Andover clash subject to inspection as second team are called off

Hambledon's opening Southern Electric Premier League division two clash is subject to Friday afternoon inspection (4.30pm).

But the second string's fixture at Emsworth has already been cancelled due to a waterlogged outfield.

After recent heavy rain, a panel umpire will run the rule over the Ridge Meadow pitch ahead of Saturday's first-team showdown with Andover.

Despite the doubts, new skipper Dan Hewitt named his first competitive squad today.

Following the departure of Jack Lavous, fellow left-hander Toby de Mellow is set to take over at the top of the order alongside James Scutt.

Rob Atkins, Greg Hill - making a short-term comeback after moving to Berkshire, Hewitt, Nick Scutt - who keeps the gloves, James Atkinson and Paul Vickers make up a powerful middle order.

Meanwhile, Cameron Prentice, Will Mann and Rupert Hetherington will be looking to make their mark with the ball.