News Archive: June 2014

Huge scalp for Dons in Village Cup

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Hambledon travelled up to Gloucester to play Rockhampton, last years finalists. On a hot day with a good batting track Hewitt lost the toss and the Dons were facing 40 overs in the dirt to start their day. The Dons were staring down the barrel when it became apparent that one of the openers was an absolute gun. He smashed Mark Woodman into a field in his first over and kept whacking it for the majority of his innings. Fortunately for the Dons the bloke up the other end was determined to assist the Dons in keeping the run rate down. Despite not getting any early wickets the Dons kept the run rate in check, with tight bowling from Woodman and Hewitt. Hetherington came into the attack and the match ambled along at just below 5 an over. Collings Wells came into the attack and this time didn't yip up, dismissing the key batsman with a catch from Chapman and keeping pressure on the other opener, who was playing a bizarre innings. Shinn replaced Woodman and bowled a tight spell in the middle overs, going at less than 4 an over. Rockhampton did have a late innings flourish, however they were halted by a good last over by Woodman, who took two wickets, as well as a further two from Collings Wells. They finished on 233, and headed for tea.

Tea was very good. The best away tea of the year, with spectacular sandwiches, plenty of chicken, cakes and fruit. The openers were cursing not being able to have more. 8/10

Hambledon started cautiously and Lavous chipped one up in the air to the opening off spinner on a pitch with turn and bounce. Scutt started positively, and Collings Wells started to get away from the home side with a series of boundaries. Scutt departed caught on the boundary and Marshall continued the good work for the Dons, with the new pair staying on the run rate. JCW brought up another 50 but was not finished, and after Marshall departed Hewitt and Collings Wells increased the pace with series of boundaries and good running. It had been noted that the home side were so confident that they were already planning for Lords. The batsman faced a barrage of woeful chat from the boundary, however they continued to pile on the pressure. Rockhampton brought back their opener and Hewitt departed for a well played 40. Collings Wells kept going about his business, and flayed the tiring opener to the boundary to bring up his second village cup hundred in succession. Humphrey came in and dismissed any pressure that had built up with three boundaries, however he was dismissed moments from the end. The Dons cruised to victory with two overs to spare, cue raucous celebrations and a march to the Demba (Ba).

U15s win, Sherry class

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Sunday morning saw the U15s entertain Purbrook at the Ridge. On a very hot and humid day the visitors put the young Dons into bat. Opener Sam Philips came crease looked like he was in a hurry taking 17 off the first over, but his partnership with Jamie Houlberg didn't last long as the Dons soon found themselves 2 down. This brought in the two U13s, Thomas Sherry (34) and Archie Bennet, who played some great shots to see the Dons on 60 for 2 off 8. Archie's dismissal brought Alec Younger to the crease who put on a rapid 28. Unfortunately, the momentum was lost following the departure of Alec and Thomas Sherry, with the innings finishing on 123 for 9, which was slightly below where we might have hoped. Sherry in particular looking in very good form.

The Purbrook innings started brightly with the openers making a good start and keeping up with the run rate. A change of bowling a planned trap by the skipper saw the dangerous Matt McGlinchey caught at cow corner by Alec off Guy Mullins. Four overs latter saw the dismissal of Louis Bartolo by Archie Bennett and yet another critical wicket by Guy of Tom Ellis. The run rate reduced, leaving Purbrook needing 27 off the last 3 overs, which given some tight bowling from the Dons was too much. The visitors finishing on 105 for 6. Guy being the pick of bowlers with 2 for 11 off 4.

It was noticeable that the Under 15s really enjoyed the new play equipment now at the Ridge!

Pongolo conquers Fawley

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Hambledon won the toss and batted first, however wickets soon started to tumble. Pongolo and Humphrey looked to steady the ship, and kept the scoreboard ticking over, guiding the Dons to 90-5. The umpire had clearly heard about Kyle Shinn's underrated batting and decided he would rather watch him bat than Dom or Will Mann, who were both disposed of in the same over. Nono carried on about his business, completing another 50 for the Dons. The pair started to run an Fawley to a standstill, and the dons were coming right back into the match. Soon Kyle decided that he was bored of running, unleashing an array of boundary's. Nono continued to do a great job for the side, and brought up his hundred with a wild celebration for his fans. Shinner brought up his maiden first team 50 with a celebration that said 'I do this every week'. Both batsman ended up not out, and the Dons recorded 231-7.

