News Archive: May 2013

RAM too strong for Hambledon III

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Hambledon went down to defeat at the hands of RAM.

It was always going to be a tough game against a very strong batting team who won the league last year.

Dons skipper Martyn Shinn won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that usually deteriorates as the game goes on.

Unfortunately after only 29 overs Hambledon were all out for 146, thanks largely to RAM's opening left-arm bowler bowling hooping inswingers that the batsman struggled to cope with.

Dan Franks top scored with 34 and there was also a fine 27 from Ollie Atkinson before he got run out going for a five! Jon Bridgman also hit 19 including a six which bounced off the pub roof.

After six overs of their reply, RAM were on 56 without loss and the Dons were on to their third match ball.

Steve Ripiner (three for 34) eventually removed both openers and then tight bowling from Ed Thistlethwayte (three for 20) and Ollie Atkinson (one for 16) meant Hambledon were always in with a chance of winning but ultimately they fell two wickets short.

Skipper Shinn said: 'It was a gritty performance from the threes and hopefully there are much easier games to follow!'

Dons have a hoot at Paultons

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Hambledon second team's fine start to the season continued with victory over Paultons II in Hampshire League division three south.

On the road for the first time this season, skipper Rhidian Chapman called for more from his unbeaten Dons.

Conditions looking good for a bat as Chapman and his opposite number strode out for the toss.

And after winning his third toss in a row, the skipper elected to have first use of the wicket.

A new opening partnership of Jack Lavous and Mark Le-Clercq strode out to get the Dons under way and they soon reached 29 without loss after four overs.

Lavous was the first to fall - somewhat unluckily after the keeper deflected the ball back onto stumps with his tally on 15.

In strode Jamie Lewis to join the chairman at the crease and the pair put on 40 for the second wicket before Lewis drove one straight down mid-off's throat for 16.

After a good start the Dons needed to reconcile and rebuild the innings. Owain Chapman grafted hard and Le-Clercq knocking the ball around calmly.

A good 70 partnership between the two saw the chairman hit the 50 milestone for a third week in a row before failing to the clear long off with a hit over the top on 64.

This saw the high-flyer Jack Dyer come to the crease looking to impress but after some lovely cover drives picked out the fielders, frustration grew for young Dyer and he was dragged out of his crease and stumped for 0.

Adrian Magrath also failed to give the scorers much trouble as he chopped on for six before Ioeseph Farrell played some nice shots before falling for five.

Time for Kyle Shinn and Spencer Le-Clercq - with only a few wickets in hand. But disaster struck as the latter was also bowled for just two and the Dons looked like falling short of a decent total.

Time for a captain's innings then and with eight overs to go Shinn and Chapman looked to knock the ball around and run hard.

At 170 for eight, few risks could be taken but Paultons failed to grab their chances and let the Dons off the hook.

Chapman and Shinn started to hit the ball with ease, putting on a partnership just shy of 50. The latter succumbed with three balls to go but he contributed a vital 24 for the team.

Georgeous George Harding, still reeling from earlier banter, came in with two balls to go. A two down the ground and run out next ball meant the Dons finished just one run short of maximum batting points with Chapman 31 not out.

With Paultons set 225 for the win, there were plenty of confident Dons at tea.

Shinn opened the bowling from the pavilion end but he made a disastrous start with two boundaries in the first over. he carried on in much the same vain, too, with lots of dots but too many bad balls in a spell of nine for 18 from three.

By contrast, Chapman was swinging in wildly - only going for one run from his first four overs.

The early change saw last week's hero come back for a spell and with Lewis and the skipper in tandem, the Dons starting to build pressure without finding a breakthrough.

Chapman called it a spell after eight overs for eight runs and no wicket and then Lewis grabbed the first wicket - 18 overs in - as Paultons went from 30 without loss off six over to 59 for one off 18.

Harding meanwhile toiled away at the other end and at drinks Paultons were 84 for one and still looking in command.

More inspirational words from the skipper at drinks and again Harding stood up for the cause, trapping the other opener leg before wicket for 49.

He completed his spell of 33 for one if six overs - but with a crucial wicket again

Paultons then formed another partnership and while the Le-Clercqs were now bowling well together the opposition still looked strong at 139 for two from 33.

Fortunes changed as the Dons then took five wickets for 14 runs in five overs, including a sharp run out from long off.

Game won it was now about the bowling points and more Domination from the Le-Clercqs as they ripped through the remaining batsmen.

Le-Clercq senior finished with four for 31 from nine overs and junior took two for 34 in his six.

Paultons were eventually all out 55 runs shy of the Hambledon total.

Dons skipper Chapman said: 'Super work in the field from the young Dons. Chances taken and good energy with cool heads throughout.'

