News Archive: June 2010

Under 13s reach County Cup final

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Hambledon's U13s have reached the Hampshire final of the County Club Championship, to be played at Hursley Park on Tues 6th July at 6pm. This was achieved by a thrilling semi-final win against Lymington, see match report below:

U13 County Cup Semi-Final: Lymington v Hambledon, 21st June 2010

A gripping match played in fine evening sunshine resulted in a last over win for Hambledon.

Hambledon lost the toss and batted first. Despite the early loss of opener Charlie Boyd, Eddie Lewis (33*) and JJ Brown (30*) made good progress in response to tight Lymington bowling. Further runs were added by Cam Smith (13), Rory Prentice (30*) and 24 by the tail as Hambledon closed on 137 for 6. Lymington bowled well, in particular Felix Ambrose ( 4 overs, 1 for 18) and Oscar Marshall (4 overs, 2 for 26). Their six bowlers impressively only conceded 7 extras in the 20 overs.

Lymington’s batting started well with a fine opening partnership between Felix Ambrose (33*) and J. Quigley (30*) keeping ahead of the required run rate. However, a double wicket maiden by Cam Smith (2 overs, 2 for 7) and two run outs pegged the run rate leaving Lymington needing 28 to win off the last two overs. The penultimate over yielded 16 runs, leaving just 11 to tie off the last. However, fine bowling by Rory Prentice (4 overs for 14 runs) meant Lymington needed a 6 off the last ball to tie, which they failed to get and Hambledon were relieved winners, particularly as they had conceded a generous 30 extras.

A fine match played in a good spirit which was a credit to both teams.

Super Monday

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On Monday evening at Ridge Meadow the U11's upset the odds and beat Portsmouth and Southsea to reach the Hampshire Cup semi.

Hambledon 123 for 5 beat Portsmouth and Southsea 116 for 5.

At the same time in the New Forest the U13's beat Lymington by 6 runs to reach the U13 Hampshire Cup Final.

Under 13s in Hampshire Cup semi

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Hambledon U13's beat Portsmouth & Southsea to qualify as the South East Hampshire representative in the Hampshire Cup.

To beat the second best team in our league by 82 runs on their patch was a great performance.

The next round (semi-final) is on Monday 21st June away to Lymington, who are the best team from the New Forest District.

Atkins in a hurry

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Hambledon II climbed up to fourth place in Hampshire division four south after an emphatic win in a high-scoring game against Michelmersh & Timsbury at Ridge Meadow.

Rob Atkins dropped down from the first team in order to catch an early evening ferry crossing to France for a mid-season holiday.

And the move paid off as Rob struck an unbeaten 148 and enjoyed a 153-run opening partnership with Graeme King (68) as the Dons piled on the runs.

Evergreen Mark Le Clercq also hit a quickfire 41 as Hambledon reached 309-3 in their 45 overs.

Not to be outdone, Michelmersh & Timsbury smashed 37 off the first three overs in reply and Paul Hurle struck 100.

But Peter Fowler (3-53) pegged the visitors back and Atkins even had time to take 1-18 off seven overs as they eventually finished on 259-8.

Under 9 Festival - so close!

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On Bank Holiday Monday we hosted our ninth Under 9 Festival at the Ridge. There were 13 teams competing in a round robin and then a knock out competition.

The final was a repeat of last year, with Hambledon up against Hartley Whitney. Hambledon batted first and made 120, losing 5 wickets. Hartley Whitney reply was hampered by some really tight fielding from Hambledon, but eventually they finished with the same total. The result was decided on wickets lost, with Hartley Whitney winning as they had only lost 3 wickets.

A disappointing result for the Hambledon boys, but it was a great day. Thanks to all those helped and supported the teams.

Keeping the village flag flying

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Hambledon reached the Hampshire final of the National Village Knockout with a decisive 95-run victory over Paultons today.

The two Southern Premier League sides swapped places in divisions two and three this season - with Hambledon suffering relegation and Paultons gaining promotion.

But Hambledon, sporting six teenagers in their team, regained the bragging rights over their village rivals in emphatic style.

First 18-year-old Jack Lavous (92) enjoyed a 167 run second wicket partnership with 17-year-old Chris Stone (56).

Then 18-year-old James Atkinson smashed three sixes and four fours in a 29-ball 58 as Paultons reeled under the teenage barrage and the Dons reached 273-4 in their 40 overs.

Paultons, trying to recover after dropping eight catches, started well in reply with 31 off the first four overs and looked on course at 80-1 and 141-3 with Magee (73) leading the way.

But spin twins Atkinson (4-30) and 16-year-old Rob Gibson (4-47) saw Paultons collapse to 178 all out.

Hambledon will now host either Burridge or Bramshaw in the Hampshire final of the famous village knockout at Ridge Meadow on Sunday June 20.