“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!

The Fantasy League transfer window is now open!

This weekend marks the half-way point of the league season, and Joel Lewis is starting to open up a lead at the top of the Fantasy League – but he can still be caught! And only a small number of points separates the next 9 teams...

For the next couple of weeks (until Wednesday 10 July) the Fantasy Transfer Window will be open, so you can correct any mistakes you made when first picking your squad, or replace the players who are not performing for you. Just go along to your usual team selection page, via My Account, and you’ll see a button taking you to the transfer page.

The rules are simple: you can make one transfer of up to 6 players from your squad, and your new squad will become active immediately. Note that you will probably need to select a new playing XI too, as your current one will most likely not be valid any more (you’ll be prompted to do this when you save your transfers).

You will also find a dozen or so new players added to the league for you to choose from – a total of 87 players are now available.

Finally, you will now find, listed on each week’s Fantasy Standings page, the best possible team you could have chosen that week. Nobody has yet got close to picking the perfect team; I’m thinking that the £10 prize for doing so may be a little undervalued!

Don’t forget to update your Fantasy Team selection!

With the season kicking off properly this weekend with all four teams playing, don’t forget to check your Fantasy Team selection to make sure you’re fielding your best team!

To manage your team, select My account from the main menu. This page will show your team(s) – click on the team name to manage your XI. Any changes made before 12:00 noon on match day will be counted for this week’s competition.

And there is now a Team selections page, so those of you who aren’t on Facebook or Instagram will not be disadvantaged by not seeing the team announcements...

Fantasy League now open for entries!

UPDATE: The first league games are this Saturday (4 May), so get your teams in before then in order to be counted! Only 13 teams have been entered to date, which is a bit disappointing for the amount of effort that has gone into this...

The Fantasy League 2024 is now open for team entries!

The team budgets have been tweaked slightly since the original announcement: you may now select a squad up to 38 points total, and your team budget is 27 points.

When you go to create a fantasy team, you will need to log in if you have not already done so. If you have created an account for membership this year or last year, this is the account you will use. If not, you will need to create an account.

Good luck to everyone!

As always, if you run into any issues, please get in touch with me (Seb).

There is now also a My account page (you’ll find it linked in the main navigation), which serves as a hub from which you can see your personal details, view and manage your current membership, and manage any Fantasy teams you have created.

Fantasy League 2024

By popular demand, the Fantasy League is back for the 2024 season, and it’s better than ever!

It’s had an overhaul since last time it was run. The biggest change is that you now choose a squad of 15 players, giving you the ability to fine-tune your playing XI throughout the season, based on form, availability or gut feeling. This is designed to add a more tactical aspect, and to maintain interest in the competition through the summer.

There will also be a transfer window halfway through the season, where you will be able to make up to 5 changes to your squad of 15.

Player pricing has been set on a combination of statistics, based on performance last season, and predictions for 2024. Please let me know before entries open if you’re not on the list of available players but think you’re likely to play more than a few league games this season and would like to be included.

It costs £5 to enter a team, and you can enter more than one team if you wish.

Entries will open on Sunday 21 April.

A successful season in the Indoor League!

It has been an amazing winter for the club, as the senior A and B teams, the U16s and the U13s all won their respective leagues in the Indoor League! To cap it off, the A team also won against the Mayor’s team on the presentation evening…

Hambledon A

The Hambledon A Team won the top Division of the Indoor League for the second year running, winning all their matches. They played an exhibition match at the Presentation Evening against the Mayor of Fareham’s Invitation Team in a thrilling 8-a-side match using the entire sports hall. Hambledon were looking the losers, until Ollie Bembridge scored 62 runs (including 6 sixes and 3 fours) as “Last man Standing” to clinch the win for Hambledon.

Hambledon B

The Hambledon B team won the Division 2 title of the Indoor League, having won the Division 3 title last year. They only lost one of their matches. So, next year, they will be playing Div 1 cricket alongside the Hambledon A Team – well done to all!

Hambledon C

The Hambledon C team finished comfortably mid table in Division 3 of the League.

