News Archive: December 2011

League set to expand

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Two new teams will be welcomed into the Southern Electric Premier League (SEPL) in 2013.

And the competition will switch to a four-division structure, with 10 sides fighting for honours in each one as they play against their rivals both home and away.

The change will not affect the existing division one and division two, where Hambledon will ply their trade next summer.

However, at the end of the 2012 season the third division - which currently contains 18 teams - will be split.

The top 10 sides will make up the new division three, while two new clubs from the Hampshire League will join up with the bottom eight to form division four.

'It will introduce much more competition into division three - something that has been lacking in the past,' said SEPL chairman Paul Thompson.

'Many sides reach mid-season without anything to play for.

'But this means there will be plenty for the existing division three clubs to play for next summer, with the highest placed sides forming the new division.

'Division two was hugely competitive this season.

'Ventnor won it with some ease but at the other end of the scale, as many as six clubs were in the relegation mix until the last few weeks of the season.

'The final demotion place was undecided until the very last day of the season.'

The SEPL's plans to increase its playing numbers by two from 38 to 40 in 2013 has already prompted Dorset League champions Poole Town to make enquiries about joining.

Near neighbours Parley, who play their home matches at Dean Park, are also expected to beef up the interest they have shown previously.

Meanwhile, any existing Hampshire League club wanting to join would need to have their ground and junior set up accredited by the Hampshire Cricket Board.

Hampshire League division one runners-up Locks Heath and Waterlooville will be among the interested parties but both clubs have ground accreditation problems to overcome.

Next season's summer programmes will begin on May 5, with Dan Hewitt's Hambledon hosting Andover in SEPL division two on day one.

Record recognition for stellar colts

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Hambledon are celebrating after a record number of colts were selected for South East Hampshire district winter development squads.

Thirty-five promising youngsters - the highest number the club has ever achieved - have been picked for the regional squads.

It is a reflection of the hard work the players and coaches have put into their development over the past few seasons.

Hambledon would like to congratulate each and every one of them.

The following players were selected:

  • Under-9s: Casper Byers, Edward Mann, Hugh Jones, Max Harvey and Oliver Sowerby
  • Under-10s: Cameron Clarke, Edward Moger, Henry Wood, Matthew Houlberg, Oscar Gillespie and Ollie Tinson (shadow squad)
  • Under-11s: Archie Bennet, Jamie Gammell, Noah Pennant, Thomas Coyle and Thomas Sherry
  • Under-12s: Ciara Wood (girls), Freddie Martin, Harry Hoolahan, Henry Glanfield, Louis Matovu, Seb Byers and Tom Toogood
  • Under-13s: Alec Younger, Finlay Rockett and Will Hardman
  • Under-14s: Hew Richards, James Toogood, Rory Morris and Tom Cleminson (joining the Dons next season)
  • Under-15s: Charlie Green, George Harding, Jack Dyer and Tom Gwyther

Double delight for title hopefuls

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Hambledon maintained their push for the NatWest Under-16 Indoor League title at the Rose Bowl with a convincing double over Alton and Havant.

Eddie Lewis led the way with an unbeaten 41 as the Dons racked up 162 for five against the former, who could only muster 78 for three in reply.

The young right-hander also retired against Havant - unbeaten on 27 - as the Dons thrashed their neighbours by 52 runs.

JJ Brown was dismissed for 29 in the first match but finished 26 not out in the second, where Rory Prentice also finished unbeaten on 27.

The duo then took two wickets apiece to dismiss Havant for just 89.

Hambledon 162-5 (14) (Lewis 41*, Brown 29, Le Clercq 24, Prentice 21, Trim 2-35) Alton 78-3 (2)(Scott 24, Parker 22). Hambledon won by 84 runs.
Hambledon 141-2 (15) (Lewis 27*, Prentice 27*, Brown 26*) Havant 89 (1) (Reed 17, Brown 2-18, Prentice 2-25). Hambledon won by 52 runs.

Hardman leads four-some Dons

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Hambledon under-13s have recorded a fourth consecutive victory in the South East Hants Indoor League.

The young Dons registered a comfortable win over Purbrook, as skipper Will Hardman led by example.

The captain conceded just 12 runs in his three overs as Hambledon restricted their neighbours to just 86 for three.

Jack Thistlewayte, Alec Younger and Harry Hoolahan all weighed in to support Hardman with the ball, while Sam Phillips delivered another impressive display with the gloves.

After the interval, the Dons lost Hardman and Younger early in their reply.

But Tom Toogood and Hoolahan took on the run chase and, with quick running between wickets, both retired on 20.

Thistlewayte kept things on track before delivering a massive six to complete the win in style.

Hampshire pick Wise head

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Joshua Wise has been named in the Hampshire under-10 winter development squad.

The young Hambledon ace caught the eye of the selectors at the trials on Saturday, December 3.

Ridge starlets march on

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Hambledon under-16s remain top of the South East Hants Indoor League after a convincing win over neighbours Purbrook this week.

After winning the toss, the young Dons scored 135 for three with Rory Prentice top scoring with 31 not out and Spencer Le-Clercq also retiring on 26.

In reply, Purbrook got to within 16 runs of their target - mainly due to some very wayward bowling from the Dons, who leaked 65 wides in Purbrook's final score of 119 for three.

Hambledon have won all four of their fixtures to date and are two points ahead of fellow unbeaten outfit Portsmouth.

Hambledon stunned by old foes

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Hambledon crashed to a low-scoring defeat at the hands of Portsmouth in the South East Hants Indoor League at Fareham Leisure Centre last night.

The Dons produced a brilliant display in the field, with two run outs and a brace of superb catches from James Atkinson helping them dismiss their rivals for just 84.

But after the break they never recovered from the early loss of openers James Scutt and Jack Lavous and crashed to an eight-run defeat.

Rob Atkins retired but, along with skipper Dan Hewitt, failed to get into his stride in the face of a decent bowling performance from the St Helens-based side.

Hewitt's Hambledon have now won just two of their four fixtures in the division one of the indoor league.