News Archive: July 2013

Double treble for Martin but Dons run ends

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Hambledon under-13s saw their winning run end despite two hat-tricks from Freddie Martin.

Batting first against Locks Heath at East Meon, Jamie Gammell, Louis Matovu and Henry Glanfield all made hay in the sunshine - retiring on 30.

Tom Toogood also chipped in with 18, including an all-run five, as the innings closed on 156 for two.

After the break, Locks Heath began their reply well and reached 40 for one off five overs.

But a change to spin for Hambledon changed the game as two run outs - one direct hit on one stump - from Tom Sherry in Martin's first over began the collapse.

In Martin's next over, he took a hat-trick - one bowled, one stumped and then the final wicket caught by Matovu.

And then his third over saw a second hat-trick - this time two leg before wicket decisions and one clean bowled.

Locks Heath finished on 66 all out with Toogood and under-11 debutant Seb Ellis each taking a wicket.

However, the under-13s came crashing back to earth at Fareham & Crofton as they went down by seven wickets.

Matovu, Seb Byers and Glanfield all went for a duck as Hambledon batted first.

Martin (33 not out) and Archie Bennett (19) provided some resistance but the Dons finished on 97 for eight.

The Fareham innings then started cautiously. Martin and Archie captured early wickets, including the dangerous Ollie Southon.

However, Dan Wimble batted through the innings to secure the victory for Fareham - making 32 not out as the hosts finished on 99 for 3.

Third team thrashed by Calmore

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Calmore Sports III defeated Hambledon III by 59 runs in the first of two games at East Meon.

Skipper Martyn Shinn won the toss and bowled first - and his attack rose to the challenge, rolling the visitors out for 137.

Steve Ripiner was again the chief destroyer with five for 31, while there were at least four dropped catches.

The hosts were confident in their chase but unfortunately a mixture of indifferent shots and good bowling saw them skittled for just 78.

Only Shinn (20 not out) and Tim Rogers (12) managed double figures.

Rowner too strong for Hambledon

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Hambledon were able to focus on plenty of positives despite a 38-run loss to Rowner II at a sweltering Broadhalfpenny Down.

Fielding first, the Dons third string were put to the sword as the visitors reached 190 for three after 38 overs.

However, they hit back brilliantly to restrict their rivals to 208 for nine at the close - with Wayne Norman and Matt Williams both grabbing three wickets and Steve Ripiner conceding just 21 runs in his 10 overs.

The Hambledon openers got off to a solid start, too, before the first wicket fell at 42 in the 14th over.

From then on wickets fell regularly with Matt Radford top scoring on 38.

And the Dons eventually reached 174 all out thanks to some late order hitting by Wayne Norman (28).

OTs & Romsey IV are Rip-ped apart

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Steve Ripiner skittled OTs & Romsey IV to earn a well-deserved triumph for Hambledon III.

He took six for 16 from 10 overs as the Dons successfully defended their total of 172 for eight.

Ripiner's burst reduced OTs to 61 for nine at drinks - despite two dropped catches.

And with Jack Dyer (three for 23) operating superbly at the other end, the Romsey outfit were all out for 73.

Hambledon had chosen to bat in glorious sunshine but tumbled to 62 for five.

A mature 48 not out by Dan Franks and 23 from Wayne Norman ensured the Dons got to a competitive total, though.

And it proved far too much for OTs in the face of Ripiner's onslaught.

Matovu destroys rivals

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Hambledon under-13s stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches

The young Dons took on an inexperienced Purbrook side at the Heath - and were under early pressure with the bat.

Thomas Coyle (15), Archie Bennett (30) and Tom Bloomer (15) ensured they crept up to 111 for nine, though.

After the break, Hambledon raised their game to bowl Purbrook out for just 26.

Louis Matovu did the damage with four for four, while the other wickets went to Henry Glanfield, Guy Mullins, Matt Price and Archie Bennett.

The Champagne moment, though, was a stop and 30-yard throw for a direct hit at one stump by Matovu.

There was even time for 10-year-old Freddie Besly to announce himself on the scene with a spell of two overs, two maidens on his under-13 A debut.

Portsmouth & Southsea opponents were next up - as both sides put their unbeaten records on the line.

The Dons were soon in trouble, losing both openers, however, Matovu and Glanfield put together a third-wicket partnership of 58 to get the innings heading in the right direction.

Matovu retired on 30 and Glanfield made 28, while Tom Toogood chipped in with a rapid 12 to help the tail wag a little.

However, the total of 107 for six did not look enough on a very quick out field at Ridge Meadow.

Portsmouth & Southsea, missing a number of their star players, were soon in trouble, though.

Ollie Kanavan was run out by Mullins and Dan Cox soon followed to a catch by Glanfield off Toogood's bowling.

However, it was the introduction of Matovu and Freddie Martin into the attack which caused the collapse of the young P&S side's innings.

Matovu took five for eight and Martin two for nine, while Glanfield grabbed the other wicket as the visitors could only muster 30 all out in the face of a fine bowling and fielding performance.

Dons are three wins from Lord's

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Hambledon are just three wins away from Lord's after a stunning triumph at Ridge Meadow on Sunday.

The Dons defeated Truro-based outfit Stithians by 41 runs in the last 32 of the ECB National Village Knockout.

Skipper Dan Hewitt struck 52 as his side posted 222 for eight in their 40 overs.

Paul Vickers and James Scutt both weighed in with 32 before the hosts restricted their Cornwall opponents to 181 for nine.

Mark Le-Clercq and Rhidian Chapman both grabbed three wickets, while James Atkinson took two as the Dons booked their place in the last 16.

Hewitt's men with now play Wraysbury on July 14 with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Close but no cigar for third string

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Hambledon's third team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Portsmouth Community.

Skipper Martyn Shinn lost the toss and was asked to bat on a beautiful sunny day.

A solid performance followed by the openers - with Jon Bidgman (37) and Martyn Shinn (20) laying a foundation which was superbly built on by Phil Silvester (65), who notched his second half century in as many weeks.

Sam Jackson (26) and Lewis Le-Clercq (18) helped push the Dons total up to 200 off their 42 overs.

Portsmouth Community were quickly 10 for three in reply - thanks to some great opening bowling by Finlay Rockett and Steve Ripiner.

Unfortunately, two half centuries helped Portsmouth Community rebuild and - despite a fine catch by Shinn's midriff - eventually get home with two wickets and 11 balls to spare.