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The Dorset Cricket Society welcomes former Somerset & England player Vic Marks to the Hurn Cricket Centre at Christchurch FC on Thursday afternoon (February 22) at 1.30pm.
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Burridge will have to knock out the side Sarisbury Athletic beat in last winter season’s Lord’s final if they are to progress in the ECB national indoor sixes championships.
Having comfortably brushed aside Goring By Sea by a 97-run margin last weekend, the recently crowned Hampshire sixes champions have their sights set on Kent’s indoor school at Canterbury on Saturday week, March 3 and a regional semi-final showdown with Broadstairs, whom Sarisbury Athletic beat in the run strewn 2017 final.
Broadstairs knocked out Wimbledon by a three-wicket margin in their qualifier.
The other regional semi-final features Old Brentwoods against Berkshire champions Theale.
Parley have been paired against Exeter University in the south-west regional semi-finals at Taunton and, if successful, will face either Swindon or Truro.
St Cross Symondians teenage batsmen Harry Came (left) and Billy Mead (right) have been marooned in Cape Town without any competitive cricket following the abandonment of the Western Province League due to the chronic water shortages in the Mother City.
The two 18-year olds have spent the past winter in the Cape at Gary Kirsten’s Cricket Academy in Constantia.
But, whilst they have trained hard and fine tuned their respective batting skills, physically playing cricket has proved impossible for the past month.
The WPCA cancelled its entire league programme at the beginning of February due to the ongoing drought across Cape Town and surrounds, where cricket fields have been left in disrepair due to a severe lack of water.
“Clubs have simply not been allowed to water their pitches and outfields, so they’ve had to cancel the league cricket and a lot of schools’ stuff as well,” explained Longparish-based Mead.
“It’s obviously disappointing not to have played lately – though there are probably worse places in the world to spend the winter than Cape Town - but the academy training here has been superb and hopefully plenty of positives will emerge.
“We’ve trained in a highly professional environment with a lot of emphasis on personal needs.
“Each player’s physical condition is regularly assessed, followed up by an individualised training programme.
“We also have regular interventions with a qualified mental conditioning practitioner. A personal development plan which includes best practice in leadership across sporting codes is also a hallmark of the programme.
“Sadly, it’s all coming to an end very soon now. We’ve two weekends left here and then its home to prepare for the English season.”
Mead spent his maiden season with St Cross Symondians in 2017, turning out on several occasions for Hampshire seconds once his term as Marlborough College captain ended.
Came was the Southern Premier League’s Young Cricketer of the Year last season.
Sparsholt’s cricketers have been given an early opportunity to avenge last season’s defeat by Liphook & Ripsley in last season’s National Village Cup county final.
They lost by 46 runs to the East Hampshire side, but have a chance of revenge as the Southern Premier League pair have been drawn together in the first round of this season’s competition, again at Ripsley Park.
In the other opening round ties on April 29, Langley Manor go to Oakley, with Hursley Park facing a tricky visit to competition debutants Overton. Damerham receive Paultons and Tichborne Park travel to the heart of the New Forest to lock horns with Godshill.
Village Cup first round ties include: Bramshaw v Longparish, Charlton Down (Dorchester) v Shrewton, Damerham v Paultons, Easton & Martyr Worthy v Sway, Godshill v Tichborne Park, Hambledon v Amport, Liphook & Ripsley v Sparsholt, Oakley v Langley Manor, Overton v Hursley Park, Rowledge v Valley End.
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Richard Kenway hit an unbeaten half-century as Burridge powered their way into the last 16 of the ECB national indoor sixes cricket championships with a comprehensive 97-run qualifier round victory over Goring By Sea.
With Kenway striking 52 not out and Dan Hewitt, Sully White and Dan Stancliffe all making handy contributions, Burridge posted a formidable 172-3 in 12 overs.
Burridge skipper Hewitt suggested: “They were probably a stronger side than the scoreline suggested, but they allowed us to post a massive total with some ‘friendly’ field settings.
