“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!

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!

Coronavirus update; 2020 season is suspended

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Sadly, the news we'd all been expecting is now here. Yesterday the ECB and Hampshire Cricket sent out the following message to all clubs, announcing the suspension of all recreational cricket until further notice.

We'll keep you updated just as soon as anything changes; but in the meantime stay safe and healthy!

Dear all,

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.

This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making. 

Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.

We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.

We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

Coronavirus update: final indoor nets training is cancelled

Posted by Seb Duggan on

As you all might expect, we have taken the decision to cancel the final session of indoor nets, due to take place this Sunday (22 March) at Crookhorn School.

We will keep you posted with any further decisions related to Coronavirus as and when they are made.

Winter Nets 2020

Posted by Seb Duggan on

Winter training starts on Sunday 12 January, at Crookhorn College, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville PO7 5UD.


Under 9 (Years 3 & 4), Under 11 (Years 5 & 6), Under 13 (Years 7 & 8)

Sundays on Jan 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23, Mar 8 & 22
12.30pm to 2.00pm

Under 15 (Years 9 & 10) & Seniors

Sundays on Jan 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23, Mar 8 & 22
2.00pm to 3.30pm


The cost for colts coaching sessions will be £24 payable in advance, or £5 per session payable on the day.

Seniors will pay £5 per player per session. Pay on the day.

U15s will pay £4 per player per session. Pay on the day.

U11, U13, U15: Please make sure you bring all of your cricket equipment to each session as per list: 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.

U15 & 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 can obviously join the seniors in the nets.

For further information on the Colts training, please contact Theresa Pratt, Colts Coordinator.