King crowns perfect start for Hambledon 2s

Teenager Graeme King proved that six months playing cricket in Australia was time well spent as he helped Hambledon II get off to a perfect start in county division 4 south.

Despite sporting a rather ridiculous Aussie accent, Kinger carried his bat for an unbeaten 90 to see off an experienced Havant III team at Hayling Park.

The new look Hambledon team, with eight changes from this time last year, braved drizzle and freezing conditions to gain maximum points in their first league outing of the season.

Havant won the toss and elected to field but lost Southern League old hand Dominic Carson in the first over to a great catch by the returning Justin Waldron.

At 70-1 off ten overs, Havant looked in control, especially as Mike Reed scored an unbeaten 90.

But fifteen-year-old Will Mann, who took the first wicket, produced excellent match figures of 4-30 off 9.3 overs to peg Havant back.

He was ably supported by Waldron (2-40) and newcomer Peter Fowler who finished with 2-29 as Havant were bowled out for 175.

In a rain-reduced 38 over match, King and fellow opener Jamie Lewis (66) responded superbly in reply - putting on an opening stand of 172 to secure a nine-wicket victory.