News Archive: January 2013

Young Dons put Sarisbury to the sword

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Hambledon under-13s recorded another comprehensive victory as they crushed Sarisbury.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, the young Dons made light work of the opposition attack by scoring 143 for two in 12 overs.

Hambledon openers Seb Byers and Tom Toogood led the way in their usual style - running at every opportunity.

And when they retired, Ollie Southon and Jack Thistlethwayte continued the onslaught with a series of hard, straight hits.

Harry Hoolahan and Toogood lost their wickets in the final overs, as they attempted to squeeze every run available.

After the break, Sarisbury got off to a good start because of some unusually wide bowling from the Dons.

But they soon tightened up and restricted their rivals to 65 for two at the close.

The pick of the bowlers was Southon, with two for 14 - his second wicket coming courtesy of a great catch behind the stumps by the superb Thomas Sherry.

All in all, it was another great performance from a team who are raising the bar in the indoor game.

Snow stops play at Ridge Meadow

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Ridge Meadow has been carpeted with snow.

The white-out comes as Hambledon are beginning pre-season training. Here's hoping the weather warms up before sessions switch to the club's outdoor headquarters.

Dons crush unbeaten leaders

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Hambledon B demolished unbeaten leaders Hampshire Bowmen in South East Hampshire Indoor League division four.

The Dons recorded a massive 103-run victory to leapfrog their rivals into second place - and one of the promotion positions.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Dons suffered the early loss of Will Mann, pictured, who seemed to still be recovering from his birthday celebrations.

Fellow opener Will Bond carried on his rich vein of form, stroking 29, while he was ably supported by the younger Le-Clercq's with Spencer nurdling 28 and Lewis clubbing 29.

A quickfire 20 from the captain Mark Le-Clercq led Hambledon to a very healthy 162 all out off the penultimate ball of their innings.

In reply, the Hampshire Bowman struggled against all the bowlers with Kyle Shinn (one for 16), Lewis Le-Clercq (one for 13) and the skipper's two for 10 finishing them off for a paltry 59 all out.

Hambledon hit the summit

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Hambledon are sitting pretty on top of South East Hampshire Indoor League division one after crushing Fareham & Crofton by 61 runs.

Skipper Rhidian Chapman, pictured, again failed to win the toss and the opposition elected to have a bowl.

But they failed to make best use of the advantage with run-machine James Scutt and Paul Vickers picking up 20 runs from the first over.

Vickers survived an early run out scare before his was dismissed for eight.

Dan Hewitt then returned to form at number three, sharing a steady partnership with Scutt as he cruised to an unbeaten 24.

Scutt, who is still to be dismissed in the competition so far, retired on 27 as he took his overall tally to 177 runs from the six fixtures to date.

James Atkinson then bashed a quickfire 24 - with two sixes and two fours - before he was run out as the Dons posted 135 for three.

The Dons then had the game all but wrapped up inside the first six overs in the field.

A tidy spell of bowling from Hewitt saw him pick up three for 24 before Atkinson picked up one for eight from three overs - narrowly missing out on a wicket maiden.

The Hobbit then produced some Gandalf magic in his final over taking two wickets in two balls to finished the game with two for 14 from 2.2 overs and rise to the top of the team's bowling charts.

Fareham & Crofton were all out for 74, leaving Hambledon triumphant by 61 runs.

Under 13s rise to top

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Hambledon under-13s made the perfect start to the new year with a six-wicket triumph over Purbrook.

Electing to bat, Purbrook struggled in the face of an aggressive Dons attack.

Every player picked up a wicket, with Harry Hoolahan the pick of the bunch with two for 18 - and narrowly missing out on a hat-trick.

Purbrook were dismissed for 49 runs in just short of 11 overs before Hambledon openers Seb Byers and Tom Toogood guided the team to victory in less than 30 balls.

Byers finished the jon in style with a maximum to send his side to the top of the table with three games remaining.