“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!

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!

Pre-season working party: Sunday 27 March

This year’s pre-season working party will be this coming Sunday, 27 March, starting at 10am. It looks like it won’t even be raining!

One of the jobs this year is to fit the new netting over the net lanes; so would be useful to have a few standalone stepladders - if you have one, please bring it along...

As always, the more volunteers turn up, the quicker it will all be done, but we should all be done by noon, so please come and lend a hand if you can!

Bill Enstone

It is with great sadness we report the recent death of Bill Enstone who represented the Hambledon club for over 35 years as a player, umpire and Club treasurer. Bill was a great team player, bowling his leg-spin and batting in the lower order. After hanging up his boots he became the Club umpire for numerous years and then moved onto the committee as the Club treasurer.

His funeral will be at the Sustainability Centre burial site on Tuesday 8th February at 11am, with the wake at the Hogs Lodge.

Next home fixture

Saturday 2 July, 1:00pm

2nd XI v OTs & Romsey III

Ridge Meadow

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Upcoming fixtures

Sat 2 Jul

1st XI v Waterlooville

Away,

2nd XI v OTs & Romsey III

Home,

3rd XI v Wickham

Home,

Sun 3 Jul

Friendly v tbc

Home,

Tue 5 Jul

Ladies v Clanfield Kites Ladies

Home,

Sat 9 Jul

1st XI v Fair Oak

Away,

2nd XI v IBM Hursley

Home,

3rd XI v Solent Rangers II

Home,

Latest results

1st XI league table

Team P Ave
Hambledon 8 19.25
OTs & Romsey 8 17.25
Waterlooville 8 15.25
Andover 8 15.25
Fair Oak 8 14.13
Hartley Wintney 8 13.13
Hook & Newnham Basics II 8 10.50
Bashley (Rydal) II 8 9.88
St Cross Symondians II 8 7.38
Fawley 8 6.13

Calendar

Mon 25 Jul

Lecky Coaching Course

Tue 26 Jul

Lecky Coaching Course

Wed 27 Jul

Lecky Coaching Course

Mon 8 Aug

Lecky Coaching Course

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