EVEN three decades on, 1990 is often remembered as one of the hottest summers on record.

Temperatures in early August peaked at 37.1C (98.9F), in the South, which made for perfect conditions for cricket.

Village and school teams across Hampshire were in action and today we bring you some team pictures from the Daily Echo archive from that scorcher of a summer 30 years ago. Can you recognise anyone from our shots from back in the day?

The size of the seam on the cricket ball had been reduced markedly from the previous season, and along with dry conditions and the extension of four-day cricket this enabled batsmen to make large scores and Graham Gooch became one of a handful of players to average over 100 in a first-class season.

England defeated both New Zealand and India.