“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 teams, the 1st XI playing in Division 2 of the Southern Premier League. 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!

Fantasy Week 2 and other updates

Posted by Seb Duggan on

The results for Saturday’s games are up on the site — great wins for the 1st and 2nd XIs! — and so are the week 2 standings of the Fantasy League. No change in the top two positions, but a lot of movement further down, with Jack Lavous moving into third and Rhidian Chapman leaping from 14th to 4th!

In other news:

  • Shane has arrived! He flew in from South Africa on Friday and could be seen netting on Friday evening, in preparation for Saturday’s game
  • We now have league tables for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd XIs here on the site. Simply go to the Statistics page and click on the League Tables link
  • I’ve also added into the Fantasy League pages the ability to view everybody’s teams. Just click on the team name in the league table

Dons through to Round 3 of the VKO

Posted by Seb Duggan on

OK, so it’s not a huge achievement since we have won the game by default — Eversley are unable to raise a team for Sunday's second-round clash — but it means that our next VKO cup game will be at Ridge Meadow on Sunday 29 May against either Sparsholt or Godshill.

Fantasy League: Week 1

Posted by Seb Duggan on

After all the anticipation, we’re finally into the league season, which means that the Fantasy League is also up and running...

After the first week’s matches, Sam O’Halloran has taken an early lead by 1 point from Seb Duggan, with Kev Wingham coming in third a few points behind.

Top of the player rankings are Will Bond and Tim Rogers, both with 10 points from their first outing.

View the full Fantasy League table

First big game of the season! Sunday 1 May at the Ridge

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Tomorrow sees the first big game of the season for the Dons: a home clash against Easton & Martyr Worthy in the 1st round of the National Village Knockout Cup.

The match starts at 1pm, but come along earlier from 10am to see the U7s and U9s - and to partake of the barbecue which will be running all day. The bar will be open too, or tea and coffee if you'd rather.

Let's get a really good turnout to support the Dons, and see them through into the second round!

Last Weekend's Results (23rd/24th April)

Posted by Mark Le-Clercq on

On Saturday 23rd April Hambledon travelled away to Chichester Priory Park for the first pre-season fixture of the 2016 season. Will Bond's men were looking for a winning start to the summer, a mix of 1st and 2nd XI players were selected to face Chichester Priory's 1st XI at a rather scenic ground.

The team batted first and posted a solid score of 189 ao, with contributions from George Marshall (41), Rob Atkins (50) and Lewis Le-Clercq (57). After a gut warming tea of sausages, chips and beans the lads then had to take to the field feeling replenished from a innovative tea by the opposition, due to how nippy the day had become.

The opening bowlers Prad Bains and Rhidian Chapman made immediate in-roads into the CPP batting unit reducing them to 5-4 off 5 overs. A youthful Ian Turner and fearsome trundler Rob Atkins halted the CPP innings in the middle overs restricting the opposition to 163-8. Hambledon CC won by a 26 run margin on the first fixture of the season—up the Dons!—key bowling figures below:

Prad Bains (2-23), Rhidian Chapman (2-3), Ian Turner (2-9) and Rob Atkins (2-35).

Sunday 24th, Hambledon played Winchester University in a home friendly, a game where the Dons batting line up misfired but the bowlers almost salvaged a win. Dons failed to defend their very modest 145ao, Ash Barfoot (28) and Prad Bains (37) dug in to help post a score to bowl at. Dons lost by 2 wickets in the end but a new look talented bowling unit forced wobbly knees in the Winchester batting camp. Opener Seb Duggan cleaned up an opener early, then took two more at the rear end of the innings; Seb certainly enjoyed his new role as an opening bowler. Prad Bains and Spencer Le-Clercq took 2 apiece as well, James Restell bowling very well taking 1 scalp, and also looking awesome in the photos!

Till next weekend...

The Dons face Bishops Waltham in the last pre-season friendly on Saturday, with the big NVKO game on Sunday versus Easton and Martyr Worthy. Come down and watch either match and support your club this weekend!