News Archive: March 2013

Cricket Force 2013 on Sunday

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Hambledon are calling all members to help get the ground ready for the 2013 campaign.

The annual Cricketforce morning takes place on Sunday, April 7, with plenty of odd jobs to be done.

The working party will begin at 9.30am and no skills are required, so please spare a couple of hours to help your club.

Hambledon will provide materials and a T-shirt to keep, with the jobs including the positioning of advertising boards, boundary rope, wooden benches, sightscreens and assembling the covers and new sightscreen.

As the old Chinese proverb says: 'many hands make light work'.

Skipper thrilled as Dons complete overseas signing

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Dan Hewitt has expressed his delight at finally sealing a deal to bring Roscoe Thattil to Ridge Meadow.

The Hambledon first-team skipper was denied the services of the 20-year-old all-rounder last summer because of visa problems.

The protracted transfer left the Dons without an overseas player as they scrapped for Southern Electric Premier League division two survival.

But with those issues now firmly ironed out, a relieved Hewitt has welcomed the Sri Lankan talent on board.

'I could not be happier that we have finally got Roscoe on board after unfortunately having his VISA denied twice last year,' said the captain.

'I know a lot of hard work has gone in to getting it through this time.

'And I have to relay my appreciation to Mark (Le-Clercq) and my mummy (Dee Hewitt) this end and all of those helping Roscoe in Sri Lanka.

'If we knew it was going to take this long in the first place we could have saved some money on flights and got Roscoe to walk here!

'But it is definitely a huge bridge crossed for the club.

'After a successful season throughout the club last year, I am confident Roscoe is going to be pivotal to the continued success throughout 2013.

'Having a player of his quality and experience will not only be an asset to the first team but the club throughout.

'He will be supporting in coaching sessions and providing the colts set-up with invaluable technique tips and game scenario advice.'

Hambledon retained their division two status on the final day of last summer.

Defeat at Paultons left them sweating on the result of the clash between Sarisbury and OTs & Romsey.

Fortunately, Sarisbury edged to victory over their hosts - and in turn spared the Dons from the drop.

But with Thattil now on board, Hewitt is determined to see his side battling at the other end of the table.

'The first team had mixed success season in 2012,' he said.

'But, realistically, upon receiving the news Roscoe wasn’t able to to join us the target was simply to stay up.

'And that was something we achieved, albeit hunched around a phone on the last game of the season.

'Roscoe will come in and provide strength to our top four and give us 10 overs a week of spin. 'Those are two things we really lacked on a consistent basis last year.

'With Roscoe now in the mix, our targets should be set high.

'I will not be happy with anything less than a top-half finish but it should be better.'

And Hewitt is confident Thattil will settle in quickly at Ridge Meadow.

He added: 'I hope as a club we can offer Roscoe the famous Hambledon spirit and the opportunity to develop his own cricket in somewhat greener conditions than he is used to.

'Good luck, Roscoe!'

Under 13s end on a high

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Seb Byers struck a brilliant 43 not out as Hambledon under-13s signed off the indoor season with a 25-run win over Fareham & Crofton.

Asked to bat by the home side, the Dons made a good start through Byers and Tom Toogood (18).

And while Ollie Southon went cheaply, Jack Thistlethwayte - who was dropped three times - maintained the pressure on his way to 29 not out.

Thistlethwayte survived a bizarre incident when he and Harry Hoolahan were left standing at the same end - with the latter sacrificing himself.

Tom Sherry then helped Byers finish the innings well to post 149 for three.

The Fareham innings started well but it was helped by some unusually wayward bowling.

However, Toogood and Byers soon reduced the run-rate with accurate spells and despite the fielding not being at its best, the hosts failed to get away.

They eventually closed on 125 for two, with Byers completing a brilliant all-round display with one for 12.

The young Dons finished the season with eight wins out of nine games - the only loss coming against league champions Portsmouth & Southsea by one run.

The team expressed their thanks to all their supporters, in particular Pippa Sherry who scored all the matches with a smile.