News Archive: May 2012

Five-star Jamie fires Under 13s

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Jamie Gammell produced a brilliant all-round performance to fire Hambledon under-13s to a comprehensive win over Portsmouth & Southsea on Tuesday.

The young Dons claimed their third consecutive triumph as they defeated their south-coast rivals by 45 runs.

Batting first, Hambledon struggled early on as Portsmouth & Southsea talent Harry Wratten took two early wickets.

However, Gammell led the fightback with an unbeaten 32 and he was ably supported by Jack Thistlethwayte (19) before a quickfire 24 from Alec Younger propelled the Dons to 126 for seven.

With the momentum firmly in their favour, the Dons continued to turn up the pressure after the interval as Finaly Rockett bowled Ezra Hind for a duck.

Sam Caldera and Harry Gadd attempted to rebuild the Portsmouth & Southsea innings only for Gammell to strike with a five-wicket burst which ripped the heart out of the middle order.

Charlie Peach recovered the situation, though, before Harry Hoolahan - with two wickets - and Rockett mopped up the tail to leave the city side 81 all out.

Scutt salutes guts of young Dons

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Nick Scutt has hailed the 'guts and application' of Hambledon's teenage talents after a brilliant victory over Hook & Newnham Basics on Saturday.

The Dons recorded a 26-run triumph over one of the pre-season Southern Electric Premier League division two title favourites at Ridge Meadow.

Skipper Dan Hewitt produced a man-of-the-match display with the bat, striking an 84-ball 91 on a day when all other batters struggled.

But it was the determination of the likes of Eddie Lewis, 15, Will Mann, 17, and Hew Richards, 14, who provided the support for Hewitt to post a total of 215 after winning the toss.

Scutt, who took two catches and two stumpings on an impressive return behind the sticks, said: 'Despite (Paul) Vickers, Rob (Atkins), myself the vintage Indi (Chakrabarti) of 2012 bringing the average age and weight of the team up considerably, a lot should be said for the three under-18s in the side.

'They showed huge guts and application in helping skipper Dan Hewitt lead a superb batting recovery.

'Great partnerships with Eddie and Will allowed us to post a competitive total.

'Dan stroked the ball all round the ground for a cracking 91 - throwing in long periods of solid blocking and nurdling for good measure.'

After Paul Vickers was run out for eight, James Scutt (11), Rob Atkins (21) and Indy Chakrabarti (16) got starts but failed to settle as Hook took control.

Hewitt then led a spirited fightback which ultimately delivered Hambledon's second success in their opening three league fixtures.

He first found support with Lewis, whose 14 off 30 balls included three fours, and then Mann, who found the fence twice, in his 21 off 45 balls.

Richards added late support, with seven from 21 balls, as he helped Hewitt push the score passed 200.

Hewitt went for 91 - which included 12 boundaries - and Richards was caught aiming for a maximum off the last ball but by that point Hambledon were right in the game.

And so it proved as a steady flow of wickets saw Hambledon prevented Hook setting a platform to chase down the target.

Hewitt (one for 25) removed opposite number Ben Thane early on, while there were wickets for Cameron Prentice (two for 27), Mann (two for 32) and James Scutt (two for 34).

Rupert Hetherington produced a brilliant bowling display on his seasonal debut. But once again he was relatively luckless as he returned figures of just one for 27.

And with Mann adding a superb run out, even a late charge from the final wicket pair of Anik Divecha and Ben Peart could not deny the Dons.

Keeper Scutt added: 'Hook's top order never looked like recovering after losing Thane early to the lethal Hewitt/Chakrabarti combo.

Superb spells from Rupert, Jimbo and Prentice the Elder never allowed them to stay in touch with the run-rate - or post a partnership of more than 50.

Hambledon's very own hair model Wilbert Mann then capped off his fine bowling performance with the final wicket in his second spell.'

Two out of two for Hambledon third team

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Hambledon defeated Denmead II to claim their second win of the Hampshire League regional division three south east season on Saturday.

At a sunny Broadhalfpenny Down, the visitors won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.

However, Matt Williams removed both their openers - without them troubling the scoreboard - in a fine new-ball burst.

Williams finished up with three for 35, as further tight bowling from Jack Dyer (three for 30) and George Harding (two for 20) saw Denmead bowled out for 141.

Despite losing Matt Radford early on, Hambledon's reply soon got into full swing with the in-form Dyer cracking 44 off 34 balls and Sam Jackson adding 25 in quick time, too.

This left skipper Martyn Shinn to see his side home with an unbeaten 23. A mixture of blocking and the occasional 'Caribbean slap' saw them claim victory in the 36th over by four wickets.

Afterwards, a delighted Shinn said: 'It was another fantastic team effort.'