The tea was simply outstanding. The best spread of the year saw the return of chicken tikka, as well as prawns, sauce and an outstanding bacon and cheese quiche. Sweet was as strong as ever, and there were looks of utter shock from Fawley, tea envy in the extreme. 9/10

With the ball Hambledon started slowly, perhaps complacent knowing that they had an above par score. Will took the new ball in place of beano and saw of Gates, caught mid off. The partnership that followed was pretty boring, almost killing the game off, however it did give Fawley a platform as the dons switched off. Fawley started to up the tempo with plenty of wickets in hand, and Turns got a wicket as well as Marshall and Pongolo. The rate increased to 9 an over however Fawley kept going and crept up on the dons to the point that they were in with a shout of winning. Nono returned well in his second spell with a 2 for and it was left for Collings Wells to defend 16 off the final over. In a ropey display of bowling, he kept everyone interested, bowling a few wides and getting hit for 6. After bowling a terrible full toss the ball went up in the air, and Nono Pongolo took an unbelievable catch in front of the pavilion. The dons held on to win by 2. In truth it wasn't a great effort in the field, however credit to Fawley to maintaining their chase. Well done Nono, a hundred to follow up his 5 for last week!

U15s winning run ends in the heat

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It was mixed fortunes for the Under 15s over the weekend. Friday evening saw a young Under 15 team visit Sarisbury. We lost the toss and were put in the field and the Sarisbury team made their intentions clear from the off with some aggressive batting. Playing on an artificial wicket, a quick outfield and a short boundary it was clear that it was going to be a high scoring game.  The hosts piled on the runs finishing on 141 for 2, with the only highlights being a run out by Tom Sherry and an excellent caught and bowled by Guy Mullins. The boys suffered in the heat and humidity in the early evening sun and performances dropped off towards the end.

The Hambledon innings started disastrously with both openers going cheaply. However, it brought Sam Phillips (31) and Jamie Houlberg (38*) to the crease who put together a 92 run partnership for the 3rd wicket. At the 15th over the young Dons were on 96 and a head of the run rate. However, Jamie retired and Sam was caught and the required momentum was lost and the team finished on 119 for 9. A game of ‘If only..’

Sunday morning saw the Under 15s entertain Steep at the Ridge. The sun and heat had well and truly disappeared. Tom lost the toss again and the young Dons were put into bat. Again, another disastrous start with the run out of Harry Thistle, but the innings recovered with all the boys making good contributions. The highlights being the innings of Jamie 30, Henry G 21 and Tom Sherry with 20. The Dons finishing on 142 for 7, with extras making a healthy contribution.

Any thoughts that the visitors were going to lie down and accept defeat were put to rest in the first over. The Steep top order set about the Dons bowling and at 10 overs the scores were level in score book at 68 for 2. However, the skipper kept his nerve and bowlers produced a great team effort. The pick of the bowlers being Guy with 3 for 23 and Archie Bennett with 3 for 5 in 1 over.  However, the win wouldn’t have happened with some great fielding performances, Harry T taking 3 catches and Sam Phillips with 2, one of which was over the shoulder. Steep finishing on 99 all out. A very good team performance by the young Dons.

The morning was completed with the match tea of the season, which had to be seen to be believed.

Coach to Gloucestershire - Sun 22 June

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Coach to Gloucestershire Sun 22nd June

The Coach is booked for this Sunday for our road trip to Rockhampton C.C in Gloucestershire. We are leaving the Hambledon Village Hall car park at 8:15am.

Please contact me on 07944-801746 if you would like to book a place on the coach, if you haven't already booked a seat with me...

