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Net Re-opening & Booking Form

We are delighted to say that we now have a system that will allow nets to be available for booking for HNBCC Members from Saturday 23rd May. The use of nets must be strictly in accordance with Government Rules on Social Distancing, ECB Guidelines and HNBCC Club Policy.


HNBCC Policy Guidelines (including registration information)



Enjoy the use of the nets, stay safe and alert.

The Hook & Newnham Basics CC Committee



Your Club Needs YOU! GoFundMe

Hook & Newnham Basics CC is a club run exclusively on cash raised from memberships, sponsorships and bar takings. Recently the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have postponed all levels of cricket in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The club has four senior league teams and a thriving colts set up with over 150 members in total. The First XI were about to embark on their first season in the top flight of the Southern Premier League after promotion last year. Despite being the highest-ranked club in North Hampshire, we are actually one of the smallest in terms of infrastructure meaning that the postponement of the upcoming season will hurt us significantly due to a loss of revenue from match days (match fees, bar takings etc), sponsorship opportunities and memberships. 

It costs around £10k a year to run the club before any cricket begins so this will be a hugely challenging time. We are hoping to raise money (from those that are able) to lighten the burden during this period of uncertainty to keep the club afloat until cricket can return.

We understand that the well-being of a cricket club may be of minor importance to many with what's happening currently, however, we've brought up thousands of colts through the club in the last 30 years and we'd like to be doing the same for the next 30 and beyond. If you're in a strong financial position, please consider our plea!

The Hook & Newnham Basics CC Committee




Welcome to the 2020 season - the highest level that the club has ever played!  

2019 was a fantastic season for HNBCC which culminated in the 1st XI achieving promotion to the SPL Premier Division and the 2nd XI escaping from the Hampshire Cricket League into Division 3 of the SPL for the first time.


So this will be very testing year for the club but also a great opportunity for all players and volunteers to show their skill and commitment at a higher level.  The club would be delighted if, at the end of the year, both teams were able to maintain their presence in these leagues.  It will also be a tough year for the 3rd and 4th XIs in their respective HCL divisions but there will be competition for places from the taleneted younger players who continue to graduate from our Colts system to fill the vacancies left by those moving up through the ranks.  Nevertheless, there are still opportunities for new members at all levels and abilities so if anyone out there is interested in joining our great club, drop us a line via the contact message area on the Home screen.


The following scheduled pre-season events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.  Further updates will be posted on this page when the situation changes.


Senior Club Nets start Saturday 7th March at Eversley from 9-11am. The last session is 18th April before we hopefully go outdoors. CANCELLED

Players from all 4 senior sides are welcomed as are any new members that you would like to introduce. We will split the nets between relevant standards.

We have the whole arena, so 4 net lanes and we will also do some fielding drills towards the end of each session.

Ian Simpson and the team captains will be in charge of the sessions with a bit of help from me and Tony Robson


Cricket Force - Date to be advised CANCELLED


Quiz Night - Friday 17th April at the KGV, 19.30.  CANCELLED Contact Jon Webster if you want to enter a team of 4 or if you just want to assigned to one.  £5 per head entry.


31st August (Week 17) – 2s promoted to SPL for first time, 1s consolidate champions status, 3s end with a whimper, 4s finish with back-to-back wins

It was the turn of the 2s to get the Prosecco corks popping at KGV as their heavy defeat of Ropley with maximum points secured their promotion to the Southern Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, and maintain the gap between the 1s and 2s in terms of playing strength.  Batting first, HNBCC made a solid start, losing Luke Simpson (20) with the score on 47, which brought Matt Buckingham (165*) to join Harry Warner (100*) and the pair put on an unbeaten 280 at 8 an over enabling a declaration at 323 for 1 after just 38 overs.  A somewhat shell-shocked Ropley were skittled out after tea for just 78, with 3 wickets each for Martyn James (3-32) and Josh Balcombe (3-11), ably supported by Ryan Connor (2-21) and Will Gardner (1-11).


The 1s, already SPL Div 1 Champions, travelled to OTs & Romsey for their final game of the campaign and showed no let-up in their fighting spirit.  Batting first, HNBCC found runs hard to come by but everyone chipped in a bit to push the score up to a potentially defendable 192 for 9.  OTs looked down and out at 33 for 4 as Jack Murrell and Ian Shore tore through the top order, but a century 5th wicket partnership swung the game in OTs favour only for more devastation from Jack Murrell (6-40), Ian Shore (2-24) and Ollie May (1-25) to reduce the hosts to 175 all out.


No end of season party for the 3s as they were beaten comprehensively by a strengthened promotion-chasing Sparsholt 2s.  The home side batsmen got better as their innings progressed, eventually finishing on an impressive 267 for 6, with 2 wickets each for Haig Franklin and Will Wyatt.  Having toiled in the field, HNBCC’s top order also toiled with the bat and were soon reduced to 71 for 7 before Haig Franklin (43) encouraged his fellow tail-enders to push the total up to 175.


Happy days for the 4s as they ended an up and down season with two straight wins, the latest at Ashford Hill.  At 58 for 6, HNBCC, batting first, didn’t look like they were going to post much of a target.  However, Thomas Nunn (58) and Luke Burgess (41) built a century stand which allowed the 4s to post a respectable 180.  The home side struggled throughout their innings against some tight HNBCC bowling and fielding, most notable figures belonging to John Clark (4-34, Steve Cates (2-10), and Andy Hook (2-16), the 4s eventually the victors by 84 runs.


