News Archive: June 2012

Dons defeated by Hamble

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Hambledon III went down to a 77-run defeat at the hands of GE Hamble in Hampshire League regional division three south east.

Hamble batted first and racked up a daunting 244 for five in their 42 overs.

After the break, six of the Dons batsmen got starts but none could go on and make a match-winning contribution.

Martyn Shinn (35) and George Harding (32) were the pick of the bunch but, unfortunately, the third team were bowled out in the final over.

Colts make semi-finals

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Hambledon colts have kept their cup dreams alive.

The under-11s and under-15s both progressed to the Hampshire Cup semi-finals with wins against Waterlooville and Fareham respectively.

A thrilling, penultimate-ball win - by three wickets - for the under-11s against arch-rivals Ville paved their way into the final four.

Meanwhile, the under-15s demolished Fareham by 100 runs after amassing 209 for two.

Rory Prentice smashed a stunning 14-ball 52 not out, which included a remarkable five sixes in one over.

He was ably supported by Jack Dyer and Eddie Lewis, who both notched unbeaten half centuries.

In reply, the demoralised opponents could only reach 109 with all the Hambledon players bowling.

In the semi-finals both teams have home draws, with the under-15s taking on the North Hampshire League winners at 6pm on Friday, June 29.

The under-11s play their semi-final on Sunday, July 1, when they host Hartley Wintney at 10am.

Elsewhere, the under-13s bowed out of the Hampshire Cup in at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Havant.

They came off second best in a close finish with Havant chasing down the Dons' total of 87 with four balls remaining.

Hambledon Cricket Club apology

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The article in the June issue of the Meon Valley News, with the heading 'Hambledon Cricket Club rejuvenated' contained some inaccurate information that implied the club had somehow been run in an improper manner prior to the resignation of its senior management last year. This is entirely inaccurate and it was never our intention to suggest such a thing. The Club apologises unreservedly for allowing this to go to print.

Hambledon suffer first home defeat

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Hambledon suffered their first home defeat of the Southern Electric Premier League division two season at the hands of Burridge on Saturday.

After a superb bowling display saw the visitors knocked over for 123, the Dons were well placed to complete a third consecutive home triumph.

However, the home side struggled in the face of some disciplined bowling and in the end fell to a narrow seven-run defeat.

Nick McMurray (four for 31) and Paul Ancell (four for 14) were the chief destroyers for Burridge as Rob Atkins, who finished unbeaten on 46, failed to see the Dons home.

Seconds edged out by Sway

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Hambledon's second string gave unbeaten Hampshire League division four south leaders Sway a real shock on Saturday.

But despite being reduced to 60 for seven, the home side edged past their modest target of 95 to claim a three-wicket triumph.

Rhidian Chapman's side only picked up four points from the low-scoring defeat and have now slipped to 10th spot in the table.

Cup success for young Dons

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Hambledon's colts are preparing to take their next step towards Hampshire Cup glory.

Teams in the under-11, under-13 and under-15 age groups have all qualified for the county quarter-finals and will play their matches in the coming week.

The under-13s start with a home clash against Havant tonight before the under-11s travel to Waterlooville tomorrow (Tuesday).

Also playing tomorrow night are the under-15s, who welcome Fareham to Ridge Meadow.

And Hambledon chairman Mark Le-Clercq is calling on Dons fans to cheer them all on.

He said: 'Please come along and support the young Dons. Good luck lads.'

Rockett powered Dons net unlikely win

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Finlay Rockett led a spirited fightback as Hambledon under-15s B defeated Gosport Borough.

At 15 for six off six overs, the outlook was very bleak for the young Dons.

However, Rockett had other ideas and struck a superb 47 to power Hambledon back into the contest.

He was ably supported by Sam Bloomer (14) before the visitors were eventually bowled out for 103.

Gosport made steady progress in their reply but economical bowling from the Hambledon attack left them needin 13 from the final over with three wickets in hand.

A fine last over under pressure saw George Cowlrick pick up two wickets for just three runs and complete a victory which had seemed very unlikely two hours earlier.

Having already beaten Sarisbury and Gosport at home, Hambledon have now won three of their four fixtures this term.