Young Dons in second consecutive win

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Hambledon under-13 A team made it two wins from two games with a comprehensive triumph over Petersfield.

Jack Thistlethwayte and Henry Glanfield piled on the runs after the Dons were asked to bat on a damp wicket.

They scored 72 off the first six overs and both retired on 30.

But this only brought Freddie Martin to the wicket and he continued the run feast, again retiring on 30.

The young Dons finished on 172 for four after their 20 overs, with the other notable contribution from Tom Toogood with 21.

In response, Petersfield's openers started well - both making 22 - but their dismissals saw the end of any run-chase for the hosts.

Thistlethwayte produced an interesting variety of spin to take three for 16, while the other bowling performance of note came from Matthew Price, who took one for three off two overs.

Toogood produced another good performance in the field with two catches and a run out.

Petersfield finished on 81 for eight.

U9s festival on Bank Holiday

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The 12th Hambledon under-nines cricket festival takes place on Monday, May 27.

Last year’s winners, Basingstoke, will not joining the fun, so we will have a new team taking the cup this year.

Entries this year include Portsmouth, Hartley Wintney, OTs & Romsey and Odiham & Greywell.

The first games start at 10am, so please come along and support the teams and enjoy the sun.

Former Hambledon colt makes headlines

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Former Hambledon colt Ben Well was featured in the Telegraph sports section after a fine display in the Wellingborough versus Ely game.

The 15-year-old off-spinner sealed the match by taking four wickets from four balls. He had also scored 71 with the bat, showing his versatility as an all-rounder.

Few high-fives but plenty of positives at Highfield

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Hambledon III suffered defeat at Highfield.

Having struggled to find 11 players all week, the third team arrived at Highfield with few expectations.

The wicket looked like a road and Highfield II won the toss and decided to bat before both openers struck 50s after being dropped by the skipper at long on.

It looked ominous for the visitors before Matt Radford took the long on position and a superb catch in the next over removed the number one batsman, with the score on 94 after only 12 overs.

The final score of 228 for eight represented something of a comeback for Hambledon and four points were already in the bag.

Steve Ripiner took three wickets on debut, with Paul Jackson grabbing two and Brian Vickers (one) also bowling steadily.

After some inspirational words of wisdom from the skipper, the Hambledon openers smashed 88 off the first 10 overs before Matt Radford was bowled for 46.

Jon Bridgman went soon after for 39 and Jack Dyer for a stylish 25.

Double figures from Tim Rogers (15), Wayne Norman (18) and Ripiner (19) kept Hambledon in contention but they were eventually bowled out for 194, losing by 34 runs but gaining 10 points in the process.

Skipper Martyn Shinn said: 'It was an excellent performance full of positives for the season ahead.'

Seventh heaven for Chapman and Dons

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The Dons were on the road again, travelling far and wide, many not to the intended destination on time but plenty of sights to behold on the way.

After a slight delayed start, Sparsholt won the toss and fancied a bat on what looked like a nice deck.

Captain Dan Hewitt opened the bowling from the pavilion end and Will Mann from the other.

A tough start for the Dons as the host batsman looked to be getting in the groove and playing some nice shots, mixed with a few suspect ones.

At last a breakthrough from the skipper, though, as he trapped one of the openers leg before wicket. Mann then followed suit with a nut to dismiss the number three batter that cut in and hit the top of off stump.

The Dons were starting to roll and a bowling change by the skipper led to the newly-crowned king of the swing Chapman come on from the pavilion end.

No-one could have foreseen the torment about to be unleashed, though.

The ball moved from the start of his spell and Chapman opened up with a double-wicket maiden.

Another change from the other end saw Mann replaced by Atkinson, keen to get in on the action.

He duly picked up a wicket with a snick behind to Nick Scutt before the Chapman show got into full swing.

Ball after ball caused the Sparsholt batsmen trouble, wickets tumbling like a Jenga tower. Nick Scutt took another two catches with the gloves - totalling three for the day, a sterling job.

Chapman eventually ran out of batsman to send back and finished with figures of seven wickets for four runs in 5.3 overs. Now 11 for seven in the competition.

With the tea ladies caught off guard, the two teams agreed on a quick turnaround and both sides returned to the arena to do battle.

Requiring 60 for victory looked a simple task for the Dons.

But they soon found themselves in trouble at 20 for five as Joe Collings-Wells, Mark Le-Clercq, James Scutt, Nick Scutt and James Atkinson all fell cheaply.

The pressure was growing in the small run-chase and up stepped Paul Vickers (nine not out) and skipper Hewitt (20 not out) to steer the Dons clear of the iceberg and home with cool heads.

Game over by 4pm, the Dons had tea and reflected on a crazy game of cricket.