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16th September – HNBCC take T20 glory!
HNBCC achieved a massive victory tonight over South Wilts to become the 2018 SPL T20 Cup winners. Congratulations to the squad and backroom guys who made this possible.
South Wilts 187 - 7 (Shane Brewer 2-19, Rhodes Franklin 2-35)
HNBCC 188-6 (Josh Buckingham 84, Matt Love 35, Rhodes Franklin 35*)
2nd September – HNBCC retain Guy Jewell Trophy in convincing win against Basingstoke
In a repeat of last year's final, HNBCC put up a masterly defence of their title in a convincing display against close rivals Basingstoke at the Bounty. But let's hear it from T20 skipper, Josh Buckingham:
"Unbelievable win today against a strong Basingstoke side. Batting first we got off to a great start with Jordan Hobday and Rich Willcock opening the batting. A great partnership between Matthew Love and Matthew Buckingham (87) who smashed it to all parts put us in a great position! A superb knock by Rhodes Franklin with a quick-fire 30* got us up to 206. After a strong start for Basingstoke, Rhodes managed to drag them back with some key wickets, before some great spells by Liam Shore and Rich Willcock. Despite a great knock by Ben Thane(109*) we got over the line, and won by around 20 runs. Thanks to Ian Simpson and Joel Buckingham for all of their hard work, and to everyone who came to show their support."
1st September Week 18 – 1s end SPL campaign on a low but go up a place to finish 7th
So the SPL Division 1 season has also finished as Andover completed a double over HNBCC at KGV. Andover batted first and posted a respecteable 237 with Anik Divecha picked of the bowlers with 3 for 26. HNBCC threatened briefly but failed to capitalise on some good starts (Jordan Hobday 38, Matt Buckingham 39) and the innings gradually subsided to 218 all out. A disappointing end to the season, but given the substantial change to the make-up of the side pre-season, a 7th place position would have seemed more than acceptable 4 months ago.
27th August – Regional T20 Under 19 Finals Day at Calmore Sports today
HNBCC Under 19s came close to taking the Regional Under 19 title at Calmore Sports today but just fell short in the Final. In the semi-final, HNBCC restricted Portsmouth to 125-9 with 4 wickets each for Liam Shore and Charlie Neville. In reply, an unbeaten 51 from Harry Robson, supported by Rhodes Franklin, Rupert Armstrong and Ollie Hewetson-Brown, helped HNBCC knock off the runs for the loss of only 2 wickets in 16 overs.
The final against Bashley Rydal proved a stearner test. Batting first, HNBCC were limited to 121 off their 20 overs, Harry Robson again top scoring on 25. Despite a middle-order collapse, Bashley held their nerve and ran out 4 wicket winners in the last over.
Well played lads throughout the campaign, including a good number who couldn't make it to Finals day.
HNBCC Presentation Evening & Dinner
25th August Week 17 – 1s and 2s avoid relegation, 3s finish creditable 5th, while promoted 4s miss out as champions
So the HCL season has drawn to a close with the 2nd XI (HCL CD1) and 3rd XI (HCL CD3N) staying where they are for next season while the 4th XI are promoted to HCL CD4N, all subject of course to HCL ratification and potential team withdrawals. The 1st XI also retain their place in SPL Division 1 with next week's match still to play as Hartley Wintney and Liphook & Ripsley cannot avoid relegation.
In today's matches, a weakened 1st XI visited already champions Bournemouth and restricted the home side to 216 for 9. In reply, HNBCC could only muster 100 with Harry Warner top scorer with 41, and drop from 5th to 8th in SPL Div 1. Hopefully a strong performance against Andover next week will see them finish mid-table.
The 2nd XI were still threatened with relegation from HCL Div 1 as they entertained Ropley at KGV. The visitors batted first and posted 205 all out, with skipper Kev Light taking 4-46. In reply, three half centuries by Jordan Hobday (50), Alex Brown (50), and Kev Light (53) assured HNBCC a 4 wicket win though as a whole this was a disappointing season for the 2nd XI.
The 3s with still an outside chance of promotion were not so successful at league leaders Redlynch & Hale in HCL CD3N. The hosts amassed an impressive target of 267 which HNBCC were never able to threaten though skipper Vinny Gardner signed off the season with an unbeaten half century as HNBCC closed out at 175 for 8. All in all, 5th place marks a good season for the 3rd XI.
