News Archive: March 2010

Double hopes dashed

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Hambledon's hopes of a South Hants indoor league and cup double were dashed in the cup semi finals by the talented students from Solent University at Fleming Park, Eastleigh last night.

After losing Chris Stone to the first ball of the match, Jack Lavous (39no) and Nick Scutt (20) helped rebuild the innings to set a reasonable target of 117-4.

But Team Solent, league division one champions and brimful of Southern League Promier One players, showed why they are favourites for double honours themselves.

After surviving an early chance, Solent took advantage of too many wides to pile on the runs and win comfortably in the end in the ninth over by five wickets.

Hambledon's young academy team will now look forward to competing in South Hants indoor division one next winter after winning all eight of their league matches to clinch the division two title.

Dons secure indoor league title

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Hambledon wrapped up the South Hants Indoor League Division 2 title with a hard-fought victory over Hedge End in their final league match.

With players missing because of unavailability and a clash with matches in the Fareham league, the five-man team felt the loss of the extra player as Hedge End amassed 130-5 despite tight bowling from Rob Tusler (3-0-17) and Jamie Lewis (3-1-21).

But solid batting from Jamie Lewis (25no), Justin Waldron (25), Phil Tusler (21) and Rob Tusler (20) meant 14 runs were needed off the last over.

Luckily four wides helped Hambledon's cause as the team scrambled home with three balls left to secure eight wins out of eight and the title.

The Dons go for the league/cup double later this month when they attend finals night including a tough semi-final cup tie against division one leaders Team Solent.

Under 13s win Fareham Inddor League

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Off the back of eight consecutive wins, the aim was simple for Hambledon's U13s ; win the last league match of the indoor season against Portsmouth and with it the league title. Hambledon batted first and like so often this season, looked to dominate. However, things did not initially go to plan and after 6 overs only 48 runs were on the board with four wickets down and several big hitters out cheaply.

However, a superb 83 run partnership between Joseph Brown (44) and Sarah Attrill (26), including 31 runs off the last over, put together a competitive total of 131. The Dons then came into their own and bowled and fielded well, dismissing Portsmouth for 66 to win the game by a big margin. All five bowlers bowled economically, with Rory Prentice, George Harding and Sarah Attrill taking a wicket apiece.

Congratulations to the whole squad: Eddie Lewis, Rory Prentice, Joseph Brown, Giles Dibden, Jack Dyer, George Harding, Cam Smith, Angus Woodman, Sarah Attrill and Charlie Boyd.