Cricket

Welcome to Hampshire Police Cricket.

There are a number of people involved in organising cricket throughout the Constabulary.

The Force Team
Andy Wakely – Captain (andrew.wakely@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)
Sam Godfrey – Vice Captain (samuel.gidfrey@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)
Ally Hibberd – Secretary (alastair.hibberd@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)
Simon Clifford – Treasurer (simon.clifford@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)

The Force team has over 50 squad members and the administration is no run via TEAMS.  We play in the National Police Sport UK Tournament. This starts as a regional league with the winners of each region playing in semi-finals, and then a final, normally held at Grace Road (home of Leicestershire CC).

This Year (2021) we are playing against Kent, Met/City of London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

In the last 5 years, we have played against Durham and Northumbria in Newcastle, PSNI in Belfast and the plate final against Scotland in Derby.

The Force team is currently in transition, with a high number of new recruits we are looking for new players to ensure we can be competitive against Forces who have formed strong alliances.

Our most recent representative at British Police Cricket is Holly Hopes, who will represent the British Ladies team in June.

The sports and social have provided finances to help purchase shirts (along with Snaffling Pig Sponsorship), cricket balls, pay for umpires and hires of cricket pitches. The Force currently play home fixtures at Langley Manor Cricket Club.

Major Warde Competition
The Major Warde Trophy – est. 1925

Andrew Bruce Warde was promoted to Major in the Royal Artillery on the 1st November, 1890. In 1894 he was selected to be the Chief Constable of Hampshire. The Chief Constable, presented the inaugural Major Warde Trophy to the Winchester Division in 1925.

The inter-divisional County cricket completion has been fiercely competed over many years since. Finals have been held at Northlands Road and the Ageas Bowl. The format has changed from 40 over knock out matches, to 20/20 knock, and most recently a finals day with 4 teams playing 15 over matches at Hursley Park Cricket club.

The trophy has a notable history, including a gap for the Second World War, the miners’ strike, the 2012 Olympics and the Global Pandemic in 2020.

The tournament will be run again this year with the Chief Constable presenting the Trophy to the winning team. If you are interested in playing in this fun event, please contact one of the following Captian’s:

· Serocu – Tom Bradshaw (thomas.Bradshaw@Serocu.pnn.police.uk)

· The North – Sam Godfrey (samuel.gidfrey@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)

· The West – Stu Bridle (stuart.bridle@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)

· The East – Stu Freeston (stuart.freeston@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)

Social Cricket

Welcome to the Exiles.

The Exiles are sponsored by Western Sports and Social. The team play midweek cricket at the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley. The team play in a friendly evening league that has players of all ages and standards who are keen to stay fit, play cricket and have a few laughs through the summer. Games last for a couple of hours and are all played in good spirit.

This is a great way to start cricket, or get back into cricket for those you who only remember playing at school. The Club can provide some equipment such as bats, gloves and pads when playing in a match. The only eligibility criteria is being a member of HPLS or an associate member – all ranks, officers or staff, young or old can come along and play.

This is also a good way to get noticed for potential selection to the Fore team.

If you are interested in playing or finding out more information please email Stu Freeston who organises the team. stuart.freeston@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

 

If changes need to be made to this page please email hpls@live.co.uk



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