County news May 1, 2012

Hampshire name stand after Warne

ESPNcricinfo staff

Two larger-than-life Hampshire characters will come together at the county's ground later this season, to cap off the £48million redevelopment of West End. Former captains Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie and Shane Warne are to be honoured with stands named after them before England's ODI against West Indies on June 16, the club has announced.

Both were much loved and one is much missed - Ingleby-Mackenzie died of cancer in 2006, aged 72. He guided Hampshire to their first County Championship in 1961. Another first of his was allowing women to become members of the MCC - the vote taken during his term as Secretary from 1996-98.

Ingleby-Mackenzie, asked what the secret to his success as Hampshire captain was, once said: "Wine, women and song." Surely there are some training rules? "Yes, everyone must be in bed by breakfast." That is a mantra quite possibly endorsed by Warne too.

Their taste for a flamboyant lifestyle was matched by their aptitude for captaincy. Both men were lauded for their tenure, with the art of declaration becoming a particular specialism. Warne's time in charge was a demonstration of the skills Australia chose not to employ.

Warne led Hampshire to the 2005 C&G Trophy, guided them back to Division One of the County Championship in his first year in charge and engineered title challenges in the next three seasons. He left the club in 2007 and earlier this year the suite named after him was taken over by the ground's new sponsors, Ageas. But now he has a far grander tribute.

"Naming our new stands is a fantastic way for us to acknowledge two legends from Hampshire's history," Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire's chairman, said. "One pre-dates the move to the new stadium while the other is symbolic of the first few seasons at West End.

"We consulted our membership and fans to hear their suggestions as to whom they would like to see honoured and I think they have helped choose two very worthy individuals to be honoured by the club."

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  • Michael on May 2, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Glad to hear the Marshalls at least get some acknowledgement, thanks for the info, Mr. Ratcliffe. I can't imagine Mark Nicholas and Robin Smith spitting tacks(great servants though they both were for Hanmpshire); they always seemed to be generous in their appreciation of other players' talents, and Smith was on the receiving end of plenty of evidence of Warne's ability in the 1993 Ashes series. If we are talking about past Hampshire legends, and their being acknowledged, how about Gordon Greenidge as well? Some of those one-day innings in the 1970s and 1980s were phenomenal, and I think at one point he may even have the record for the highest innings score in all three domestic one-day tournaments (the old John Player League, Benson & Hedges Cup and the Gillette Cup/Nat West Trophy). Greenidge and Barry Richards was a pretty handy opening partnership ...

  • Rolf on May 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Barry Richards. Bransgrove wouldn't be married to Liz's cousin, or somesuch?

  • Terry on May 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Warne did raise Hampshire's profile but a stand seems a bit excessive. The bar/lounge named after him seemed more appropriate and honouring someone like Malcolm Marshall with the stand would have been more appreciated.

  • Ned on May 2, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    warnie helped in the glamorization of Hampshire.To think otherwise is just neieve.. I'm an Australian , Always kept and eye on the county , just to see how it and he was doing.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    The road that leads to the ground is named after Malcolm Marshall and Roy Marshall.

  • stuart on May 1, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    There has to be something named after Marshall. Warne was a big influence but Marshall was true legen for Hampshire and was no overseas player.He was Hampshire through and through.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Malcolm Marshall certainly gets my vote. Awesome to watch at the old county ground.

  • Richard on May 1, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Mark Nicholas and Robin Smith, to name but two, must be spitting tacks. For all Warne's magic, Hampshire was a small chapter in his career. Whoever is responsible for this should hang their narrow minded heads in shame. How about naming the betting tent in honour of Shahid Afridi?

  • Michael on May 1, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Worthy recipients. I trust Malcolm Marshall is also honoured somewhere at the Rosebowl.

  • Alex on May 1, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Naming a stand after Warne. Embarrassing.

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