Hampshire Cricket are pleased to announce we will be providing an XI for matches celebrating the 250th Anniversary of First-Class cricket at Broadhalfpenny Down.
The matches will be played on Friday 24th June (men) and Saturday 25th June (women) at Broadhalfpenny Down, home of the Hambledon Club, and the location of the inaugural First-Class cricket match in June 1772 between Hampshire and an All-England team.
In the 18th Century, the Hambledon Club was the acknowledged authority on the Laws of Cricket, and responsible for the development of new techniques and the laws of cricket.
These varied from the addition of a third stump to the size of the bat.
The Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust (BDPT) are also offering a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to be part of these celebrations.
Cricketers can apply to be part of the All England team taking on the Hampshire All Stars to celebrate the game of cricket’s wonderful history, by filling in the application form on the website.
David Mann, CEO of The Ageas Bowl, said: “We are delighted that Hampshire are able to support this great initiative, for what will no doubt be a great event that celebrates the birth of our beloved game.”
Mike Beardall, the BDPT Chairman said: “2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the first First-Class cricket match. We are recruiting worthy players from across the country to take part in two of our celebration matches in a season of commemoration. This will celebrate all that is good about cricket. We are looking for players of all standards, of all ages, from all backgrounds; we want to form inclusive teams who will be proud to be part of a historical occasion at The Cradle of Cricket.”