Hambledon’s national Village Cup preliminary round tie against Bramshaw on Easter Sunday (1pm) will go ahead after near perfect drying conditions of the past few days have dried out the Ridge Meadow pitch and outfield.
It’s the earliest date either club has played in decades, Calmore Sports’ success in the past two seasons having coincided with Hampshire having the highest county entry in the competition, meaning an unusually early date for the opening round.
Hambledon are buzzing after back-to-back Southern Premier League promotions and are keen to have a long overdue run in the Village Cup in which they were Lord’s finalists back in 1989.
Henry Glanfield is a fitness worry for the Dons, having injured his left ring finger when he fell off his bike.
“Fortunately, its not my bowling hand and provided I can grip the top of the bat I should be okay. Catching the ball may be a problem,” he said.
Visitors Bramshaw reached the Hampshire county final last year and were beaten by Calmore, who went on to reach the Lord's final for the second consecutive season.
They knocked out Paultons, Easton & Martyr Worthy and Sparsholt, with run gun Tom Arnold scoring almost 300 runs,
Hambledon: James Marshall, George Marshall, Henry Glanfield, Jonty Oliver, Spencer Leclercq, Mark Butcher, Will Parvin, Ben Reilly, George Harding, James Restall, Shahryar Khan
Bramshaw: Zane D’Monte, Tom Arnold, Simon Booth, Dan Eckton, Jonty Loveless, Michael Kingston, Sergio D’Monte, Bailey Loveless, Ollie Vincent, Ethan Humby, Kaush Patel.