Last but by no means least, the top of the table clash between Holybourne 1st XI and a weakened HNBCC 4th XI was somewhat of an anti climax as the 4s innings never got going and ended at 119 all out. The visitors reply was untroubled and they reached their target without losing a wicket. An outstanding season for the 4th XI ensuring back to back promotions; well done skipper Tony Robson.
18th August Week 16 – TBA
11th August Week 15 – TBA
4th August Week 14 – 1s and 3s back to winning ways, 4s march on as 2s misfire
Down at Pompey in SPL Div 1, a superior Jordan Hobday ton (127) laid the foundation for the 1st XI’s seemingly under par total of 229, Matt Love being the next highest scorer with 26. In reply, Portsmouth lost two early wickets and were never able to build partnerships as HNBCC’s spin duo of Rhodes Franklin (4-39) and Anik Divecha (3-23) took control of the game. Jordan Hobday also contributed with 4 catches as the home side declined to 143 all out, easing the 1s relegation concerns.
At KGV in HCL CD1, the 2nd XI couldn’t hold a friendly Easton & MW side as the visitors posted a competitive 241 for 7 off their 50 overs. In reply, HNBCC fell 18 runs short on 223 for 7.
In HCL CD3N, HNBCC 3rd XI hosted RAM 1st XI in an entertaining game at Rotherwick. The visitors elected to bat first and made a rapid start but tight bowling and fielding eventually restricted RAM to 221 all out, James Dovey (4-37) and Barry Goodman (3-26) having the most notable bowling figures. HNBCC’s reply was the antithesis of RAM’s as the run rate fell well behind that required. Enter Will Wyatt whose 65 off 20 balls turned the game in HNBCC’s favour before Barry Goodman’s 51 and Will Gee’s 31 finished the game off with 3 wickets in hand.
A strangely aged looking 4th XI turned up at Stratton Park in HCL RD1NE to take on Sherfield-on-Loddon. The visitors posted a creditable 182 for 8 despite skipper Tony Robson’s spell of 5-33. In reply, Robson continued his domination of the game with 82 in a century opening stand with Alex Campbell (56*), Jon Webster chipping in with 22* to secure a 9 wicket win for HNBCC.
28th July Week 13 – 1s, 2s and 3s go down, as 4s march on
No reports this weekend due to lateness of Play Cricket scorecards. You can see results on Play Cricket.
22nd July – HNBCC through to another SPL T20 semi-final
Putting the previous days surprise defeat against Hartley Wintney behind them, HNBCC demolished SPL Premier side Bashley (Rydal) in the quarter-final of the T20 at Bashley. Batting first, HNBCC posted an impressive 193 for 6, courtesy of a quick-fire 75 off 43 balls by Jordan Hobday, supported by 38 from Rhodes Franklin and 30 from Matt Buckingham. The home side were never in the chase and ended on 130 for 8 thanks to a great all-round bowling and fielding performance.
Semi-final against Hartley Wintney on Sunday 12th August at KGV, Hook, 15.00 start.
21st July Week 12 – Only 4s throw a shaft of light on otherwise gloomy day
After last week's euphoria, fortunes took a downturn for all but the 4s in this week's round of matches. Away to Easton & MW, the 4th XI steam-roller continued its domination of HCL RD1NE. The home side set a reasonably competitive total of 182, most of the damage being caused by James Balcombe's 4 for 39, aided by 2 wickets each from Steve Cates and Glen Corbett. In reply HNBCC, it was James Balcombe who steadied the ship with 57 before a cameo 27 from Luke Burgess wrapped up proceddings with 3 wickets in hand.
No such glory for the 1st XI at Hartley Wintney as HNBCC, on a rain affected pitch, coukd only muster 169, with Jordan Hobday (60) failing to puishon from a great start. In reply, HNBCC made Hartley struggle but were unable to finish things off as the home side ran out 2 wickets winners, only their second win of the season leaving them in a relegation battle.
Another below par peformance for the 2nd XI at KGV in HCL CD3N as St Cross made the HNBCC bowlers toil, piling on 290 for 5. Only Jack Robson (45) and Ben Allnutt (57) looked remotely at home as HNBCC fell a hundred or so short.
Last, and probably least, the 3rd XI crashed to a comprehensive defeat by Steep at Rotherwick. Loose bowling allowed the visitors to rack up 214 for 6 with only Barry Goodmans 1-13 off 9 overs anywhere near what was required on a helpful pitch. HNBCC's innings never showed any sign of threatening the target against the visitos' tidy attack, and the innings mercifully ended on 76 all out.
