News Archive: February 2012

Debut delight for Davidson as seconds win again

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Debut-making Mark Davison starred with six wickets as Hambledon II claimed their second consecutive win in Hampshire League division four south on Saturday.

Davison blew the Fareham & Crofton II tail away as Rhidian Chapman's side defended a total of 258 for four to win by 60 runs at Bath Lane.

Every batsman reached double figures as the Dons batted first.

Jamie Lewis (56), Mark Le-Clercq (45), Rhidian Chapman (36) and Owain Chapman (18) all made excellentl contributions.

But it was the unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 73 between young guns Kyle Shinn (57 not out) and Spencer Le-Clercq (22 not out) that capped a superb batting performance for the visitors.

Spirits were soon dampened, though, as the home side reached an ominous 132 without loss in reply.

However, Hambledon's own Jonty Rhodes - Adrian Magrath - then produced a brilliant run out to spark the recovery.

Magrath followed up with two great catches at extra cover to further restrict Fareham, while Spencer Le-Clercq delivered a superb spell of two for 40.

The game was still in the balance, though, when skipper Chapman three Davison the ball. He quickly made his mark and returned figures of six for 28 and dismiss the hosts for 198 in the final over.

The captain said: 'Well done again to Kyle and Jamie Lewis for half centuries. It was a lovely batting display.

'James Restell produced a crucial bowling spell to peg the home side back.

'Spence was mature and clever in his bowling and it was a dream debut for Mark Davison! I'm happy I won the toss!'

Young Dons one win away from indoor title

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Hambledon under-16s need to win their last indoor match of the season to lift the South East Hants Indoor League title.

The young Dons secured their eighth straight victory at the Fareham Leisure Centre with a convincing 49-run defeat of Gosport on Sunday evening.

Electing to bat first, Hambledon were indebted to Ed Thistlethwayte, who led a recovery from 60 for four to a final total of 130 with his fine 37 supported by Tom Gwyther 20.

In reply, Gosport were all out in the final over for 81. Rory Prentice, George Harding and Spencer Le-Clercq all delivered superb displays with the ball.

But Thistlethwhayte was named man of the match as he built on his crucial innings to return figures of three for 15.

Hewitt's men handed home draw

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Hambledon have been handed a home draw in the 2012 Southern Electric t20 Cup.

Skipper Dan Hewitt will lead his Dons into battle against Fawley at Ridge Meadow on Sunday, May 13.

Should they defeat the division three outfit, Hambledon will progress to round two on Sunday, May 27.

Dons face Paultons in cup

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Hambledon have been drawn away at Paultons in the first round of the National Village Knockout, sponsored by Persimmon.

Dan Hewitt's Dons will travel to their Southern Electric Premier League division two rivals on Sunday, May 6.

Should Hambledon defeat Paultons they will set up a potential quarter-final clash with old enemies Burridge on Sunday, May 20.

Burridge must first dispose of Sparsholt, though.

Thistlethwayte and Phillips set up win

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Hambledon under-13s are celebrating a comfortable 40-run triumph over struggling Sarisbury in South East Hants Indoor League.

After a middle order wobble - which saw the young Dons stumble to 51 for four - Jack Thistlethwayte (33) and Sam Phillips (24) got the innings back on track.

Thistlewayte struck 33 and Phillips hit 24 to fire Hambledon up to an impressive 122 in their 12 overs.

In reply, Sarisbury nevered looked capable of reaching the target, despite Hambledon giving away 38 extras.

Finlay Rockett initially struggled with his line but recovered well to post some good figures.

However, the pick of the bowlers were Tom Toogood with two for nine of two overs and Thistlethwayte with one for 17 off three.

Freddie Martin also produced a very credible performance with the ball in his indoor debut.

The win sets the boys up well for a tough match with the table toppers, Havant, in three weeks.

Young Dons strengthen title grip

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Hambledon have strengthened their grip on the South East Hants Indoor League under-16s crown.

The young Dons snatched a 15-run triumph over title rivals Portsmouth at Fareham Leisure Centre.

Both sides were unbeaten heading into the top-of-the-table showdown but it was Portsmouth who drew first blood.

After losing the toss, they removed JJ Brown and Rory Prentice for ducks to leave Hambledon rocking on 10 for two after two overs.

Eddie Lewis and Spencer Le-Clercq came to the rescue, though, teaming up for a match-winning stand of 60.

Lewis struck 40 , while Le-Clercq carried his bat for a stunning 50 as the Dons closed on a very competitive 112 for five after their 12 overs.

With the momentum now in their favour, Hambledon struck early to restrict Portsmouth's reply.

Brown ran out both openers with direct hits at the bowler's end while fielding at point.

And a brilliant one-handed catch from George Harding off his own bowling followed to leave Portsmouth struggling at 30 for three.

Portsmouth never recovered and finally finished on 97 for five, giving Hambledon a 15-run win and reasserting their authority at the top of the table.

They are now 16 points clear, having recorded seven consecutive victories.

Kick off the new season in style

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The Dons are aiming to kickstart the new summer with a bumper fun day at Ridge Meadow.

The club's first ever Hambledon Day will take place on Sunday, April 1 from 11am.

The aim is to get the season off to a flying start by joining together the young and the old - the new generation and the experienced players.

While the full menu of entertainment is yet to be finalised, Hambledon Day is certain to be social fun for the whole club.

Hambledon's young guns will take part in a sponsored walk around the boundary, with sponsorship the order of the day.

Meanwhile there will be a barbecue, bar and plenty of cakes to keep the more senior members of the club entertained.

So the club are calling on members and non-members alike to put the date in their diary and kick off the summer at Hambledon.