Hambledon played Sparsholt in the regional final of the village cup and the dons won the toss, deciding to bat. The Sparsholt opening bowlers started well as Hambledon were forced to block out the first few overs. Collings Wells started to accelerate and Lavous, who had played a dreadful raincard, picked up a few singles. At drinks the dons were 74-0, with JCW bringing up his 50 with a glorious pull shot. Lavous, who's girlfriend was watching on, decided that he was punching too far above his weight to leave her to watch in peace, and was dismissed for 21. This brought Jimbo to the crease, and the new pair ran Sparsholt ragged, with Scutt feeling the effects of a terrible decision to wear two shirts to the crease. JCW continued to accelerate and started belting the ball absolutely everywhere, with the help of some questionable fielding positions as well as an improved ridge meadow pitch. He brought up his hundred shortly before drinks, before ensuring that the Sparsholt attack was deleted. He fell on 123, with Jimbo carrying on his good work to reach 60 before Hambledon decided to get all out for no good reason.
Tea watch! Dee Hewitt stepped up today and proved that the dons are quite simply the best whoever is in charge. With such an endless supply of outstanding tea ladies there must be considerable jealously from other clubs. This tea saw the return of coronation chicken, as well as cookies, pre-made strawberry topped scones and fruit kebabs. Dee was also able to put aside some scones for the tea critic after the game, a good choice. 8.75/10
Sparsholt started positively with one of the opening batsman convinced that it would be his name in the local paper in the morning. However, he was dismissed by the ever reliable Mark Woodman, as the opening bowlers ran through the top order. Dan Hewitt was busy compiling his first good spell of the year, with no extras at all! Two wickets a piece from the openers. After that there was a little partnership, however Collings Wells took two wickets and Le Clercq one, with CW serving up half pies half unplayable deliveries. Le Clercq served up pies and was dispatched several times. Kyle Shinn returned to replace Le Clercq, and finished the game with an angry spell of bowling, taking three wickets. The dons now travel to Gloucestershire to play Rockhampton..a big thanks for the fans for great support.