Successful week for Under 13s

Hambledon under-13s are celebrating a fine week after chalking up a winning double.

The B team started their season with a comprehensive 54-run victory over Sarisbury on Monday and then 24 hours later the A side edged a tight contest with Burridge.

Harry Hoolahan (32 not out) and Tom Toogood (25 not out) led the way for the Bs as they racked up a competitive 115 for three batting first against Sarisbury.

The side, which included four under-11s in their line-up, then pressed home their advantage in the field.

Jamie Houlberg picked up a wicket with his first ball and, under the command of skipper Toogood, the young bowling attack took control of the game.

Henry Wood, Joe Beard, Hoolahan and Tom Bloomer all picked up wickets, while the captain bagged a brace.

Ed Moger also producing a stunning piece of fielding to complete a run out - the highlight of the game - as Sarisbury closed on 61 for eight.

The A team's clash with Burridge was a much tighter affair as the Dons lost the toss and were put into the field.

The Burridge openers were well in control until Finlay Rockett picked up the first wicket - caught behind by keeper Henry Glanfield.

And after a brief fight back from Burridge, Hambledon restricted their late push for runs with a clatter of wickets.

Rockett finished with one for five, while 11-year-old Jamie Gammell took three for 20 as Burridge closed on 94 for seven.

Hambledon started their reply slowly as tight bowling from Toby Hett and Alec Damley-Jones restricted them to just eight runs from the first five overs.

But the Dons' patience was rewarded as Jack Thistlethwayte took control with two sixes and retired on an excellent 30.

Then after losing the wickets of Hoolahan and Rockett, it was down to Glanfield and Gammell to see the team through in gathering gloom, with only one over to spare.