News Archive: July 2010

U13As take league title

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Hambledon's U13As have won the SEHCA League with a match still to play. With other results going their way, this good news came as they missed out in the ECB Cup today. In the league they have dominated all season, winning 10 of the 11 matches played so far with only Portsmouth and Southsea denying them a clean sweep of wins. Well done to all the squad.

Under 13s bow out of ECB National Club Championship

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Hambledon's U13s, who 3 weeks ago won the Hampshire Cup, took part in the Regional Finals at Horsham today. This is the final stepping stone to the National Finals Festival in August.

In the semi-final against Blackheath, the champions of Kent, Hambledon bowled first and restricted the opposition to 124 for 8. In reply Hambledon batted well and reached the target with 4 balls to spare.

The Final matched the Dons up with Spencer CC, the U13 champions of Surrey. Hambledon won the toss and chose to bat, but were soon in trouble at 6 for 3 after only 13 deliveries. Without our two County players it was going to be tough from this start, but the final total of 101 for 7 was a creditable recovery. Spencer CC paced their innings well and despite some fine bowling, overtook the Dons' total with 4 overs to spare. ECB caps were presented to the teams, and Hambledon went home in the knowledge that they were one of the best 12 teams in the country out of the 1,800 that entered the competition.

Hambledon youngster hits double century

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Promising Hambledon all-rounder Rob Gibson produced a stunning all-round performance, hitting a double century and then taking five wickets in a Hampshire Development XIs victory over Somerset YCs at the Rose Bowl.

Gibson hit an unbeaten 201 before capturing five Somerset wickets at a personal cost of 65 runs in the visitors second innings. South Wilts left-armer James Haggaty took 6-33 as Somerset were whisked out for a meagre 106 in their first innings.

From that point on, Gibson ruled the roost. Rob hit a six and 24 boundaries in a career-best 201. He shared stands of 147 with James Halson (78) and then 188 fror the second wicket with his Portsmouth Grammar School team-mate Jake George (81) before Hampshire declared at 405-2. Gibson then took 5-65 as Somerset were dismissed for 301 in their second innings, leaving Hampshire three runs to win - which they achieved with a boundary off the first ball.

Well done Rob!

Hambledon scramble to Hampshire U17 semi finals

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Hambledon scraped into the semi finals of the inaugural Hampshire U17 Cup by the narrowest of margins against Totton & Eling tonight.

Rob Gibson followed up his mammoth 201 for Hampshire U16s by top-scoring with 65 as the young Dons reached 135-6 in their 20 overs at Ridge Meadow.

But he was immediately brought down to earth when he bowled as the tight leg-spin that had seen him take five wickets the day before went for 45 in just four overs as Totton & Eling mounted a gallant fightback.

With fellow Hampshire U17 bowler Cam Prentice going for 33 off his four overs, it was left to Will Mann (1-14) and Chris Stone (2-14) to put the brakes on.

After opening bat Beresford hit 54 and left-hander Holloway smashed three sixes in his quickfire 31, Totton needed eight to win off the last over.

Five off the first four balls left them needing three off two before Prentice took his second wicket of the over off the penultimate ball.

A scrambled bye off the last ball with nine wickets down wasn't enough - and Hambledon inched home by just one run.

Both the semi finals and final will be played on the same day at the Army Ground in Aldershot on Thursday August 19.

The Dons bow out of the NVKO with heads held high

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The Dons went out of the National Village Knock Out at Rowledge today. Having been inserted they made a good start before Jack Lavous was stumped with the score on 51. Chris Stone added a further 54 with captain James Scutt before he departed for 27. Despite Scutt’s fine 75 and some lusty blows by Cam Prentice 17* the innings closed on 197-8 off their allotted 40 overs perhaps 25 runs below par.

In reply Rowledge got off to a flyer with 57 on the board in the first seven overs before Dan Hewitt took a brilliant catch in the gulley to dismiss the dangerous Clapham. However Hambledon were never able to really claw their way back into the game despite a tight spell from leggie Rob Gibson and Rowledge got over the line with 6 wickets and 2.2 overs to spare.

No surprises here!

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Johno pictured with the Southern Electric Premier League Division 3 Cricketer of the Month award for June.  He made 484 runs last month, including two centuries - only another 417 to break the SPL record books!

On The Shoulders of Giants

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Awarding winning writer Duncan Hamilton’s new book ‘A Last English Summer’ contains a fantastic chapter on Hambledon’s League game against Hook & Newnham on 18th July 2009 entitled “On the Shoulders of Giants”

You can order a copy from Amazon...