“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 League: Week 17

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Just the one 1st XI match to go now to decide the 2016 Fantasy League, and it seems that Kevin Wingham has the top spot well and truly sewn up.

But there’s hot competition for second and third: George Harding and Prad Bains are currently tied in 2nd, with this week’s best team, Rory Morris, hot on their heels and only 5 points adrift. It will all boil down to the slight differences in 1st XI personnel in those teams to see who comes out on top...

MVP for this week was George Harding with 11 points, closely followed by Lecky and Wayne, each with 10 points.

A final reminder that if you still have transfers available, now would probably be a good time to get as many 1st-teamers in your squad as you can! Let Prad or Seb know before Saturday...

2016 Presentation Evening

Posted by Seb Duggan on

This season’s Presentation Evening - for both Seniors and Juniors - will be held at Ridge Meadow on Friday 9th September, at 6.00pm for 6.30pm.

The bar will be open; there will be a barbecue; and Hambledon kit will be on sale (get yourself a hoodie for the winter!).

Thanks to Hambledon Vineyard for sponsoring the evening; they will also have some of their classic English Sparkling Wine available for purchase.

(Nearly) end-of-season league standings

Posted by Seb Duggan on

With the league season wrapping up (still one game to play for the 1st XI), the 2nds have secured a comfortable mid-table position after a late rally in performance, seeing them win 4 of their last 5 fixtures.

The 3rd XI, however, have not been so fortunate. Agonisingly tied on points with US Portsmouth, a lower number of wins leaves them facing relegation to Regional Division 2 South.

As for the 1st XI, it’s still all to play for, with promotion very much a possibility. The Dons will need a near-maximum point win over Paultons on Saturday, and hope that Tichborne Park lose to Trojans. If Hambledon outscore Tichborne by 15 points or more, we will move to second in the league. So, if you’re not playing on Saturday, come along and support your Dons!

Sunday 28 August: Men vs Women!

Posted by Seb Duggan on

This Sunday sees this year's Club Day at the Ridge, with the main event being a Men vs Women challenge!

Following on from the Under 11s vs Parents in the morning, the Men vs Women will start at 2pm. There will be a barbecue and the bar will be open.

Come on up and join in or support - the forecast looks good, and it should be a fun day...

Colts seeking managers and coaches

Posted by Seb Duggan on

With the end of one season we now start the planning of the next.

We need as many volunteers as we can to make the colts section work. In particular we are seeking:

  • managers or assistant managers (to organise teams and games, no cricket playing experience required, just a good organiser). Specifically for the Under 9s
  • coaches (to organise training and coach players)
  • coaching assistants

If you or someone you know might be interested please let Steve Toogood know.

Plus Hampshire have just announced their winter coaching courses - click here for details. Again if interested please Steve know. Hambledon CC will pay the fees for the courses.

There are 3 courses:

  • Coach Support Worker - suitable for younger volunteers
  • Coaching Children (up to 13 years old) - more comprehensive
  • Coaching Young People (over 13 years old) - more comprehensive

There is also a ‘Young Coaches’ course planned, but no details yet. This is for 14 to 16 year olds. Again please let Steve know.

If you have any feedback on this season please let us know so we can improve next season’s experience.