News Archive: August 2010

Dons promoted

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Hambledon were promoted on Saturday without a ball being bowled. Following wet weather, the hosts Portsmouth were unable to prepare a playable pitch.

Despite being frustrated at not being able to clinch the title, congratulations to James Scutt and his team at bouncing back at the first attempt.

Super Stone's super weekend

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Hambledon's Chris Stone just missed out on a century - top-scoring with 91 - as Hampshire Academy beat Ventnor by 113 runs in their Southern Electric Southern Premier League clash on Saturday.

The following day, Chris (42) and fellow young Don Robert Gibson (56) gave Hampshire a healthy start in their ECB U17 County Championship Cup semi-final against Kent - only for Hampshire to lose by just 26 runs.

Never too young

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If you are good enough you are old enough - that was the message from two young Hambledon players yesterday.

Thirteen-year-old Eddie Lewis top scored for Hambledon III against Portsmouth & Southsea with 54 runs.

Then, not to be outdone, his fellow Hampshire U13 county team-mate Joseph Brown picked up 5-12 in just 4.3 overs including a hat-trick to help the Dons win at Broadhalfpenny Down.

Mills and boom

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A towering six with three balls to go from Tom 'Maximum' Mills kept Hambledon II's outside hopes of promotion alive.

The big hit gave the Dons victory by two wickets over Hursley Park III in an exciting finish at Hursley's superb Quarters location.

Peter Fowler (3-24) picked up three early wickets after Hursley won the toss and elected to bat before a 112 run fourth wicket partnership rescued the home side.

Pranay Rathod (2-24) and Graeme King (2-27) then made sure Hambledon finished well to restrict Hursley to 191-9 in their 45 overs.

Chasing a rain-reduced target of 185 in 43 overs, the Dons lost Graeme King in the second over but a superb knock of 59 from Toby de Mellow kept Hambledon's hopes alive.

James Gibson chipped in with a useful 23 but at 107-6 in 27 overs, the Dons were looking distinct second favourites.

Will Bond and Rob Tusler put on 37 for the seventh wicket before young Tus collapsed ridiculously onto his own wicket.

Then Tusler senior joined Bondy for an entertaining 40 run eighth wicket partnership which included the aged captain smashing the ball into his own face.

Faced with treble vision, aiming for the middle ball of three seemed the best option as Tusler (16no) and Bond (46) brought the team within two runs of victory.

The scene was set for young Mills to smash the fourth ball of the last over into the neighbouring field to ensure the Dons' third successive victory.

Three wins in the last three matches will give Hambledon II a chance of promotion. Just top-of-the-table Hayling next week to start with.

Dons go top - with a little help from the chairman!

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With four games to go, Hambledon have taken top spot after an eight wicket win at Easton & Martyr Worthy.

Having inserted the opposition, the Don's made early inroads with Rhidian Chapman (2-18) dismissing Easton's top run scorer Bashir. With Jack Lavous injured and in hospital, Chairman David Mills took to the field as twelfth man sporting a Rory Hamilton-Brown shirt, kindly lent by Michael Johnson!

Rob Atkins (4-26) mopped up the tail, with Easton dismissed for 133.

In reply, openers James Scutt (54) and Michael Johnson (46) put on 99 for the first wicket in seventeen overs. Both then departed in quick succession, leaving Rob Atkins and Ollie Mills to complete an eight wicket win.