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: TBA

26th August – HNBCC crowned Hampshire Under 19s champions

An already momentous weekend for the club became even more memorable as HNBCC Under 19s came out victors of the Hampshire area ECB Vitality U19 Cup final.  Congratulations to this talented group of young players and long may they prosper for the club.


Let Graham Merry of the Basingstoke Gazette describe the day's events by clicking here.


25th August – HNBCC 2s take Cyril Thompson Trophy

More silverware for club as the 2nd team won the Cyril Thompson trophy in style, beating Oakley by 26 runs at May's Bounty.  HNBCC batted first and posted 167 for 6 with main contributions from Alex Brown (52) and Ben Allnutt (50).  Oakley made a spirited reply but bowler of the tournament, Haig Franklin (4-21) had the last word as Oakley were all out for 141.

24th August (Week 16) – 1s are SPL Div 1 Champions, 2s remain in promotion spot, 3s pipped at the post, while 4s secure CD status

Prosecco corks popped at KGV as HNBCC 1s secured the SPL Div 1 title with a narrow and tense victory over Andover.  The visitors elected to bat first and at 106 for 1 must have felt this was a good decision.  Enter Anik Divecha (5-21) to demolish the top order and help restrict Andover to 168 all out.  In reply, HNBCC lost both openers for just 3 runs, before Kieran Thomson (53) steadied the ship and pushed the score past a hundred before Rhodes Franklin (30*) took over the helm and steered the Champions to victory.


The 2s must-win trip to Longparish turned into a thriller in HCL Div 1, as the home side, taking first knock, ramped up a formidable 262 for 7 off their 50 overs, Kev Light and Josh Balcombe taking 2 wickets a piece.  In reply, Luke Simpson (74) and Harry Warner (27) made a solid start, Matt Buckingham (34) and Alex Brown (28) kept up the momentum, and Ben Allnutt (42*) shepherded HNBCC over the line, with a little help from Extras (41), in the penultimate over, keeping the 2s in second place with one game to go.


Another close run game at Overton in HCL Div 3N saw the 3s pipped at the post.  HNBCC batted first and amassed a creditable 194 for 5 thanks largely to useful knocks from James Watterson (47), Will Gee (38), and skipper Vinny Gardner (32).  The home side lost early wickets but were kept in the hunt by their skipper and though behind the required run rate for much of their innings, a late onslaught saw them to a 4 wicket victory with just 2 balls to spare.  3 wickets each for Ollie May and Colin Lye.


The 4s bounced back from last week’s mediocrity to take a comfortable victory at Longparish in HCL CD4N and secure their status in the league for 2020.  Electing to bat first, the HNBCC innings was built around three fifties from Jon Webster (53), Mike Dyer (52) and Jamie Bayliss (52) in amassing 220 for 5 in their 45 overs.  In reply, the home side were never in contention and despite a half-century from one of their openers, they completely subsided to 79 all out under the dominance of John Clark (5-8) and Thomas Nunn (3-17).


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: Anik Divecha


17th August (Week 15) – 1s day-away dampened, 2s promotion hopes dented, 3s and 4s go down to leaders

On a disappointing day for the club, all three sides that played took a beating.  It was a wonder any games were played at all after Friday’s deluge, the 1s trip to Ventnor being the only victim, even then not called until the dockside had been reached.  However, the table-topping 2s took on Bedhampton at KGV in HCL Div 1 in what looked like a home banker.  And at 104 for 1 chasing a modest 158, HNBCC were dead certs - until a collapse of England-style proportions ensued.  The pressure was too much to enable batsmen to play in a rational manner.  The visitors struggled against the HNBCC attack and lost wickets regularly through their innings at the hands of Ryan Connor (3-15) and Will Gardner (4-21) and at 78 for 8, it looked like the game could be over by tea.  Bedhampton 9th wicket partnership put on 72 until Charlie Neville came on to wrap up the innings at 158.  Still a modest target at KGV, HNBCC made a good start with Harry Warner (53) and Dan Moore (35) setting the stage for what should have been an easy victory, at which point the unexplainable and disastrous collapse set in with 9 wickets falling for 43 and both title and promotion were severely dented.


The 3s fared little better at Rotherwick in HCL Div 3N as they entertained league leaders IBM Hursley.  A good show in the field restricted the visitors to 142 all out with wickets shared about, pick of the figures belonging to Max Simpson (3-10), Alex Campbell (2-19) and Barry Goodman (2-23).  In reply, HNBCC made a disastrous start as both openers were removed for ducks, and despite 26 from Barry Goodman, the innings crumbled to 77 all out.


The 4s travelled to league leaders Chawton in HCL CD4N where the home side batted first and built their innings slowly but surely, finishing with gusto to post 249 for 5 off their 45 overs, of which 9 were bowled by Steve Cates for just 7 runs and 2 wickets!  HNBCC’s reply never gathered any real momentum, only Jon Webster (43) looking like staging a counter-attack.  The innings eventually fell away to 150 all out.


