News Archive: April 2012

Weekend washed out... again

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For the second weekend running heavy rain has taken its toll on Hambledon's pre-season friendlies.

Clashes with Portsmouth & Southsea and Denmead - on Saturday and Sunday respectively - were the latest to be washed out.

Hambledon's pre-season clashes with the University of Portsmouth and United Services were also cancelled last weekend.

A waterlogged pitch at Ridge Meadow forced the home side to strike a line through the annual warm-up fixtures.

It's now all systems go for the league season, with both the Southern Electric Premier League and Hampshire League beginning next weekend (Saturday, May 5).

Under 16s secure indoor title

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Hambledon under-16s lifted the South East Hants Indoor League title at the Fareham Leisure Centre.

The young Dons won eight of their nine fixtures - tasting defeat only in their final match against Havant.

They beat second-placed Portsmouth by three points to secure the crown for the first time after an excellent season with match-winning performances from all of the 10-man squad.

Pictured, from left: JJ Brown, Sam Jackson, Rory Prentice, Spencer Le-Clercq, Ed Thistlethwhayte, Eddie Lewis, Jack Dyer. Missing from picture George Harding, Tom Gwyther and Hew Richards.

Dons off to a winning start

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Hambledon launched the new season in style with a 54-run triumph over Bedhampton at a chilly but sunny Ridge Meadow.

Batting first the Dons amassed 156 for seven in their 40 overs thanks to a fine half century from Toby de Mellow.

The left-hander was ably supported by good contributions from Spencer Le-Clercq, Will Mann and debut-making Joe Collings-Wells.

In reply, the Mariners slipped from a promising 80 for three to 102 all out.

Youngster Rory Prentice was the hero, with his stunning figures of six for 12 sealing a fantastic start to the season for skipper Dan Hewitt.

Chairman Mark Le-Clercq was delighted with the opening fixture of the campaign.

He added: 'A big thank you to tea lady Rhidian (Chapman), bar lady Dee (Hewitt), scorer Jane (Shinn) and a special thank you to Bob Scutt, pictured, who umpired the whole match in the arctic conditions. Up the Dons!'