“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!

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.

COVID-19 update: indoor cricket

As the outdoor season comes to a close - with more cricket having been played than looked likely at one stage - it's now the time when the indoor cricket season should be starting.

However, due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, the South-East Hampshire (Fareham) Indoor League has been put on hold. The official line is that all fixtures up to Christmas have been cancelled, with a view to commencing a shortened season (4/5 matches per team, no promotion/relegation) on 3rd January, subject to the current restrictions being lifted.

So, we shall simply have to wait and see what indoor cricket we might get this winter...

2020 website redesign

If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably noticed that things have changed a bit around here!

About 5 years ago, the site moved from its previous home on HitSports to a new site based on the website I’d developed for my previous club (but which was even then several years old). That site has served well, but it was difficult to develop new features for, as I no longer worked with the content management system it was built on.

So, a couple of years ago (!) I started work on a complete rewrite, built on the system I work with and develop every day at work. But it’s only thanks to lockdown this year that I’ve been able to spend the required time to get the site finished. And here it is...

The most obvious change is the design; the majority of the functionality mirrors that of the old site, but there are a few new features already, and I’ll now easily be able to add more features over the coming months.

Another significant change is the main site URL. The site is now on the snappier hambledon.cc (but don't worry, any links to the old hambledoncricketclub.co.uk will be redirected...).

Most of the changes come on the player stats pages. We now have profile pictures of players, with more information to be added in the future:

Player overview page, now with added mugshot!

It’s now possible to filter the stats more precisely - so you can show stats for multiple seasons, teams or fixture types, and even see whether you do better at home or away:

The new stats filtering options

And there are also some nice charts to give a visual representation of a player’s performances. There are currently 2 graphs: one shows how your average changes over time (all linked in to the filters you’ve set), and the other shows how many scores have been made in each 10-run band:

Visualise your performances with these stats charts

Finally, there are now individual pages to show centuries and five-fors - again, all able to be filtered on the same criteria:

List of Hambledon centurions

List of 5-wicket hauls

I’ve got a list of features I want to add in the future, but if you have any ideas, please get in touch (and also if you have any problems with the site...).

Next home fixture

Sunday 25 July, 1:00pm

Friendly v President's XI

Ridge Meadow

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Upcoming fixtures

Sun 25 Jul

Friendly v President's XI


Mon 26 Jul

U11 B v Havant Hawks


Tue 27 Jul

U13 A v Sarisbury Athletic


Wed 28 Jul

U19 v Portsmouth


Latest results

2nd XI v Solent Rangers

Won by 7 wickets

3rd XI v Railway Triangle II


4th XI v Rowner


Sat 10 Jul

1st XI v Purbrook


2nd XI v Purbrook II


3rd XI v Portsmouth III


1st XI league table

Team P Ave
Hambledon 13 19.75
Hook & Newnham Basics II 13 17.38
Gosport Borough 13 17.13
Portsmouth & Southsea 13 16.14
Trojans 13 15.25
Langley Manor 13 14.00
Basingstoke & North Hants II 13 11.60
Purbrook 13 7.75
Hythe & Dibden 13 7.63
Tichborne Park 13 5.44


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