“They weren’t familiar with the Ageas Bowl indoor hall. It’s very hard to get yourself back in to the game with that scoreboard pressure.”
Goring, the Sussex champions, keeled over for 75, with Hewitt, Nick McMurray and Stancliffe sharing the six wickets.
“Sully White’s spell was probably the highlight with a maiden in his second over and only going for 12 off his 3,” Hewitt added.
Burridge are now off to Canterbury in two weekends time when they will face either the might of Wimbledon or Broadstairs, whom Sarisbury Athletic beat in last winter’s Lord’s final.
“It’s important we adjust to playing in different indoor halls and individual team plans,” Hewitt continued.
“All in all we were very happy with the win. It was very rounded performance where everyone contributed and now we’re looking forward to Canterbury, where the standard of opposition looks formidable.”
Parley also swept into the regional finals – though Taunton in their case - with a crushing 81-run win over Isle of Wight side Ryde at Hurn.
They piled up 140-3 in 12 overs before rushing the islanders out for 59 (Craig Williams 39), with James Miller taking 3-5.
Shane Green (30) and Ollie Green (27) gave Parley the early impetus, while Alex Hippard (17) and Luke Neil (25) weighed in to put the game beyond Ryde’s reach.
Parley will play either Somerset winners North Petherton or Exeter University in the regional semi-finals at Taunton.
Newly crowned Hampshire champions Burridge bid for a place in the ECB national indoor sixes regional finals when they host Goring By Sea at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday evening, 6.30pm.
The Burridge side is: Richard Kenway, Dan Hewitt, Will Steward, Dan Stancliffe, Sully White, Nick McMurray.
Parley play Ryde in another ECB qualifier at the Hurn indoor centre, Christchurch, on Sunday, 3.30pm.
Hampshire League cricketers are bracing themselves for earlier start times this summer.
A proposal for all matches in both the County and Regional Divisions to start at 1 o’clock got unanimous thumbs up from clubs at the league’s annual meeting.
But clubs ditched the idea of reorganising the HCL from its present 18-team division structure to ten sides in each league playing each other on a home and away basis.
The length of regional division matches has been reduced by two overs to 40 per side, with bowling restrictions.
Player loans to assist short-handed clubs will be allowed in the Regional Divisions, but a proposal to vary the Laws of the Game to allocate two runs for wides and not re-bowl them except in the last over of an innings didn’t find favour with the clubs.
Local recreational club cricket has been saddened by the recent death of prominent Winchester & District stalwart and umpire Dave Kirk, aged 81.
Mr Kirk was a major contributor to recreational cricket in Hampshire, invariably stepping up and volunteering his services in the interest of cricket, including helping to develop juniors at both Chandlers Ford and the Winchester Warriors.
He was a leading figure in umpire and scorer training, organised the appointment of match officials, besides taking on a myriad of Committee roles – always fully committing himself and using his quiet and wise counsel to get everyone to pull together in the wider interest. He was a ‘do-er’ rather than an office holder and went about his business in a modest and self-effacing manner.
Dave loved cricket, qualifying both as a cricket umpire and a scorer, and later becoming a registered umpire instructor.
He was at various times Secretary, Acting Chairman, Training Officer and President of the Winchester & District Association of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (W&DACU&S), responsible for the appointment of match officials to much of outdoor and indoor cricket around Winchester.
Dave was awarded the Association Badge and Bill Cleeve Memorial Award by the Winchester & District Cricket Clubs Association and, in recognition of his significant, sustained and exemplary contribution to both the Association and to local cricket, Honorary Life Membership by the W&DACU&S.
Dave was also an influential member of the South Coast Panel of Umpires & Scorers (‘the Panel’), officiating in the Southern Premier and Hampshire Leagues, County Age Group and district cricket, and much else.
Inevitably, he became Secretary of the Panel, and later Chairman and Secretary, providing support and guidance for his fellow umpires and scorers. His contribution to the Panel was recognised by its award of Honorary Life Membership.
