In a hastily arranged rematch on Sunday, Hambledon Cricket Cub did what they are meant to do and won a tightly fought game against the Hambledon Village Shop team.
The Cricket Club (friendly 2nd XI, not the mighty 1st team) scored 168 in their 30 overs with a belligerent innings of 84 from Woody, aided by 11 year old Oscar holding down the other end. The Village Shop bowlers did their best to restrict them and some tight bowling from Callan McIntyre and Deeg Garrod kept the cricket club score relatively modest. One of the highlights of the day was Andy Falk for the Shop team bowling to young Oscar for the Cricket Club, rumour has it there was an age difference of 102.
The Shop team responded strongly with an opening stand of 60 from Oscar Parker and Remi Trovo. Their demise saw a sprightly innings from Sean Sinnott (unfortunately curtailed by a pulled hamstring), then Andy Falk held down an end, while Callan McIntyre scored a sumptuous 56 not out before retiring. With 20 runs needed from 4 overs the Village Shop were in the box seat, but some excellent death bowling from the Cricket Club proved their undoing and the Shop fell 9 runs short at the end of their 30 overs.
The game was played in front of an appreciative crowd, on an immaculate Cricket Green on a glorious late summers day, we are all very fortunate to live in such surroundings. The series is now 1-1.
The Hambledon Village Shop team will taking on a team from The Merry Harriers on the afternoon of Sunday September 23rd. Please come along if you can.
Thanks to Ged Hockridge for the photos. Tap or click on any of the images below to see them in all their glory.