News Archive: October 2012

Dons put Portsmouth to the sword

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Hambledon under-13s delivered a stunning 57-run triumph over Portsmouth to record a second-consecutive win.

The Dons batsmen were in fantastic form as they racked up 177 for the loss of just two wickets.

Each of the top four batsman retired, with Tom Toogood notching 28, Seb Byers 30, Ollie Southon 25 and indoor debutant Harry Thistlethwayte 27.

After the break, Portsmouth got off to a poor start as Toogood completed a sharp run out with the second ball.

Southon continued his fine form with the ball by removing the other opener before Byers was responsible for the next three wickets.

The first was clean bowled, the second came courtesy of a sharp catch by keeper Tom Sherry and the third by way of a run out.

Portsmouth ultimately closed on 120 for five, 57 runs short of Hambledon's mammoth total.

B team prove two good

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Hambledon B made it two wins from two at the Fareham Leisure Centre on Sunday.

The second string cruised to a comprehensive six-wicket triumph over Purbrook as they maintained their perfect start to the season.

After losing the toss and being asked to field, the Dons' opening attack of Mark Davison and Kyle Shinn both bowled very economically without success.

However, the introduction of spin led to four quick wickets for father and son Mark and Spencer Le-Clercq.

And with the aid of two excellent run-outs from Kyle and Lewis Le-Clercq, the opposition were restricted to 80 from their 12 overs.

In reply, a quickfire 26 not out from new wicketkeeper batsman Will Mann (pictured) - and a more sedate unbeaten 21 from experienced captain Mark Le-Clercq - saw the Dons home without loss and with more than four overs to spare.

Southon sinks Portsmouth Community

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Ollie Southon took four wickets as Hambledon under-13s got their indoor campaign off the mark.

Portsmouth Community won the toss and elected to bat but the Dons' young and inexperienced rivals were soon in trouble.

Southon clung on to a catch off Harry Hoolahan to remove their opener before taking centre stage with the ball.

He took four wickets for just nine runs, while Guy Mullins also grabbed a scalp to ensure Hambledon picked up maximum bowling points.

Tom Sherry made a superb debut at keeper - taking a catch off Southon - before Tom Toogood and Hoolahan had little trouble chasing down the target of 65.

The pair did so in just 28 balls as the Dons launched the new season in style.

Tough start for Chapman's men

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James Scutt (pictured) struck 44 but could not prevent Hambledon's first team sliding to defeat in their opening East Hants Indoor League division one fixture.

New skipper Rhidian Chapman lost the toss and the Dons were put into bat by Purbrook.

The loss of three early wickets rattled the Ridge Meadow outfit and they never recovered - Scutt's knock the only bright spot in a total of 86 for five.

Things went from bad to worse as the Dons then conceded more than 60 extras, propelling Purbrook to victory with time to spare.

Dan Hewitt picked up two wickets, while Owain Chapman grabbed one along with a run out.

Afterwards the skipper said: 'It was disappointing. There is a lot for us to work on.'

Delight for Dons in Fareham

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Hambledon's indoor season started with a bang on Sunday.

The Dons' B team demolished newcomers Southern Electric at the Fareham Leisure Centre.

After being asked to bat first, they smashed 180 for the loss of just one wicket with Will Mann bludgeoning 26 not out and Spencer Le-Clercq stroking an unbeaten 27.

Their knocks were followed up by quickfire 25s from Kyle Shinn and Lewis Le-Clercq - the only wicket fell when captain Mark Le-Clercq was run-out by his son for 18.

In reply, the opposition lost an early wicket to debutant Mark Davison and never recovered.

They lost one wicket in every over to capitulate to 18 all out and a near record 162 run loss.