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New Forest cricket - watch cricket on the green

Cricket at Bolton's Bench
Cricket at Bolton's Bench

What could be more relaxing than playing or watching cricket on the village green? Most, if not all, New Forest Cricket Clubs welcome new players - contact details can be found via the links below - whilst visitors are spoilt for choice for cricket to watch, as matches take place throughout the summer at a wide variety of picturesque New Forest locations.

There is always the prospect, too, of being joined by uninvited guests as ponies, donkeys and maybe cattle try to get in on the action, particularly if picnics are on the agenda.

Here is a selection of New Forest Cricket Clubs for potential players to consider, or if watching this most English of games appeals, although further enquiries - again via the links below - to establish match day details may be advisable before travelling to watch.

(B) Balmer Lawn, Brockenhurst, in front of the Balmer Lawn Hotel, close to the A337 Lyndhurst to Brockenhurst road a little north of Brockenhurst village - Brockenhurst Cricket Club

(C) Cadnam, a little south of Junction 1 of the M27, beside the A337 Lyndhurst to Cadnam road- Cadnam Cricket Club

(G) Godshill, north-east of Fordingbridge, close to the B3078 (no website available)

(L) Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst, beside the Beaulieu road - the B3056 - to the east of the village - Lyndhurst and Ashurst Cricket Club, contact: Andrew Tuck, Telephone: 023 8078 3832, email:

(M) Minstead, between Lyndhurst and Cadnam - Paultons Cricket Club and Cadnam Cricket Club

(R) Bramshaw, north-west of Junction 1 of the M27, close to the B3078 - Bramshaw Cricket Club

(S) Swan Green, alongside the A35, a little to the west of Lyndhurst - Swan Green Cricket Club

(U) Burley, close to the minor road leading to the A35, south-east of Burley village - Burley Cricket Club

(W) Beside Busketts Wood, not far from Woodlands, north-west of Ashurst - Bartley Cricket Club (no website available)

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley