News Archive: August 2011

Dons done good

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Congratulations to Hambledon's 1st XI who picked up their seventh win of the season to secure their Southern Electric Premier League Division Two status for another year with a hard-fought two wicket victory over Bournemouth II.

Dan Hewitt surged to the top of the division's bowling table with a six wicket haul as the Dons bowled Bournemouth out for 141.

A tricky run chase saw Rhidian Chapman score the winning runs to see his side rise to fourth in the table.

In fact good results from the last two matches could see the team surpass all expectations in their promotion year and reach third place by the end of the season.

Teenage trio continue to impress

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Hambledon's talented teenage trio - Chris Stone, Rob Gibson and Ollie Mills - continue to shine on the representative stage.

In his last six games for the Hampshire Academy, Stoner has developed into an accomplished all-rounder with five stand out performances with both bat and ball.

A top-score of 76 which saw him put in a match-winning performance to help his side beat Bournemouth followed two previous innings-leading knocks of 51 and 43 against Alton and Havant.

In between, Stoner's beguiling off-spin saw him pick up a five wicket haul against Totton & Ealing and four wickets against South Wilts.

Not to be outdone, talented all-rounder Rob Gibson has become the Academy's leading run-scorer in Southern Electric Premier Division One with a series of accomplished innings.

And while Ollie Mills has been helping Hambledon maintain their division two status with a number of useful knocks, he has also teamed up with young Gibbo to help Hampshire U17s reach the final of the ECB national U17 county cup.

Ollie top scored with 31 as Hampshire overcame a strong Surrey side to reach the final on Sep 4 at Kibworth, Leics, against either Durham or Shropshire.

The club looks forward to the day when all three will be available for Hambledon's 1st XI and help them reach their goal of reaching division one and glory in the national village knockout cup - if they don't play for Hampshire first of course.

Not to be outdone, 13-year-old JJ Brown proved there is even more talent in depth at the club as he scored a massive unbeaten 136 for Hambledon's 3rd XI against Sarisbury Athletics on Saturday.

Brighton rocks

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Paul Brighton returned from injury in style with a match-winning 71 for Hambledon IIs against West Moors.

The 30something batsman, out since July with a shoulder injury sustained in the gym, made up for lost time with a super knock that stopped the rot for the Dons after two disappointing losses.

An aggressive start to the game saw Mark Le Clercq (34), Alex Leach (29) and Eddie Lewis (28) all get in before holing out going for big shots.

Hambledon slipped from 54-0 to 105-4 before Brighton provided some much-needed backbone to the Dons often brittle middle-order.

He enjoyed a 50-run seventh wicket partnership with Will Mann (25) to help Hambledon reach 229 on a difficult, popping pitch.

West Moors started well, putting on 72 for the first wicket, before the bowlers took control to reduce the home side to 115 all out.

Le Clercq (3-12) made it 28 league wickets for the season helped by Leach (3-16), Cam Prentice (3-35) and Rob Tusler (1-12 off seven overs) to give the Dons a maximum 28 points.

Hambledon now take on third placed Bramshaw next week and second placed Bransgore as they attempt to secure a top five slot for the season.