News Archive: May 2010

Two out of three ain't bad

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A 55 run unbeaten ninth wicket partnership laid the foundation for a second win in three matches for Hambledon II against Gosport II.

Grame King, back from watching Pompey at Wembley and still sporting his bizarre Australian accent, set the ball rolling with an impressive 62.

But, as wickets tumbled, it was left to Matt Radford (44no) and Chris Bird (23no) to lift the Dons to 218-8 in their 45 overs.

Two quick wickets from Peter Fowler rocked Gosport but two strong partnerships kept the visitors in the game until Will Mann (2-35), ageing all-rounder Mark Le Clercq (2-28) and Fowler (3-34) bowled Gosport out for 200 with five overs remaining.

No Stone unturned

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Chris Stone answered the Hambledon call of duty in fine style to see his side into the second round of the new Hampshire U17 Cup.

Just a couple of hours after turning out for Hampshire 2nd XI against Essex at the Rose Bowl, young Stoner volunteered to play for the U17s in the evening against Compton & Chandlers Ford.

And his decision paid dividends as he struck an unbeaten 63 off 46 balls to see the young Dons home in the 17th over.

Earlier Rob Tusler (2-12) struck twice in two overs to remove both Compton openers before eight different bowlers restricted Compton to 100-6 off their 20 overs.

A talented Compton bowling attack nipped out four Hambledon batsmen before Stoner carried his bat to set up a second round home tie against Trojans.

King crowns perfect start for Hambledon 2s

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Teenager Graeme King proved that six months playing cricket in Australia was time well spent as he helped Hambledon II get off to a perfect start in county division 4 south.

Despite sporting a rather ridiculous Aussie accent, Kinger carried his bat for an unbeaten 90 to see off an experienced Havant III team at Hayling Park.

The new look Hambledon team, with eight changes from this time last year, braved drizzle and freezing conditions to gain maximum points in their first league outing of the season.

Havant won the toss and elected to field but lost Southern League old hand Dominic Carson in the first over to a great catch by the returning Justin Waldron.

At 70-1 off ten overs, Havant looked in control, especially as Mike Reed scored an unbeaten 90.

But fifteen-year-old Will Mann, who took the first wicket, produced excellent match figures of 4-30 off 9.3 overs to peg Havant back.

He was ably supported by Waldron (2-40) and newcomer Peter Fowler who finished with 2-29 as Havant were bowled out for 175.

In a rain-reduced 38 over match, King and fellow opener Jamie Lewis (66) responded superbly in reply - putting on an opening stand of 172 to secure a nine-wicket victory.