Successful week for Under 13s

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Hambledon under-13s are celebrating a fine week after chalking up a winning double.

The B team started their season with a comprehensive 54-run victory over Sarisbury on Monday and then 24 hours later the A side edged a tight contest with Burridge.

Harry Hoolahan (32 not out) and Tom Toogood (25 not out) led the way for the Bs as they racked up a competitive 115 for three batting first against Sarisbury.

The side, which included four under-11s in their line-up, then pressed home their advantage in the field.

Jamie Houlberg picked up a wicket with his first ball and, under the command of skipper Toogood, the young bowling attack took control of the game.

Henry Wood, Joe Beard, Hoolahan and Tom Bloomer all picked up wickets, while the captain bagged a brace.

Ed Moger also producing a stunning piece of fielding to complete a run out - the highlight of the game - as Sarisbury closed on 61 for eight.

The A team's clash with Burridge was a much tighter affair as the Dons lost the toss and were put into the field.

The Burridge openers were well in control until Finlay Rockett picked up the first wicket - caught behind by keeper Henry Glanfield.

And after a brief fight back from Burridge, Hambledon restricted their late push for runs with a clatter of wickets.

Rockett finished with one for five, while 11-year-old Jamie Gammell took three for 20 as Burridge closed on 94 for seven.

Hambledon started their reply slowly as tight bowling from Toby Hett and Alec Damley-Jones restricted them to just eight runs from the first five overs.

But the Dons' patience was rewarded as Jack Thistlethwayte took control with two sixes and retired on an excellent 30.

Then after losing the wickets of Hoolahan and Rockett, it was down to Glanfield and Gammell to see the team through in gathering gloom, with only one over to spare.

Rising stars shine for Hambledon's third team

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Hambledon's third team won their first game of the Hampshire League regional division three south east season thanks to superb performances by George Harding and Jack Dyer.

After winning the toss, skipper Martyn Shinn invited the home team to bat and tidy bowling by Matt Williams and Dyer restricted Purbrook III to 26 without loss off 11 overs.

Purbrook had moved the score on to 47 by the 16th over and Shinn feared the worst.

But then a brilliant catch by Phil Harding off the bowling of his son, George, gave the Dons a much-needed breakthrough.

Two balls - and a hat-trick - later and Hambledon had turned the tables on Purbrook.

A superb spell from Harding Jnr of six for 43 and great support from Wayne Norman (three for 28) saw Purbrook tumble to 104 all out.

Paul Jackson mopped up the tail picking up the last wicket with his first and only delivery

A mature 59 not out from Dyer then saw the third string cruise home in the 24th over to record a seven-wicket victory.

Skipper Shinn said: 'It was a very impressive display by the team. Well done, lads!'

Second string victorious

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Hambledon second team pulled off a great victory against Calmore II in Hampshire League division four south this afternoon.

After winning the toss and batting first, the Dons reached 101 for one. Eddie Lewis led the way, top scoring with 45, while he found support in Jamie Lewis (27) and Mark Le-Clercq (20).

However, a middle-order collapse had the Dons reeling at 118 for eight. Returning war veteran James Restell then struck a crucial 14 before the Dons were all out for 139.

In reply, Calmore struggled against the accuracy of Kyle Shinn (two for eight) and all-rounder Restall (one for five). Excellent fielding and keeping from Ollie Lewis three stumpings continued to build the pressure on the visitors..

Then the father and son combination of Mark Le-Clercq (four for 35) and Spencer Le-Clercq (three for 18) mopped up the remaining wickets to bowl the visitors out for 101 - and grab a 38-run triumph.

Dons defeated

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Hambledon went down to a narrow defeat at the hands of Rowledge in Southern Electric Premier League division two.

Dan Hewitt's side posted an impressive 233 for four after losing the toss at School Lane.

After negotiating a tricky start, Toby De Mellow hit a patient 21 before Rob Atkins (109 not out) and Indy Chakrabarti (54) took the game by the scruff of the neck with a third-wicket stand of 132.

Late cameos from Hewitt and James Atkinson then helped Atkins push the final total up to 233 - claiming maximum batting points along the way.

Hambledon then made the perfect start to the defence of their total - Hewitt (one for 37) trapping Ricky Yates leg before wicket in his first over.

However, the Dons struggled to make further inroads as Aussie Tristen McDonald (73) and Chris Yates jnr (88 not out) added 142 for the second wicket.

The Dons briefly rallied after Atkinson (one for 21) removed McDonald, with Rhidian Chapman (one for 47) getting the better of Rowledge skipper David Lloyd.

But it wasn't to be for the visitors, who lack an extra cutting edge with the ball, as the home side overhauled the victory target in the penultimate over.