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week:  Steve Cates

10th August (Week 14) – 1s and 2s elated, 3s and 4s frustrated

The 1s put last week’s disappointments behind them as they entertained and soundly beat Rowledge at the KGV in SPL Div 1.  The visitors took first knock and were soon in trouble as Jack (“the Ripper?”) Murrell (3-20) ripped through the top order to leave them 15 for 3.  A recovery for the 4th wicket was soon dampened as Rowledge suffered further losses including 3 wickets with the score on 88, thanks to Anik Divecha (3-30) and Liam Shore (2-42).  It was left for the highest partnership of the innings of 45 for the last wicket to give the visitors a fighting chance of defending 133.  After the break, Harry Robson departed early but a partnership of 75 between in-form Dan Moore (42) and Kieran Thomson (28) restored HNBCC’s grip on the game before both fell with the score on 83.   Rich Willcock and the Buckingham brothers saw HNBCC over the line for the loss of 4 wickets in the 35th over to cement their position as league leaders.


Over the Solent at Ryde, the 2s recorded another impressive performance in HCL Div 1 to remain top of the league.  Batting first, the islanders had no answer to HNBCC’s bowling attack as they collapsed to 36 for 9, delaying the inevitable with a last wicket stand which doubled the score to 73 all out.  Colin Lye (4-7), Kish Parmar (2-17) and Ollie May (2-11) did the damage and HNBCC coasted to victory in the 19th over with Harry Warner (34*), Sam Bruin (21), and Charlie Neville (14*) steering the team home.


In HCL Div 3N, Hungerford hosted the 3s on a breezy, bail-less day.  After three rain breaks, the game eventually succumbed to the elements with HNBCC having posted 211 for 9, including a partnership of 124 between Ollie James (92) and Vinny Gardner (38), and the home side on 59 for 3.


The 4s game against Ampfield in HCL Div 4N fell victim to an unfit Stratton Park.


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week:  Colin Lye


4th August – HNBCC out of SPL T20 Plate

HNBCC lost on the penultimate ball of the SPL T20 Plate Quarter-final at Portsmouth & Southsea.  None of the HNBCC batters really got going in a scrappy innings of 134 all out, top scorer being Matt Buckingham (30).  In reply, P&S got off to a good start but HNBCC managed to pull them back mid innings.  However, some expensive overs at the wrong time ultimately cost us the game and a 6 off the penultimate ball put the matter to rest.  Pick of the bowlers, Shane Brewer (4-33) and Anik Divecha (0-8).


And so ends a disappointing T20 season for the club when compared to last year's victories in both the SPL T20 and Guy Jewell Cup.  However, it should be mentioned that none of our 8 T20 Cup matches in all competitions this year was played at KGV!  That means lots of Sunday travelling and major loss of income across the bar.


We are just left with HNBCC 2s first appearance in the Cyril Thompson Trophy Final on ?? August at the Bounty.

3rd August (Week 13) – 1s fall but stay top, 2s canter home and go top, 3s win by a short head, 4s come in last

A bad week for the 1s, following their exit from the Area T20 finals, ended in defeat at Sparsholt in SPL Div 1.  Batting first, HNBCC made a strong start thanks to Dan Moore (69) and Rich Willcock (40) and, at 144 for 1, were in position for a 300 score but a couple of wickets saw confidence wane and the innings subsided to a disappointing 237 all out.  Hope returned to HNBCC as Martyn James snapped up two early wickets but the home side posted a 3rd wicket stand of 198 to put their seal on the game in only 42 overs.  A setback for the 1s, mollified by second-placed Portsmouth’s loss.


The 2s entertained Burridge at KGV and put in another competent performance, sufficient to top of HCL Div 1 due to promotion-hunting Parley’s loss.  Batting first, Harry Warner (84), aided mainly by Alex Brown (35), dominated the HNBCC innings but 219 looked to be a target well below par.  Nonetheless, HNBCC have been able to bowl out sides batting second this season and today was no exception.  Spin bowling again dominated as Josh Balcombe (3-31), Will Gardner (2-42) and Kevin Light (2-31) did most of the damage while Shane Brewer (2-35) topped and tailed the Burridge innings of 177 all out.


Over at Rotherwick, the 3s took on Petersfield in HCL Div 3N and were invited to bat first.  Charlie Neville’s 61 provided a firm foundation to the HNBCC innings and a quick-fire 49 from Elliot Walker plus a cameo 22 from Alex Campbell pushed the total up to 219.  The visitors, despite the loss of two early wickets, put together useful partnerships and gave themselves every chance of going home with a victory but were always a bit too far adrift of the required run rate, eventually coming up short by just 7 runs with 8 wickets down.  Wickets were spread among the bowlers, Olly H-J managing 2-39 off his 9 overs.


A desperate day for the 4s against Medstead over at Four Marks in HCL Div 4N.  Put into bat, the home side kept the scoreboard ticking over while losing wickets at regular intervals, eventually posting 181 for 9 off their 45 overs, pick of the bowlers being Tony Robson (5-36), Steve Cates (1-15), and James Balcombe (1-17) off their 9 overs.  HNBCC couldn’t repeat last week’s performance with the bat, only one batter reaching 20 as they crashed out for just 94 off 30 overs.  A disappointing result for the 4s who remain just above the relegation zone.


