Brighton rocks

Paul Brighton returned from injury in style with a match-winning 71 for Hambledon IIs against West Moors.

The 30something batsman, out since July with a shoulder injury sustained in the gym, made up for lost time with a super knock that stopped the rot for the Dons after two disappointing losses.

An aggressive start to the game saw Mark Le Clercq (34), Alex Leach (29) and Eddie Lewis (28) all get in before holing out going for big shots.

Hambledon slipped from 54-0 to 105-4 before Brighton provided some much-needed backbone to the Dons often brittle middle-order.

He enjoyed a 50-run seventh wicket partnership with Will Mann (25) to help Hambledon reach 229 on a difficult, popping pitch.

West Moors started well, putting on 72 for the first wicket, before the bowlers took control to reduce the home side to 115 all out.

Le Clercq (3-12) made it 28 league wickets for the season helped by Leach (3-16), Cam Prentice (3-35) and Rob Tusler (1-12 off seven overs) to give the Dons a maximum 28 points.

Hambledon now take on third placed Bramshaw next week and second placed Bransgore as they attempt to secure a top five slot for the season.