Rolling back the years

Evergreen all-rounder Mark Le Clercq rolled back the years to give Hambledon II their second league win in three matches against Portsmouth & Southsea II.

The ageing club stalwart put in a vintage performance with both ball and bat to give the under-strength second team an early-season boost.

Despite having several players missing (and only eight players at the ground at 2pm), a bold decision by the skipper to put P&S into bat first paid off as Lecky first took six wickets for 39 runs in his ten-over spell with three excellent catches in the deep from Wayne Norman.

Unfortunately that didn't stop newly promoted Portsmouth & Southsea from reaching 225-7 in their 45 overs with 77 from captain Steve Clements and a nice cameo from former Hambledon colt Ash Fooks, making a welcome return to his old stomping ground.

Despite losing Jamie Lewis early on, veteran Le Clercq steadied to boat with an innings of concentration mixed with controlled aggression.

Supported by Paul Brighton (18) and young Ollie Lewis (28), Hambledon still had it all to do at 110-3 after 28 overs.

But an excellent unbeaten 118 partnership between Lecky and temporary new recruit Adam Smith (38no) saw Hambledon home to a welcome seven-wicket victory.

An exhausted Le Clercq completed his 18th century for the club with two fours in the penultimate over before staggering off the field for a well-deserved pint.

There was a further shock after the game when Lecky bought a jug!