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week:  Tony Robson

29th July – HNBCC 2s into final of the Fixch Group Cyril Thompson Trophy

At the Bounty tonight, HNBCC 2's won their semi-final match against Kingclere to progress to the finals day due to be held in August.  This goes some way to make up for the 1s defeat at the hands of Basingstoke in their Guy Jewell semi-final earlier in the month.  Scores were:

HNBCC 155 for 8   Kingsclere 123 all out

29th July – HNBCC Under 15s knocked out of National U15 T20 Cup

HNBCC, Hampshire champions at Under 15, lost their Semi-final in the Regional finals down in Somerset. Drawn against the Wales champions, St Fagans CC, our U15s batted first but runs were hard to come by.and HNBCC were restricted to 105 off 20 overs.  St Fagan's scored at 6 an over and reached their target with overs and wickets to spare.


In the 3rd place play-off against Gloucestershire champions Thornbury CC U15s, HNBCC posted 123 for 4 but again could not contain the opposition as they ran out comfortable winners.


Not the best of days for our Under 15s but still a great achievement to be in the UK's last 16. Well done coach and lads for another great season.

28th July – HNBCC fall in National T20 Area Semi-final

HNBCC, SPL (Hampshire) T20 champions, fell at the first hurdle in their attempt to win the ECB Vitality National T20 South-east Area finals.  Drawn against Surrey Championship T20 winners Cranleigh, HNBCC batting first struggled for runs accompanied by regular fall of wickets and were only able to post a modest total of 108.for 9, skipper Josh Buckingham top scoring on 37.  In reply Cranleigh had little trouble in reaching their target for the loss of only 2 wickets, in 14.2 overs.  A disappointing follow-up to last year's moment of glory at the Ageas Bowl, but nonetheless a privilege for the Club to participate.


Cranleigh went on to beat Kent Champions, Sandwich Town, in the Area Final in the afternoon.

28th July – HNBCC fall in National T20 Area Semi-final

HNBCC, SPL (Hampshire) T20 champions, fell at the first hurdle in their attempt to win the ECB Vitality National T20 South-east Area finals.  Drawn against Surrey Championship T20 winners Cranleigh, HNBCC batting first struggled for runs accompanied by regular fall of wickets and were only able to post a modest total of 108.for 9, skipper Josh Buckingham top scoring on 37.  In reply Cranleigh had little trouble in reaching their target for the loss of only 2 wickets, in 14.2 overs.  A disappointing follow-up to last year's moment of glory at the Ageas Bowl, but nonetheless a privilege for the Club to participate.


Cranleigh went on to beat Kent Champions, Sandwich Town, in the Area Final in the afternoon.

27th July (Week 12) – 1s and 4s make hay while 2s and 3s have a day off


The 1s trip to New Milton yielded maximum points to keep them comfortably on top of SPL Div 1.  Inserted by the home side, HNBCC lost Harry Robson early but a 100 partnership between Dan Moore (50) and Rich Willcock (51) set up what looked like being a substantial total before the hosts made inroads into the top order.  However, Josh Buckingham (41) and Kieran Thomson (26) steadied the ship only to see the lower order collapse to 229 all out with nearly 5 overs still in the bag.  Jack Murrell (3-28) snapped up a couple of early wickets but this didn’t stop New Milton getting off to a flyer and at 95 for 2 they looked favourites to bag the win.  Enter Anik Divecha (4-33) to put a brake on proceedings and thwart the hopes of the hosts as they lost their last 8 wickets for the addition of just 67 runs, ending on 162 all out.


With the 2s and 3s cancelled due to the weather conditions, the 4s profited from a playable pitch at Old Basing in HCL Div 4N and posted an impressive 211 for 5 off their 45 overs.  Everyone who batted made double figures, with the more lofty contributions coming from Peter Finch (38), Jamie Bayliss (37) and Jon Webster (35).  After tea, OB lost both openers early but consolidated with the 3rd and 4th wicket partnerships but were always behind the required run rate.  Scoreboard pressure eventually took its toll as the innings collapsed to 183 for 9, most notable figures from James Balcombe (3-21) and Andy Hook (3-30).  The 4s ascend to 13th place.


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week:  Shared Andy Hook & James Balcombe

6th July (Week 9) – 1s and 3s back in calmer waters, 2s and 4s find the going choppy

After two uncomfortable weeks, the 1s posted a comprehensive victory over Calmore Sports at KGV, enabling HNBCC to stay firmly on top of SPL Div 1.  Winning the toss and batting first, HNBCC’s Harry Robson (69) and Rich Willcock (25) built a partnership of 115 for the first wicket, followed up by good supporting knocks from Kieran Thomson (52) and a run-a-ball Rhodes Franklin (47*), ending their 50 overs on 286 for 9.  The visitors started their reply well enough but dramatically subsided from 66 for 1 to 97 for 9 as Anik Divecha (4-20), Rhodes Franklin (2-23) and Jack Murrell (2-39) took control for the hosts.  Only a last wicket stand of 33 delayed the inevitable as Calmore were bowled out for 130.


The 2s went into their HCL Div 2 game at Alton as HCL Div 1 leaders but came away with a sound beating.  Alton batted first and put up an impressive total of 273 for 8.  HNBCC in reply could only muster 145 all out in a disappointing performance, a half-century from Sam Bruin being the one highlight.  HNBCC hang on to top place alongside Parley.


