The Club was set up by two old boys of City of Bath Boys’ School. Brian Martin who supported HAMPshire County Cricket and Ken Saunders who supported SomerSET County Cricket - hence the name chosen for the club!
Their aim was to provide decent club cricket at an affordable price for school leavers wishing to continue the game. The first match was played on 27th July 1940 at Odd Down Playing Fields against the team of the same name. In the early days Hampset was basically a wandering club although some “home” matches were played at The Glasshouse and Kingswood School. By 1947, the membership was sufficiently large to start a 2nd XI and two years later, the major breakthrough in Hampset history was achieved with the acquisition of the Bloomfield Rise ground. The club now owns the ground at Bloomfield Rise, the final payments being paid in 1980. A new clubhouse was built and opened in 1988.
The club went from strength to strength in the Fifties and Sixties with three players, Jim Redman, Mick Hanna and Mike Bissex playing at County level. Hampset entered the league arena in 1973 as inaugural members of the Somerset League, where first and second teams remained until joining the County Alliance in 1989. The County Alliance, along with other leagues, have now combined to form the West of England Premier Cricket League. Playing strength was such that a 3rd XI, now known as the A XI was formed in 1979.
This team now also plays league cricket in The North Somerset League. The Club introduced a new Development XI in 2000 with the purpose of giving the Club’s younger players the opportunity to gain experience in senior cricket. Additionally, the Sunday XI commenced in 2002 and has now become the ‘A’ XI competing in the North Somerset Sunday Premier Conference. This allowed Hampset to maintain a competitive level of cricket for players wishing to play on Sundays.The ‘A’ XI now runs alongside the 3rd XI, which has switched to the Bristol & District League in order to provide regular Saturday cricket.
The Club is proud to continue to be run by volunteers and continue the values of its founders in 1940. The Club urges all members to lend a hand where they can. Hampset CC was voted Sports West Sports Club of the Year 2004 and in 2006 the club received the prestigious ‘Clubmark’ accreditation. Hampset was one of the 5 Showcase Clubs chosen from over 1000 participating cricket clubs in the Natwest Cricket Force Volunteer event in 2007.