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Captain (shared) Fixtures Secretary Jon Keynes, Gareth Haskett
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Chidham & Hambrook Cricket Club would like to thank CMA Financial Recruitment Ltd for supplying us new wicket keeping pads, gloves and home match cricket balls to complete our 2010 season.

Sept 12 v Bosham (Sunday) Scorecard

They think it's all over. It is now!

The final match of the season and what a finale. Batting first Chidham and Hambrook made 232 with notable innings by Mat (62), Ben (43) and Josh (35). Peter, Gareth and Paul O also made it into double figures.

The Bosham reply was going well with a left/right combination at the crease and at 103 for 3 with 20 overs to go it was anyone's game. Josh was on fire from the far end 0 for 13 off 8 (3 maidens) and Ben's 4 for 25 off 9 destroyed the middle order.

But when Steve Clark took a chance at mid off to dismiss the dangerous left hander, off the bowling of JK, it was good night Bosham. 150 all out.

What a season it's been, wonderful weather, great cricket with lots to report on, and as wonderful a bunch of team mates you could have had the pleasure of playing with. It's been a privilege to have been there.

Thanks to all who made it possible. Until next year..anyone for ping pong?

Paul's blog
 Clear day, good toss to lose, 2.5 hrs of batting each side, all out after 2.25hrs and 232 runs scored, handsome tea had by all, opposition all out 150ish, early to pub, late home, great!

MotM: Josh. Best he has bowled all season.
Second, Matt - best he has batted all season and set the tone for some great middle order attacking. In particular when Ben and POD got together, I feared for the opposition.

Champagne moment: Down the pub (obviously), Boshams captain's chair collapsed and as he made the difficult decision to abandon his drink in favour of breaking his fall, Jono was there to catch the full pint . His best of the season!

Just a great season and thank you to everyone. Its great being part of this team.

The Boundary Cup - Hawks v Emsworth (A) - - - - Scorecard

The Chidham and Hambrook Hawks took their first ever silverware with an impressive win over near rivals Emsworth to clinch The Boundary Cup.

A superb opening partnership of 91, Mat 54 & Paul 27 followed by a crushing 64 from Justin, gave The Hawks their best 40 over total ever of 238.

All bowlers bowled well with Clive and Justin 3 wickets each, Andy 2 and Steve 1, leaving Emsworth 166-9 off their 36 overs.

Skipper Haskett commented, "Although it was a great win the best part of the contest was the spirit and camaraderie the game was played in".

It was drinks all round as the winning side were wined and dined in The Coal Exchange after the game by a gallant Emsworth team.

Congratulations to both teams for a great series this year.
Thur Aug 5th Hawks v All Stars (H)
Hawks twinkle as All Stars fail to shine!  

The All Stars won the toss and elected to bat! Tommy W opened from the pavilion end and The All Stars were one down inside 3 balls, the bats man walking after a thick edge to the keeper! Welcome back safe hands Neil behind for The Hawks.

Josh steamed in from the far end and following consecutive boundaries in his second over (one off the edge) Ben snaffled a great catch 10 yards in from the rope after an ever so slight correction.

37 for 2 off 8.

First change saw Matt enter the attack assisted by some first class saves on the boundary by Paul O'Donohue. Ben Gottersman took the third wicket, Ct. & Bld. with his 3rd ball, and at the half way mark The All stars were 47 for 3.

Keith Davey had lots of time to ponder a catch in the 13 th off Matt's bowling, but he took it well. A ball described as having “a lot of air time”.

Ben accounted for the left hander, first ball in the 14 th and then Mat had a great final over of his spell, Andy W taking a catch off the 1st and 4th balls!

More amazing than Steve's first ball demolition off the stumps in the 17th was that he got through the rest of the over in the regulation 6 balls!

Keith mopped up the tail, clean bowling the number nine and ten.

All Stars 93 all out.

Mat and Paul opened the reply, and it was Mat who set the pace getting off the mark with 2 fours in the first over. Paul gave a confident shout of NO to his first ball. There was never going to be a run, as he chipped it into the hands of the fielder close in on the on side!

Andy W was kept in check for a few over's before taking advantage of a few loose ones in the 5th . He then edged a rising ball behind with the score on 22.

Paul O'D was off the mark first ball with a nick behind evading the keeper, and then came The All Stars first bowling change and with it more aggressive batting. Paul was dropped hitting out over the bowlers head in a ‘racy over', but tight fielding meant runs were to be at a premium.

