“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!

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!

Photos: Hambledon v Winchester University - 24 April 2016

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Opening home match of the season at the Ridge on a very cold April day, with Hambledon losing to Winchester Uni by 2 wickets.

Thanks to stand-in photographer Rhidian for snapping pics while Hambledon were in the field...

Pre-Season Update & New Customised Covers

Posted by Mark Le-Clercq on

The Ridge is now home to a set of three wonderful new covers this year, which are sporting the Hambledon colours and logo. The navy blue beauties arrived Wednesday morning to cries of delight from the Hambledon Chairman. Everyone is sure the new covers will be appreciated by the players and supporters. The club would like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Trust and Waitrose for the grant from their “2016 Small Grants Scheme” that allowed us to purchase these new covers. They will make a huge difference to the quality of the ground at Ridge Meadow, and the enjoyment of cricket for everyone from colts to adults and all in between.

A weather struck April has prevented a pre-season of any sort so far, but weather permitting Hambledon can partake in this weekend's fixtures. Newly appointed 1st XI skipper Will Bond leads a mix of 1st and 2nd team players to Chichester Priory Park, this Saturday the 23rd of April. Hambledon are like many clubs just looking for some pre-season cricket in the rather moist April.

Sunday the 24th Hambledon play home to Winchester University, weather permitting of course; the groundsman have been putting in the hard yards despite the cricketing gods lacking mercy.