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GRANITE MONUMENT AT HAMBLEDON, NURSERY OF CRICKET: TRENT BRIDGE AND A TEST MATCH

GRANITE MONUMENT AT HAMBLEDON, NURSERY OF CRICKET: TRENT BRIDGE AND A TEST MATCH

The most venerable of English cricket clubs nourished from about 1750 to 1790 at the Hampshire village of Hambledon, which lies southwest of Butser Hill, between Petersfield and Fareham. Hambledon used to take on All England elevens and beat them. The players were mostly retainers of the nobility who patronised the game. On the disintegration of the club the players were diffused over the neighbouring counties, improving the standard of the game. Below, Hobbs and Sutcliffe are making the first run in a Test Match.

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