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May 1, 2012
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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