Hampshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen professional county clubs in English domestic cricket. This club plays all of its home games in the Rose Bowl stadium which is situated in Southampton. In the Hampshire county cricket became well known by the midst of the 16th century. By the end of the 17th century Hampshire Cricket Club had begun playing full fledged cricket. The Hampshire county cricket club was officially formed on 12th August 1863.
The first class debut match of the Hampshire Cricket club was organized at the Antelope Ground in Southampton against Sussex in 1864. Hampshire Cricket Club got elevated to the status of one of the most successful county cricket clubs during the 1886 season. In 1886 Hampshire County Cricket team withdrew from the county championship however in 1895 it was officially readmitted in the championship. From this year onwards the county club is always regarded as a first class cricketing county.
During 1937 the batting team of the Hampshire Cricket Club was led by Dick Moore who created an individual record of scoring 316 runs in 380 minutes and these comprised of 43 boundaries and 3 sixes. During the 1990s the bowling attack of the club was led by Alec Kennedy and Jack Newman and this couple led the club to several triumphs.
Several reputed players like Barry Richards, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Roy Marshall, David Gower and Lionel Hallam Tennyson have been a part of the Hampshire club at some point of time. In the recent past the club has been represented by several star players like Daren Powell, Shane Bond, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne.
In the current 2008 championship Hampshire County Cricket team has played six games so far out of which 4 games have been leveled, one game has been lost and only one game has been won.
In the Twenty20 tournament Hampshire has 6 points on the chart and are currently at the 4th place in the South division. In limited overs cricket the name of the team that represents Hampshire county is Hampshire Hawks.
Won 2 Friends Provident titles
Won 3 Pro40 titles
Won 2 County championship titles