On Saturday, November 19 Hampton Cricket Club opened their new ground on Wicketty War Road Hampton. More than 700 runs were scored in two games played on the day with some hitting that teams in the Big Bash would have been proud of.
As soon as the games finished playing clubs, along with another 100 local guests, crammed into the dining room at the Hampton Halfway Hotel for a formal dinner.
The room was dressed up beautifully and Kerry O’Keeffe, the legend former Australian Test and One Day cricketer and current radio commentator, entertained the crowd.
There were a number of Australian team, past greats and current player-signed bats and shirts raffled and auctioned on the night raising the club over $3000.
The Hampton ground is one of the most picturesque locations imaginable, being down a dirt country lane surrounded by farmland stretching into the local mountains all around.
There is a little clubhouse that is the next project for renovating. The sponsoring pub, ‘Hampton Halfie’, is just up the road. It is the focal point, the only commercial establishment in town and the home of the Cricket Club.
Cricket in Hampton was looking shaky not so many years ago but with the new ground and an influx of young players the future looks extremely bright.