Broadhalfpenny Down – home of cricket?

Broadhalfpenny Down Cricket Pavillion

Thanks to Flickr, I found a great photo of a pavillion in Broadhalfpenny Down (shown on the right) which has thrown up some fascinating info on the history of the game, which I didn’t know about.

While cricket was almost certainly born of various medieval games, it is believed by many to have been nurtured into the art it is today by the good people of Hambledon village in Hampshire.

Hambledon Cricket Club was founded in 1750 and played its games on the Broadhalfpenny Down pitch that can still be seen in use today. The Hambledon team, emerging from the Bat and Ball Inn, were a match for any side in the country including the All-England team they destroyed by a whole innings in June 1777.

More on the village and the ground here