News Archive: May 2014

Day to forget for 1st team

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Hambledon fielded an unchanged side from the win against Hook, however they lost a crucial toss in very bowler friendly conditions at Ridge Meadow. Batting first the innings never got going, with a number of batsman beaten by unplayable deliveries. There were a few soft dismissals including a run out when Nick Scutt was batting nicely however scoring was proving impossible, and the dons were dismissed for a paltry 47.

New Milton came out to bat ten minutes after the final wicket, and were looking to play their shots. Ian Turner took a quick two wickets including a silly point catch by gym goer Dan Hewitt. Nono Pongolo, taking a break from tourist activities, had a strong appeal for an LBW, however the umpire decided differently. Dan Hewitt was finally brought into the attack after some rather provocative stretching, surely learnt from his time at the gym. His first over brought the third wicket, castling the unfortunate batman and having a strong LBW appeal turned down in the same over. The umpires now called  for tea. The dons had been outplayed and lost by 7 wickets.

Tea was very strong on sweet today with what appeared to be a rainbow cake. There was also the strong addition of some sort of chicken, which this failed cricketer took full advantage of. The pre made scones were also noted, with a slightly controversial cream on top being compensated for by additional strawberries on the side. A tea with much potential, however one that was slightly ruined by the morose atmosphere that comes was such a comprehensive crushing from the opposition. 8.67/10, current ranking 1st.

U15s win at Portsmouth

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Winning the toss and electing to bat the Dons made a disastrous start with Harry Thistlethwayte run out without facing a ball in the first over. It soon became evident that it was going to be a difficult wicket to bat on, with a low bounce causing wickets to tumble. The Portsmouth seamer, Joe Kooner-Evans, taking 5 wickets, as theU15 collapsed to 85 at the end of their innings in the 17th over. However, 85 was only achieved through a, had to be seen to believed innings, by Jack Thistlethwayte, who scored 40 including 3 sixes and 5 fours. Not forgetting Jamie Houlberg who made the tail wag a little with a rapid 14.

The Portsmouth innings was also soon in trouble with Will Hardman taking an early wicket, and further wickets fell. But while Joe Kooner-Evans was at the crease the Portsmouth team always looked favourites to take the match. Following Joe’s retirement the home side needed 14 runs off 3 overs to win with 4 wickets in hand. The skipper came back on and produced a wicket maiden. This was followed by an over by Will Hardman, who took 2 wickets for 2 runs, and finally Louis Matovu took the win for the young Dons with a wicket in the final over. A great competitive game.

Dons cruise to win at Hursley

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After another Saturday washout the Dons arrived at Hursley Park for the Village Knockout Hampshire semi final. Denim enthusiast Dan Hewitt won a crucial toss on a damp wicket. Tight opening spells from Rupert Hetherington and Mark Woodman saw the home side off to a turgid start, with plenty of variations in pace and bounce. Woodman took the first wicket to a slip catch from Joe Collings-Wells, and Hetherington made further inroads with a catch by Hewitt. Despite some loose bowling Hambledon reduced the opposition to 95-9, with JCW and Hewitt amongst the wickets. A defiant 50 from Wheeler meant that Hursley's last wicket partnership took them to 154, with the Dons looking ragged.

With the mood down at tea, the dons were met with a friendly tea lady and a very good tea. The sweet in particular was outstanding, with scones and an array of cakes. The warm sausage rolls were appreciated, however the sandwiches did not offer a great deal of choice. Despite this it looks as if Hursley will be securing a top half finish in the tea league, with aspirations of a podium finish. 7/10

The dons started the chase well, racing to 35-0 with some positive batting and wayward bowling. James Marshall came in at the fall of the first wicket and batted positively. Lavous was triggered after batting nicely bringing Leyton (Hewitt), to the crease after a good platform was set. Hewitt and Marshall then cruised towards the finish line before Marshall forgot the golden rule of finishing off the run chase, always think about your average. Dismissed just short of the target on 34, Nick Scutt came to the crease for a nervy 0*. This allowed Daniel to hit some late 'bar bowling' from Hursley and seal a place in the Village Knockout county final, finishing on 48*. Thank you for everyone who came to watch, especially hashtag enthusiast Nono Pongolo, who is currently doing an overseas stint as a motivational speaker and tea eater.

