“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!

Don’t forget to update your Fantasy Team selection!

With the season kicking off properly this weekend with all four teams playing, don’t forget to check your Fantasy Team selection to make sure you’re fielding your best team!

To manage your team, select My account from the main menu. This page will show your team(s) – click on the team name to manage your XI. Any changes made before 12:00 noon on match day will be counted for this week’s competition.

And there is now a Team selections page, so those of you who aren’t on Facebook or Instagram will not be disadvantaged by not seeing the team announcements...

Fantasy League now open for entries!

UPDATE: The first league games are this Saturday (4 May), so get your teams in before then in order to be counted! Only 13 teams have been entered to date, which is a bit disappointing for the amount of effort that has gone into this...

The Fantasy League 2024 is now open for team entries!

The team budgets have been tweaked slightly since the original announcement: you may now select a squad up to 38 points total, and your team budget is 27 points.

When you go to create a fantasy team, you will need to log in if you have not already done so. If you have created an account for membership this year or last year, this is the account you will use. If not, you will need to create an account.

Good luck to everyone!

As always, if you run into any issues, please get in touch with me (Seb).

There is now also a My account page (you’ll find it linked in the main navigation), which serves as a hub from which you can see your personal details, view and manage your current membership, and manage any Fantasy teams you have created.

Fantasy League 2024

By popular demand, the Fantasy League is back for the 2024 season, and it’s better than ever!

It’s had an overhaul since last time it was run. The biggest change is that you now choose a squad of 15 players, giving you the ability to fine-tune your playing XI throughout the season, based on form, availability or gut feeling. This is designed to add a more tactical aspect, and to maintain interest in the competition through the summer.

There will also be a transfer window halfway through the season, where you will be able to make up to 5 changes to your squad of 15.

Player pricing has been set on a combination of statistics, based on performance last season, and predictions for 2024. Please let me know before entries open if you’re not on the list of available players but think you’re likely to play more than a few league games this season and would like to be included.

It costs £5 to enter a team, and you can enter more than one team if you wish.

Entries will open on Sunday 21 April.

A successful season in the Indoor League!

It has been an amazing winter for the club, as the senior A and B teams, the U16s and the U13s all won their respective leagues in the Indoor League! To cap it off, the A team also won against the Mayor’s team on the presentation evening…

Hambledon A

The Hambledon A Team won the top Division of the Indoor League for the second year running, winning all their matches. They played an exhibition match at the Presentation Evening against the Mayor of Fareham’s Invitation Team in a thrilling 8-a-side match using the entire sports hall. Hambledon were looking the losers, until Ollie Bembridge scored 62 runs (including 6 sixes and 3 fours) as “Last man Standing” to clinch the win for Hambledon.

Hambledon B

The Hambledon B team won the Division 2 title of the Indoor League, having won the Division 3 title last year. They only lost one of their matches. So, next year, they will be playing Div 1 cricket alongside the Hambledon A Team – well done to all!

Hambledon C

The Hambledon C team finished comfortably mid table in Division 3 of the League.

Under 13

The Under 13 Jets team, made up of players from Years 6 and 7, had a busy and rewarding first season of indoor cricket. Managed by Zoe Mitchell, the boys and girls have learned how to play indoor cricket, they have worked together as a team brilliantly, and they won 2 of their matches, no mean feat for their first season. We look forward to seeing them all play again next winter season, when they will all be taller, bigger, stronger and more experienced. 16 boys and girls represented Hambledon in this team, and they did very well indeed in their first season.

The Under 13 Sharks team, made up of players from Years 7 and 8, won every single league match they played, and finished top of the Under 13 League. Steve Hayes managed this team. They also played an Exhibition Match against a team made up of the 6 best players in the Under 13s from the other teams, which they narrowly lost in the last over. 13 boys and girls played for this team, including a couple of the Jets, who played in a couple of key matches when several regular squad members were away and helped them win – all great cricket!

Additionally, Henry Hayes won the Under 13 trophy for “Best Batter”, with a total score of 221 runs in 9 matches at an average of 110.5, with two top scores of 44 not out. He was only out twice in the season, and to score this number of runs when a batter has to retire at 20 is a huge achievement – well done Henry, and also for captaining the side with great maturity as well.

Under 16

The Under 16 Sharks team was managed by Richard Poole and James Jay. They are the younger team at this age group, and they won 2 of their matches, and developed their skills in indoor cricket. 12 boys and girls represented this team, including a few of the Under 13s, playing up admirably with players 3 or 4 years senior to them. This squad have a bright future ahead when they play again next year.

The Under 16 Jets Team was the senior team at this age, and they were managed by Jamie Lewis. They won all their league matches and won the league. In a thrilling Exhibition match at the presentation Evening, they won an exciting last ball decider against 6 of the best players from the other teams. As they proceed into adult cricket, now they are over 16, they thoroughly deserve their success this winter.

And on top of all this, Elliot Lewis won the Under 16 trophy for “Best Batter”, with a total score of 257 runs in 7 matches at an average of 64.25, with two top scores of 50 and 51, both not out. Elliot was also the captain of the Jets, and he led by example all season – many congratulations to Elliot.

Well done to all the players, many thanks to parents for lifting the youngsters to and from the matches, and a special thanks to those parents who coached the teams, scored the matches, and generally supported the events – it wouldn’t work without all the wonderful people who “go the extra mile” for Hambledon Cricket Club.

2024 Club Tour to Devon: Update

The Hambledon CC Tour 2024 is going to go ahead (assuming it eventually stops raining!) and we are only a few short of the ideal number of 16/17 players.

As a reminder, the tour is planned for the end of July/first week in August, with fixtures already arranged for 29th, 30th, 31st July, 1st August. We need deposits to pay upfront for accommodation, match fees and ground hire, so any interest needs to be confirmed with a deposit into the club bank account. Even if you cannot pay immediately, please can you let Jamie know your intentions so he can get an idea of numbers.

The deposit is £50 into the club account below:

Account name: Hambledon Cricket Club
Account number: 00171487
Sort code: 30-99-20 (Lloyds Bank)
Reference: "Tour" + your name

A few players have mentioned attending part of the tour rather than the full four days. That is fine but please pay the deposit to confirm your place and then a reduced rate will be agreed depending on the number of days you are joining for. You also need to let Jamie know the days you are attending so that he can include you in the playing XI for those days.

Please get in touch with tour manager Jamie Lewis if you have any questions.

Next home fixture

Saturday 25 May, 1:00pm

2nd XI v Portsmouth & Southsea 3

Ridge Meadow

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Upcoming fixtures

Sat 25 May

4th XI v Burridge 5

Away,

Sun 26 May

1st XI v Hook & Newnham Basics

Away, Won by forfeit

Sat 1 Jun

1st XI v Liphook & Ripsley

Home,

2nd XI v Ryde 2

Away,

3rd XI v Portsmouth 4

Away,

4th XI v Challengers (Gosport) 2

Home,

Sat 8 Jun

1st XI v Sway

Away,

2nd XI v Southampton Tuskers

Home,

3rd XI v Portsmouth Community

Home,

4th XI v Railway Triangle

Away,

Latest results

Sat 25 May
Sun 19 May
Sat 18 May
Sun 12 May

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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