Hampshire Cricket History

Happy Hambledon History
October 22, 2022, 7:31 pm
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I’ve mentioned before that for more than 20 years I’ve been involved in a club that was established (1998) to honour the achievements of the great cricketers of the 18th century organised under the auspices of the gentlemen of the Hambledon Club who met at the Bat & Ball (originally ‘The Hut’).

We meet for a lunch twice a year at the start and end of each season with a guest speaker – over the years including Jonathan Agnew, MJK Smith, Rod Bransgrove, Vic Marks, Dennis Amiss, Lord McLaurin, Jocelyn Galsworthy, John Barclay (etc.). Today we had an excellent talk from Mark Curtin who is CEO of Lord’s Taverners – he spoke about their foundation in 1950 and their work over the years, particularly with young people, in making cricket more inclusive, often working with the disadvantaged or disabled and bringing cricket to youngsters who might not otherwise engage with the game.

Our organisation, known as the Hambledon Club (not Hambledon Cricket Club) raises money for similar projects – we have over the years raised thousands for the Hambledon Cricket Club Colts and other local projects and today we were able to present a cheque to Mark for the Lord’s Taverners.

We are in the process of updating our website which contains much historic information about the 18th century and our 20+ years – when it’s finished, I’ll let you know.

Our President, Terry Crump, with Mark Curtin (Lord’s Taverners) on Broadhalfpenny Down today

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