The Telegraph – If you know your duck from your rabbit and are excitedly anticipating the England v South Africa game that will launch us into the Cricket World Cup on Thursday, you will recognise the name Hambledon.

Summary

  • If you know your duck from your rabbit and are excitedly anticipating the England v South Africa game that will launch us into the Cricket World Cup on Thursday, you will recognise the name Hambledon.
  • Indeed, this unassuming village is considered the birthplace of the noble sport as we know it (please do not offend aficionados by claiming that it’s where the sport originated, rather it’s where the rules of the modern game were drawn up).
  • At some point in the late 18th century the planets aligned to create a phenomenal cricket team from the farmers and shepherds that inhabited this tiny pocket of Hampshire.


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