In recognition of his outstanding long-term service to recreational cricket, Dave was awarded the 2010 ‘Behind the Scenes’ Shepherd-Frindall Award by the ECBACO.
Dave will be fondly remembered by all who knew him, as a teacher, a mentor and friend.
The funeral service will be held at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, SO30 2HL on Thursday (February 22) at 11.30am and afterwards at the Ageas Bowl.
Paceman Jake Lilley has crossed the Great Divide to join arch ECB Southern Premier Division rivals New Milton from Bashley (Rydal).
Lilley, 26, described it as “a hard decision to leave Bashley, where I’ve played since a kid, but I still want to play Premier Division cricket.
“There wasn’t the opportunity to play first team cricket at Bashley last season and I don’t think there will be (for me) this summer.”
Talking about his move a half-mile down the road to New Milton, Lilley said: “I didn’t really see any other club to join.
“I know pretty much all the guys that play there and they are all decent blokes. “I think bowling with George Watts could be a decent combination and its something I’m looking forward to.”
Lilley has played 107 times for Bashley at first and second team level, taking a combined total of 113 wickets, in addition to his 32 scalps in a two-year spell with the Hampshire Academy.
Ironically, Jake’s father Sean, now a lead Premier League umpire, made the journey in the opposite direction over 30 years ago, leaving the Green & Golds, his first club, for Bashley (Rydal).
Burridge have line up Cape Town all-rounder Hilio de Abreu as their overseas player for the upcoming ECB Southern Premier Cricket League season.
De Abreu, who has a Portuguese passport, has been recommended to Burridge by former all-rounder Geoff Dods, who spent four seasons at the club until 2016.
The South African has scored over 1,600 in Western Province Premier League cricket for Cape Town CC and bowls off-spin.
He previously played in England in 2013, helping Hartley Country Club win the powerful Kent Premier League and making half-centuries against Beckenham and Canterbury.
Kit packed, Hampshire Seniors cricketers Mike Swain and Ian Watson are leaving the bitter cold weather behind and headed to Australia for the next month to play for the England’s Over-70s in a veteran ‘Ashes’ Series.
England’s Golden Oldies won the last ‘home’ series in 2016, with former Gosport left-hander Swain playing a lead role in the victory.
But he reckons the money will be on Australia to regain the ‘Ashes’ on home soil.
He pointed out: “It’s going to be a long and demanding ten-match tour in potentially sweltering hot conditions.
“I gather we may have only 15 players, all of whom are liable to pick up an injury or two.
“We’ve got matches in four different states, so there’s a lot of travelling involved, in addition to the cricket.
“But no one’s complaining. To still be playing cricket at 70-plus and representing your country in the process in a real bonus and a fitting climax to any player’s career. Australia is a wonderful place to go.”
The England tour begins with two matches against Western Australian veteran sides in Perth before switching to Adelaide, where the second of three matches is the first of five One Day Internationals, which will form the ‘Ashes’ Series.
The other ODIs are in Geelong and in Queensland, where the England Vets will spend the last ten days of their trip.
Opening batsman Watson, who led Deanery to five Southern League championships during his peak playing days, is battling a thumb injury to be fit for the opening tour match in Perth.
“I was struck a painful blow in the Hursley Park nets a weeks or so ago. The thumb is not broken, but is still pretty bruised and painful,” he said.
Swain and Watson will be joined on the Australia trip by Chichester Priory Park’s Andy Barnes, who is vice-captain of the England 70s team.
Retired ECB Southern Premier League chairman David Ridley has been appointed Senior Club Cricket manager of Bashley (Rydal).
His job description entails becoming the focal point of all Bashley cricket matters and being responsible for player recruitment, discipline, selection, communication with all players and liaising with the junior section.
Mr Ridley’s appointment, along with that of Steve Wilson as Club Coach, is designed to allow the captains (Michael Porter and Ross Grierson) to concentrate on leading the players on the field, to make selection as independent, consistent and balanced as possible and to spread the overall workload.
