“The Cradle of Cricket”

Founded in 1750, Hambledon Cricket Club was once the most powerful club in the country and earned its reputation as the “cradle of cricket”.

The club now plays at the idyllic Ridge Meadow – its home since the 1780s – and fields four adult league teams on Saturdays. We play friendly matches on Sundays, and occasionally mid-week. We also have a thriving Youth section, with over 150 junior playing members.

Hambledon CC provides cricket coaching for men, women, boys and girls aged 6 upwards. We also give them the opportunity to represent the club in competitive cricket matches in the various Hampshire Leagues.

The club has achieved ECB Clubmark accreditation. ECB Clubmark is the ECB’s club accreditation scheme for cricket clubs with junior sections.

We are always looking for keen players, so if you are interested please get in touch!

Hambledon ‘Living Legend’ wins 2023 Tony Baker Award

Hambledon cricket legend Robert ‘Topsy’ Turner has been awarded the Southern Premier League’s Tony Baker ‘Unsung Hero’ award in recognition of his staggering contribution to the historic village club.

A still youthful 82, Topsy has spent his entire cricket career at Hambledon, over 50 years of which were as an opening batsman and miserly off-spin bowler – with statistics that simply boggle the mind.

Without doubt Hambledon’s greatest all-rounder in the club’s long history, he was among the Hampshire League’s leading aggregate run scorers and wicket takers in the club’s title strewn climb through the pyramid which began in 1980.

Turner scored over 30,000 runs and captured 3,500 or so wickets in all Hambledon cricket before a knee injury brought his illustrious career to an end in 2006.

In the Seventies and Eighties, Turner achieved the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in 12 out of 14 seasons, and in 11 years from 1972 had amassed 13,641 runs with the same trusty old GM bat, which must have been one of the most productive in the world!

His Hambledon clubmates once sent the bat off for repairs, only for it to be returned marked ‘unrepairable’. Topsy went on to get another 2,000 runs with it. For him, read ‘irreplaceable’.

He's been at the club for 68 years and since the 1980s has also served as groundsman, and can still be found first thing nearly every morning throughout the summer preparing pitches or the outfield, supported by wife Sue, who keeps the clubhouse tidy and well-presented.

In the off-season, Topsy will often be found with a paintbrush, sprucing up the changing rooms or pavilion.

“In short, the club would be lost without him,” reflected Hambledon secretary Seb Duggan.

“Many around the club probably do not appreciate how much hard work Topsy puts into the ground, and how much he will be missed when he finally retires from it.

“And nearly 70 years devoted to the same club is worthy of hero status in anyone's book and that's why he's an ideal recipient of the Tony Baker ‘Unsung Hero’ award.”

Robert ‘Topsy’ Turner is the second recipient of the Tony Baker award, which is presented annually, in memory of the late Tony Baker, the former Hampshire Chief Executive and Old Tauntonians all-rounder, who died in 2017 having dedicated his life to cricket and was massively involved in club and county cricket in Hampshire.

Burridge stalwart Gerry Candy, also an Octogenarian, was the inaugural award winner in 2022.

Many thanks to Mike Vimpany for allowing us to reproduce this article.

151 from Chris Pratt helps Dons get back into winning form

The 1st XI on Saturday made a return to winning form with a 109-run victory over New Milton.

Chris Pratt next to the scoreboard showing his 151

The Dons posted a total of 338 for 5 from their 50 overs, built on a 228 run opening partnership between Chris Pratt and George Marshall, who was first to fall for 81. The opening stand of 228 is the highest in recent memory.

Chris went on to score 151 from 137 balls, including 24 fours and 2 sixes. Further contributions from Justin Behrens (51) and Will Parvin (24 not out) set a target for New Milton which was always going to be challenging. A four-wicket hall from Behrens, and wickets also for Dan Mugford, Ollie Bembridge and Ian Turner saw the visitors all out for 233, and a welcome win for the Dons after a run of losses.

Earlier in the day, Hambledon Youth player Seb Rowland received his 1st team cap, still a few weeks short of his 15th birthday. Although not called upon to bat, Seb kept wicket with great maturity, taking two catches and one stumping.

