Few high-fives but plenty of positives at Highfield

Hambledon III suffered defeat at Highfield.

Having struggled to find 11 players all week, the third team arrived at Highfield with few expectations.

The wicket looked like a road and Highfield II won the toss and decided to bat before both openers struck 50s after being dropped by the skipper at long on.

It looked ominous for the visitors before Matt Radford took the long on position and a superb catch in the next over removed the number one batsman, with the score on 94 after only 12 overs.

The final score of 228 for eight represented something of a comeback for Hambledon and four points were already in the bag.

Steve Ripiner took three wickets on debut, with Paul Jackson grabbing two and Brian Vickers (one) also bowling steadily.

After some inspirational words of wisdom from the skipper, the Hambledon openers smashed 88 off the first 10 overs before Matt Radford was bowled for 46.

Jon Bridgman went soon after for 39 and Jack Dyer for a stylish 25.

Double figures from Tim Rogers (15), Wayne Norman (18) and Ripiner (19) kept Hambledon in contention but they were eventually bowled out for 194, losing by 34 runs but gaining 10 points in the process.

Skipper Martyn Shinn said: 'It was an excellent performance full of positives for the season ahead.'