Hampshire Cricket Pays Tribute To Tony Weld

Hampshire Cricket would like to express their great sadness at the passing of Tony Weld, aged 95

Hampshire Cricket would like to express their great sadness at the passing of former scorer Tony Weld, aged 95.

Tony took on the role of Hampshire’s scorer following the departure of Vic Isaacs at the end of the 2005 season before in turn, handing over to Kevin Baker in 2014, but that is a mere fragment in what was a long life in cricket.

Tony was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was incredibly dignified and put simply, a wonderful man.

During his time with us he was totally dedicated and committed to the Club; he was a delight to be around and we will always remember him.

Giles White, Director of Cricket

He spent much of his life in-and-around the Portsmouth area and remembered seeing Hampshire playing at the US Ground in the early 1930s, when the team included some of those great players, including Phil Mead, Alec Kennedy, George Brown, Lionel Tennyson – and in 1936 John Manners’ debut, scoring 81 against Gloucestershire.

Tony spent the war years in the Army mostly in Hong Kong and India, then came home to a variety of jobs before he and his wife ran a shop in Bedhampton, which they sold in 1980. He played local club cricket for various teams including Stansted Park and Emsworth, then took up umpiring, standing in the first-ever Hampshire League match, before moving on to officiating in some Hampshire 2nd XI games. He was also a reserve on the Minor Counties list before he turned to scoring after his retirement, and was soon ‘keeping the books’ for the county’s 2nd XI.

In 1983 he shared scoring duties with Vic during the World Cup in England and this led to his appointment as the West Indies’ scorer on their 1984 tour. He got on well with the tourists and repeated the role in their next three tours – after the last one in 1995 the manager Wes Hall praised his “loyalty, efficiency (and) kindness” and thanked Tony for being “a true gentleman”.

As a consequence of this success, he toured with the South Africans in 1998, New Zealand in 1999, Australians in 2001 and also scored the Champions League matches at the Rose Bowl in 2004. In between he continued to score for Hampshire’s 2nd XI, including the inaugural match at the new ground in 2000 against Sussex 2nd XI. Then from 2006-2013 he was with the first team, including a number of major matches and trophy wins in 2009, 2010 and the 2012 ‘double’.

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