“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!

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!

Stay up to date with the club on social media!

In addition to this website, there are many ways to keep up with the club on social media. Posts, chats, videos – you’ll find them all here.

And, for those who may have become disillusioned with the Elon Musk/Twitter soap opera, we have just added a Mastodon account (it’s like Twitter, but before it got rubbish...).

Here is the full list:

Memberships now available online

The club’s membership system has finally made it into the digital age! You can now sign up for the season for yourself and your children here on the website.

To get started, go to the Membership page, where you will see a summary of the 2023 fees, and click on the big “Add and manage membership(s)” button. This will ask you to sign in or create a new account (nobody has an account yet, so you’ll need to create one).

Accounts on the website are for members aged 18 and over. For members under 18, a parent or guardian will need to create an account in order to register their child or children. Members who are aged 18 exactly may register themselves or be registered by a parent or guardian (the latter will be required to take advantage of any multi-child discounts).

Once you are logged in, the Manage membership page will give you the option to add a membership for yourself (if you are a playing member), or to add children to your account – or both, if applicable. If you are simply registering for children, you only need to fill in the junior registration form.

Once you have filled in the information requested on whichever form you have chosen, you will have the option to add more memberships before paying; then click on the pay button. You can pay by credit or debit card, or by Apple Pay or Google Pay if your device allows. And once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email confirming your payment and membership.

Everything should smoothly; but it’s a new system so there is always the chance of something unforeseen happening. If you run into any problems, please drop me a message and I’ll look into the issue...

Next home fixture

Saturday 10 June, 1:00pm

2nd XI v Gosport Borough 2

Ridge Meadow

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Upcoming fixtures

Sat 10 Jun

1st XI v Andover


2nd XI v Gosport Borough 2


3rd XI v Rowner


4th XI v Rowner 2


Sun 11 Jun

1st XI v Parley


Sat 17 Jun

1st XI v Sarisbury Athletic


2nd XI v Sarisbury Athletic 2


3rd XI v Froxfield


4th XI v Solent Rangers 3


Sun 18 Jun

Friendly v Goodwood


Latest results

1st XI: SPL Div 1

Team P Ave
Basingstoke & North Hants 5 21.25
Andover 5 18.50
Hook & Newnham Basics 5 17.75
Ventnor 5 17.00
Portsmouth 5 14.25
Sarisbury Athletic 5 14.25
Calmore Sports 5 13.50
Rowledge 5 8.75
Hambledon 5 5.75
New Milton 5 4.25


Mon 24 Jul

Lecky Coaching Course

Tue 25 Jul

Lecky Coaching Course

Wed 26 Jul

Lecky Coaching Course

Mon 7 Aug

Lecky Coaching Course

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