• AHCC v Broadhalfpenny Down Brigands

    AHCC v Broadhalfpenny Down Brigands

    14th August 2016

    The Australia House Cricket Club is playing a 40/40 match against the Broadhalfpenny Down Brigands on Sunday 14 August 2016.

    The match starts at 1:00pm.

    Broadhalfpenny Down is 2 hours from central London, but well worth the trip as the club is one of the most important in cricketing folklore (see history below). Broadhalfpenny Down is essentially the cradle of cricket – where the modern game grew up (and the rules were formed) when the Club was the centre of the cricketing world over the period 1750-1787. In 1787 the Marylebone Cricket Club was formed and became the authority for the laws and the general governance of the game at which time the influence of the Hambledon Club (who played at Broadhalfpenny Down) declined.

    After the game the team will join the Brigands for some quiet ales in the original Bat and Ball Pub (which served as the HQ for the Hambledon Club in its golden era) next to the ground.

    The Bat and Ball contains a host of cricketing memorabilia and is worth the trip itself!

    Directions:
    Broadhalfpenny Down – is 66 miles SW (Via A3) of Central London near Petersfield.

     

    HISTORY 

    BROADHALFPENNY DOWN THE GOLDEN AGE – 1750 to 1787

    For nearly 30 years, Broadhalfpenny Down was the centre of the Cricketing world. The hospitable Richard Nyren, owner of the ‘Bat & Ball’ and one of the foremost players of the time, provided the headquarters for the Hambledon Club; a place of much feasting and carousing for the top cricketers of the day.

    This happy brotherhood took on and beat the Rest of England in a series of matches for enormous wagers watched by huge crowds. The Hambledon Club established and refined the laws of cricket. It was also responsible for developments in the game, such as length bowling, a third stump, and improving techniques.

    By 1780 the Club moved to a less exposed site nearer the village and its influence on the game declined. As more cricket was being played in London, the centre of gravity inevitably moved from Hambledon and the Marylebone Cricket Club, formed in 1787, became the authority for the laws and the general governance of the game.
    REVIVAL OF INTEREST

    For over 100 years no cricket was played on Broadhalfpenny Down but its great days remained an inspiration and fond in the memory of those who cherished the heritage of the game. Amongst these was the legendary C B Fry, who revived the playing of cricket on the ground in 1908. Today many cricket lovers come from far and wide to make a special pilgrimage to this famous ground.
    In the 1920s Winchester College bought the freehold with the aim of encouraging more regular play on the ground. This aim was not fully realised until the Royal Naval Signal School at HMS Mercury took over the lease after the Second World War and some of its officers founded the Broadhalfpenny Brigands CC in 1958.

    THE BROADHALFPENNY BRIGANDS CRICKET CLUB

    The Broadhalfpenny Brigands CC was set up to restore the playing of cricket regularly on the historic Down. Although originally under the auspices of the Royal Navy, since the mid 1970s it has been independent and now embraces members with a variety of interests. The Brigands have always sought to play their cricket in a spirit of jovial comradeship mixed with keen competition and to extend a warm welcome to the many visiting teams and spectators who come to enjoy sharing in the delights of cricket on Broadhalfpenny Down.

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