The Hampshire Cricket Society
The Hampshire Cricket Society was formed in Basingstoke in 1975. Its aim is to provide a forum, particularly in the winter months, for all those interested in cricket.
The Society's Patrons are Shaun Udal and John Woodcock OBE. Members are drawn from all over Hampshire and beyond eg Australia, Hong Kong, etc.
Between September and April there are eight meetings each with a guest speaker. Four meetings are held at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton and four, two of which are afternoon meetings, at The Test Valley Golf Club, Basingstoke.
The Annual Dinner follows the December meeting at The Ageas Bowl.
The meetings provide an opportunity to hear and speak with many who are well known in the cricket world. The policy is to invite speakers from all aspects of cricket including players, umpires, authors, administrators, statisticians and others.
Recent speakers have included James Tomlinson, Jimmy Adams and Sean Ervine.
The list of distinguished past speakers includes: Hampshire Captains, former and current Hampshire Players, Godfrey Evans, Derek Randall, Derek Underwood, Graham Gooch, John Arlott, Donald Woods and Lord McLaurin.
An informative newsletter is produced for each meeting and this is posted or e-mailed to members who are unable to attend.
At the end of each cricket season, members vote for the Hampshire Player of the Year. The chosen player is invited to a meeting and presented with an engraved glass bowl. Their name is also added to an Honours Board which is displayed at The Ageas Bowl.
If you are a cricket supporter, come and join other cricket enthusiasts to brighten up your Winter months.