News Archive: August 2014

1s in cruise control against Hursley

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Ian Turner won the toss and the Dons went into bat. On a decent track Collings Wells raced out the blocks before finding yet another way to get out in the 30s, this time chopping on a short and wide delivery. Humphrey and Marshall then batted for a long time. A very long time. The overs ticked along and the two were still at the crease, this was some serious occupation. Marshall was caught long on for 30 before Humphrey decided to miss a full toss and was bowled. With wickets in hand the dons tried to up the rate, with Pongolo running well and new player Jack Lavous finding extra gears on his way to a run a ball 40, even hitting a straight six! The lower order fell away around Lavous and the dons lost three wickets in the last over to leave them at 219-9 at the interval. Perhaps slightly below par, however runs on the board meant Hursley would have to bat well.

Tea definately had its high points, with an exceptional warm quiche as well as scotch pancakes and a sponge cake. However, the sandwiches didn't offer a great selection. Still, the strength of the quiche ensures a solid 6/10.

The Dons came out to bowl to a side in a hurry. The openers were savage on Dan Hewitt, smashing his first spell until one misjudged hack led to a spread eagle pluck by catching enthusiast John Barrett. Pongolo then saw off the other opener LBW. Mark Woodman put the dons firmly in control with a further wicket. Hursley continued to play their shots, and Pongolo snared their number four with a hopeless flap outside off the smashed into CW's finger at slip, and was caught on the rebound. Clearly upset at not being able to bring home the bacon for his side, he then took another swipe after dismissal, this time at James Marshall. Hewitt and Turner then tore through the middle and lower order with some sharp catching as well as skill full bowling. Hewitt finished on 4 wickets, a good recovery after an everything must go slot of a first spell. Pongolo finished off with a shaky catch by Kyle Shinn, and the dons were victorious for the third time in a row. A decent display by the dons, who seem to have at last found a winning habit.

Top 2 in 2 for the Dons

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Hambledon arrived for a match against 2nd placed Sarisbury without their Captain, two opening bowlers, and needing to find a new number six batsman. Without a win against Sarisbury in 3 years this was looking like a pretty tough day when stand in skipper Atkins lost the toss and the hosts were inserted on an interesting ridge meadow wicket. The opening pair struggled to find fluency but put on a crucial 41 before Humphrey departed to a trademark LBW dismissal. Collings-Wells then fell for 22 as the dons struggled to build momentum. Cycling enthusiast Rob Atkins was then on his bike, run out, as wickets started to fall. As wickets continued to fall Nono Pongolo was hitting the ball nicely, however was running out of partners. He put on a crucial 30 with John Barrett for the 9th wicket before being stranded on 37 not out.

After a disappointing batting display, a comeback tea from Sue Turner cheered everyone up, and as usual received rave reviews from the opposition, great tea.

Sarisbury seemed in a bit of a rush early doors and Nono Pongolo blasted both openers out with a quick and accurate spell. Mark Woodman then showed all of his village cup form in an exceptional spell, which saw him take 3 wickets, all clean bowled. Shinn followed Pongolo and bowled a spell of 8 overs for 9 runs, outrageous. This included the crucial wicket of their skipper, who was trying to juggle his batting role with a part time commentary stint. Sarisbury then dug in and the dons went for a spell without a wicket, however kept the scoring to a minimum. Will Mann then bowled an exceptional wide and the batsman attempted a two, only to be fooled by Kyle Shinn's lazy appearance at fine leg, and was run out with a great throw. Collings-Wells then dismissed the number 9 with Will Mann taking a steepling catch. The next pair batted really well and the dons struggled for a break though. Pongolo finished his spell and was seen off by the opposition and CW and Marshall desperately searched for the final wickets. CW got the 9th wicket when it looked as if the dons were heading for defeat, before miserly bowling from Marshall and Shinn forced Sarisbury into a close run, and renowned bottler D. Humphrey ran out the number 11 to raucous celebration. Top two sides beaten in consecutive weeks, great stuff from the dons!

1s see off league leaders

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Due to lack of interest/losing, the match reports have been few and far between in recent times. Brief recap, Liphook's tea was disappointing, Hook's was the best away tea in the league so far, exceptional!

Ian Turner used his seniority to arrive at the ground just in time for the toss, decided to bat and bowled a single ball in his jeans before putting his feet up. As senior player moments go this was the best of the season. The ball was doing a fair amount early on and Humphrey nicked off for 12. Atkins and Collings Wells rebuilt, with CW in particularly ropey form. He departed for an ugly 31 and Marshall followed. Pongolo and Atkins then put on an important partnership, Atkins looking in great form, cutting well and occasionally shifting up the gears so much he hit the ball in the air! Atkins was dismissed for 70, bat before wicket, to leave the dons 152-4. Hewitt was run out and then Pongolo started to accelerate, with the dons easy over 200 with another 50 from Nono, before falling for another attempted scoop. Some lusty blows from Ian Turner saw the visitors to 224-9 at the close.

Tea was advertised at £55 in the changing rooms and the dons were expecting big. The cups of tea were good, and the sweet selection was good, with Mr Kipling representing in the New Forest. However, the savoury was a touch underwhelming. Still, it did a job, and the clubhouse/seating system was exceptional. 6.5/10

The dons were fired up sensing an unlikely victory and started very well, Hewitt and Hetherington very accurate. The opposition were only 1 down when Nono came into the attack, and he ran through their upper and middle order, taking four wickets with unstoppable bowling. Turner chipped in with two in two and suddenly the dons had the previously unbeaten leaders 60-7. The match seemed in the bag however the 9th wicket partnership had other ideas. Both swinging hard there was a shift in momentum, with the number 8 registering a 25 ball 50 as, not for the first time this season, the dons wilted under pressure from the opposition. Rupert removed the number 9 however the hitting continued. Finally, the in batsman offered up a chance off Turner, and Dom Humphrey dropped an absolute sitter! He continued hitting however Marshall dismissed him for a brilliant 80, Humphrey making amends. The final pair put together a very good partnership to take it to the last over, with Hewitt, Pongolo and Marshall bowling the last three overs for 10 runs. Despite beating the league leaders the dons were slightly disappointed with how close it got, however a great win nevertheless!