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April 2021

Hambledon’s partnership with The Southern Vipers, and victory for the Red Roses!

It’s been an exciting few weeks for women’s sports. Firstly, it is with great pride that Hambledon Vineyard announces its commitment to champion women’s sport in England, beginning with a new long-term partnership with The Southern Vipers, the women’s cricket team representing the South of England.

The Southern Vipers team, captained by Georgia Adams

This partnership is based on a shared heritage, a deep love of cricket, and a shared desire to empower those who are using their passion for delivering positive change. Hambledon Vineyard has a unique connection with cricket. The vineyards are situated in the village of Hambledon, which is widely acknowledged as the Cradle of Cricket and where the rule book for the game was written. In fact, between 1750-1800, Hampshire and ‘England XI’s’ regularly played cricket at Windmill Down, the very area now occupied by Hambledon’s vines.

Ian Kellett and Anna Krits-Kellett, owners of Hambledon vineyards add: “We are delighted to be able to marry our Cricket DNA and the ‘soul’ of Hambledon Vineyards with such an inspirational team as the Southern Vipers. We’ll be cheering them on as they break records, perceptions, and perhaps even break open a bottle or two of Hambledon to celebrate their victories along the way.”

In other news, we’d like to congratulate the England women’s rugby team for their well-deserved win in this year’s Women’s Six Nation’s tournament, their third consecutive win in a row. This was a brilliant team effort, with Emily Scarratt captaining the Red Roses to victory with her late penalty. Congratulations to Poppy Cleall and Zoe Aldcroft for their Champagne Bollinger player of the match awards. Although we couldn’t be there, we’d like to raise a glass to this fantastic team and result.

Poppy Cleall and Zoe Aldcroft celebrate with Bollinger champagne after receiving Player Of The Match. (Photo by Jack Thomas – RFU/The RFU Collection)

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