Time for the 1s, 2s, and 3s to forget about this weekend and move ahead to better things.
14th July Week 11 – 1s end SPL drought, 2s run brought to abrupt end, 3s scrape home, 4s on a high
The mood at KGV took a welcome upturn as the 1st XI brought to an end their run of five straight SPL defeats by completing the double over Liphook & Ripsley. HNBCC batted first and made hard work of setting a competitive total as batters failed not capitalise on good starts, it was left to Jordan Hobday (60) to push the score to a respectable 242. The visitors started well but could not cope with HNBCC’s spin attacked of Rhodes Franklin (4-32) and Anik Divecha (2-17) backed up by Harry Warner (3-17) as their inning descended to 154 all out.
Not much fun at Burrage in HCL CD1 as HNBCC 2nd XI were shot for just 95 which the home team passed for the loss of 4 wicket, thus bringing to an end HNBCC’s run of three wins on the trot. Least said, soonest forgotten.
No slip-ups for the 3rd XI in HCL CD3N in a bizarre game at Chawton. Batting first HNBCC were in all sorts of trouble at 85 for 7, despite a quick fire 32 from Luca Wade, at which point late replacement Ollie James (51*) took control, aided by Luke Simpson (32), and together they pushed the score up to 180 all out. Chawton started like a train and stood at 111 for 1 off just 15 overs at which point veteran Barry Goodman (5-19) entered the attack and immediately caused chaos in the Chawton top and middle order as the home side slumped to 166 all out.
At Stratton Park, HNBCC 4th XI maintained their ascendency at the top of HCL RD1NE with a 7 wicket victory over Overton II. The visitors struggled to set a competitive total as Steve Cates and Alex Campbell with 3 wickets apiece limited their aspirations to 117 all out. HNBCC comfortably knocked off the runs for the loss of just 3 wickets as Jon Webster (57*) and James Watterson (42*) bringing home the points.
9th July - HNBCC Colts lead the way in Hampshire
Hot on the heals of the HNBCC Under 11s victory over Locks Heath in the Hampshire U11 Final last week, the HNBCC Under 15s defeated Fair Oak in the Hampshire U15 Final (the Colin Justice Trophy) which we have won 3 of the last 4 years. Congratulations to both teams and their coaches.
Under 11 Final Locks Heath 54 HNBCC 55 for 1
Under 15 Final HNBCC 107 for 6 Fair Oak 105
7th July Week 10 – 2s, 3s and 4s maintain good form while 1s slide continues
Concern for the 1st XI continues as they head towards a relegation battle in SPL Div 1 following their fifth consecutive defeat, this time at OTs & Romsey. The home side batted first and were struggling at 173 for 7 but a 50 partnership for the 8th wicket took them to 240 for 8, Rich Willcock the pick of the bowlers with 5-29. HNBCC’s top order never got going but 50s from Jordan Hobday and Rhodes Franklin gave some hope before the innings eventually subsided 16 runs short of its target.
To the contrary, the 2nd XI recorded their third victory on the trot in HCL CD1 against OTs & R II at KGV. Batting on a perfect track, HNBCC had five players exceed 20 but only Jack Robson (82) went on to punish the visitors’ attack, which conceded a massive 43 wides, but 281 for 8 looked a defendable total. OTs & R started strongly, posting 80 for the first wicket, before the spin attack of Kev Light (5-30) and Colin Lye (2-20) put the squeeze on the visitors who wilted in the heat to 171 all out.
Few worries for the 3rd XI who put promotion rivals Petersfield I to the sword on a very parched Rotherwick ground in HCL CD3N. Sent in to bat, HNBCC built their innings steadily and thanks to 50s from Dan Moore and Will Gee, helped by a quick-fire 26 from Will Wyatt, the home side set a substantial target of 232 for the loss of 7 wickets. Petersfield were looking good at 91 for 1 but their middle and lower order couldn’t take advantage of this position as the HNBCC spin attack of James Dovey (3-42) and Will Gardner (2-52) got among the wickets, and seamers Ollie May and Dan Moore cleared up the tail as the visitors were bowled out for 179. HNBCC remain 3rd in the league.