Life was easier for the 3s on their visit to Ram’s CC at North Walls in HCL CD3N.  The home side elected to bat first and were unsettled by HNBCC’s decision to commence with an all-spin attack, failing to gain momentum as wickets fell regularly.  Helped by some great catches, spinners Haig Franklin (2-19), Sean Edwards (2-17), Alex Campbell (2-35) reduced the hosts to 115 for 6 before Barry Goodman (3-12) and James Dovey mopped up the tail for the addition of just 2 more runs.  After tea, Ollie James (47) dominated the HNBCC reply, and, backed up by Eliot Walker and skipper, Vinny Gardner, the target was comfortably reached in the 35th over for the loss of 5 wickets.  HNBCC remain in 5th place.


A tough day for the 4s against Stockbridge in HCL CD4N as HNBCC posted what looked like a challenging total of 228 for the loss of 6 wickets.  Major contributors were Nick Harding (69). Jon Webster (43), Jamie Bayliss (43) and Luke Burgess (24*) but this effort proved to be less than par for the course when the hosts took their turn to bat.  With Stockbridge at 159 for 4, HNBCC had a sniff of a chance but the hosts went onto to reach their target without further trouble.  HNBCC 4s plunge to 12th place.

Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: Rhodes Franklin

29th June (Week 8) 


Reports delayed

22nd June (Week 7) – 1s and 4s get the snakes, 2s and 3s hit the ladders


The 1s trip to Andover in SPL Div 1 saw the end of HNBCC’s unbeaten run, as the home side made an impressive return to form.  Andover ran up a challenging 252 for 9 with wickets shared about, Shane Brewer, Martyn James and Dan Moore getting 2 apiece.  HNBCC started well enough and at 80 for 1 seemed to have laid a firm foundation but wickets started to tumble in pairs and the slide continued through the lower order ending with a disappointing total of 159, using only 38 overs.  Notable contributions from Harry Robson (41) and Kieran Thomson (36).  Despite this setback, HNBCC remain top of the league and will hope for a quick return to winning ways next Saturday.


Back at KGV in HCL CD1, the 2s continued their promising start to the season with a comprehensive win over Andover 2s.  No much detail available, but HNBCC found the going tough with the bat, managing to set a target of 211 for the loss of 6 wickets, the pick of the batters being Jo Allnutt (56) and Luke Simpson (42*) with an invaluable innings at the end..  Andover never got to grips with the HNBCC spin attack of skipper Kevin Light and Josh Balcombe who both took 4 wickets as the visitors tumbled to 115 all out.  HNBCC go up to 2nd place.


After a rained off week 6, the 3s were back in action at Rotherwick in HCL CD3N and made up for lost time with a well earned victory over Hursley Park 2s.  Put in to bat, HNBCC had to work hard for runs but most of the batters made a contribution, notably Elliot Walker (55), Jack Campbell (46*), and Vinny Gardner (30) enabling a challenging target of 201 for 6.  Although only taking 6 opposition wickets, HNBCC gave little away in the field with James Balcombe and Sean Edwards conceding only 20 and 21 runs respectively off their 9 over spells.  The visitors were unable to accelerate and fell 21 runs short on 180.  The 3s remain in 5th place in the division.


A tops-turvy campaign for the 4s continued at Wherwell where the home side recorded a comfortable victory in HCL CD4N.  Batting first, HNBCC could only muster 132 for 9, Extras top scoring with 38, in a fairly dismal batting display.  In reply, the home side found few problems in reaching their target off only 29 overs; the only bowler to come out with any credit being Steve Cates (2 for 17 in his 9 overs).  It must be said that the 4s were not helped by the poor availability across the club this weekend which meant that several of their regulars found themselves playing at a higher level.  Thanks to those “irregulars” who took their places.


Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: Luke Simpson

15th June (Week 6) – 1s swamp Ventnor, 2s saved by downpour, 4s go under

Rain was the dominant feature on Saturday as all games were affected to various extents, the worst case being the cancellation of the 3s game at Liss.

At KGV in SPL Div 1, the top of the table 1s entertained near the bottom Ventnor who, winning the toss, elected to field in the damp conditions.  Perhaps with an eye on the weather, HNBCC forced the pace but lost wickets in the process until rain intervened at 122-5 of just 14 overs.  On the resumption, Matt Buckingham (75) and Martyn James (30) had to rebuild with a stand of 88 before Jack Murrell (45*) and Liam Shore put on 46 for the 9th wicket, ensuring a competitive total of 246 off only 43.5 overs.  The Ventnor target, reduced to 211 off 40 overs, proved to be a mountain right from the off as the HNBCC seam attack of Martyn James (2-18) and Jack Murrell (2-28) and Liam Shore (1-9) made inroads into the top order.  However, even at 55 for 5, no-one could foresee the dramatic end to the innings as Anik Divecha (5-4) took over proceedings as the last five wickets, all bowled, fell for the addition of just 6 runs, the last four falling in five balls, including a hat-trick, with the score on 61.  HNBCC maintain their 100% record and leadership of the division.

The 2s travelled to Havant for their game in HCL CD1.  Not much detail available, but it sounds like a fairly turgid affair as HNBCC, batting first, struggled in the conditions to muster a modest 148, Dan Moore (31) and Kev Light (27) the pick of the batters.  Despite two early wickets for debutant Ryan Connor, the hosts had fewer problems when their turn came and were coasting before a rain delay reduced their target to just 83 off 25 overs.  On resumption, Havant were but a few runs from victory when the heavens opened again and the match abandoned.