32 for 2 off 8, and only 2 more runs were added in 2 over's before Paul was caught at short fine leg.

Ben came in and soon Mat retired on 26, leaving Neil to bring up the 50 in the 12th .

This was a new batting partnership for The Hawks and was to produce some clubbing cricket after an early communication scare.

66 for 3 off 13 before another bowling change, the slower pace deceiving Neil, caught at square leg.

Gareth came in and then went out, chipping to the fielder whose colleague was running off with a nose bleed!

Josh came in to the non strikers end, the batters having crossed. Ben took a boundary and then nicked the strike with a single!

78 for 5 off 15

Four from Man of the Match Ben off the first ball next over lead to his retirement on 26. It was the Keith in, Josh OUT (bowled for 2) and Tommy in to hit the winning runs!

Hawks win by 4 wickets.

July 8 Hawks v Bosham (home) Scorecard
This was the Hawks first match against Bosham, who play league cricket and could be a stern test.
Sponsored by The Berkley arms and skippered by Martian Furrell, Bosham made a good start by winning the toss, but played into the Hawks hands by asking them to bat first, a situation they relish.

Not a good start - Matt clean bowled in the first over! With two late comers unable to find the ground Keith and David helped Bosham out in the field, but were fortunately untroubled as a second wicket fell in the third over; Neil with an inside edge on to his pad and then the stumps - met with a huge giggle from the pavilion as Matt looked on!
11 for 2 off 3

Andy Wild joined opener Paul at the crease, but it was soon 3 down as Paul miss judged a full toss, one of many, another clean bowled.

Paul O'D was off the mark first ball with a 4 as the ship steadied.
22 for 3 off 4

39 for 3 off 7
A cheesed off Cheshire looked on as full toss followed full toss, and Paul hit the first 6 of the innings in the eighth, before Andy was out, yet again clean bowled for 10. Confused by the straight one in an erratic over.

Keith joined Paul hoping to continue his recent return to form, but next ball The Hawks had two new batsmen at the wicket when Paul smashed a 4 and retired on 27.
Josh was immediately in the game with 4 first ball.
21 coming off the 8 th over
11 coming off the 9 th
71 for 4 off 9

Keith scored successive boundaries, both hooked to leg - Matt looked crestfallen on the pavilion steps as the middle order filled their boots. 82 for 4 of 10

Josh made 10 before being caught at mid-wicket, making way for Tommy W, 4 days shy of his 18 th birthday, and full match fees. Anyone wishing to sponsor Tommy needs to contact his dad urgently.

Matt twiddling his thumbs decided at this point to take an interest in the game and took up a fielding position behind the ropes, and just in front of his car!

The 100 came up in the 14 th with a lofted 4 over the bowlers head by Tommy.

Keith retired to huge cheer from the Hawks, JK entered the fray and Tommy started to hit out-6 into the grounds mans hut and retirement as Matt reached for his car keys.
123 for 5 of 17

JK and David knocked singles easily and a rare 4 from Dave was cheered like a century before another clean bowled! JK making way for Steve C, who was off the mark with a cheeky one following a great call from David at the far end.
139 for 6 off 20.

The Hawks took the field at 7.25pm in glorious sunshine, with their largest 20-20 total this season backing them up.

David Loten opened the attack...
First ball 6

Second ball 4 Em! Could we have under estimated Bosham?

Dave had revenge in his second over with a catch to Matt with Keith in close attendance, followed soon afterwards by the same combination.

Andy W was unlucky to have one put down by Tommy-but it was into full sun, son!

Andy then took a catch off Steve Clark and the pair later swopped roles as Steve snatched one at the second attempt off Andy's bowling in the deep.

Josh had a fine spell and a clean bowled, with Keith chipping in for the 6 th wicket-again an Andy Wild catch, who was having an exceptional match made even better when Neil took a catch off his bowling in fading light.

Andy finishing with figures of 3 for 14 off 3 overs as The Hawks kept it tight in the field, restricting Bosham to 118 for 8 and victory by 21 runs.

June 30 Hawks v Compton (away) Scorecard

Last ball thriller sees Hawks triumph!

The ever improving Hawks stiffest challenge yet came at Compton this week. Local rules had two over's each and no lbw. Compton as the home team supplied the ball, a white one! Yet again Gareth called correctly and asked Compton's skipper, Keith Turner to field.