.Drama at Colden Common in HCL RD1NE where the result was decided on the last ball of the match. HNBCC 4th XI batted first and found runs hard to come by on a treacherous pitch which saw Nick Harding ferried to hospital with a cracked cheek-bone and gashed eye socket which required 9 stitches. Alex Campbell held the top of the innings together just as Tony Robson shepherded the lower order, and helped by some lusty blows from Andy Hook, a total of 144 for 9 was achieved. In reply, the HNBCC bowling attack kept things very tight to the extent that the home side need 9 to win off the last over from Luke Burgess who conceded only 7 resulting in a 1 run victory for the 4s. Notable 8 over figures 1-8 from Alex Campbell and 0-16 from Any Hook, while Glen Corbett took 2-37. HNBCC stay top of the league.
1st July – HNBCC book Quarter-Final place in SPL T20
Rich Willcock (73) and Jordan Hobday (66 in 22 balls) were in great form for the second day running in a comprehensive defeat of SPL Premier Division side Burridge at KGV. HNBCC racked up 212 off their 20 overs with good supporting knocks from Matt Love and Alex Brown. Burridge were unable to match the tempo and fell well short at 133 for 8 with the wickets shared out among the HNBCC bowling attack. We await the draw for the next round.
30th June Week 9 – 1s lose four in a row, 2s and 4s win with ease but 3s crash
Another disappointing outcome for the 1st XI in SPL Div 1 as they went down in a close game at Andover, a game which they'll feel they should have owon. Batting first, HNBCC progressed at a somewhat leisurely pace for the conditions, despite Rich Willcock’s 84, and it was left to Jordan Hobday (62) to add some impetus and get the score up to a respectable 245 for 9. The home side were never too far behind the required rate despite good spells from Rich Willcock, Harry Warner and Rhodes Franklin. Wickets were hard to come by and eventually Andover reached their target with just 2 balls to spare for the loss of 5 wickets.
The 2nd XI’s stock continues to rise in HCL Div 1 with a comprehensive beating of Andover II at KGV. It was very much the Josh Balcombe show as the youngster took 5-17 in his 10 overs to help reduce the visitors to 107 all out, aided by Kerr Franklin’s 3-26. The runs were knocked off mainly by Jack Robson (57*) and Sam Bruin (33) in the 18th over.
At Rotherwick in HCL Div 3N, it was a horrific day for the Dirty Birds (3rd XI) as they were shot out by visitors OT & R IIIs for just 77. The visitors took only 10 overs to take the win, for the loss of just 1 wicket.
No such concerns for the imperious 4th XI as they recorded a satisfying victory over St Mary’s at Newfound. With HNBCC bowling first, it was the Hook family who dominated proceedings with dad (Peter) taking 4-27 and son (Andy) 3-20, restricting the home side to 133. In reply, a solid 52* from Nick Harding steered HNBCC to a 5 wicket victory and continued presence at the top of HCL RD1NE.
23rd June Week 8 – Three wins but 1s losing streak continues
All in all, a positive weekend for the Club with the 3rd and 4th XI in contention for promotion places, while the 2nd XI recorded their second win to ease their relegation worries.
However, the 1st XI continue their slide down the table in SPL Div 1. Playing a strong Bournemouth team at KGV, the visitors batted first and posted a respectable 263 for 7 with only Anik Divecha (3-29) causing any difficulties. HNBCC’s innings never got going and despite a hard fought 40 for skipper Matt Love, the visitors’ attack skittled HNBCC for just 144.
A tight game at Rowledge saw the 2nd XI sneak home by just 10 runs. HNBCC had first knock and the top 4, Harry Robson (27), Sam Bruin (28), Kevin Light (36) and Will Gardner (35) all got runs before the innings tailed away to 210 for 9. The home side’s reply started badly as Liam Shore (4-18, welcome back) ripped through the top 3 before the middle order staged what looked like a match-winning recovery, only for Ollie May (2-12) and Colin Lye (2-39) to mop up the lower order.
Down west at Steeple Langford, the 3rd XI found wickets hard to come by as the home side racked up 209 for 6 with 2 wickets for Barry Goodman. In-form Charlie Neville (82) put HNBCC on the front foot and it was left to skipper Vinny Gardner (22*) supported by Luke Simpson (42) to steer the team home for the loss of 7 wickets, pushing HNBCC up to second place in HCL CD3N.
