News Archive: February 2013

Skipper adds gloss as Dons go top

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Hambledon B stormed to the top of South East Hampshire Indoor League division four with an 81-run win over Knowle Village.

And skipper Mark Le-Clercq added the gloss to the convincing triumph when he took the final three wickets to complete his first-ever indoor hat-trick.

Batting first, the Dons lost Will Mann without scoring before Will Bond (46), Spencer Le-Clercq (31 not out), Kyle Shinn (30) and Lewis Le-Clercq (23) fired them to a superb 151 for five.

Knowle Village began their reply well - moving to 50 without loss after five overs.

However, they soon capitulated to 70 all out with Shinn grabbing two wickets before the skipper weighed in with four for 18.

Mark Le-Clercq mopped up the innings in style, much to the delight of the large number of travelling Dons fans.

Victory in Hambledon's finally match against Portchester will confirm promotion to division three.

Harry and Louis inspire massive win

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Hambledon under-13s are celebrating their biggest triumph of the season.

Harry Thistlethwayte and Louis Matovu put Havant to the sword as the young Dons won the indoor showdown by more than 90 runs.

Hambledon had earlier looked in trouble, though, when they lost both openers in quick succession.

This merely served to bring Thistlethwayte and Matovu to the crease - with both talents retiring twice before finishing on 47 and 42 not out respectively.

The former hit a whopping six sixes in his innings, while there were superb performances with the bat from Guy Mullins (23) and Thomas Sherry (25 not out) as the Dons posted 174 for three.

Facing such a formidable target, the Havant innings never really got going and closed on 83 for two.

Harry Hoolahan was the pick of the bowlers with one for 11 off his three overs. His wicket owing much to a another superb catch from Sherry behind the stumps.

However, the lack of bowling points collected put a dent in Hambledon's hopes of claiming the league title.