“The Management Committee are delighted that we have been able to secure the services of such an experienced and successful individual for this post,” said Bashley chairman John Neal.
“David’s massive experience as a player and in league management, will be invaluable in progressing the club forward.
Reflecting on his latest role, Mr Ridley said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge at Bashley and to helping all of the club sides and players progress.
“The club has fantastic facilities and I hope I can help with organisation so that it can achieve on-field success at all levels in the future.”
Mr Ridley, who stepped down as Premier League chairman last November after four years at the helm, has his two sons Simon and Chris playing at Bashley.
Burridge and Parley are preparing themselves for ECB indoor sixes national championship qualifying round action.
Newly crowned Hampshire champions Burridge host Sussex club Goring-by-Sea at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday evening (6.30), with the winners going forward to the south-east regional finals at Canterbury.
Parley will be looking to make Hurn Bridge home advantage count on Sunday when they host Ryde at 3.30pm. The winners go to Taunton.
Home grown leg-spin prospect Jack Myers has pulled up his Alton roots to join Surrey Championship club Dorking, a move which coincides with a job switch to Reigate.
Myers junior took 122 Southern Premier League wickets for the Brewers in 108 appearances, with a league best return of 6-32 against Burridge last summer.
Elder brother Scott explained: “Jack is living in Reigate now because of his job, and will be heading up the coaching side of things at Dorking.”
Alton, meanwhile, are lining up an as yet unnamed promising South African provincial cricketer as their overseas player for 2018.
“We’re very excited about this guy based on his current season with his province,” said Myers, who plans to make a further announcement once the player's visa application has been approved.
Alton have attracted a tasty pre-season programme with April trips to Sussex League pair Three Bridges and Ifield before hosting Burridge. Their ECB Southern Premier League programme begins against Bashley (Rydal) at the Jubilee Ground on May 5.
Burridge. Back (from left) Suji Wickramasinghe, Dan Stancliffe, Marc Campopiano. Front: Sully White, Dan Hewitt, Will Steward.
Burridge are Hampshire’s new indoor sixes cricket champions.
They carried off the county trophy for the first time – and ended Sarisbury Athletic’s reign as ECB national champions – with two convincing displays in the Ageas Bowl finals.
Having beaten Waterlooville in the semi-finals, they thrashed Sarisbury Athletic by 54 runs to clinch a place in the upcoming ECB qualifiers.
Dan Hewitt (36) and Marc Campopiano (28) top scored as Burridge posted 135-3 against the Ville, who were dismissed for 121, Jon Hudson making 32.
Sarisbury Athletic, fielding only one of the side which was crowned national sixes champions at Lord’s last March, trimmed Longparish by 34 runs in the second semi-final.
But were no match for Burridge in the county final, Campopiano’s unbeaten 40 powering his side to 145-3 against Sarisbury’s modest 91-4.
Burridge 135-3 (Hewitt 36, Campopiano 28) Waterlooville 121 (Hudson 32). Burridge won by 14 runs.
Sarisbury Athletic 124-3 (J Hill 25, Sanders 23, Wright 23) Longparish 90-5 (Giles 19, Wright 2-17). Sarisbury Athletic won by 34 runs.
Burridge 145-3 (Campopiano 40) Sarisbury Athletic 91-4 (Mitcheson 38). Burridge won by 54 runs.
If Burridge beat Sussex champions Goring by Sea in the qualifier at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday week, February 17 (6.30), they will play in the south-east regional finals at Canterbury.
Hampshire suffered a 75-run defeat by Trinidad & Tobago in their second Caribbean 50-over tournament match at Windward Sports Club, having previously been beaten by their Barbados hosts.
They were dismissed for 207 after Trinidad had posted 282-8 in 50 overs, Jimmy Adams (49), Tom Alsop (43) and Brad Taylor (35) top scoring against West Indies ODI spin specialist Sunil Narine (3-20).
Hampshire are without England trio James Vince, Brad Dawson and Mason Crane, alongside South African pair Karl Abbot and Riley Rossouw, whereas the host Island sides are fielding all their International stars.
