News Archive: September 2010

Under 16s fall just short at the Rosebowl

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Hambledon under 16's narrowly lost the first match of the season at the Rosebowl despite a brilliant stand of 96 between last pair Kyle Shinn & Spencer Le-Clercq.

After winning the toss and putting Ventnor into bat the Islanders scored 152-2 off their 12 overs with just 2 run-outs to show for the Dons,only Spencer Le-Clercq with 3 tight overs for 22 managed to slow the Ventnor batsmen who had 4 players retiring on 25..

The Dons' reply started disastrously with Will Mann caught and bowled first ball,the young Dons then slipped to 34-4 before the heroic efforts of Kyle and Spencer had the Islanders panicking before finally coming up just short at 130-5.

The next matches are a double header on 7th Nov, v Alton & Bournemouth.

Hambledon Vets beaten by Findon

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The first ever Hambledon Vets side had an enjoyable game on Sunday against a competitive Findon Vets team. Findon batted first and made 202-3 off 40 overs with Mike de Mellow the stand out bowler with 2-22 off his allotted 8 overs, Alistair Gibson picking up the other wicket. 69 year old Topsy Turner belied his years with five tight overs for 10 runs and many fine stops at short mid wicket, whilst Chairman David Mills was hampered by a pulled hamstring whilst valiantly manning the deep mid wicket boundary.

In reply Martyn Shinn 38 got the Dons off to a great start and was assisted by Mark Wingham who was dismissed by the catch of the day before he could unveil his famous sweep shot. A stylish knock of 37 from 1989 skipper Mike Donaldson kept the Dons in the hunt and Steve Toogood also demonstrated that his Level 2 qualification had not gone to waste with a couple of classic cover drives. Despite a breezy undefeated 42 by Phil Tusler the Dons fell short by 26 runs

Back Row: Mark Wingham, Steve Toogood, Topsy Turner, Martyn Shinn, Mike de Mellow, Mark Le Clercq, David Mills.
Front Row: Alistair Gibson, Mike Donaldson, Chris de Mellow, Phil Tusler.

Under 13s win Hartley Wintney tournament!

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Congratulations to all of the squad / teams for a good win at the Hartley Wintney Tournament and Presidents Cup!

A great days cricket with good weather, outstanding hospitality and organisation; with some of the finest colts cricket played by so many.

Hambledon and Yateley were in close contention during the day with each team winning all of their games, neither team knowing how many points each team had accumulated during the day! This made it an exciting final finish to the tournament and final game.

A few champagne moments to remember: Rory Prentice “last wicket of the day” - great line and length with pace taking middle stump! Although there were many 6's and 4's all day, Tom Gwyther’s smash to leg side would have hit the houses if it hadn’t been for a 60’ great oak! Charlie Boyd’s great fielding, diving many times in the last game saved several fours! Overall a great contribution by all and a most enjoyable day.

Hambledon win Under 9 festival

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Hambledon U9 took part in the first Petersfield Festival on Sunday August 29th. We had a squad of 10 boys - some being regular 'A' and 'B' team players, an U7 (James Bristowe) and also Lloyd Paxton playing his first ever games for Hambledon. Our first game was against Petersfield 'A', who were probably one of the favourites in their own festival. Excellent fielding and bowling ensured we took plenty of wickets restricting them to 108 (each team starts on 100). We duly made the runs and full of confidence headed over for our next game against Purbrook. Purbrook batted first, scoring 125. This turned out to be a very close game, although at the start of the final over Purbrook were firm favourites as Hambledon needed at least 3 wickets and couldn't afford to concede any runs. We duly took the 3 wickets but fell short, losing by just 1 run. After a victory against Waterlooville in our next game we played Fareham, unbeaten winners of this season's U9 'B' league. A very close game came down to the final ball of the match with Hambledon batting and needing 3 runs to secure victory Joshua Wise steered the ball past cover to the boundary for 4. Our final group game was against Petersfield 'B' who gave us a tougher game than the 'A' making 135 with Lloyd Paxton taking his first wicket. Hambledon responded well with some good batting to win the game by over 30 runs.

We then had to wait for other games to be played to find out who we would play in the Cup final. Petersfield 'A' needed to beat Fareham to have a chance of progressing, and Purbrook played Petersfield 'B'. Fareham posted over 170 beating Petersfield by almost 20 runs, which meant we would play Purbrook in the Cup and Petersfield' A' played Fareham again to decide the Plate (Fareham winning this final).

Hambledon batted first but lost a few wickets at crucial times. Some fine hitting by Archie Bennett got us back on track. The score was 114 when Joshua and Cameron Clarke came to the wicket as the last pair. The final over of the innings was interrupted by rain, by which time the score was a respectable 127. We completed the final 2 balls after the shower adding 1 more run. More rain delayed the start of Purbrook's innings. Excellent bowling by Tom Stevens, Tom Bloomer, Matthew Houlberg and Thomas Robertson gave us early wickets which meant Purbrook took a few overs to get above their starting point of 100. Needing to score 14 runs from the final over proved too many for Purbrook and Hambledon took the Cup winning by 6 runs!

Hambledon squad: Archie Bennett, Thomas Bloomer, James Bristowe, Cameron Clarke, Matthew Houlberg, Edward Moger, Lloyd Paxton, Thomas Robertson, Thomas Stevens, Joshua Wise.

Well done boys!