“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!

2023 Devon Tour: Update

A message from Tour manager Jamie Lewis:

Dear Dons,

It appears from the conversations, emails and texts I have received that the tour is viable. However, in order to pay deposits for accommodation, match fees and ground hire I need that interest to be confirmed with a deposit into the club bank account.

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

Playing spots are on a first come first served basis so to ensure your place please make the deposit asap. The top six is currently looking a bit Lewis heavy!

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 me know the days you are attending so that I can include you in the playing XI for those days.

Hope that all makes sense. Please message me if you have any questions and to confirm the deposit has been paid.

Jamie

2023 Club Tour to Devon

We are very excited to announce that for the first time in many years Hambledon CC are planning to embark on a cricket tour. The tour is planned for the first week in August 2023, with fixtures already arranged for 31st July, 1st, 2nd and 3rd August. The tour will not conflict with the regular Hambledon league matches on the Saturdays before and after.

Accommodation is booked nearby at Lane Barton Leisure barn in Woolfardisworthy (Woolsery) near Bideford. The barn sleeps 32 in pods of up to 4 people with en-suite showers for each pod and is booked for our exclusive use.

With four fixtures and a large accommodation base we are hoping to make it a real whole club tour with players of all ages from all adult teams welcome to attend as well as family and supporters. Players under 18 would need to be accompanied by a parent. As far as players are concerned the ideal number would be 15/16 so that everyone plays at least three matches but obviously the more the merrier - although we will give choice of playing opportunities to those who sign up first.

The four fixtures are against teams who have spent much of their histories in the upper levels of the Devon Leagues mainly in the premier league. The grounds should be good venues and three of the clubs have had England Internationals either in their first teams or come through their youth set-ups.

In order to confirm both the fixtures and the accommodation we need a deposit from all those who would like to attend. We are expecting the cost of tour including accommodation, pitch fees and teas to come to approximately £120 for players and £90 for supporters, and therefore are proposing an initial payment of £60 for players and £45 for supporters with the balance to be paid when we are clearer on numbers and final costs.

In order to secure your place please email the tour manager, Jamie Lewis to let him know how many matches you would ideally like to play, and to give a rough idea of numbers. Please also transfer your deposit to the club account:

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

We hope that there is plenty of interest and we can get everything in place as early as possible! Any questions, please get in touch with Jamie.

Christopher Bazalgette, 1938-2023

It is with great sadness that we report that Christopher Bazalgette passed away last evening after a long battle with ill health.

The "Gette" was a larger than life character, and it’s believed he had taken more wickets than any other player in local club Cricket history, playing for the Hampshire Hogs, Hambledon CC, Broadhalfpenny Brigands, Bat & Ball CC and many other local teams. He played for Hambledon for over 40 years and has been Vice-Chairman for the last 10 years.

Chris worked for the Cricketer magazine for over 35 years and was a very well known and respected member of the Cricket community, with several books to his name on the subject of cricket.

The funeral is to be held 1pm on Friday 20 January, at St James Church, Southwick PO17 6EA. It is to be a celebration of Christopher's life: bright colours and cricket blazers are wholeheartedly welcomed.

Flowers are welcomed, to be received by 11 am on 20 January at South Downs Funeral Service, 13 The Square, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5JG. Donations if desired to be equally shared between the Hampshire Hogs Cricket Club and Hambledon Cricket Club, via Just Giving (link to follow shortly).

Winter Nets 2023

Indoor training starts on Sunday 15 January, at Crookhorn College, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville PO7 5UD.

New players are welcome!

Schedule

Under 9 (Years 3 & 4), Under 11 (Years 5 & 6), Under 13 (Years 7 & 8)

Sundays on Jan 15 & 29, Feb 26, Mar 12 & 26
12.30pm to 2.00pm

Adults & Under 15 (Years 9 & 10)

Sundays on Jan 15 & 29, Feb 26, Mar 12 & 26
2.00pm to 3.30pm

Costs

Because of potential uncertainty about these net sessions with the Pandemic still around, there will be no scheme this year to pay in advance for all the sessions. The cost for youth coaching sessions will be £4 per session payable on the day. PLEASE BRING CASH. To allow us to plan sessions please let the Youth Co-ordinator, Theresa Pratt, know on [email protected] if you intend to come along to a session in the week before.

  • Seniors will pay £5 per player per session. Pay on the day.
  • U15s will pay £4 per player per session. Pay on the day.

U11, U13, U15 - Please make sure you bring all of your cricket equipment to each session as per list: Bat, pads, gloves, box, helmet and correct sized cricket ball to bowl with. Whites are optional for indoor training. Please note trainers must have a non-marking sole and preferably not black.

U15s & Seniors (Men and Women) are training at the same time. However, U15 training will be undertaken separately. Those U15s who are seeking to play senior cricket this summer are welcome to join the seniors in the nets.

Next home fixture

Sunday 23 April, 1:00pm

1st XI v VKO 1st Rd

Ridge Meadow

Club sponsor

De Mellow Wealth Management

Upcoming fixtures

Sun 5 Feb

Adult Indoor C v Emsworth

Away,

Sun 12 Feb

Adult Indoor A v Havant A

Home,

Adult Indoor B v Knowle Village

Home,

Sun 19 Feb

Adult Indoor C v Swanmore

Home,

Sun 26 Feb

U16 Indoor v Gosport Borough

Away,

U13 Indoor v Petersfield

Home,

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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