Hampshire 227-7 lost to Barbados Pride 231-3 by seven wickets
Hampshire lost their opening game at the Super 50 in Barbados, despite a first senior limited-overs half-century for Joe Weatherley.
Barbados Pride reached their target with 21 balls and seven wickets to spare on a slow wicket at the Three Ws Oval, writes the Daily Echo's Simon Walter.
Hampshire lost three early wickets before a fourth-wicket stand of 112 between Sean Ervine and Weatherley ensured they had a total to bowl at.
Calvin Dickinson (9) was caught behind in the fourth over and Tom Alsop (12) and captain Jimmy Adams (3) were dismissed in quick succession as Hampshire limped to 29-3 after 14.
But Ervine and Weatherley excelled against an attack including West Indies stars Kemar Roach and Roston Chase.
Ervine was caught and bowled for a 67-ball 63 after a leading edge against off-spinner Chase.
Weatherley reached a 76-ball fifty in the following over only to be dismissed by former Windies slow left-armer Sulieman Benn two deliveries later, leaving Hampshire 147-6 after 37.
Both batsmen hit two sixes and Lewis McManus followed their lead during the last ten overs, hitting three maximums in his 41-ball 47.
McManus put on 48 in nine overs with Brad Taylor, who impressed with a fluent 20.
Barbados were 61-3 in the 16th over of their reply.
Brad Wheal had opener Kevin Stoute (2) caught behind with his second ball and Fidel Edwards bowled Kraigg Brathwaite (12)in the tenth over before Chris Wood claimed the scalp of Shai Hope, who was caught by Gareth Berg for 34 (44 balls).
But Jonathan Carter (92no) and Chase (85no) shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 168 in 31.1 overs to ensure a comfortable victory for the home side.
Hampshire play Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
Hampshire bowling: Edwards 8.5-0-39-1,Wheal 6-0-29-1, Berg 6-0-28-0, Taylor 10-0-47-0, Wood 8.2-0-50-1, Weatherley 7-1-36
Trevor Pittman, left, has been awarded Honorary Lifetime Member status after stepping down after a hugely successful eight-year stint as South Wits cricket chairman.
He has been succeeded by former first team captain James Hayward, who (at 31) becomes the youngest Southern Premier League chairman.
"Trevor has been an incredible servant for the club, having previously skippered our Hampshire League sides and, during his period as chairman, overseen a number of development projects at Bemerton," Hayward said.
"He was at the forefront of the refurbishment of the Academy ground pavilion, the three lane practice nets and the two electronic scoreboards, which have combined to make South Wilts one of the nicest places anywhere to play.
"He’s left me a strong club to take over and I am hugely grateful to him. It’s been a pleasure working with him the last 8 years. Let’s hope I’ve learned a thing or two.
"There's lots to do but it’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to".
Hayward plans to get more players involved on the management committee and helping run and shape the futurer of the Wilton Road club.
"It's going to be a challenge as we face rising costs year on year," he warned
"I'm under no illusions there’s lots to do but will be looking for plenty of support. We will hopefully have some fun along the way with a few events and exhibition games."
Former Gosport Borough cricketer Chris Lynn's batting fireworks have earned him a whopping AUD1.86 million after he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 Indian Premier League auction.
Lynn was the highest-paid Australian in the player auction, ahead of Mitchell Starc ($1.8 million to KKR), and ex-South Wilts all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was bought by Ricky Ponting's Delhi Daredevils for $1.75 million.
Lynn played Southern Premier League Division 3 cricket for Gosport Borough in 2008 as a raw 18-year old, scoring 754 runs for the Privett Park club. Ironically, he didn't win the SPL3 batting award that season. Hartley Wintney's fellow Aussie Adam Bull, with 848 runs, beat him to it.
The start of pre-season friendlies is only about ten weeks away now and the calendar on your office wall is only a few days from flipping over to February. Winter net practice will soon be under way and the cricket season will soon emerge on the horizon.