The 1sts will be hoping to build on this win this weekend as they host Ventnor at the Ridge...

Wicket-keeper Seb Rowland is presented with his 1st XI cap by skipper Spencer Le-Clercq
Back row: Ben Harding, Will Parvin, Harry Thistlethwaite, Ian Turner, Dan Mugford, Chris Pratt
Front row: Justin Behrens, Seb Rowland (wk), Spenser Le-Clercq (c), Oliver Bembridge, George Marshall

David Mills welcomed as Honorary Life Vice President

Hambledon Cricket Club is delighted that former chairman David Mills has kindly agreed to become an Honorary Life Vice President of the club, in recognition of all his hard work as Chairman and his dedication to cricket in Hambledon.

David is a successful local businessman whose sons played for Hambledon. David said: “I am very pleased to join the esteemed body of Hambledon Vice Presidents. May I wish all the teams, from the youngest to the senior sides, great success in the season ahead.”
Current Chairman Mark Le-Clercq, who took over from David in 2011, said:

“At Hambledon Cricket Club, we have a long and distinguished history, going back all the way to the 1750s as the ‘cradle of Cricket’. It is important that we recognise previous Chairmen for their service to Hambledon and to the wider cricket community.”

Century on debut for 14-year-old Lockie Mann

Hambledon’s first century of the season was scored on Saturday by 14-year-old Lockie Mann, making his senior league debut, and setting up an unlikely victory for Jon Bridgman’s 4th XI in their first match.

With the team having struggled throughout the week even to field eleven players, things didn’t look good at the interval with Burridge 5ths having posted a daunting 228 for 3 from their 40 overs – quite a target at Broadhalfpenny Down!

Coming in at the fall of the third wicket, Lockie partnered first with skipper Jon Bridgman (30), and later with Stu Sheppard (38*), and reached 104 before being bowled just short of the target. But he’d done enough, and Stu Sheppard and Ian Craig were able to see the side home to victory with 2 wickets and 4 balls to spare.

The future looks bright for Lockie, who follows in the footsteps of brother Oscar, who scored two centuries last season in the 2nds, and dad David, who also scored a ton for the 2nds.

Jonty Oliver wins VKO Player of the Round award

Well done to Jonty Oliver, whose performances with bat and ball in the preliminary round of the Village Cup last week earned him the title of Player of the Round.

The 112-run victory over Bramshaw saw Jonty make 45 from 37 balls, before wrapping the game up with 5-21 from 6.2 overs to clean up Bramshaw’s lower order.

Hambledon’s total had previously been set up by James Marshall with 65, and Henry Glanfield with 48, to post a total of 218 – which was always going to be a tough chase on a soft early-April wicket.

The victory sees Hambledon hosting Hursley Park in a round one clash at the Ridge on Sunday. Come along and give your support!

Next home fixture

Saturday 13 April, 1:00pm

Friendly v TBC

Ridge Meadow

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Upcoming fixtures

Sun 10 Dec

Adult Indoor A v Waterlooville A


U16 Jets Indoor v Fareham & Crofton


U13 Jets Indoor v Portsmouth Warrior


Sun 17 Dec

Adult Indoor C v Havant C


U13 Sharks Indoor v Fareham & Crofton


Sun 7 Jan

Adult Indoor A v Gosport Borough A


Adult Indoor B v XIIth Men A


U16 Sharks Indoor v Portsmouth & Southsea


Sun 14 Jan

U16 Jets Indoor v Portsmouth Daring


U13 Jets Indoor v Petersfield


Latest results

1st XI: SPL Div 1

Team P Ave
Basingstoke & North Hants 18 17.93
Andover 18 16.80
Calmore Sports 18 16.29
Portsmouth 18 14.93
Rowledge 18 12.80
Sarisbury Athletic 18 12.67
Hook & Newnham Basics 18 12.27
Ventnor 18 12.00
Hambledon 18 11.53
New Milton 18 4.64


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Indoor Duty: Hambledon A

Sun 17 Mar

Indoor Duty: Hambledon B

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