HNBCC 4th XI are also in second place in HCL RD1NE after another convincing performance at Stratton Park against visitors Petersfield 2nd XI. Batting first, the visitors were reduced to 45 for 6 as Charlie Bland (4-20) got stuck into the top order. A fifty partnership for the 7th wicket was followed by a swift end to their innings, with Glen Corbett and James Balcombe picking up 2 wickets apiece. HNBCC also got off to a bad start but from 22 for 4, Tony Robson (38*) and James Balcombe (42*) saw the side home without further loss inside 30 overs.
17th June - HNBCC seals SPL T20 victory
A close-fought T20 1st round tie at KGV saw HNBCC squeeze past OTs & Romsey, the winning margin being 14 runs in a low scoring game. HNBCC posted 122 thanks to 54 from Matt Buckingham. OT's innings looked good at 75 for 2 but spinners Anik Divecha (4-19), Rhodes Franklin (2-18) and Harry Warner (2-20) strangled the visitor's middle order to set up a second round home fixture against Premier division side Burridge on 1st July.
16th June Week 7 - 1s and 2s sinking, 3s and 4s flying
The 1st XI suffered their second defeat of the season in SPL Div 1 at the hands of last year’s un-promoted champions Calmore Park. Electing to bat first, HNBCC struggled from the start and soon found themselves at 12 for 3. Only Jordan Hobday (32) and Harry Warner (26) topped 20 and the target of 126 never looked like a winning score. Calmore teetered at 73 for 5 but had enough in the tank to struggle across the line for the loss of 7 wickets. Rhodes Franklin (3-29) and Shane Brewer (2-26) were the pick of the HNBCC bowlers.
At KGV, the 2nd XI were well beaten by Fareham & Crofton who batted first and posted 257 for 7, Liam Shore, Kish Parmar and Colin Lye picking up 2 wickets apiece. In reply, only Jack Robson (44) and Colin Lye (37) showed the required level of skills and the 2nd XI innings stuttered to a disappointing end at 182 for 9.
Better news for the high flying 3rd XI who secured second spot in CD3N with a comprehensive demolition of IBM Hursley. Batting first, HNBCC posted 192 thanks mainly to Will Gee’s 66 not out. Any doubt that this might not be sufficient were assuaged by Will Wyatt (3-14), Ollie May (2-16) who reduced IBM to 41 for 5 and then Will Gardner’s 4-13 spell helped send the last 5 wickets spinning for just 7 runs,
Over at Ropley, the 4th XI continued their early season form with an impressive batting display, setting a target of 258 for the loss of only 3 wickets. James Watterson (46), Ollie James (52), Glenn Corbett (65*) and Mike Dyer (52) dominated the Ropley attack. The home side were always behind the required run rate and settled for 182 for 7 at the end of the day, securing HNBCC’s position at the top of RD1NE.
2nd June Week 5 - Clean sweep rings the bell!
As rare as a blue moon, all 4 sides brought home victories to prompt the first ringing of the clubhouse bell for at least a season or two. And all 4 sides were playing against opposition 1st or only XIs. Congratulations to one and all!
At KGV, the 1st XI flirted with defeat against visiting Portsmouth but scoreboard pressure proved its value once again. HNBCC notched up a slightly below par target of 244 for 7, thanks largely to 50s from Matt Love (55) and Matt Buckingham (68), in reply to which the visitors got off to a rapid start standing 120 for 1 after 21 overs. At this point the HNBCC slow bowling trio of Anik Divecha (1-31), Rhodes Franklin (3-47), and Nick Willcock (3-38) started to turn the screw and the Pompey scoring rate subsided to such an extent that they fell 3 runs short with the final pair at the crease. So HNBCC stay top of SPL Division 1 and are unbeaten this season.
Better news for the 2nd XI came from US Portsmouth where HNBCC recorded their first victory of the campaign in a bizarre game on an uncharacteristically tricky wicket. Batting first, HNBCC struggled to make any sort of total and at 48 for 9 were a sure bet for a fourth straight defeat. However, cometh the hour, cometh the man in the form of No. 11, Colin Lye (39*), who with the help of Kish Parmar as 10th wicket partner, managed to lift the score to 104. The hosts found the going hard work too but at 73 for 4 must have fancied their chances. But the they didn’t bargain on the dual spin attack of Josh Balcombe (5-18) and skipper Kevin Light (3-6) who demolished the last 6 wickets at the cost of a mere 7 runs as US Pompey were rolled over for 80! HNBCC move up to 13th place in HCL CD1.