The 3s match at Liss in HCL CD3N was cancelled due to ground conditions.

At Home of Cricket, the mighty 4s came unstuck against Alton 3s in HCL CD4N.  Inserted on a damp track, it proved tough going for HNBCC and it took all of 45 overs to post 136 for 8.  Nick Harding (28) and James Watterson (22) had laid a solid if slow foundation which the middle order could not exploit and it was left to Tony Robson (37*) and Ollie May (25) to bring some respectability at the end.  Although HNBCC bowled tightly, wickets were hard to come by as the visitors took their time, reaching their target in the 40th over with 6 wickets in hand.

Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: Anik Divecha (apparently for his samosas?)

12th June - Hook U15s qualify for the Hampshire Cup Semi-finals

By coming top of the North Hants League at the half way mark of the season (with 5 wins out of 5), the U15s  have reached the semi-finals of the Hampshire Justice Cup.

The match will be played at home against Hambledon on Monday 17 June at 6pm.

8th June (Week 5) – 2s and 3s maintain good start, 1s and 4s beaten by the weather

A delayed start at Rowledge in SPL Div 1 saw the home side struggle to 64-3 off 21 overs against a tight HNBCC bowling attack before rain put paid to the proceedings for the day.  Jack Murrell’s 3 for 11 off 8 overs stood out in an otherwise damp affair.  1s remain top.

Over at KGV, no such pluvial interruptions as the 2s entertained Hursley Park in a high scoring thriller in HCL CD1.  Batting first, HNBCC were seldom troubled by the visitor’s bowlers as Dan Moore (77), skipper Kev Light (114*), and Ben Allnutt (40*) rattled up 266 for 3 in their 50 overs.  Undaunted by the loss of two early wickets, the visitors set about their substantial task and at 177 for 3 looked well capable of reaching their target.  But the loss of a couple of key wickets dented Hursley’s hopes and the tail were unable sustain their momentum, finishing 17 runs short with 9 wickets down.  Useful bowling performances from Kev Light (3-58), Kish Parmar (2-32) and Ollie May (2-29). 2s up to 3rd place.

No late start at Rotherwick due to the inclement weather, but the absence of an opposition caused more than a little concern, the HCL CD3N match against Soton Community having to be delayed half an hour.  Once underway, the 3s batted first in damp conditions and found runs hard to come by in the bowler friendly conditions.  Despite losing a couple of early wickets, the HNBCC middle order dug in as best they could to push the total into three figures before a late collapse brought the innings to an end on 133, below par but maybe defendable in the conditions.  Skipper Vinny Gardner ground out a top score of 38, the only score over 20.  After a wholesome communist tea, the visitors found batting even more challenging, losing wickets regularly and only mustering 83 all out.  Charlie Bland (3-24) made the early inroads, then James Balcombe (2-6) and James Dovey (4-8) came on to the bewilderment of the Soton tailenders.  3s up to 5th place.

Sadly, after a gargantuan effort to put out a full 4th XI, their match at Littleton & West Hill in HCL CD4N was cancelled due to weather.

Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: Kevin Light

2nd June 2019 - Holders HNBCC crash out in 1st round of SPL T20

A bad day for HNBCC as we lose our 1st round tie at Burridge.  The Basingstoke Gazette tells the story here.

1st June (Week 4) – 1s maintain pressure at the top, 2s and 3s off the boil, 4s steam ahead

The success of HNBCC’s youth policy over many years has never been more in evidence than in today’s victory over promotion chasing Sparsholt at KGV in SPL Div 1.  The visitors batted first but had to work hard for runs against HNBCC’s seam attack but at 104-3 looked capable of posting a challenging total.  Enter Will Gardner to torment the middle and lower order with a spell of 5-30 as the Sparsholt innings fell away to 180 all out.  Great supporting spells from Martyn James (2-29) and Liam Shore (2-21).  HNBCC quickly found themselves at 6-2, but rookie Harry Robson (66*) steadied the ship with successive 79-run partnerships with Matt Buckingham (38) and skipper Josh Buckingham (45), before seeing his side home.  HNBCC top 100 points and remain top of SPL Div 1.

The 2s put up a respectable run chase after Sway had posted a respectable 298-4 in HCL CD1, including two centuries.  Though several HNBCC middle order batsmen got a start, only Ben Allnutt (64) passed a half century and the innings never really threatened the home side’s target, eventually falling 38 short - a first defeat of the season.  Good contributions from Ollie H-B (40) and Kerr Franklin (29).

Over at Bishops Waltham in HCL CD3N, the 3s, bowling first, found wickets hard to come by but did well to restrict the home side to 225-5.  Stand-out bowling figures were Jack Campbell (2-28) and Josh Balcombe (2-22) off their 9 overs.  With three scores over 30 and three over 20, HNBCC made a good fist of its reply but no-one was able to convert their knock into a match winner and the innings came up just 10 runs short.

