News Archive: November 2012

Under 13s back on track

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Hambledon under-13s are celebrating a whopping 81-run triumph over Waterlooville.

Electing to bat,Tom Toogood and Seb Byers had a rapid start - notching 45 off the first three overs.

And although Toogood lost his wicket in the fourth over, the innings did not stutter as Seb Byers (26 not out), Ollie Southon (24 not out) and Jack Thistlethwayte (28 not out) all weighed in as the young Dons posted 152 for three.

Some tight bowling after the break left Waterlooville struggling. And the eventually mustered just 71 for three from their 12 overs - with Tom Toogood the pick of the bowlers with two for 10.

Hambledon crush Portchester

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Hambledon moved up to fourth spot in South East Hants Indoor League division one as they completed back-to-back wins.

After opening their account with victory over Portsmouth A last time out, the Dons saw off Portchester A by four wickets.

Skipper Rhidian Chapman won the toss and inserted the Cams Hill side - and it proved an inspired decision as they were skittled for just 71.

An early wicket for Chapman was built on by teenager talent George Harding.

The off-spinner, who came into the side for Paul Vickers, took two for 16, including a sharp caught and bowled.

With 72 required for victory, James Scutt (25 not out) set about the target in fine style, with the Dons losing just two wickets on their way to success.

Afterwards, skipper Chapman said: 'Meatloaf summed it up well; two out of three ain't bad.'

Atkinson holds nerve to fire Dons

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Hambledon calimed a 10-run triumph over Portsmouth A in the South East Hants Indoor League.

After defeat to Purbrook A in their opening fixture, the Dons got back on track as James Atkinson held his nerve at the death.

The off-spinner produced a wicket maiden in the penultimate over - which ultimately saw Portsmouth close on 125 for four.

Earlier, skipper Rhidian Chapman had won the toss and watched his side pile up a competitive 135 for two.

After losing two early wickets, James Scutt inspired the recovery with 26 not out.

Atkinson then delivered a timely cameo with 27 not out, while 59 extras and a useful nine not out from Owain Chapman topped up the total.

Portsmouth made a decent start after the break - reaching 60 without loss - but Atkinson made another crucial contribution, taking two for 17 as the Dons held on to win.

Tough loss for Under 13s

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Hambledon under-13s went down to a one-run defeat at the hands of Portsmouth & Southsea.

It was a painful way to start the indoor season for the young Dons, after they had won the toss and restricted their rivals to 116 for two.

Harry Gadd and Dan Cox made good progress for the St James-based outfit, while skipper Tom Toogood grabbed a wicket and Jamie Gammell a run out.

Hambledon's response started well with Toogood and Ollie Southon cruising to 85 without loss after six overs.

But the wickets began to fall - Gammell and Guy Mullins were both run out, while Thomas Sherry was caught off the wall.

Jack Thistlethwayte delivered some big hitting, including one six, before he was run out. And when Southon was bowled by Gadd, Toogood was the last man standing.

The skipper looked in no trouble as he whittled away the target only for disaster to strike.

As he looked to wrap up the game with a three down to long leg, a stunning throw hit the stumps at the bowler's end and ran him out - netting a one-run win for Portsmouth & Southsea.