Life was much easier for the 3rd XI who got back to winning ways at Amport. HNBCC openers Charlie Neville (87) and Ollie H-B (38) put on a century opening partnership which formed the basis of a more than useful total of 241 for 8. After a steady start, the home side lost wickets regularly and came up a 100 runs shy at 138 all out; 3 wickets for Ollie H-B, and 2 each for James Dovey and Luke Burgess. HNBCC move up to 5th in HCL CD3N.
The 4th XI travelled to Southampton (an unusual part of North-East Hampshire?) where hosts, Sporting Wessex, had only 9 men, batted first and could only muster a total of 56 runs, Glen Corbett (4-4) and Alex Campbell (3-18) doing the damage. For HNBCC, Nick Harding and Mike Dyer easily secured a 9-wicket victory. HNBCC remain top of HCL RD1NE.
26th May Week 4 - Super 1s plough on, 2s woes continue, 3s suffer first defeat, and 4s get cancelled
HNBCC 1st XI continued their early season form with a thumping victory over joint league leaders, Ventnor. Batting first, Rich Willcock scored an imperious 136 as HNBCC racked up 337 for 9 in ther 50 overs. Useful supporting knocks came from Josh Buckingham (25), Matt Love (23) and Alex Brown (31) but after un unsteady period, it was Rhodes Franklin (54*) who finished the innings off in style. After tea, HNBCC made early inroads into the Ventnor top order but despite a threatening 4th wicket partnership, Ventnor's middle order and tail capitulated at the feet of Shane Brewer who snapped up 6 wicket for just 26 off his 10 overs. A great win.
Further grief was the order of the day for the 2nd XI at KGV in their defeat against Longparish. Batting first, the visitors started well but were pegged back by good spells from Kerr Franklin (3-25) and skipper, Kevin Light (3-40), eventually posting a very gettable 235 all out. HNBCC's batting struggled throughout, with the exception of Andy Darmody (66), and never looked like overhauling their target as Longparish ran out 50 runs winners. Nevertheless, 9 points was not a bad reward fot the 2nd XI who lie in the bottom 3 of HCL CD1.
The 3rd XI's good start to the season came to an end at the hands of local rivals Hartley Wintney 2nd XI. Put in to bat on a very damp track, HNBCC struggled to amass a challenging total but good contriburions from Charlie Neville (66), Mike Dyer (34) and Luke Simpson (28) pushed the score up to 189 for 9 at half way. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, the visitors pressed on and eventaully passed the HNBCC total in the 42 over for the loss of 6 wickets. Charlie Neville and Luke Burgess took 2 wickets a piece.
The 4th XI game at Stratton Park against Odiham & Greywell 3rd XI was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
19th May Week 3 - 1s secure derby win, 2s go down again, 3s supreme, and 4s scrape home
HNBCC 1st XI sit on top of SPL Division 1 following a resounding victory over local rivals Hartley Wintney at KGV. After a runaway start, HW were restricted by the home spin attack of Divecha (1-36), Franklin (2-40) and Willcock (2-32) to 230 for 8. In reply, Rich Willcock (37) and Josh Buckingham (38) gave HNBCC a fast start before Matt Love (70*) and Matt Buckingham (40) set up the victorious finale.
More disappointment for the 2nd XI as they still await their first win. Setting a target of 219 for the loss of 9 wickets, largely thanks to 66 from Kerr Franklin, HNBCC could not contain Hythe & Dibden who ran out winners by 3 wickets.
The 3rd XI continued their impressive start to the season with a handsome victory at Liphook & Ripsley. HNBCC posted a formidable total of 308 for 4 of which Matt Taylor (118*) scored a maiden senior ton and Ian Neville (60*) and then bowled out the home team for 205.
A nail-biting finish at the Home of Cricket (aka Stratton Park) went in favour of HNBCC 4th XI as visitors Oakley fell 9 runs short of the 149 target. Mike Dyer (52) and Tony Robson (34*) gave the 4s a fighting chance but it was Glen Corbett’s 5-25 that swung the game their way.
12th May Week 2 - All games abandoned
All four games were victims of the weather as rain curtailed matches after a couple of hours.
5th May Week 1 Encouraging Start to the 2018 Season
With 3 victories out of 4, HNBCC made a strong start to the season.
