News Archive: December 2012

Christmas comes early for indoor Dons

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Hambledon B celebrated Christmas early as they defeated XIIth Men by 41 runs on Sunday.

And the triumph has left them well-placed for a promotion push in the new year.

After winning the toss, Dons captain Mark Le-Clercq wasted no time in deciding to bat first.

Without the services of Spencer Le-Clercq, James Gibson, Mark Davison and Will Mann, the skipper called up returning university trio Jess Walkin, Alex Wilcockson and Will Bond.

And despite the former pair sporting black eyes and swollen noses, Hambledon got off to an excellent start with both Bond and Walkin retiring on 25.

Kyle Shinn then rushed to 18 before he was the victim of a run out - leaving Wilcockson to swipe and hack his way to an unbeaten 17.

The captain added some late impetus, smashing four sixes on his way to 30 not out before Bond returned to propel his own score to 39 not out.

Hambledon eventually closed on an impressive 158 for two from their 12 overs.

In reply, XIIth Men struggled to keep up with the run-rate in the face of some tight bowling from Shinn (one for 22) and Lewis Le-Clercq (none for 22).

They had reached 90 for one with just 12 balls remaining when the skipper brought himself on and reduced them to 117 for five at the close.

Jonno lands Worcestershire deal

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Former Hambledon star Michael Johnson has signed for Worcestershire.

The 24-year-old keeper-batsman, who played for the Dons in 2010, penned a deal at New Road for the 2013 domestic campaign.

A dual passport holder, Johnson featured for Australia under-19s and made his first-class debut for Western Australia back in 2009.

He has claimed 34 catches and two stumping in his 10 first-class matches to date.

Johnson, who kept wicket for Kent's second string last summer, revealed his delight at joining the paid ranks in England.

'I am delighted to be given the opportunity to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club,' he said.

'I am very much looking forward to working closely with Steve Rhodes and the rest of the squad.

'I hope to be a part of the developing team that brings success to New Road. I can't wait to get started.'

Worcestershire's director of cricket, Rhodes said: 'Michael comes to New Road as a ready-made first-team player, having served his apprenticeship with Western Australia as a contracted player from a young age.

'At 24 he has plenty of years ahead of him. He also brings captaincy experience and runscoring ability from playing grade cricket for the successful Scarborough CC in the WACA grade competition.

'I am looking forward with interest to the healthy scrap for the gloves with Ben Cox.'

Johnson scored two hundreds and three half centuries for Hambledon during a triumphant 2010 campaign.

The right-hander scored 754 runs as James Scutt's side clinched promotion to Southern Electric Premier League division two alongside third-tier champions Portsmouth.

Brilliant bowling seals victory for young Dons

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Hambledon under-13s chalked up their fourth win in five games as they crushed Locks Heath by 65 runs.

A brilliant display with the ball was key to the young Dons claiming maximum points from the triumph after they had posted 138 for two.

Seb Byers, debutants Noah Pennant and Josh Wise, and star man Harry Hoolahan all picked up wickets, while Thomas Sherry was faultless behind the stumps.

Sherry took a superb catch off Wise before completing the stunning stumping of Locks Heath dangerman Joe Acaster off Byers.

Earlier, Hambledon had lost the toss and been put into bat by their rivals.

It mattered little, though, as Ollie Southon dominated the Locks Heath attack on his way to 27 not out.

Byers and Hoolahan then kept the innings moving - retiring on 22 and 20 respectively - before the young Dons closed on an insurmountable 138 for two.

Hambledon B go run crazy

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Hambledon B got back to winning ways as they went run crazy against Bedhampton in South East Hants Indoor League division four.

The Dons smashed 174 from their 12 overs with Will Mann bludgeoning five sixes on his was to 60 and skipper Mark Le-Clercq notching a rapid 42, which featured four maximums.

JJ Brown (16) and Lewis Le-Clercq (18) also weighed in before the Dons restricted Bedhampton to 108 for two in reply.

A good run out from Kyle Shinn and a wicket for Spencer Le-Clercq had reduced the Bidbury Mead side to 12 for two but Hambledon B were unable to make any further inroads.

The triumph was the Dons' third in four fixtures and moved them up into third spot.

Sixes proves a day of two halves

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The Dons endured a tough day as they finished fifith in the Hartley Wintney six-a-side competition.

The club's under-13s won two of their four game in a very tight tournament, which was eventually settled on battling and bowling points as well as success in skills challenges.

Hambledon faced Cove in their first game, with the Berkshire outfit crashing 55 in their five overs. The young Dons launched a brave reply but eventually fell 10 runs short.

Next up were the home side and, after skipper Will Hardman had asked them to bat, they rattled up 57. Once again the reply fell short, this time by 27 runs.

However, the afternoon brought an improvement in fortunes.

Some big hitting by Finlay Rockett helped the youngsters compile a total of 49 against Bagshott (Surrey). And the under-13s defended it superbly with very accurate bowling.

Warming to their task - and batting first - the Dons scored 40 against Basingstoke, which seemed at least 10 runs short of a winning score.

However, after the first two overs Basingstoke were three for two, following wickets for Alec Younger and Tom Toogood. And they never never recovered, giving the Dons a five-run victory.

Pictured: Alec Younger, Ollie Southon, Will Hardman, Fin Rockett, Louis Matovu, Tom Toogood and Sam Phillips