry’s superb 68 not out alongside Mike Newman (33) that led us to victory.

On the same day in 1982, the Third XI hosted Bartley on the ‘Old Ground’ but were well beaten by 7 wickets.  Frank Stuttard carried his bat across 40 overs for 42 not out (off 112 balls) as the Thirds made 113-9 – R. Dibben taken 5-20 in 16 overs!  Bartley made light work of the chase with P. Stride (55*) leading the way – Adi Goddard (2-21) and Denny Lock (1-23) with the wickets.

It was another pre-season friendly in 1993 where we came up short at New Milton by just 8 runs in a 45-over game.

Peter Wakefield (58) and Steve Watts (54) gave the home side a great start but they couldn’t handle Paul Draper, who returned figures of 7-4-6-3 which held New Milton to 176-5 from their 45 overs.  A number of the Calmore batsmen made starts and much was reliant on Dominic Newman’s swift 73.  Keith Woodhall with 21 and Steve Brandes 22 (off 19) wasn’t quite enough to see us home.

It was Sunday action in 1994 with the first XI travelling to Wimborne and the second XI at home to Mottisfont.

The first XI were beaten by 6 wickets after scoring 158 in their 40 overs, Chris Garrett 38, Tom Pegler 32 and Gary Stinson 22 with the main scores but Sam Neal’s 40 and 30 from R. Preston saw the Dorset men home with 41 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, back at Loperwood, the 2s scampered to a draw with the ‘Font.  Nigel Hill with 55 and Graham Kinchington 29 led RV’s side to 163-9 from 47 overs (Southwell taking 5-35).  Paul Grinham’s 3-26, including Adrian Poole caught behind by Paul Bowring without scoring, kept the visitors at bay despite Moody’s 68 and Rusling’s hard hitting 50* which left them just three runs short of victory.

It was a friendly in 1999 for the Second XI and thumping win over Easton & Martyr Worthy II by 139 runs thanks to Clive Surry’s 114 which was the basis of Calmore’s 257-7.  The hosts only reached 118-8 in reply, Alastair Stuart taking 3-29 and Surry 2-3.

The Fourth XI kicked off their 1999 New Forest League Division 1 campaign at the Old Ground with a 16-run loss to Exbury.  S. Longhorn’s 89* helped the visitors to 197-4 (Mitchell 2-42).  Paul Grinham hit 85 in reply and was well supported by Graham Kinchington (26) and Richard Isaacs (21) but the 4s came up light.

The most recent match came in 2016 with a home friendly against Fovant, which saw a loss by 57 runs.  The South Wilts-based visitors totaled 249-7 with 10 bowlers being used and wickets for James Rose (2-6) and singles for Croft, Lavelle, Matt Hardy, Ben Moss and Ben Johns.  We gave it a good shot in reply with Ben Moss hitting a 112-ball 102 (seven fours, 3 sixes) but didn’t get much support aside from Johns (25) and Rose (24).

With it being this early in the season, there are a few matches lost to the weather.  The Second XI’s South West Division 2 season in 1976 got off to an abandoned start at Worthies Sports as did the SPCL Division 2 game at home to St. Cross Symondians in 2004 and a couple of pre-season friendlies in 2010 against Fawley and for the 2s at Hursley Park in 2010.

1973 – Mark Angel