151 from Chris Pratt helps Dons get back into winning form

Chris Pratt is presented with a bottle of Hambledon Vineyards bubbly after his score of 151 against New Milton

The 1st XI on Saturday made a return to winning form with a 109-run victory over New Milton.

Chris Pratt next to the scoreboard showing his 151

The Dons posted a total of 338 for 5 from their 50 overs, built on a 228 run opening partnership between Chris Pratt and George Marshall, who was first to fall for 81. The opening stand of 228 is the highest in recent memory.

Chris went on to score 151 from 137 balls, including 24 fours and 2 sixes. Further contributions from Justin Behrens (51) and Will Parvin (24 not out) set a target for New Milton which was always going to be challenging. A four-wicket hall from Behrens, and wickets also for Dan Mugford, Ollie Bembridge and Ian Turner saw the visitors all out for 233, and a welcome win for the Dons after a run of losses.

Earlier in the day, Hambledon Youth player Seb Rowland received his 1st team cap, still a few weeks short of his 15th birthday. Although not called upon to bat, Seb kept wicket with great maturity, taking two catches and one stumping.

The 1sts will be hoping to build on this win this weekend as they host Ventnor at the Ridge...

Wicket-keeper Seb Rowland is presented with his 1st XI cap by skipper Spencer Le-Clercq
Back row: Ben Harding, Will Parvin, Harry Thistlethwaite, Ian Turner, Dan Mugford, Chris Pratt
Front row: Justin Behrens, Seb Rowland (wk), Spenser Le-Clercq (c), Oliver Bembridge, George Marshall