Happy days at Home of Cricket as the 4s entertained Twyford CC in HCL CD4N.  Batting first, HNBCC made a good start thanks to Nick Harding (40) and James Watterson (30) and at 114-2, a substantial total looked possible.  However, the visitors made breakthroughs and the innings subsided to a below par 170 all out.  The visitors made a wretched start and were soon at 35-4 as Andy Hook (4-10) made the early breakthroughs.  A seventh wicket half century partnership steadied the ship for Twyford but they then continued to lose wickets as they closed in on their target but HNBCC skipper, Tony Robson (2-23), caught and bowled the last man to give HNBCC a 5 run victory.

Vinny’s Star Performer of the week: Harry Robson

26th May – HNBCC’s run in National Village Cup comes an end in tense finish

A close fought game at Sarisbury in the Hampshire area semi-final of the National Village KO saw HNBCC fall just 5 runs short of attaining a place in the final.  Sarisbury Athletic posted a score of 235-6 in their 40 overs which required a 6-an-over response from HNBCC.  Despite 64 from Sam Bruin and 49 from Kieran Thomson at the top of the order, the middle order for once did not fire and it was left to brave innings from Alex Brown (22), Sane Brewer (31) and Ollie H-B (27*) to get HNBCC over the line but they just fell short at 231-7.  Nonetheless, a good fist was made of our first attempt at getting to Lord’s – try again next year?

25th May (Week 3) – 1s scrape home, 2s in close shave, 3s day blunted, 4s sharpen up

The 1s hosted New Milton in a top versus bottom clash in SPL Div 1 and just managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Batting first, HNBCC set a sub-par target of 261 with significant contributions from skipper Josh Buckingham (77), Harry Warner (45) and Rhodes Franklin (40), while leaving 4 valuable overs unused.  This gave plucky New Milton a chance of victory and at 115-2 and again at 243-6 the visitors appeared to have it in the bag before losing their last 4 wickets for just 3 runs.  Rich Willcock of the bowlers with 3-31 and the main cause of the visitors’ denouement.

In HCL Div 1, Old Basing hosted the 2s and elected to bat first in what proved to be a low scoring game.  In what perhaps is an early testament to success of the KP Spin Academy, the hosts were restricted to just 109 and had no answer to the dominance of the HNBCC spin attack, led by Will Gardner (4-23) and Josh Balcombe (1-20) off their 10 over spells, abetted by Kev Light (2-9), Charlie Neville (1-7) and Kish Parmar (2-25).  In reply, HNBCC looked in little trouble at 71-3 but the loss of two quick wickets could have set up a tense finish but the cool head of skipper Kev Light (37*) saw his side safely across the line.

Over at Rotherwick, the 3s, looking for their third win in the trot, batted first against Oakley in HCL Div 3N, running up a total of 207-9 off their 45 overs, with most of the top order getting a start, the pick of which was the previous runless Will Gee with a jug-avoiding 49.  Usually a challenging total at Rotherwick, this looked even more so when Oakley slumped to 18-4, the result of a 3 wicket burst from Ollie May (3-43).  However, the visitors had other ideas as their middle order staged a fine recovery, and, despite losing a couple of late wickets near the end, reached their target with 3 overs to spare.

After last week’s disappointment, the 4s bounced back to record a convincing victory over Holybourne at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in HCL Div 4N.  Put in to bat, HNBCC’s top order scored steadily to post a competitive target of 237-9, notable innings coming from Jamie Bayliss (64) and Tony Robson (36).  The visitors briefly threatened the total but their innings subsided to 195 all out thanks to 2 wickets each from Andy Hook, Steve Cates, Tony Robson and Run Outs.


Vinny Gardner’s Star Performer this week is Will Gardner.  Thanks dad!

18th May (Week 2) – 1s find their tail before Murrell magic, 2s squeeze home, 3s ease home, 4s freeze

Down at Sarisbury Athletic in the SPL Div 1 top of the table clash, HNBCC 1st XI were asked to bat first and found it hard going from the start, stuttering to 28-3 and then 109-7.  However, the tail clearly wanted a target to bowl at and partnerships of 77 for the 8th wicket and 48 for the 10th wicket more than doubled the score to 236 all out.  Shane Brewer (44), Josh Buckingham (40) and 20+ contributions from Rhodes Franklin, Martin James, Liam Shore and Anik Divecha all made a difference.  At 50-0, Sarisbury were in with a shout, but at 96 all out their day had been undone by Jack Murrell’s fine 8 over spell yielding 5-23, ably supported by Anik Divecha’s 3-14 and Martin James 2-27.  HNBCC go top, unbeaten after 3 games – early doors though.  Confidence not complacency required!

The 2s first home league match of the season in HCL Div 1 ended in a 2 wicket win, HNBCC chasing down Gosport Borough’s 182 for the loss of 8 wickets.  Most notable HNBCC bowling figures for HNBCC were Dan Moore (3-17), Kevin Light (2-27) and Will Gardner (2-38), while with bat runs were spread out among the top order, Harry Robson top scoring with 33.

Over at Liphook & Ripsley in HCL Div 3N, the home side batted first, setting a challenging target of 234. For HNBCC the wickets were shared around with 2 each for Kerr Franklin, James Dovey and Barry Goodman.  In reply, the ‘Dirty Birds’ made a promising start before rain intervened, resulting in a reduced target of 190 off 36 overs which was reached with 6 over to spare thanks to aggressive knocks from Barry Goodman (47), Joe Allnutt (44), Olly H-B (36*) and Jack Robson (34).  A good win leaves the 3s near the top.