Dons off to winning start

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Hambledon won the toss and put Hook in to bat on a sunny day, and it looked a costly decision as Hook raced out the blocks to 40-0. However, the introduction of overseas superstar and politics enthusiast Nono Pongolo saw the removal of Thane to a superb catch by Lee Carroll. In a bold move Ian Turner brought himself on inside the fielding restrictions, calling upon all of his experience and running through the middle order in an inspired spell of bowling. Hook rallied through the middle overs however the reintroduction of Turner and Pongolo at the death saw off the tail, Ian finishing with 5-5 off his 10.

Hambledon got off to a positive start chasing 173 however lost 4 quick wickets, leaving them at 40-4. James Marshall came to the crease and started putting Hooks bowlers everywhere. Putting on the first century stand of the season with Zanzima, he finally fell for 57, with the Nono rounding off an impressive debut with a not out fifty, as Hambledon chased the runs 5 down.

TEA WATCH! There was much mourning from around the southern league when Sue Turner retired after last season after decades of service. New signing Tara Turner made a massive statement with the tea today, as Hambledon looked to stay top of the tea league for another season. With labelled sandwiches and a good mixture of sweet and savoury, this was a strong start. Score: 8.5/10

Hambledon III slay Trojans III

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Hambledon III turned up at Southampton with an air of anticipation after the 1st week washout. Martyn Shinn won the toss and put Trojans in, on a very green and surprisingly soft wicket.

After 10 overs Trojans were 11 for 3 and after 20 overs 42 for 6, thanks to the opening spells of Steve Ripiner (10 overs, 6 maidens, 2 wickets for 8 runs) and Prad Bains (7 overs, 2 wickets for 17 runs). Jack Dyer also put in a fine bowling performance (7 overs, 3 wickets for 23 runs), but a battling 64 by the Trojans number 6 meant that Trojans posted 105 all out.

Hambledon chased down the target in 22.2 overs, losing 3 wickets along the way. Jack Dyer scored a fluent 20 before holing out in the deep, but a fine 44 not out from Jon Bridgman and 22 not out from Tim Rogers saw the Dons safely to their opening victory of the season!

U15s start with win

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The moon shone brightly on the end of the U15s game against Old Netley  or was it VT. The game having survived the heavy showers started in bright sunshine, although a little late. But the smile on the skipper's face was as bright as the sun after losing the toss but being put into bat. The young Dons, with 6 U13s playing, started well with Archie Bennett and Henry Glanfield combining well until Archie was caught at gulley for 18. Henry kept the innings going and the Dons looked well set at 51 for 1 off 10. Henry retiring on 37. However, the young middle order struggled to make an impact on a slow wicket and a slow outfield. Wickets began to tumble and eventually the innings ended on 96 for 9.

In response Old Netley innings struggled to get going with a tight opening spell from Tom Toogood and Guy Mullins. But the Netley openers started to get into rhythm until Guy took a shy from 30m with one stump to aim at and took the first wicket. This caused a huge pile up of Dons players at square leg, with Guy at the bottom.

Some loose bowling and some good shots from the remaining opening bat gave the Netley innings boost required and at 77 off 12 overs looked set for victory. However, a change of bowling, fading light and a couple of wickets put the game back into the balance. The skipper brought himself and Guy back into the attack and throttled the run rate. The young Netley team eventually falling 4 runs short of their target. Pick of the bowlers was Tom with 2 for 4 in 4 overs and Archie with a brace. A good competitive game, but we need to work on our wicket celebrations.

Hambledon morning, Sun 4 May 10am

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Just a reminder for the Hambledon morning tomorrow from 10-00am a great chance for all the Junior and Adult teams to get together as i know the Juniors are looking forward to meeting Nono and the rest of the 1st XI.

There will be a BBQ and the new Kukri clothing range has arrived and will be on sale in the clubhouse. Under 7s & U9s will be training and Under 13s playing... see you there.