Thirds suffer defeat

Hambledon's third string suffered defeat at the hands of Southampton Community II.

The team gathered at the Bat & Ball on a cold, damp day which was more like autumn than summer.

Skipper Martyn Shinn lost the toss and Hambledon were put in to bat.

In the 19th over Hambledon were 73 for one and looking good - but by the 21st over they had slumped to 84 for four and had lost momentum.

Eventually Hambledon reached 161 for eight - thanks to a stylish 83 off 89 balls by Phil Silvester (his first ever half century for the club).

Unfortunately, Martyn Shinn (17) and Wayne Norman (14) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Phil Silvester followed his superb batting performance by taking the first four wickets in the Southampton Community reply - finishing with figures of four for 30 off 10 overs - and then running out the number five batsman with a direct hit!

Unfortunately, the other bowlers struggled for consistency and Southampton Community II reached 162 for seven in the 31st over.

Skipper Shinn said: 'A very disappointing day for all, except the excellent Phil Silvester!'