“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 three 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.

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

1st XI secure promotion again

With their comprehensive win over Hartley Wintney on Saturday, with George Marshall recording an unbeaten 112 (his second century against them this season!), the 1st XI secured promotion for the second year in a row with two games in hand - and require only 3 points from their final 2 fixtures to claim the SPL Div 2 title. Well done to all!

Meanwhile, the 2nd XI failed to beat Compton and Chandlers Ford, slipping to 3rd in the league. However, it does not change what they need to do in their final match on Saturday: a win over promotion rivals Petersfield was going to be required anyway. The 2nds need to win on Saturday, and notch up 19 points (more or less a given for a win) to ensure promotion, and to finish above currently-4th-placed RAM.

Go Dons!

Hambledon star batsman smashes the SPL run record!

Hambledon’s South African overseas star Matt de Villiers yesterday cemented his place in the Southern Premier League record books by passing the season record of 1076 runs, which has stood for 17 years.

Last week’s century (Matt’s 5th of the season) took him past the 1,000 run mark, but left him 31 runs short of the record.

He passed the record in style yesterday with an unbeaten 84 against Andover, and now has 1,130 league runs at an average of 113. And with three matches still remaining, he will be hoping to extend this still further, leaving behind a record which may stand for a great many years to come...

Congratulations to Matt from all your fellow Dons!

A golden batting year for the Dons?

Although it's Hambledon's overseas signing Matt De Villiers who is making the headlines (571 runs in 7 matches, averaging 114.2, with two centuries and a top score of 168), it's shaping up to be a great batting year across the board, both individually (four other players have already exceeded 300 runs) and as teams. Last week's 398 at Hartley Wintney was a massive total, whatever the size of the ground; but the 1st XI have yet to post under 250 when batting first, and the 2nd XI are also regularly posting extremely competitive scores. All of which has helped both teams maintain an unbeaten record and sit at the top of their respective leagues.

Before we even reach the mid-point of the season, seven Hambledon players have notched up 8 league centuries between them. Going back through the website records (which go back as far as 2009), the previous record was 2011, when 8 centuries were scored in the entire season...

Let's hope the Dons batters can continue the run of form and add many more centuries to the 2022 total!

250th Anniversary charity matches at Broadhalfpenny Down

Broadhalfpenny Down, the home of the Hambledon Club, was the location of the inaugural First-Class match in June 1772 between Hampshire and an All-England team and the famed ground will be hosting two celebratory matches this June to mark the 250th anniversary of that first ever match.

Tickets for these charity matches – with all proceeds going to support the work of the Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust – are on sale now and available to purchase via the links on this page.

The first match is to be played on Friday 24th June and will see a Hampshire All Star XI – including the likes of Mark Nicholas and Chris Tremlett – contest a 30-over match against an All England XI. The match starts at 1:30pm and will finish by 6pm.

The following day (Saturday 25th June) will see a Hampshire/Southern Vipers women’s XI face an All England women’s XI – with the match again consisting of 30-overs per side and starting at 1:30pm.

Tickets for Friday’s match – priced at £10 for Adults – also grant admission to Saturday’s match, while standalone tickets for Saturday’s match (£5) are also available. Under 17s go free to both matches and don’t require a ticket.

And finally, to cap off the celebrations, on Sunday 26 June Hambledon take on the Broadhalfpenny Brigands at 2pm, again at Broadhalfpenny Down – and this one is absolutely free!

Senior and U17 Training starts this week!

Senior and Under 17 Training sessions start this Wednesday 6 April at the Ridge, and will begin at 5:30pm (since it still starts to get dark relatively early...).

Let's see a good turn-out – please try to be there on time, or as soon after 5:30 as possible!

Next home fixture

Sunday 16 July, 1:00pm

Friendly v Magdalen CC

Ridge Meadow

Club sponsor

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Upcoming fixtures

Sun 9 Oct

Adult Indoor C v XIIth men B

Home,

U13 Indoor v Portsmouth & Southsea

Away,

Sun 16 Oct

Adult Indoor A v Hampshire Bowman

Home,

U16 Indoor v Havant

Home,

Sun 23 Oct

Adult Indoor A v Gosport Borough A

Away,

Adult Indoor B v Swanmore

Away,

Sun 30 Oct

Adult Indoor C v Bedhampton

Away,

Latest results

1st XI league table

Team P Ave
Hambledon 18 18.76
Andover 18 16.33
OTs & Romsey 18 16.22
Waterlooville 18 13.65
Fair Oak 18 12.28
Hartley Wintney 18 12.17
St Cross Symondians II 18 11.50
Hook & Newnham Basics II 18 10.44
Bashley (Rydal) II 18 10.28
Fawley 18 8.83

Calendar

Sun 5 Feb

Indoor duty: Hambledon B

Sun 19 Mar

Indoor duty: Hambledon A

Sun 26 Mar

Indoor duty: Hambledon C

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