News Archive: July 2012

Dons stun Bishop's in thriller

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Hambledon's second string are celebrating after inflicting the first defeat on fellow promotion-chasers Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire League division four south.

Batting first, the second-placed visitors posted 191 for eight from their 45 overs at Ridge Meadow.

Kyle Shinn (one for 21) and Mark Le Clercq (two for 40) led the way, while veteran James Restell also bagged a wicket.

Hambledon's reply did not start well, though, with the top three making just 24 runs between them.

Paul Vickers (65) then got stuck in and with Will Bond (24) they shared a century partnership to wrestle the Dons back into the match.

Another collapse threatened to derail the chase altogether but Shinn (11), Owain Chapman (19 not out) and young star Hew Richards (four not out) saw the Dons coast home to grab 22 points.

The massive win puts the Dons well and truly back in the mix for a top-four finish.

Hambledon heartbreak at Hook

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Hambledon were left heartbroken after defeat by one run at the hands of Hook & Newnham Basics.

After losing the toss and watching the first ball split the two slips and race away for four, the visitors feared the worst.

Hook skipper Ben Thane, who had nicked that first delivery from Cameron Prentice, raced to 50 before some intelligent bowling from off-spinners JJ Brown, James Atkinson and James Scutt put the brakes on.

Will Mann followed the good work up before some decent death bowling from Prentice and skipper Dan Hewitt restricted the hosts to 279 - a fine effort considering 340 looked possible at one point.

After tea, the Dons came out positively with Joe Collings-Wells (54) and Scutt enjoying a pacy opening stand.

Hewitt and Rob Atkins (33) then continued the good work in the face of some decent spin bowling before the latter was caught behind.

Fourteen-year-old Brown (18) joined his captain and they kept up with the asking rate as they game neared its nailbiting climax.

Hewitt looked to be taking the game away from Hook but when he was dismissed for a brilliant 84 - with 34 runs needed off 36 balls - the hosts' hopes were boosted.

The Dons were still in the driving seat when they needed 21 off 24 but they could only muster nine runs from the next 18 deliveries leaving 12 required off the last over.

That number was halved before the final ball when, needing a six for victory, Rory Prentice struck a one-bounce four.

Hewitt said: 'It was a great display of Hambledon spirit was testament to the young talent in the side. It was one of the best matches I have ever played in.'

Third team up to second

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Hambledon's third team got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Hollybank.

The Dons strengthened their promotion push, as they moved second in the Hampshire League regional division three south east table with a fourth win in five matches.

Winning the toss, Hambledon skipper Martyn Shinn had no hesitation in inserting Hollybank on a wet, green wicket.

Hollybank managed to post a very competitive 184 all out, with Daniel Franks grabbing two wickets, Ed Thistlethwayte picking up three and George Harding two.

There was also an enteratining two-wicket haul from Matt radford, which included a spectacular flying caught and bowled off the last ball of the innings.

Hambledon then chased down their target losing only four wickets to pocket maximum points.

The triumphant chase was largely thanks to a superb partnership of 123 between Matt Radford (76) and Ed Thistlethwayte (49).

Tom Gwyther (22 not out) and Ollie Atkinson (six not out) then batted sensibly to see Hambledon home with seven balls to spare.

Young guns remain unbeaten

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Hambledon under-15s A defended their unbeaten record with victory over Sarisbury on Friday.

However, the visitors were given a serious scare when they were struggling at five for four and 17 for five on a damp Allotment Road wicket.

Hew Richards, aged 14, and Jack Thistlethwayte, 12, came to the rescue - putting on 86 for the sixth wicket before the former fell in the penultimate over for 44.

Thistlethwayte ended unbeaten on 43 before the Dons bowled their hosts out for 67 to record a 51-run win.

Eight of the wickets were clean bowled and pick of the bowlers were Tom Gwyther (three for 14), George Harding (two for seven) and man-of-the-match Thistlethwayte (two for six).

Under 15s reach last 16

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Hambledon under-15s are through to the last 16 of the national t20 competition.

The young Dons booked a trip to Horsham next Tuesday after coming through a hard-fought encounter with Northwood on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Northwood posted a competitive 116 for four.

Rory Prentice was the pick of the Hambledon bowlers with one for five off his four overs, while James Toogood took one for eight and Tim Coleman one for three.

In reply, JJ Brown scored 50 off just 43 balls to fire Hambledon towards victory. Hew Richards (15) chipped in, as did Prentice (17), Daniel Franks (10 not out) and Ollie Atkinson (16 not out).

Dons land Hampshire Cup crown

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Hambledon under-15s defeated Andover at the third time of asking to lift the Hampshire Cup.

After the first two dates were washed out, the game was switched indoors at the Rose Bowl.

Playing 16 overs per side, the Dons lost the toss and were asked to bat by their London Road-based rivals.

JJ Brown and Jack Dyer ensured they posted a competitive score, though, each hitting 32, while Hew Richards chipped in with 23.

And after some excellent running from Tim Coleman and Tom Gwyther at the end, the Dons closed on 173 for eight.

In reply, Andover were no match for the Dons bowlers as they tumbled to 82 all out.

Richards (three for 13), Rory Prentice (two for 17) and George Harding (one for seven) were all among the wickets, while James Toogood bowled two superb overs.

Daniel Franks sparked Andover's demise, though, when he took an athletic one-handed catch.

Hambledon now travel to play the winners of the Isle of Wight league, to see who goes through to the last 16 of the national competition.

Hambledon: JJ Brown, Rory Prentice, Tom Gwyther, Tim Coleman, Hew Richards, Daniel Franks, George Harding, James Toogood, Jack Dyer

Young guns make Hampshire final

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Hambledon defeated Yateley to book a spot in the Hampshire Cup final.

After winning the toss at Ridge Meadow, the Dons racked up a competitive 133 for seven with Eddie Lewis scoring a patient 50 not out and Tom Gwyther (26) and Ollie Atkinson (20) chipping in.

Yateley were dangerously placed at 58 for two after 10 overs of their reply.

Dons skipper Rory Prentice then introduced Jack Dyer and Daniel Franks into the attack and they produced telling contributions.

Both bowlers grabbed two wickets, while a fine run out from James Toogood soon had Yateley reeling.

Then a superb spell of three wickets for one run in eight balls from Joseph Farrell ensured the visitors were all out for 75 - 58 runs short of the target.

Hambledon's celebrations were later dampened, though, when x-rays showed Lewis had broken a metatarsal after taking a good catch.

Lewis scored unbeaten half centuries in the semi-final and quarter-final but will now miss the final on Tuesday night 17th July 6pm at Ridge Meadow.

All support is welcome, as the Dons aim to lift the county crown.