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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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