Sixes proves a day of two halves

The Dons endured a tough day as they finished fifith in the Hartley Wintney six-a-side competition.

The club's under-13s won two of their four game in a very tight tournament, which was eventually settled on battling and bowling points as well as success in skills challenges.

Hambledon faced Cove in their first game, with the Berkshire outfit crashing 55 in their five overs. The young Dons launched a brave reply but eventually fell 10 runs short.

Next up were the home side and, after skipper Will Hardman had asked them to bat, they rattled up 57. Once again the reply fell short, this time by 27 runs.

However, the afternoon brought an improvement in fortunes.

Some big hitting by Finlay Rockett helped the youngsters compile a total of 49 against Bagshott (Surrey). And the under-13s defended it superbly with very accurate bowling.

Warming to their task - and batting first - the Dons scored 40 against Basingstoke, which seemed at least 10 runs short of a winning score.

However, after the first two overs Basingstoke were three for two, following wickets for Alec Younger and Tom Toogood. And they never never recovered, giving the Dons a five-run victory.

Pictured: Alec Younger, Ollie Southon, Will Hardman, Fin Rockett, Louis Matovu, Tom Toogood and Sam Phillips