Andy W and Paul W opened the innings on what must be the most picturesque ground on the South Downs. Paul's recent run of good form came to an abrupt end in the second when he top edged a quick one to the keeper for 4. Andy also skied one in the third and seemed to give up on the run! He soon took off half way down the pitch when he was dropped by the fielder, running backwards and trying to take the catch over his shoulder-a big let off!

Gareth started well with a 4 and a 5 (over throws) before chipping one back to the bowler for 10. Compton's skipper called over number six as one having “a dodgy start but got better”, two wide's followed by a single and then a Yorker, bowling Andy for 10.
22 for 3 off 6

JK and Ben were now at the crease. Ben was immense off his legs with a 6 and 4 in the seventh and another 6 in the eighth, later to retire with a 4 in the next over.
72 for 3 off 10.

Josh joined JK under instructions as he got to the middle to “run the first hard, in case a second was on”. Two over's later JK was run out taking the first too easy and not making the second! Do as I say, not as I do! Jon's 14 was made up of all singles except for one swash buckling 2.

Josh made 17 with two fine boundaries before being bowled and Paul O Donohue followed in the same manor soon afterwards for 3.
104 for 6 off 16

Tommy Wild and Justin were now together, but not for long. Justin bowled for a single 6. Tommy and Dave Loten looked set to complete the remaining over's, Dave playing second fiddle with six singles in his not out, but with two balls to go Tommy had to retire on 27. Steve Clark was 1 not out off one ball-not a bad run rate, as The Hawks finished on,

139 for 7 off 20.

Tommy gave the Hawks a great start with a wicket in his first over, after being hit for 6 over Josh's head, Justin Dyssel swopped places and took the catch on the ropes. Justin was in action soon afterwards bowling the number 3 with his third ball and the number 4 with his fourth! Compton, 3 down and opener Tip Top not having faced a ball. Tommy soon had his second with a catch to dad behind the stumps.

In the field The Hawks were ferocious, typified by Ben and Tommy's sickening collision as they both went for the same catch-both ending up in a heap on the floor, fortunately Ben with the ball in hand!
33 for 5!

When Ben recovered to bowl Tip top for 20, Compton were all over the place. Paul W maintained his concentration, after a slight juggle, to take a catch off Josh for the seventh wicket and next ball Tommy held another. Josh's hat trick ball was too good for the bats man, but too high for the stumps as well.
48 for 8.

Compton had one retirement leaving skipper Turner and the number eleven to attempt respectability. Dave L and Paul O'D kept things tight, but the tail was wagging well as Compton's most experienced bats men pushed and pulled. The Left/Right combination keeping the fielders moving, especially Gareth in the covers. With two over's to go Compton had fought back to need 22 off 12 balls and were sure to start hitting out.
Steve Clark missed a difficult run out after diving to his right to stop a straight drive off of his own bowling, which unfortunately resulted in over throws. A poor over, but Andy Wild defending 8 off the last over, was backed up superbly in the field; one more wicket and a sublime save in the deep by Tommy, and his 8 foot arm, saved the day. Needing 2 off the last ball, a nick to Clark at fine leg and an under arm return to the keeper limited the home team to one run.
138 for 9 off 20

With the last three batters scoring 27, 30 and 23 respectively. Hawks win by 1 run.

We'll end on a quote from JK.

Maggie Thatcher, Paul O Donohue, Winston Churchill, Ben Gottesman, Bobby Charlton, Charlie Chaplin, Paul Walmsley, Tommy Wild, Oscar Wild, Justin Dyssel, Donald Campbell, Andy Wild, Admiral Nelson, Josh Hasket, Steve Redgrave, Stevie Wonder Clarke, Ernest Shakleton, Gareth Haskett, Duke Of Wellington, David Loten, Bobby Moore, Johhnnny Keynes!! WOOOHOOO!!!
They don't like it up 'em!!!  

24 June
Hawks v Lavant (Home)
Hawks won by 10 Runs

Due the sheer volume of sport on TV at the moment your reporter is filing this copy a bit late and under the cloud of our proud nation's abject failure to perform in South Africa. On the day after our footballers where knocked out I had to turn the sport section back 6 pages to read the report of our cricketers one day series win over the old enemy Australia. Not only that but The Hawks first forty over Sunday game was cancelled by Walberton in order that their team could watch the game against Germany. What is wrong with the world??

Anyway, The Hawks return match against Lavant started badly as skipper Haskett lost the toss. Lavant skipper Richard called heads and elected to bowl.

