Bransgrove eyes fitting triumph

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Rod Bransgrove is eyeing County Championship glory – 50 years since Hampshire first grabbed the crown.

Bold captaincy from one of the club’s finest all-rounders, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, saw them claim the title in 1961.

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove

And Hampshire chairman Bransgrove reckons it would be a fitting tribute to that side – which included West Indian batsman Roy Marshall, seamer Derek Shackleton and paceman David White – to etch their name on the silverware again.

‘It is 50 years since the great Ingleby-McKenzie team won it in 1961, so there could be lovely symmetry about that,’ said Bransgrove.

‘It is a very tough competition, though, and it’s a long old season.

‘You need all sorts of things to fall into place to challenge for that title.

‘But what we do have is a good squad – a talented squad – with plenty of cover in key areas and a great ground to play on, so it is up to us.’

Hampshire’s only other four-day title came in 1973.