Welcome to Weekend Eve …. Friday it is.  Seems strange to say that Southampton are playing football tonight but they are in this bizarre and wacky world that is 2020.  Let’s hope Hawkeye and VAR are working unlike it was on Wednesday night … what a shambles!  Anyway, here are the events of 19th June and it’s another day for Michael Wallace to remember.

Having been thrown up to the top of the order by skipper Darren Vann’s dodgy dinner and hitting a century the week before, it was little surprise that Wallo had a new regular role in the side.  In this SPCL Division 3 clash against Easton and Martyr Worthy in 2010, he repeated the feat with back-to-back tons becoming the second Calmore 1st XI player, and first in the SL/SPCL, to score consecutive centuries after Paul Cass the year before in County One.

The Winchester based visitors elected to bat first but were quickly downed to 22-3 with Paul Proudley (2-32) and Keith Woodhall (1-23) slicing through the top order.  But that just brought the powerful Easton captain, the late and great Steve Green to the crease and he showed why he was such a player to be feared as he helped himself to 97 off 104 balls with 12 fours and a couple of trademark sixes.  His 96 run stand for the sixth wicket with Richard Vaughan (42*) lifted his side to 191-8 with a couple of wickets each for Paul Cass (2-38) and Michael Cook (2-31).  Our reply was all about Wallace and he carried his bat in making an undefeated 114 in 123 balls, an innings that contained 21 fours and with his captain (21) put on an Antipodean stand of 70 which raced us to the five wicket victory with nearly 14 overs to spare.

Roy Walton’s seconds were down in Bransgore in Regional 1 South and came back with a two wicket defeat which was a bit of a shock to the system after scoring 222-5 in our 42 overs on the back of Steve Dunn’s 119-ball 88 and a quicker 44 from Tom Pegler and 37 for Dave Brandes.  The Bransgore openers took a liking to the pace of Luke Johnson and Walton before their keeper Jack Cox blasted 84 not out in 64 balls to send his side home with two balls remaining.  Paul Henry led the bowling effort with 3-39 and Johnson 2-72.

It was better news for the 3s at home to Burley 2s in Regional 3 South West as they ran home six wickets winners.  Allan Provins claimed 3-42 from his 10 as the visitors were held to 177-8 although opener Steve Vine did his best with 78.  An impressive batting response was needed and was achieved with Garth Nicol making 59, Glen Kinchington 30 and an unbeaten 56 for Joe Perris was enough to seal the win with seven overs still remaining.

Having been relegated out of SPCL Division One in 2003, we would have hoped for a better start to 2004 than one win from the first five games played.  But this hammering of Lymington revitalised James Hibberd’s side to go on a run of six wins through June and July.  The Lymington which contained Hampshire’s Glyn Treagus, Zimbabwean overseas star Daniel Peacock, a future Canadian ODI player in Karl Whatham and a ginger trundler called West.  Calmore elected to bat first and the innings was made up of decent partnerships throughout, most of which involved opening batsman Simon Ennew who reached a superb century in making 101 – his only 1st XI league ton.  Martin Bushell contributed 39 as all of the top eight went to double figures as we were bowled out off the last ball of our 50 overs for 255.  Treagus made 24 and Whatham 53 but when we was last out, bowled by James Lucy, the hosts had been rolled for just 104, giving us a mammoth 151 run success.  John Wall (2-27) and Hibberd (2-6) were the pick although all six bowlers took at least one wicket.  A great all round performance.

A home game with Hambledon awaited us in the final year of the Southern League in 1999 before it moved to become the Premier League so it was vital to finish in the top echelons to qualify to be in Division One.  The nomadic Jonathan ‘Archie’ Norris top scored for Hambledon with 40 but he was the only one to step up against Lee Savident (2-32), Chris Garrett (2-25), Mark Boston (2-13) and Paul Draper, the pick of the bowlers with 3-25.  Hampshire all-rounder Savident smashed 80 in an opening stand with Draper of 103 and the latter was 29 not out when the winning runs were hit in the 26th over.

The 2s were well beaten by PCS Cormorants in County Two with Stuart Bailey’s 34 the only stand out in our 122 all out before Gary Hounsome hit 59 not out as the home side got home with ease – Clive Surry’s 2-28 the leading bowler!  And the 3s went down at Bartley by just 4 runs to Paultons 3s despite Paul Grinham taking 6-36 in their 149-9, mainly centered around Michael Newman’s 68.  Paul Bowring cracked 60 and Andy Cooper 27 but we crashed from 120-3 to 145 all out.

Back in County One in 1993 and this time it was a trip to the David Roth ‘Bowl’ in Easton where we would pull off an incredible two wicket win from nowhere!  It was the highly talented Shaun Green who Easton based their 156 all out total on as he made 44 while Trevor Yeates offered late support with 28 as Kevin Marshall (5-34) and Paul Draper (2-50) tore through the home side and Graeme Lyon (3-33) closed the innings out.  Both Shaun and Steve Green took two wickets each, as did Yeates as we disintegrated to 96-8 despite Rob Budd’s 29 and Dominic Newman with 33.  However, a sensational rearguard from Graeme Lyon and, in particular, Chris Garrett saved us from almost certain defeat with a brilliant unbroken stand of 61 – Garrett finishing on 57 not out and Lyon 10.

There was a strange game for the 3s away at Hythe and Dibden 2s in Hampshire Combination West, which we won by 105 runs.  Dan Pearcey (39), Bob Wilcocks (43), Graham Kinchington (39*) and Paul Hoskins (31) all put in shifts as we posted 205-6 but the home side seemingly blocked out their 42 overs – 12 of which were maidens – in making 100-4, barely making an effort to chasing down the target.

Riverside Park in Bitterne Triangle/Cobden/Mansbridge area – one of the great Southampton Parks League venues where we played in the second round of the Hector Young Trophy in 1979 against Hamble.  We would win this game by 53 runs thanks to Ben Lyon’s 40 not out which was the backbone of our 107-5 before Tufty Taylor ripped through the Boatmen with 5-23 and Terry Chilcott 3-19 – and not forgetting Chick Chandler’s five dismissals behind the stumps.  We would reach the Final of this tournament ……

Today’s last one for ‘This Day’ comes from 1982, coming off the back of our week long tour to deepest Dorset.  The 1st XI game with Fareham at Loperwood was called off but the 2s managed to get a game on at IBM Hursley in South West One in a low scoring classic!  The home side batted first and only managed 111-6 in their full 42 overs, Pete Wakeford taking 2-30.  However, an incredible bowling display from B. Smedley, who opened the batting earlier and scored 27, would cause havoc in our ranks by taking 9-45 in 16 overs – the only wicket he missed out on was Stan Piper, who was run out for IBM’s first wicket.  Ron Merritt smashed 33 and Dave Faulkner 16 which gave us hope but Ron’s dismissal off the last ball – caught and bowled by Smedley – gave the home side a one-run win.

1992 – Pierre Kriel