|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