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LUNCH AT THE BAT & BALL, BROADHALFPENNY DOWN, CLANFIELD
Sunday 4 May 2014

In the eighteenth century cricket enthusiasts travelled many miles by horse and foot to watch the men of Hambledon play cricket on Broadhalfpenny Down, sometimes against an all-England team. The two day matches were played out high on the South Downs and played a significant role in the formulation of the modern cricket game. In the twenty-first century Rolls-Royce enthusiasts travelled many miles not necessarily to watch cricket but to have lunch at the adjoining Bat & Ball where two hundred and fifty years earlier the Captain of Hambledon, Richard Nyren, was the landlord. After a typical 'pub lunch' of roast beef or fish and chips a few diners strolled across the road to watch the cricket, the sun shone, players in cricket whites, willow on leather and Rolls-Royce parked nearby, quintessential England.

Peter Allchurch - Section Committee Member


Cricket match
A cricket match on Broadhalfpenny Down.
This stone marks the site of the ground of the Hambleton Cricket Club   The Bat & Ball, home of English cricket
This stone marks the site of the ground of the Hambleton Cricket Club, circ 1750-1787. The Bat & Ball, home of English cricket.
The courtyard garden   Cricket Club pavillion
Enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard garden.   The Broadhalfpenny Brigands Cricket Club pavillion.
The Bat & Ball car park
The woodland setting of the Bat & Ball car park.
Photos: Ian Burt