The 4s visited Hursley Park 3s in HCL Div 4N, batted first and duly collapsed to 38-5, eventually posting 141 thanks to Sean Edwards (43) and skipper Tony Robson 27.  In reply, the hosts never looked really troubled and despite 2 wickets apiece from John Clark, Steve Cates and Will Gee HNBCC’s total was overhauled for the loss of 6 wickets.

Vinny Gardner’s Star Performer this week is Jack Murrell.  Well deserved!

12th May 2019 - HNBCC cruise past Paultons into Village Cup County Semi-Finals

Having put Sway CC to the sword a couple of weeks ago in the National Village Cup Round 1, HNBCC secured a place in the semi-final of the Hampshire group on Sunday with a comprehensive 10 wicket victory at Paultons in Round 2.  The home side batted first and found runs hard to come by against a tight HNBCC attack, mustering only 146 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 40 overs.  Will Gardner (3-20) and Anik Divecha (2-15) were the main wicket takers.  In reply, Harry Warner (82*) and Rich Willcock (48*) knocked off the runs in only 21.4 overs.

The Hampshire semi-final is an away fixture against Sarisbury Athletic on Sunday 26th May.

11th May 2019 (Week 1) - Extraordinary day as four victories prompt an early season bell ringing

At KGV, the 1s batted first against Portsmouth and dominated proceedings thanks largely to a 4th wicket stand between the Buckingham brothers, Matt (137*) with an unbeaten, maiden league century, and skipper Josh (72), supported late on by Jack Murrell’s run-a-ball 29.  Chasing a target of 307, Portsmouth were soon in trouble against the seam attack of Martyn James (4-12) and Shane Brewer (2-28).  The Pompey innings never gained momentum and a couple of wickets for Liam Shore (2-29) brought the innings to a close at 117.

In HCL CD1, the 2s came away from Parley with a 4 wicket victory after the home side batted first and lost wickets regularly throughout their innings of 165.  All HNBCC bowlers were in the wickets, the pick being Will Gardner with 3-26.  HNBCC’s reply was held together by Harry Robson (74) and finished off by an unbeaten partnership between Ben Allnutt (21*) and Luke Simpson (15*).

On a damp pitch at Rotherwick in HCL CD3N, the 3s batted first and ground out a total of 225 for 8 largely thanks to Ollie H-B (65), Vinny Gardner (57) and a most generous donation of 50 extras by OT&R 3s.  In reply, the visitors struggled from the start as wickets fell regularly and finally they could only muster 86 with all bowlers in the wickets, most notably Kerr Franklin (3-19), Max Simpson and Barry Goodman, both with 2-10.

At Home of Cricket (aka Stratton Park), the 4s took on Basingstoke 4s on a sticky pitch.  Batting first, the visitors found it hard going as the HNBCC bowlers gave little away, restricting the total to 113 thanks to mean figures from Steve Cates (4-11), John Clark (0-11) and Tony Robson (4-25).  HNBCC’s reply was rather dominated by Jon Webster’s 80 as victory was achieved for the loss of 5 wickets.

Vinny Gardner's Star Performer this week is Matt Buckingham.

Great day, great start to the season. We will have our bad days so no room for complacency.  Hook Army!

4th May 2019 (Week 0) - 1st XI off the mark with away win at Calmore

A great start to the season for the 1s in SPL Division 1 as they defend a modest total of 212 to win by 38 runs.  Batting first, HNBCC struggled to dominate and though several of the top and middle-order made a start, Rhodes Franklin’s 34 was the top score.  In reply, Calmore found it tough going too against the HNBCC seam attack (Martyn James 3-9) and soon found themselves at 51 for 5.  A mid-innings recovery boosted the home side but the introduction of Rhodes Franklin’s (3-25) leg spin soon brought proceedings to an end.  Something there to build on.

2019 Pre-season News Headlines

- Senior Indoor Nets now underway at Dummer Cricket Centre on Thursday evenings

Last Indoor Net this Thursday, 11th May - if you've not been yet, now's the time!

3s and 4s 8pm to 9pm, 1s and 2s 9pm to 10pm.  Any newcomers, just turn up at 8pm and ask for Keith Lovelock or Vinny Gardner - you will be made most welcome.

- Colts Winter Training

Click on the Colts heading to see what indoor training is happening this spring .

- T20 Area Finals

By winning the SPL T20 Final last August, HNBCC is automatically entered as Hampshire's representatives in the 2019 national club T20 competition, the Area Finals for which will be played on Sunday 28th July, hosted somewhere in Surrey.  Put this date in your diary.

- SPL T20

HNBCC has been drawn away to Burridge in the 1st round of the 2019 SPL T20 competition.

- NatWest ECB Cricket Force Saturday 6th April

Put this date in your diary and be ready to turn up at 9am to apply yourself to whatever job is put your way.  Expect painting, cleaning, filling potholes, erecting nets or covers.  Refreshments provided.  See you there.

There's another great season ahead of us, so please lend your support and get behind the club.

-Quiz Night

Come along on Friday 12th April for a Quiz Night at KGV.  Notify your teams of 5 people maximum to Dave Moore asap.  Numbers are limited, so hurry!

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)

August 27th

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.

Not bad for a small club.  Hook Army!!!

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