A new-look, much-changed 1st XI limited OT & Romsey to 124 at the KGV (which included 26 wides!) thanks to impressive bowling all round, but particularly from pick of the bowlers Ben Peart (4-24, welcome back) and Anik Divecha (2-27). In reply, several batsmen made a start but a 50 partnership between the two Matts (Buckingham and Love) set up the win with 18 overs to spare.
The 2nd XI fared less well, despite setting up a reasonable first day target of 224 helped by Jordan Hobday (71) and Ben Allnutt (47). However, Shrewton had other ideas and clubbed their way to victory in just 31 overs, this time helped by 33 wides.
At Michelmersh, the 3rd XI were put in to bat on a very soft wicket, posting a respectable total of 172, aided mainly by 53 from Elliott Walker, 41* from Matt Taylor and 37 from skipper Vinny Gardner. With HNBCC in the field, wickets fell regularly and there were some impressive 3s debuts for Josh Balcombe, Luke Burgess and Charlie Neville with 2 wickets a piece.
Last but not least, the 4th XI had a comfortable victory over Old Basing 3rd XI at Stratton Park (Home of Cricket!). Batting first, the visitors struggled to 129/8 off their 40 overs with wickets spread about between the bowlers. HNBCC’s response started poorly until Luca Wade (57, welcome back) and skipper, Tony Robson (44*), took control and their partnership all but steered the 4s to an opening victory.
Opening League weekend of 2018 season looked forward to with anticipation
With the departure of a number of players over the winter and the return of some old friends, the make-up of all four league sides takes on a fresh appearance and is very much the result of the Club's investment in youth cricket over recent years. There is no doubt this will be a challenge to many of our talented youngsters playing in a higher level of cricket but hopefully our more seasoned players will provide them with encouragement and 'arm round the shoulder' as they find their feet. Good luck to all our teams and may they uphold the Spirit of Cricket. (See below for the opening week's fixtures).
Pre-season all but wiped out by English climate
Only one of the eight scheduled pre-season friendly matches was played as a result of the worst spring weather in recent memory (although the meteorologists will no doubt refute such an assertion). Anyway, it means that all HNBCC teams go into the first league weekend largely unprepared but we can console ourselves that the rest of Hampshire is in the same boat. Thanks go to Mortimer West End who managed to stage a game last Sunday against Vinny's all stars.
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2017 Final League Positions (subject to ratification)
1st XI (SPL Division 1) - currently 4th with an average of 14.64 with one game to go.
2nd XI (HCL CD1) - 6th with an average of 16.29
3rd XI (HCL CD3N) - 14th with an average of 12.67
4th XI (HCL RD2NE) - 3rd with an average 18.18 (Promoted)
5th XI (HCL RD3NE) - 12th with an average of 1.44 (2 mtaches conceded)
Cup Fever - some you win, some you lose
Guy Jewell Cup
Our GJ "A" team convincingly won the Guy Jewell on Sunday morning against Basingstoke & NH at the Bounty. A large HNBCC crowd saw their heros restrict Basingstoke to 104 for 8 in their 20 overs with Kevin Poulter and Anik Divecha both returning figures of 2 for 19. In reply, Ben Thane and Matt Buckingham went early but an unbroken 4th wicket stand of 62 off just 24 balls between the Willcock brothers, (Nick 41*, Rich 24*) sealed victory in the 13th over. Kev Poulter won Man of the Match and Rich Willcock won Moment of the Match for his great catch.
Southern Premier T20 Cup
In the afternoon following the Guy Jewell success, HNBCC's second shot at the SPL T20 semi-final at Alton proved no more promising than the first as Alton dominated the game ag.ain. HNBCC did well to restrict the hosts to 144 for 8 with Rhodes Franklin 4 for 23 and Anik Divecha 3 for 24 the pick of the bowlers. In reply, HNBCC lost 3 early wickets from which they never recovered, stuttering to a disappointing 91 all out. However we can look back on a well-fought campaign.
Under 17 Kerry Cup
HNBCC Under 17s were victorious in the final of the Kerry Cup against Compton & Chandlers Ford last Thursday at the Bounty. Batting first, HNBCC ran up a challenging total of 181 for 4 in their 20 overs, mainly thank to 95 not out from Alex Brown. Compton & CF put up a spirited reply but were always just behind the required run rate, ending up on 165 for 4. Well done lads, it's been a great season.
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King George V Playing Fields
COLT CONTACTS 2018:
Head of Colts and Under 9
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15A - William Campbell
15B - Jeremy Curd