“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 Hambledon Club: new members invited

The Hambledon Club is a private members’ dining club, revived in 1999 with the purpose of honouring the achievements of the Hambledon Club, 1750-1796. The club also supports cricket here at Hambledon Cricket Club, with prize draws raising money for the club’s youth cricket.

The club holds luncheon events twice a year at the Bat and Ball, at the start and end of each season, each event featuring a guest speaker.

The next luncheon will be held at the Bat and Ball on Saturday 23 March, where the guest speaker will be Annie Chave, Editor and a Director of County Cricket Matters, and vocal supporter of county cricket in general.

If you are interested in attending the luncheon and becoming a member, please see the club’s website for full details and booking information.

Extraordinary General Meeting: Appointment of Trustees

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the club will be held at 7.00 pm on Thursday 1 February at the Bat and Ball, Broadhalfpenny Down.

The purpose of the meeting is to propose the appointment of three new Trustees to replace two trustees who wish to stand down, and to keep the total number up to the minimum number (4) required by the Club’s constitution.

The resolution is as follows:

To re-appoint the Chairman Mark Le Clercq; to remove current Trustees Jane Shinn and Tony Smith; and to appoint the Secretary Seb Duggan, the Honorary Treasurer Imogen Restell and committee member Jamie Lewis as Trustees.

The background to this is that, in order to secure the grant from Sport England for the newly re-laid wickets 10 years ago, Sport England required a charge over the Club’s freehold property and in order to achieve this it was necessary for the Club’s title to be registered at the Land Registry. For legal reasons the land had to be registered in the name of four Club’s Trustees. One has since died, and two of the three existing trustees, Jane Shinn and Tony Smith have asked to stand down. Therefore it is necessary to appoint new Trustees in whose name the land will be registered.

Please let me know if you are planning to attend, as we need to ensure we have the minimum quorum of 12 voting members as laid down in the club's constitution.

Seb Duggan
Secretary
25 Jan 2024

Winter Indoor Net Training 2024

Indoor training for all age groups in Hambledon Cricket Club starts on Sunday 7 January, at Crookhorn College, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville PO7 5UD.

All are welcome, and new players too!

Schedule

Women and girls softball
Boys and girls Under 9 (Years 3 & 4), Under 11 (Years 5 & 6), Under 13 (Years 7 & 8)

Will train in their age groups:
Sundays on Jan 7 & 21, Feb 25, Mar 3 & 17
12.30pm to 2.00pm

Adults (men and women hardball)
Boys and girls Under 15 (Years 9 & 10)

Will train in their age groups:
Sundays on Jan 7 & 21, Feb 25, Mar 3 & 17
2.00pm to 3.30pm

Arrangements

Boys will play softball cricket at Under 9, and hardball cricket from Under 11 upwards. Girls will play softball from Under 9 and can choose to play softball or hardball from Under 11 upwards.

U11, U13, U15 - Please make sure you bring all of your hardball cricket equipment to each session as you would to outdoor training: 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 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.

Costs

  • Seniors will pay £5 per player per session. Pay on the day. PLEASE BRING CASH.
  • Under 9s to Under 15s will pay £4 per player per session. Pay on the day. PLEASE BRING CASH.

To allow us to plan sessions please let the Youth Co-ordinators, Ian and Theresa Pratt, know on [email protected] in the week before if Under 9s to Under 15s intend to come along to a session.

2024 Club Tour to Devon

We are pleased to announce that after a damp but very successful tour this year, Hambledon CC are returning to Devon in 2024. The tour is planned for the end of July/first week in August with fixtures already arranged for 29th, 30th and 31st July, and 1st August. The tour will not conflict with the regular Hambledon league matches on the Saturdays before and after.

Accommodation is booked nearby at Lane Barton Leisure barn in Woolfardisworthy (Woolsery) near Bideford. The barn sleeps 32 in pods of up to 4 people with en-suite showers for each pod and is booked for our exclusive use.

With four fixtures and a large accommodation base we are again hoping to make it a whole club tour with players of all ages from the adult teams welcome to attend as well as family and supporters. Players under 18 would need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. As far as players are concerned the ideal number would be 15/16 so that everyone plays at least three matches, but there are more potential fixtures in the pipeline so we may be able to take more. The attitude is the more the merrier whilst ensuring that weather permitting everyone has the chance to play 3 matches.

We have similar opposition at excellent grounds and maybe a new fixture as well.

To confirm both the fixtures and the accommodation we need a deposit from all those who would like to attend. We are expecting the cost of tour including accommodation, pitch fees and teas to come to approximately £120 and therefore are proposing an initial payment of £50 with the balance to be paid after Christmas, when we are clearer on numbers and final costs.

In order to secure your place please email the tour manager, Jamie Lewis; please also transfer your deposit to the club account:

Account name: Hambledon Cricket Club
Account number: 00171487
Sort code: 30-99-20 (Lloyds Bank)
Reference: "Tour" + your name

Hoping that there is plenty of interest and we can get everything in place early in the New Year. Any questions, please get in touch with Jamie.

Hambledon ‘Living Legend’ wins 2023 Tony Baker Award

Hambledon cricket legend Robert ‘Topsy’ Turner has been awarded the Southern Premier League’s Tony Baker ‘Unsung Hero’ award in recognition of his staggering contribution to the historic village club.

A still youthful 82, Topsy has spent his entire cricket career at Hambledon, over 50 years of which were as an opening batsman and miserly off-spin bowler – with statistics that simply boggle the mind.

Without doubt Hambledon’s greatest all-rounder in the club’s long history, he was among the Hampshire League’s leading aggregate run scorers and wicket takers in the club’s title strewn climb through the pyramid which began in 1980.

Turner scored over 30,000 runs and captured 3,500 or so wickets in all Hambledon cricket before a knee injury brought his illustrious career to an end in 2006.

In the Seventies and Eighties, Turner achieved the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in 12 out of 14 seasons, and in 11 years from 1972 had amassed 13,641 runs with the same trusty old GM bat, which must have been one of the most productive in the world!

His Hambledon clubmates once sent the bat off for repairs, only for it to be returned marked ‘unrepairable’. Topsy went on to get another 2,000 runs with it. For him, read ‘irreplaceable’.

He's been at the club for 68 years and since the 1980s has also served as groundsman, and can still be found first thing nearly every morning throughout the summer preparing pitches or the outfield, supported by wife Sue, who keeps the clubhouse tidy and well-presented.

In the off-season, Topsy will often be found with a paintbrush, sprucing up the changing rooms or pavilion.

“In short, the club would be lost without him,” reflected Hambledon secretary Seb Duggan.

“Many around the club probably do not appreciate how much hard work Topsy puts into the ground, and how much he will be missed when he finally retires from it.

“And nearly 70 years devoted to the same club is worthy of hero status in anyone's book and that's why he's an ideal recipient of the Tony Baker ‘Unsung Hero’ award.”

Robert ‘Topsy’ Turner is the second recipient of the Tony Baker award, which is presented annually, in memory of the late Tony Baker, the former Hampshire Chief Executive and Old Tauntonians all-rounder, who died in 2017 having dedicated his life to cricket and was massively involved in club and county cricket in Hampshire.

Burridge stalwart Gerry Candy, also an Octogenarian, was the inaugural award winner in 2022.

Many thanks to Mike Vimpany for allowing us to reproduce this article.

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