News Archive: December 2011

Former Don makes mark in Sheffield Shield

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Former Hambledon star Michael Johnson has struck his maiden half century in the Sheffield Shield.

The 23-year-old Western Australia wicketkeeper top scored with 53 in the first innings against Queensland at the WACA in Perth - his 84-ball knock including eight fours and one six.

Johnson has already played five times in the competition this year, playing alongside Australia aces such as Marcus North, Mitchell Johnson and former Bournemouth batsman Adam Voges.

The Perth-born right-hander has claimed 17 victims in those five fixtures, with Western Australia recording two wins - over Tasmania and Victoria.

Johnson helped Hambledon to promotion in 2010, topping the Southern Electric Premier League division three scoring charts with 814 runs - at an average of 67.83 - and snatching 14 dismissals.

Dan's the man for Dons

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Dan Hewitt has been named Hambledon first-team captain.

The 24-year-old all-rounder, who was crowned leading wicket-taker in Southern Electric Premier League division two last summer with 28 scalps, has succeeded James Scutt at the helm.

Scutt led his troops to third place in the second tier after snatching promotion from division three in 2010.

The former skipper led by example last term - scoring 466 runs at the top of the order and taking 16 wickets with his off-spin - and will continue to represent Hambledon.

Elsewhere, Rhidian Chapman is stepping down from first-team duty to lead the club's second string as they bid to win promotion from division four south of the Hampshire League.

Chapman also took 16 wickets last summer, with a game-changing best of four for 34 against Rowledge at School Road.

Martyn Shinn will continue to captain the club's youthful third XI in regional division three south east.

Picture by Mick Young, courtesy of regional daily newspaper The News, Portsmouth