Former Love Island contestant, Hugo Hammond, is set to head down-under this winter having signed with Melbourne-based club Mordialloc.

Hammond is a talented international wicket-keeper batsman who possesses an ECB Level 3 coaching badge from Hampshire, England.

A charismatic and energetic young talent with a huge passion for the sport, Hammond currently plays for Hartley Wintney Cricket Club in the ECB Southern Premier League. The 25-year-old stumper has also featured for the England Physical Disability side, where he has been a regular member since his debut aged 16.

In 2020/2021, Hugo’s career outside of cricket began to hit new heights as he took part in the hugely popular UK reality TV show, Love Island. The youngster quickly shot to fame in the space of a few months and his newfound celebrity status meant his cricket had to take a backseat for large parts of the 2021 season.

However, ahead of the 2022 season, the former Love Island star was recruited to play for the famous Lashings World XI. A world-renowned club that was founded with the aim of combining entertainment and cricket with matches taking place all over the UK and occasionally around the world, allowing teams to play against public figures and former professionals. Notable current teammates of Hammond, include former English and International legends Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Adam Hoillioake, Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, Devon Malcolm, and Gordon Greenidge just to name a few.

After taking time away from the game, the talented gloveman and hard-hitting top-order batter took over his club’s captaincy ahead of their senior 1st XI 2022 campaign. Hammond bossed the season, scoring 849 runs at 42.45, with 4 half centuries and two centuries, namely 139 (95 balls), and 143* (102 balls). Also, standing at over 6ft, the tall stumper takes great pride in his glove-work and contributed 13 catches and 8 stumpings over the course of last season.

As well as his evident passion for the game on the pitch, Hammond is a highly regarded ECB Level 3 coach with a burning desire to grow the game and develop youngsters. Hammond’s experience on the international stage makes him an invaluable member of any coaching team, and his exposure to playing on multiple continents has only contributed to his learning.

Following his successful English season, Hammond, is set to embark on a season’s cricket in Australia this winter having signed with Mordialloc for their 2022/23 Cricket Southern Bayside campaign. He is chomping at the bit to head overseas in October and it’s fair to say, there will be plenty of eyes on the former Love Island star down under.