Under 13

The Under 13 Jets team, made up of players from Years 6 and 7, had a busy and rewarding first season of indoor cricket. Managed by Zoe Mitchell, the boys and girls have learned how to play indoor cricket, they have worked together as a team brilliantly, and they won 2 of their matches, no mean feat for their first season. We look forward to seeing them all play again next winter season, when they will all be taller, bigger, stronger and more experienced. 16 boys and girls represented Hambledon in this team, and they did very well indeed in their first season.

The Under 13 Sharks team, made up of players from Years 7 and 8, won every single league match they played, and finished top of the Under 13 League. Steve Hayes managed this team. They also played an Exhibition Match against a team made up of the 6 best players in the Under 13s from the other teams, which they narrowly lost in the last over. 13 boys and girls played for this team, including a couple of the Jets, who played in a couple of key matches when several regular squad members were away and helped them win – all great cricket!

Additionally, Henry Hayes won the Under 13 trophy for “Best Batter”, with a total score of 221 runs in 9 matches at an average of 110.5, with two top scores of 44 not out. He was only out twice in the season, and to score this number of runs when a batter has to retire at 20 is a huge achievement – well done Henry, and also for captaining the side with great maturity as well.

Under 16

The Under 16 Sharks team was managed by Richard Poole and James Jay. They are the younger team at this age group, and they won 2 of their matches, and developed their skills in indoor cricket. 12 boys and girls represented this team, including a few of the Under 13s, playing up admirably with players 3 or 4 years senior to them. This squad have a bright future ahead when they play again next year.

The Under 16 Jets Team was the senior team at this age, and they were managed by Jamie Lewis. They won all their league matches and won the league. In a thrilling Exhibition match at the presentation Evening, they won an exciting last ball decider against 6 of the best players from the other teams. As they proceed into adult cricket, now they are over 16, they thoroughly deserve their success this winter.

And on top of all this, Elliot Lewis won the Under 16 trophy for “Best Batter”, with a total score of 257 runs in 7 matches at an average of 64.25, with two top scores of 50 and 51, both not out. Elliot was also the captain of the Jets, and he led by example all season – many congratulations to Elliot.

Well done to all the players, many thanks to parents for lifting the youngsters to and from the matches, and a special thanks to those parents who coached the teams, scored the matches, and generally supported the events – it wouldn’t work without all the wonderful people who “go the extra mile” for Hambledon Cricket Club.

Next home fixture

Saturday 13 July, 12:30pm

1st XI v Fair Oak

Ridge Meadow

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Upcoming fixtures

Sat 13 Jul

1st XI v Fair Oak

Home,

2nd XI v Calmore Sports 3

Away,

3rd XI v Clanfield

Away,

4th XI v Clanfield 2

Home,

Sun 14 Jul

Friendly v Magdalen CC

Home,

Sat 20 Jul

1st XI v Hartley Wintney

Away,

2nd XI v Ampfield & North Baddesley

Home,

3rd XI v Waterlooville 3

Home,

4th XI v Portsmouth & Southsea 4

Away,

Sat 27 Jul

1st XI v Gosport Borough

Home,

2nd XI v Bishops Waltham 2

Away,

3rd XI v Purbrook 2

Away,

4th XI v Fair Oak 5

Home, Cancelled

Latest results

Thu 11 Jul
Sat 6 Jul

2nd XI v Portsmouth 3

Cancelled

3rd XI v United Services Portsmouth

Cancelled

4th XI v Purbrook 3

Won by forfeit

Sat 29 Jun
Sun 23 Jun

Friendly v Broadhalfpenny Brigands

Cancelled

1st XI: SPL Div 1

Team P Ave
Hambledon 10 20.33
Portsmouth & Southsea 10 15.80
New Milton 10 14.56
Sway 10 14.44
Langley Manor 10 11.29
Liphook & Ripsley 10 10.78
Fair Oak 10 10.63
St Cross Symondians 2 10 9.67
Gosport Borough 10 8.80
Hartley Wintney 10 8.75

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