“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!

Announcing Girls' Cricket at Hambledon!

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Now we have started up cricket training for our youngsters, we are delighted to announce that we are also starting a girls section at Hambledon Cricket Club. This will be led by Jenna McFadzean, a qualified cricket coach and Sports Teacher at PGS. This will be a great opportunity for the girls to play cricket amongst themselves, without the boys in the way! So, if you have a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin or niece who is in School Year 5 through to School Year 8, you will be very welcome to join in. So will their friends! The arrangements are as follows:

  • Friday 10 July – Year 5 to Year 8: 6:00-7:30pm
    Led by Jenna McFadzean 

Numbers have to be limited because of the rules over Covid 19, so please email i.t.pratt@uwclub.net to book a space. The coaches will be making every endeavour to ensure everyone gets a fair share of the slots over the next weeks. Here are a few points for guidance:

  • Please do not turn up on the evening without booking a space
  • All girls should come changed ready in training kit, tee shirts and tracksuit bottoms or similar. The changing rooms will not be in use
  • Each girl should bring their own cricket ball with them, and use only that ball. Cricket balls can be borrowed from the clubhouse, should you not have one
  • Please can parents be prepared to assist the coaches to run the sessions safely
  • Toilets are available, there will be a one way system through the clubhouse
  • Suitable cleaning arrangements have been put in place, but please bring some hand sanitiser with you
  • Simple bar arrangements are in place and the Hambledon Blue kit will be on sale most evenings as well

Many of you have very kindly made a donation to the club to help us through this most unusual of summers. There will be no charges for these training sessions, but if you attend, it would be much appreciated if you can make a donation to the club, if you haven’t already. 

So, please book a slot for a training session, please be patient if you can’t attend every week, and we look forward to seeing you soon, starting this Friday.

Theresa Pratt
Colts Co-ordinator

A letter to Hambledon U7/U9 Colts and parents

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Dear Hambledon Under 7 and Under 9 Colts

We have had a difficult summer, because of COVID-19, and we hope you are all well and safe. We are now in a position to start some colts training next week and following weeks, starting on Sunday 12 July for the Under 7s and Under 9s. New arrangements are as follows:

Numbers have to be limited because of the rules over COVID-19, so please email Andrew to book a space. Andrew and the other coaches will be making every endeavour to ensure everyone gets a fair share of the slots over the next weeks. Here are a few points for guidance:

  • Please do not turn up on Sunday mornings without booking a space
  • All colts should come changed ready in training kit, The changing rooms will not be in use
  • Please can parents be prepared to assist the coaches to run the sessions safely – we can’t do it without you!
  • Toilets are available, there will be a one way system through the clubhouse
  • Suitable cleaning arrangements have been put in place, but please bring some hand sanitiser with you
  • Simple bar arrangements are in place and the Hambledon Blue kit will be on sale most evenings as well

Many of you have very kindly made a donation to the club to help us through this most unusual of summers. There will be no charges for these training sessions, but if you attend, it would be much appreciated if you can make a donation to the club, if you haven’t already 

So, please:

  • book a slot for a training session
  • please say when you book if you can assist running the session
  • please say what year your child is in and whether he/she has done any cricket before
  • please be patient if you can’t attend every week

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Theresa Pratt
Colts Co-ordinator

A letter to Hambledon Colts and parents

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Dear Hambledon Colts

We have had a difficult summer because of COVID-19, and we hope you are all well and safe. We are now in a position to start some Colts training next week and the following weeks, starting on Monday 6 July. For the moment, this is restricted to the Under 11s and older; we hope to make suitable arrangements for the Under 7s and Under 9s soon. New arrangements are as follows:

Numbers have to be limited because of the rules around COVID-19, so please email the appropriate coach to book a space. The coaches will be making every endeavour to ensure everyone gets a fair share of the slots over the next weeks. Here are a few points for guidance:

  • Please do not turn up on the evening without booking a space
  • All colts should come changed ready in training kit. The changing rooms will not be in use
  • Each colt should bring their own cricket ball with them, and use only that ball. Some cricket balls can be borrowed from the clubhouse, should you not have one
  • Please can parents be prepared to assist the coaches to run the sessions safely
  • Toilets are available; there will be a one way system through the clubhouse
  • Suitable cleaning arrangements have been put in place, but please bring some hand sanitiser with you
  • Simple bar arrangements are in place and the Hambledon blue kit will be on sale most evenings as well

Many of you have very kindly made a donation to the club to help us through this most unusual of summers. There will be no charges for these training sessions, but if you attend, it would be much appreciated if you can make a donation to the club, if you haven’t already.

The 64 million dollar question is: when can we actually play some games of cricket? The answer is that we don’t yet know. We are hoping for details soon from the ECB and the government, and we look forward to telling you when we can play.

So, please book a slot for a training session, please be patient if you can’t attend every week, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Theresa Pratt
Colts Co-ordinator

An appeal to support the club through COVID-19

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Dear Friends and Members of Hambledon Cricket Club,

We hope this post finds you all well in these difficult times.

Sadly, it is becoming unlikely that we will see any club cricket played this summer and as a result we have decided not to request a membership fee from players and social members this year. Membership fees, bar takings, sponsorship and donations form the basis of our income during a season. However, despite us not receiving any significant income this year we will still have some major fixed costs to pay (insurance £4k, ground maintenance £3.5k etc).  As you might expect we are seeking for a better deal on our insurance and pursuing local authority and national sporting bodies COVID-19 grants.

However, we still need further financial support to help sustain cricket at Hambledon for a future without COVID-19. We traditionally run 3 Saturday adult league teams; Sunday and midweek friendlies; and we currently have over 150 girls and boys aged between 5 and 17 playing cricket every week throughout the summer at Hambledon. All this relies on our many stalwart coaches and managers, but also the funds to pay for the running of the club. So we are launching a funding/donation campaign to see the “Dons” through this unprecedented pandemic. Please help this very special club to ensure its future and provide cricket for all ages for many years to come.

If you are in a position to make a donation to the Club for this summer instead of your membership, we would be very thankful. Please make your donation to:

Account name            Hambledon CC
Sort code                    30-99-20 (Lloyds)
Account number        00171487
Please put your name and “Donation” in the reference.

or cheques payable to Hambledon CC can be sent to Mark Le-Clercq at 18 Woodrow, Denmead PO7 6YW.

Yours in Cricket,

Mark Le-Clercq
Chairman, Hambledon Cricket Club

P.S. Just to confirm that we have recently been able to open the nets at Ridge Meadow for one-to-one training/practice, but please can you make sure that we abide by the ECB guidelines: i.e. keep 2 metres distance, do not share equipment, wash hands before and after practice, etc.

Indoor cricket league awards

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Some good news, at last...

Hambledon have had an excellent year in the indoor cricket league, and have won more awards than any other club!

Team awards

  • Division 2 champions (Hambledon A)
  • Division 5 champions (Hambledon B)
  • Under 13 champions

Individual awards

  • Under 16 batting: Will Parvin
  • Under 16 bowling: Jonty Oliver
  • Under 13 bowling: Ben Hardman

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, there will be no presentation evening. The trophies will be picked up in due course and distributed to everyone involved.

Well done everyone!