News Archive: September 2013

U13s finish on a high

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Young Dons win Hartley Wintney 6s

With many unavaiable due to school commitments the U13s took the title at the Hartney Wintney President's Day. They started by winning their first match against the hosts on the last ball of the innings in a low scoring match, with Josh Wise hitting the required four.

The second game against Bagshott was a little more one sided, with Henry Glanfield and Aidan Grimes (guesting from Liphook) both hitting 25 retired; the Dons finishing on 71 in the 5 overs. The highest score in the tournament was too much for Bagshott.

Unfortunatley, the U13s came unstuck against Basingstoke, losing by half a dozen runs. However, Basingstoke had lost to Hartney Wintney, so it came down to the scores in the throwing and bowling tests. Here it was the injured Guy Mullins who was the star, hitting the wickets 3 times in his over. The young Dons did enough to win the cup by one point over Hartney Wintney. A very enjoyable day.

3rds win 3 out of 3 to finish the season in style

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Hambledon III vs Ampfield, 17th August 2013

On a cold rainy day at East Meon the skipper wins the toss and invites bottom of the league Ampfield to bat. After 35.3 overs Ampfield were all out for 107 thanks to some tidy bowling on a helpful wicket with the main destroyer being Wayne Norman (10 overs, 5 for 25). The rain fell steadily during the Dons reply reducing the required runs to 74 off 25 overs. Tim Rogers promoted up the order to finish the game as quickly as possible bludgeoned a superb 48 not out and the Dons won in only 9.1 overs by 10 wickets.

Hambledon III vs Fareham III, 24th August 2013

Another toss won by the skipper and again the opposition were invited to bat on a good batting track at Bath Lane. Fareham posted 244 for 4 off their 42 overs and Jack Dyer was the pick of the bowlers with 7 overs, 1 for 18. Hambledon chased down the target with 9 overs to spare at 246 for 6. Charlie Thompson hitting 63 on début, Matt Radford 55 and a superb partnership of 45 between Lewis LeClercq (17*) and Wayne Norman (32*) to see the Dons home.

Hambledon III vs Old Hambledonians 31st August 2013

The final game of the season and the skipper wins the toss again and decides to bat first on a dry Broadhalfpenny Down wicket. At 63 for 1 off only 9 overs it was looking like a good call (Jon Bridgman out for 37). Wickets started to fall regularly but Jack Dyer continued to bat serenely. A partnership of 73 between Jack and Kyle Shinn (33) followed by a partnership of 65 between Jack and Lewis LeClercq (43) put the game beyond doubt and Hambledon posted 268 for 9 off their 42 overs. Jack Dyer scoring his maiden century (103) for Hambledon!!

Old Hambledonians managed 115 all out in reply and the Dons won by a massive 153 runs. All of the bowlers sharing the wickets, but the day (and the match ball) belonged to Jack Dyer!!

U14s win in tight match

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The 'Rockett' takes 6 to deliver win

The last colts friendly of the season saw a Dons Under 14 team play the Hampshire Hoggetts at the Ridge. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Dons made a good start with an opening partnership of 65 between Jack Thistlethwayte (31*) and Freddie Martin. Following the fall of Freddie's wicket and Jack's retirement wickets fell at regular intervals, bar some resistance by Will Hardman and Jamie Houlberg, which left the U14's at 139 all out in the 29th over (30 over match).

The Dons score didn't feel enough with the Hoggetts batting line up including Hampshire's Felix Organ, but Finlay Rockett took the wicket of the opening bat, Tom Proctor, bowled middle stump, with the first ball of the innnings. The vistors bating was aggressive and runs were coming easily, but then in 5th over Fin struct again, taking 3 wickets, leaving the Hoggetts at 28 for 4, although Felix remained at the crease. Two more wickets from Fin saw the vistors at 67 for 6 off 10 and Felix Organ retired. A change of bowling brought on Freddie Martin who took 3 wickets in great spell of spin, 106 for 9 in 16 overs for Hoggetts. This saw the return of Felix Organ to the crease and the game for Dons turned into protecting the boundary while trying to get the No.11 on strike. Felix was accuumlting runs quickly, but in 19th went down the track for another attempted 6, and was stumped by Henry Glanfield off Freddie. The Hoggetts 126 all out, with Felix Organ out on 52. An exciting fininsh to a good game.

Forgot to mention the lemon drizzle cake by Jane Martin, one to remember.