Dons dispose of Hursley

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A strange start to the day almost saw Ian Turner miss the match to an untimely bout of old age. However, with the dons batting first there was a chance for bowlers to put their feet up. It was a tough start for the dons, with some tight bowling from Hursely park. Lavous and Collings Wells crawled to 16-0 after 8. Their patience was rewarded after a change in the bowling, and the two put on 69 for the first wicket. Lavous was dismissed by Green and Atkins and Pongolo soon followed, Nono's run of form ended by a trigger. After drinks wickets continued to fall. Mann and CW put on 34 for the 7th wicket before Collings Wells sought to force the issue and was castled for 76. Mann and Shinn came together with a history of run outs behind them, however despite their best efforts they shared a crucial 29 run partnership before the innings collapsed again to 166 all out. On an improved ridge meadow wicket this was well below a good score, and every bowler would have to perform for them to win.

Not much more to add to tea this week, unfortunately I am going to be lazy and say 'as good as last time' with my mark. It should be pointed out that excellence repeated still leads to excellence. Dan Hewitt really liked the sandwiches, and they sufficiently cheered him up to be able to put his ropey dismissal to the back of his mind and open the bowling.

Unfortunately for the dons Hursley got off to a bit of a flyer, and were 30-0 off 5 overs. However, after filling up on tea, Hewitt was now too heavy to bowl his usual no balls, and saw the opener off LBW. Rupert followed this up with a rare LBW of his own, before completing his customary 10 overs 1 for 30. At the other end a fired up Pongolo got straight into his work, and sent the middle stump cartwheeling to see off the other opener. In a great 5 over burst Pongolo took 2 further wickets including an outstanding catch by Nick Scutt. With the dons in a good position it was left to Kyle Shinn and Ian Turner to squeeze the life out of the game, Kyle bowling an excellent spell of 7 overs for 11 runs. After taking one wicket he appeared to bowl Hursley's captain, however Scutt thought to the dismay of others that it might not have hit (spoiler alert, it did). The batsman failed to capitalise however, and proceeded to give catching practice to mid off, Atkins taking his second catch of the day. Turner finished his overs with one wicket and Pongolo returned to clean up the tail, with two quite brilliant slower balls. 5 wickets for Nono, our overseas player is quite good!

Dons county champions, Collings Wells class

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Hambledon played Sparsholt in the regional final of the village cup and the dons won the toss, deciding to bat. The Sparsholt opening bowlers started well as Hambledon were forced to block out the first few overs. Collings Wells started to accelerate and Lavous, who had played a dreadful raincard, picked up a few singles. At drinks the dons were 74-0, with JCW bringing up his 50 with a glorious pull shot. Lavous, who's girlfriend was watching on, decided that he was punching too far above his weight to leave her to watch in peace, and was dismissed for 21. This brought Jimbo to the crease, and the new pair ran Sparsholt ragged, with Scutt feeling the effects of a terrible decision to wear two shirts to the crease. JCW continued to accelerate and started belting the ball absolutely everywhere, with the help of some questionable fielding positions as well as an improved  ridge meadow pitch. He brought up his hundred shortly before drinks, before ensuring that the Sparsholt attack was deleted. He fell on 123, with Jimbo carrying on his good work to reach 60 before Hambledon decided to get all out for no good reason.

Tea watch! Dee Hewitt stepped up today and proved that the dons are quite simply the best whoever is in charge. With such an endless supply of outstanding tea ladies there must be considerable jealously from other clubs. This tea saw the return of coronation chicken, as well as cookies, pre-made strawberry topped scones and fruit kebabs. Dee was also able to put aside some scones for the tea critic after the game, a good choice. 8.75/10

Sparsholt started positively with one of the opening batsman convinced that it would be his name in the local paper in the morning. However, he was dismissed by the ever reliable Mark Woodman, as the opening bowlers ran through the top order. Dan Hewitt was busy compiling his first good spell of the year, with no extras at all! Two wickets a piece from the openers. After that there was a little partnership, however Collings Wells took two wickets and Le Clercq one, with CW serving up half pies half unplayable deliveries. Le Clercq served up pies and was dispatched several times. Kyle Shinn returned to replace Le Clercq, and finished the game with an angry spell of bowling, taking three wickets. The dons now travel to Gloucestershire to play Rockhampton..a big thanks for the fans for great support.