News Archive: June 2011

Lords dream over for another year

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Hambledon exited the Persimmon National Village KO on Sunday at Bidborough in Kent. Despite contributions by Greg Hill (23), Eddie Lewis (20) and James Atkinson (31), the Dons were dismissed for a well below par 131. The hosts knocked these off in 18 overs in front of a large partisan crowd!

Many thanks to Dee Hewitt for organising the coach and travel arrangements.

Under 15s Hampshire Cup Q/F report

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Hambledon under 15's lost their Hampshire Cup Quarter-Final in nailbiting fashion away to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

The young "Dons" could only muster 76 all out off the final ball of their allotted 20 overs. They then had Portsmouth in early trouble at 9-2 off 5 overs, only for the home team to then reach 40 without any further loss.. from 40-2 Portsmouth collapsed to 67-7 due to excellent bowling from Rory Prentice,Spencer Le-Clercq,Hew Richards and George Harding..Portsmouth then needed 4 to win off the last over and achieved it in a thrilling finish with one ball to spare!

Droxford are Hambledon U11 Schools winners

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On Friday 11th June Hambledon Cricket Club hosted their inaugural Under 11 schools cricket tournament. Five schools from the local area took part in the competition; each school playing every other school once. The schools represented were Bosmere, Clanfield, Droxford, Hart Plain and Purbrook.

Despite a heavy rain shower it was a very enjoyable afternoon with some very competitive cricket. The eventual winners were Droxford who went the whole afternoon unbeaten, although there were some close games against Clanfield and Bosmere. The winning team had some very familiar Hambledon faces in their team with Dan Allison, Guy Mullins and their skipper Tom Toogood.

All the schools want to do it again next year so a big thank you to all those that helped in particular Malcolm Wise and David Williams who umpired all afternoon!

Dons crowned County Champions

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Hambledon were crowned county champions in the Persimmon Village Cup with an emphatic victory over Sparsholt.

James Scutt (37), James Atkinson (35) and Ollie Mills (23) all made starts before getting out with Sparsholt's Doubell (3-28) the pick of the Sparsholt bowlers.

Greg Hill (51) then top-scored for the Dons as they recovered from 117-5 to post an impressive 197-6 in 40 overs at Ridge Meadow.

An early sprinkling of wides saw Sparsholt reach 47 before they lost their first wicket.

Then Dan Hewitt's miserly spell of 0-16 off nine overs combined with Rhidian Chapman's 3-31 pegged their Winchester opponents back to 87-4 off 25 overs.

That left the stage for evergreen all-rounder Mark Le Clercq to take four wickets for just five runs in two overs with his deceptive left arm spin.

Teenager Will Mann also took two wickets late on as Sparsholt succumbed to 126 all out in 32 overs to give Hambledon a comfortable 71 run victory.

The Dons now travel east next Sunday June 26 to take on the Bidborough the Kent champions in the first national round of the competition.

Michael Vaughan's visit postponed

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Sadly due to the possibility off extended play at the Rose Bowl (if there is any!), Michael has had to postpone his visit to the Club.

It's hoped that a new date can be arranged in the not too distant future.

Persimmon National Village KO County Final

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Hambledon host Sparsholt on Sunday in the re-arranged Final of the Hampshire region of the National Village Knock Out. The 40 over match starts at 2pm so please come and support the team.

Hambledon have picked a strong side despite the ineligibility of Academy duo Chris Stone & Rob Gibson. The probable side is:

James Scutt (Capt), Jack Lavous, Rob Atkins, Ollie Mills, Greg Hill, Dan Hewitt, James Atkinson, Nick Scutt (w/k), Cam Prentice, Rhidian Chapman and Will Mann.

The winners will take on the Kent champions in the next round.

Five out of six for Hambledon 2s

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Hambledon 2s continued their best start to the season for several years with a convincing victory over Fareham & Crosfton 2s at Ridge Meadow.

Jamie Lewis followed up his excellent 89 against Hursley last week with a match-winning 92 off 85 balls.

He hit 14 fours and put on 120 with debutant Paul Gillespie (50) for the third wicket before the Dons imploded after a 30 minute rain break.

Hambledon slumped from 164-2 to 191 all out to give Fareham renewed heart and set them a reduced run chase of 164 in 34 overs.

Fortunately, Hambledon's excellent bowling attack came to their rescue again as Will Mann (4-29), Rob Tusler (2-22), Mark Le Clercq (2-27) and Phil Silvester (1-29) first reduced Fareham to 16-3 and then bowled them out for 115 in 28.5 overs.

The Dons now travel to Vospers next week with five wins out of six and a place in the top three beckoning.