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In the next week 'the crease' will bring you snips from Basingstoke & North Hants, Burridge, Hartley Wintney and South Wilts - not to mention all the rule changes set to be presented to the Hampshire League clubs at their February AGM .... !
Waterlooville and south-east Hants cricket is mourning the death, after a short illness, of Brian Ravenhall, who had been associated with the Rowlands Avenue club for over four decades, originally as a player and, after his retirement, an umpire, scorer, barman and overall hugely loyal clubman.
Brian kept wicket for Waterlooville's second and third teams and latterly umpired and scored in Hampshire League matches. In the winter months, he umpired regularly in the South East Hants Indoor Cricket League, who observed a minute's silence in his memory last weekend.
A retired accountant, he was a loyal supporter of Hampshire cricket, following the county home and away. He had a stint as treasurer of the Hampshire Cricket Society, alongside supporting Coventry City.
Brian's funeral will take place at The Oaks Havant Crematorium, Bartons Road, Havant PO9 5NA, on Monday 12 February at 11.30am. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Naomi House Hospice via the funeral directors - Searsons, 18 Park Parade, Leigh Park, Havant PO9 5AD.
Afterwards there will be a wake at Waterlooville Cricket Club, Rowlands Avenue PO7 7RT.
Past Ventnor and Hambledon all-rounder Nono Pongolo is celebrating his maiden five-wicket haul in South African provincial cricket after bowling Gauteng to a seven-run win over Boland in the CSA Provincial 1-day 50-over Challenge at Johannesburg University.
The 28-year old, who spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Ventnor and subsequently played at Hambledon, took 5-29 as Gauteng narrowly defended 273-7, Pongolo hitting a late and valuable 36 not out. Boland were dismissed for 266.
Pongolo spent the 2017 UK season playing for Newcastle & Hartshill in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League and plans to return to the Potteries this summer.
Tom Scrivens' ICC Under-19 World Cup dream is over after England were sent leg-spinning out of the competition by Australia in the quarter-finals in picturesque Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island earlier today.
The promising Hampshire Academy all-rounder experienced a disappointing last eight game, bowling only two wicketless overs (for 15) before being run out by a direct hit for a first ball duck as England collapsed to 96 all out in response to Australia's 127 all out.
Somerset's Tom Banton made 58 for England, who were totally mesmerised by Adelaide teenage leg spinner Lloyd Pope, who took an amazing 8-35 off 9.4 overs, the best bowling figures ever recorded in the U19 CWC.
England had seemingly been cruising at 47-0 in their run chase before Pope struck, the red-haired leggie taking 3-2 in the space of 10 balls to give the Aussies a sniff. England later moved on to 71-3, but lost their last six wickets for 25 after Banton had been caught at first slip reverse sweeping Pope.
Former Hampshire left-arm seamer James Tomlinson will fill the Club’s role of Player Development Manager.
Within the role, Tomlinson will be responsible for both managing and delivering the player pathway whilst also overseeing all boys County age group sides and Regional Performance Centres.
The 35-year-old, who made his Hampshire debut back in 2002, featured for the County in a career spanning 14 years and one which saw him claim 419 wickets, before announcing his retirement in 2016.
Throughout his time at the Ageas Bowl, Tomlinson was a popular figure among fans – not only for his on-field contributions but also for his humorous personality – and since retirement, has been heavily involved with the Hampshire age-group, development and Academy sides. His new position will see him continue to help grow and develop the game and those playing it within the County.
Director of Cricket, Giles White said: “To have someone with James’ playing experience and passion in this role is a huge plus for our player pathway. We have successfully changed the structure in recent times and we see this appointment as another progressive move in our development process.”
Tomlinson takes the reigns of the position vacated by Matt Drakeley, who has overseen the running of the player pathway since taking up the role in 2014.
Head of Player Development, Charlie Freeston said: “Matt has since been instrumental in overseeing and running a vast and highly successful Player Pathway. He has overseen many changes and transitions within his time and will be missed by staff, parents and players alike - I would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.”