News Archive: May 2011

Mature Mills steers Dons to county final

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A thrilling run chase saw Hambledon get the better of Burridge in the county semi final of the National Village Knockout.

In a high-scoring game, Rick Ankers (93) and Alex Styles (69) thought they had done enough to put the tie beyond their opponents.

But from 161-1 off 25 overs, Burridge probably finished 20 runs short of an unassailable target as Dan Hewitt (4-40) pegged them back to 248-5 in 40 overs.

Despite losing Jack Lavous early, James Scutt (48) and Rob Atkins put on 90 for the second wicket.

But at 150-5, Burridge looked favourites to end their losing streak against the Dons.

However 17-year-old Ollie Mills (65no) showed maturity beyond his years to steer Hambledon to a four-wicket victory with two overs to spare, helped by quickfire partnerships with James Atkinson (33) and Nick Scutt (20no).

Hambledon will now visit Sparsholt in the county final on Sunday June 12.

Atko at the double

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James Atkinson made sure his seasonal debut was a memorable one as he helped Hambledon II to their third win out of four in county division four south.

The off-spinning all-rounder only realised he was free from Loughborough University studies in midweek so was too late to be picked for his 1st XI bow.

And when he only bowled 1.3 overs because Hambledon's strong bowling attack had skittled Calmore II out for just 89, he thought his talents might not be needed.

But after last week's centurion Mark Le Clercq dragged the ball onto his wicket for 13, young Atko strode to the wicket to prove he could bat as well as bowl.

With misty rain in the air, he set about punishing the Calmore bowlers, hitting an unbeaten 58 in just 32 balls as the Dons reached their target in 14 overs.

Earlier, Le Clercq (4-7) and Rhidian Chapman (3-20) reduced Calmore from 39-1 to 89 all out in 32 overs to lift Hambledon to seventh in the table and keep their promotion challenge on course.

Dons go down against Hook

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At a very cold and bleak Ridge Meadow, the Dons lost in a hard fought game against table toppers Hook & Newnham Basics.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat, Hambledon made a steady start before James Scutt was dismissed for 26. All the batters made starts without going on to make big score but a final total of 210-9 looked competitive.

In reply Hook were in huge trouble at 38-4 after a magnificent early burst from Dan Hewitt (3-32) but Hook recovered and won in fine fine style thanks to a superb 111* from Sri Lankan Ratnayake who saw the visitors home with 3 wickets and 4 overs to spare.

Williams and Hetherington attract media attention!

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David Williams (6'6") and Rupert Hetherington (6'7") have attracted the interest of the Southern Electric Premier League. Media officer Mike Vimpany went to great lengths to get a good photo of Hambledon's bowling giants at New Milton C.C.

David, Rupert and Dan Hewitt all feature in the Top 30 SEPL League bowling statistics with David's nine wickets at 12 earning him a top ten place.

Dons progress in 20/20 Cup

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Australian David Williams applied the long handle to hit Hambledon out of trouble and lay the foundations for a 31-run win over Fair Oak at Ridge Meadow.

Overs were running out when Hambledon dropped from 66-1 to 99-6, but Williams hit 39* in 17 balls including 4 huge sixes to help post 144-8. Fair Oak lost Andy Sturman first ball and generally tried to go for the big hit as opposed to working the ball around the field. They fell 31 runs short.

Hambledon 144-8 (Williams 39, Stone 31, Mills 24)
Fair Oak 113-9 (R Featherstone 23, Gibson 3-21)
Hambledon won by 31 runs.

Dons triumph at New Milton

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Hambledon made it three wins out of four with a seven wicket win at New Miton.

Having chosen to bat, New Milton were soon in trouble with Dan Hewitt (3-32) making the early breakthrough. However it was the introduction of last weeks hero Will Mann (4-17) and captain James Scutt (1-18) which saw the opposition record a below par 159 all out.

In reply openers James Scutt (100*) and Rob Atkins put the result beyond doubt with a ninety-run opening partnership with the captain remaining unbeaten and completing a fine century with the winning runs.

A perfect present for proud father Bob on his birthday!

Hambledon's batting heroes

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A Hambledon batsman top-scored for the Hampshire Academy in the Southern Electric Premier League for the second week running yesterday.

Chris Stone hit 63 but couldn't stop the Academy going down to South Wilts in a reduced target chase.

His knock follows Rob Gibson's top score of 79 in the Academy's victory over Alton the previous week.

Watch out for both lads in today's SPL 20/20 clash at Ridge Meadow against Fair Oak today (3pm start).