Born: 25 September 1826
Died: 15 November 1886
Born in Surrey, England and educated at Cambridge University, Hammersley was a contemporary of Tom Wills, and Victorian state cricketer who became a member of the first Melbourne team. In his time in England he had played for Cambridge, Surrey County and the MCC.
Hammersley served as honorary secretary of the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1857 until he resigned and was replaced by Wills. He played for Melbourne from 1859, but also appeared with Richmond in both 1860 and 1861. He also appeared for University in 1861. He was also at Melbourne in 1862 and 1864 to 1865.
He later became in influential commentator on Victorian sports writing for Bell's Life and The Australasian newspaper under the nickname Longstop. Upon his retirement from The Australasian in 1882 he intended to travel to America before changing his mind and remaining in Victoria.
Illness troubled him for two years before his death and Hammersley eventually passed away from a brain haemorrhage.