News Archive: May 2011

Rolling back the years

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Evergreen all-rounder Mark Le Clercq rolled back the years to give Hambledon II their second league win in three matches against Portsmouth & Southsea II.

The ageing club stalwart put in a vintage performance with both ball and bat to give the under-strength second team an early-season boost.

Despite having several players missing (and only eight players at the ground at 2pm), a bold decision by the skipper to put P&S into bat first paid off as Lecky first took six wickets for 39 runs in his ten-over spell with three excellent catches in the deep from Wayne Norman.

Unfortunately that didn't stop newly promoted Portsmouth & Southsea from reaching 225-7 in their 45 overs with 77 from captain Steve Clements and a nice cameo from former Hambledon colt Ash Fooks, making a welcome return to his old stomping ground.

Despite losing Jamie Lewis early on, veteran Le Clercq steadied to boat with an innings of concentration mixed with controlled aggression.

Supported by Paul Brighton (18) and young Ollie Lewis (28), Hambledon still had it all to do at 110-3 after 28 overs.

But an excellent unbeaten 118 partnership between Lecky and temporary new recruit Adam Smith (38no) saw Hambledon home to a welcome seven-wicket victory.

An exhausted Le Clercq completed his 18th century for the club with two fours in the penultimate over before staggering off the field for a well-deserved pint.

There was a further shock after the game when Lecky bought a jug!

Mann and Lewis see Hambledon home in dramatic finish

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Hambledon won a thrilling match at Ridge Meadow against local rivals Portsmouth.

Having dimissed the opposition for 96 with an outstanding bowling performance led by David Williams (3-20), Rupert Hetherington (2-28) and veteran Indy Chakrabarti (2-24).

Hambledon in reply slumped to 41-7 before 14-year-old debutant Eddie Lewis and 16-year-old Will Mann put on a magnificant stand of 39, before Lewis was bowled for 16.

Owain Chapman then played two classic drives to edge the Dons closer before being run out with only five required to win. Showing no nerves Rupert Hetherington played his first ball past gulley for 4 and the game was decided as a rattled Portsmouth handed victory to the Dons with a wide!

New photos added to gallery!

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A selection of fantastic new photos have been added to the photo gallery - included images from the National Village Knockout victory against Easton & Martyr Worthy.

To view the photo gallery - please click here.

Many thanks to Maryanne Mills, Hambledon's resident photographer!

Dons notch first Premier 2 win

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On an afternoon threatened by rain, Hambledon were inserted by Burridge who then watched openers Rob Atkins (88) and Jack Lavous (69) put on a superb opening stand of 184.

Despite a mini collapse, Hambledon closed at an above par 268-4 with Greg Hill (48*) finishing with a flourish and Nick Scutt unbeaten on 28

Burridge were never in the hunt, with Dan Hewitt and David Williams making early inroads. The remaining batting line up could not cope with Rhidian Chapman (3-40) and Rupert Hetherington (2-46) and slumped to 153 all out.

Hambledon 2s enjoy opening victory

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Hambledon 2nd XI enjoyed a well-deserved opening day victory in county division 4 south after skittling Locks Heath II out for 75.

Will Mann was the pick of the bowlers with 4-14 off 7.2 overs while Wayne Norman scooped 3-22 and Jamie Lewis took 1-4 off 5.

Peter Fowler also bowled well for his 2-14 off 6.3 overs despite turning up late and then being warned off by umpire Ian Chapman for running onto the wicket.

It could have been even better for the Dons as Locks Heath only scored 40 with the bat - 35 coming in extras including an unacceptable 29 in wides.

With the threat of rain looming, Hambledon didn't waste time chasing down the total, despite losing several wickets in their run quest.

Both Lewises (no relation) top-scored with Jamie (the elder) and 14-year-old Eddie (the younger) both hitting 21.

Mark Le Clercq went early for six, despite claiming the bat hit his boot not the ball, while the welcome return of Paul Brighton was spoiled by a sharp slip catch for 10.

A couple of quick middle order wickets had the aging skipper scrambling for his pads but the Dons held firm to win by four wickets in 16.2 overs and pick up 21 welcome points.

Dons beaten by Ventnor in league opener

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Hambledon's start to the 2011 League season could not have got off to a worse start when opener Rob Atkins was brilliantly caught at square leg for 0.

The Dons never recovered and struggled to 131 - all out, with the only contributions of note being Dan Hewitt (25), overseas debutant David Williams (pictured) 36 and veteran Indy Chakrabarti (23*).

However Ventnor were made to struggle in reply with Williams (3-45) making inroads, supported by Dan Hewitt (1-24) and an impressive spell from East Meon signing Rupert Hetherington (1-30). Despite losing 6 wickets, Ventnor reached their target in 34 overs.

Mills ton sees Dons progress in Village KO

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Ollie Mills 100* was the basis for Hambledon's 214-4 and a comfortable win against Easton & Martyr Worthy. Ably supported by Jack Lavous, Greg Hill and Nick Scutt, Mills's innings put the Dons total well beyond Easton who replied with 124. Hambledon entertain Danerham on 15th May at Ridge Meadow in the next round.