Christopher Bazalgette has recently died, Christopher was at Allhallows in the late 50's and was a true cricketing stalwart, who played for the Hampshire Hogs and many other teams. Many of us who played against him will remember his slow but on the money bowling! that usually led to be being bowled or stumped, whilst attempting to hit it for six! Please see below his obituary from magazine 'Vimps At The Crease'
Christopher Bazalgette, a true Hampshire cricketing legend with the Hogs and Hambledon, notwithstanding 30 or more years with the XL Club, has bowled his final ball.
He died on Thursday, aged 83, after bravely battling a long illness, which left him bedridden for the closing year or so of his life.
He had been advertisement manager for The Cricketer, a founder of the European Cricketer Cup, a Life Member of Hambledon, a life member of the Hogs CC.
In a long and distinguished amateur career, he took over 2,500 wickets including those of Mark Nicholas (3 times), Ravi Shastri, Jeff Crowe and Doug Walters. 1,405 of these wickets were taken for Hampshire Hogs, for whom he made over 800 appearances, the last in 2017.
Christopher joined XL Club in 1977 and over the years was a match manager, chairman of the Cricket Committee, South District Chairman, and a member of the Executive Committee.
In some 138 matches for XL between 1978 and 2009 he took 205 wickets with best figures of 7-50. He achieved a five-wicket haul nine times.
In a throwback to cricketing yesteryear, he often played with a Hogs tie holding up his whites and was so meticulous with his bowling gameplan that he would mark where his fielders should stand. Woe betied them if they strayed a foot or two ...
A larger than life character and hugely respected in club cricket circles, he appeared on tour for many amateur teams around the world and even taught Channel 4 comedian Ali G to play the game.
As a writer he penned over 800,000 words, mainly for 'The Cricketer International'. He has starred in a number of American, Australian and British television programmes on the game and wrote a book entitled Think Cricket.