“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 Colts section, with over 150 junior playing members.

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

Indoor Nets: COVID Update

Below are the updated details for winter nets this January to March 2022, coming out at relatively short notice because of the recent uncertainty over the Omicron Variant of COVID-19.

In the light of recent decisions by the government not to impose any more restrictions, and the news that Crookhorn College are happy to welcome us to their site, the nets can go ahead.
Please note the following, as well as the information in the previous announcement:

  • Boys, girls, men and women are welcome to the sessions detailed in the document
  • Just in case Covid rules change in the next couple of months, there is no scheme to pay for all the sessions in one lump sum as in previous years, we will just collect a flat fee per session in cash from each person - £4 for youths, £5 for adults
  • Coach leads are as follows:
    • Girls – Jenna Mcfadzean
    • Under 9 – Andrew Sharpe
    • Under 11 – Nick Scutt
    • Under 13 – Steve Toogood
    • Under 15 – Saleem Chaudhry
    • Adults – Mark Le-Clercq and Kevin Wingham
    • Ladies – Kate Rowland
    • If there are any Youth cricketers who would like to assist with these sessions for the DOE volunteering time, please let us know
  • If there are any parents who would like to assist as well, please let us know
  • The first session is on Sunday 16 January – please can you reply to this email and let us know if you will be attending, so we can plan the sessions

We look forward to seeing you all there at the various Sundays over the next few months, so we can all get ready for a great summer of cricket.

In related news:

  • We hope there will be some Coaching, umpiring and scoring courses announced soon – please let us know if you wish to attend any of them to further your cricketing knowledge
  • Blue Hambledon kit is available too, please ask if you wish us to bring some for you to the net sessions

Winter Nets 2022

Indoor training starts on Sunday 16 January, at Crookhorn College, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville PO7 5UD.

New players are welcome!


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

Sundays on Jan 16 & 30, Feb 27, Mar 13 & 27
12.30pm to 2.00pm

Adults & Under 15 (Years 9 & 10)

Sundays on Jan 16 & 30, Feb 27, Mar 13 & 27
2.00pm to 3.30pm


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 know on i.t.pratt@uwclub.net 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.

More indoor cancellations

Unfortunately, with the continuing COVID-19 situation, the indoor league has taken the decision to cancel more fixtures, while hoping to recommence at the end of January:

With the sustained high levels of new Covid cases in the last few weeks and the ever present likelihood of close contact pinging rearing its head, it has been decided to cancel the indoor fixtures for 16th and 23rd January.

We hope to resume on 30th January and the committee will be meeting next Monday to discuss that.

I am sorry about this and I am aware that some clubs were very keen to start but we feel it is too early at the moment.  When we do, we want to be confident that the scheduled fixtures are likely to be played and we are not there yet.

Appeal for players to register with Play-Cricket!

Now that results for all our league games are submitted to Play-Cricket, and we are doing an increasing amount of scoring using the Play-Cricket Scorer app, the ECB are encouraging as many club players as possible to get registered on the Play-Cricket website.

This has benefits for the ECB, of course, but also for us as a club (makes it easier for us to manage the scoring and keep everything consistent) and for players as individuals (you can create a link between your cricket at Hambledon, and performances in the past or future at other clubs, should you ever leave...).

To get registered, go to our Play-Cricket site and click on Sign in at the top right. If you already have an ECB user account, log in with that and you'll be taken back to the Hambledon site; if not, click on the Register button below the login form and you'll be walked through signing up.

Once you're back at the Hambledon page, click on the User account icon at the top right and choose Join this site*. That's it - we'll then approve your membership of the site ASAP, and you may get a confirmation email (I'm not sure).

Thanks in advance - I hope to see registration requests from lots of you!

* If you don't see that link, it probably means you're one of the 20 or so who are already registered.

To all parents of budding cricketers

The ever popular Sunday morning cricket sessions for boys and girls aged 5 to 9 (in School Years 1 to 4) will be starting at Hambledon Cricket Club on Sunday 18 April 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30.

These are magical sessions for the youngsters in a most beautiful location, in the fresh air, and learning to play the most English of games. If you wish to attend, please book a place with the Colts Co-ordinator, Theresa Pratt.

Hambledon Cricket Club is at Ridge Meadow, Brook Lane, Hambledon, just to the North East of the village.

Next home fixture

Saturday 16 April, 1:00pm

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Ridge Meadow

Club sponsor

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Upcoming fixtures

Sun 30 Jan

Adult Indoor C v Bedhampton


U16 Sharks Indoor v Emsworth


U13 Indoor v Portsmouth & Southsea


Sun 6 Feb

U13 Indoor v Waterlooville


Sun 13 Feb

Adult Indoor A v Waterlooville A


Adult Indoor B v Waterlooville B


U16 Jets Indoor v Havant


Sun 20 Feb

Adult Indoor C v Droxford


Latest results

Sun 16 Jan

Adult Indoor A v Gosport Borough A


Adult Indoor C v Knowle Village


U16 Jets Indoor v Emsworth


U16 Sharks Indoor v Portsmouth B


Sun 9 Jan

Adult Indoor A v Portsmouth A


Sun 2 Jan

Adult Indoor B v Gosport Borough B


1st XI league table

Team P Ave
Hambledon 18 20.36
Hook & Newnham Basics II 18 18.50
Langley Manor 18 15.33
Portsmouth & Southsea 18 15.18
Gosport Borough 18 14.25
Trojans 18 12.08
Basingstoke & North Hants II 18 11.93
Purbrook 18 9.25
Hythe & Dibden 18 8.45
Tichborne Park 18 4.67


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