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The Ageas Bowl

The Ageas Bowl

Cricket in Hampshire

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Hampshire has a long-standing association with cricket from the 18th century to the present day.

Hambledon in the South Downs is world famous as the ‘cradle of cricket’ and where the game we know today evolved. Hambledon Cricket Club was the foremost cricket club in England and developed many of the rules in the 18th century, prior to the focus moving to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), St John’s Wood in London.  Broadhalfpenny Down and the adjacent Bat and Ball public house, which served as the clubhouse, are internationally famous and continue to attract many ‘cricketing pilgrims’.

Thomas Lord founder of the MCC is buried in West Meon Church graveyard, near Winchester. The Thomas Lord village pub is named after him.

One of the MCC’s star players was William Nicholson who supposedly gave the club its colours. He lived in Privett, near Petersfield and the colours from his family’s Nicholson Gin are also to be seen in the village church.

Hampshire County Cricket Club was founded in 1863 and is now based at the Ageas Bowl on the outskirts of Southampton in the village of Hedge End. With a capacity of over 15,000 permanent seats, The Ageas Bowl welcomes Test Matches, Twenty20, county and one day international cricket as well as music concerts and seasonal events.

Want to stay close to the country’s cricket action? The Hilton at The Ageas Bowl offers a number of stunning bedrooms which over look the cricket pitch.  

Village cricket is regularly played across Hampshire during the summer months. Discover villages in Hampshire

Hampshire will be playing host to five International Cricket World Cup matches in June 2019, which promise to be a sell-out.