Matt and Paul opened as usual and as the tractor next door safely gathered in, both were off the mark quickly. Matt with a square 4 which must have pitched on the rope, but Neil umpiring at square leg was quick to signal 4- never one to give too much away, especially to Matt! Paul's opening 4 was straight over the bowlers head, after taking a quick one on the knuckles from Lavant pace man operating from the pavilion end.

20 off 3 overs

The quickie pitched the first ball of the fourth up, and clean bowled Mat (10), bringing Andy W to the crease, who was then kept busy with his succession of Yorkers before hitting the last ball for four to get off the mark in the same style as the openers.

30 for 1 off 5

The keeper had a shocker in the sixth dropping a nick from Paul, Andy then hit straight four into the cornfield where the retrieving fielder also had a shocker from the electric fence! The home skipper sadly forgot to inform the opposition of that local hazard! Paul recovered well with a fine leg side six in the seventh, taking the score onto 46 - Walmsley on the back of 2 retirements was on great form consistently nicking the bowling from Andy W, who remarked to your reporter (umpiring in order to get inside information for your benefit) what a “fine partnership” this was! Paul was out next ball caught at square length 23.

52 for 2 off 9

Skipper Haskett senior came in at four and Andy opened up immediately with a 4 past square leg umpire at head height to retired on 27.

This meant 2 new batsmen at the crease on zero as Dave L joined Gareth. Dave made it off the mark with an edge through the vacant slip taking the score at the end of the eleventh to 66 for 2.

Gareth hit out in the next over but was caught on the pavilion ropes by a fine catch. As the sun dipped, the ball started to take off and the run rate slowed; not helped by Andy w, umpiring, calling Neil for a short run in the 15 th

83 for 3 off 15.

Paul O'Donohue, was padded up and stalking the boundary ready for action as Lavant tried to keep things tight with pace one end and spin the other. Neal was after the slower bowler but kept picking out the fielder, but together with Dave the ones and twos kept the score ticking over, and Paul at bay. Even the edges were going The Hawks way, one in particular through the keepers gloves saving Dave.

The eighth over was a turning point in the innings, Neil finally let loose. First ball, a big six into the car park, just failing to hit Gareth's car! Followed soon after by a four and retirement on 26. Paul finally came in and hit a leg side four first ball as the score rattled into 3 figures.

112 for 3 off 18

Paul top edged a catch to fine leg trying to force the pace and JK came in looking like a Swan Vesta in his red helmet only to be run out without facing.

Keith (4n.o) and Dave (14n.o), with family looking on, saw the final over out with some good running between the wickets as The Hawks finished on

121 for 5

Matt and Josh opened the attack, and it was Haskett jnr. Who made the first breakthrough - his 4 overs for 15 and two wickets was an impressive piece of pace bowling. The Hawks fielding was immense both in front of the wicket and behind, with Neil mopping up even the widest Steve Clark's deliveries!

Clark pitched in with1 wicket, caught Josh, for 13 off 2- he should have had another but Matt failed to snap up a dolly at mid off, and Dave Loten took 2 for 19 off of his 4 over's.

The fielding was sharp with two run outs and fine catches particularly Gareth's close in, getting his body behind a well hit shot and taking the pace off with his torso before pocketing the ball.

It all looked to be plain sailing as Lavant's last man came into the wicket with four over's to go. JK was to bowl his last over and everything looked rosie, the number 11 then hit him for 2 x 6s and a 4, spoiling his figure of 2 for 36 off 4

But yet again skipper Haskett turned to Keith Davey in a tight spot and he took the final wicket. Lavant finishing on 112 all out off 18, and the no 11 high and dry on 25 not out off 9 balls

Hawks win- again!!

Champagne moment - the Lavant scorer getting locked in the toilet.

Bring on Compton, away on Wednesday 30th June! The mighty Hawks will have to be on tip top form!

June 17 The Hawks v Emsworth (Home)
I'm reminded of the immortal words of Phil Lynott, "the boys are back in town", well fortress Ashling anyway. What a game. Well done to Jon and Gareth for getting it on, the game that is.
Beautiful evening, cloud-free, strong breeze on a pitch that offered bounce to a fuller delivery but sat up to be hit for anything less.
For the first time this season Hawks were put into bat. The pressure of setting a score rather than chasing one coupled with some decent accurate bowling, seemed to really get to the top three batsmen. Hawks only managing a handful of runs. In fact at the end of 6 overs they were 11 for 4 with Walmsley and Phillips picking up their first ducks of the season. Things were indeed looking gloomy on this fairest of days. The prospect of watching football at 7.30 was looking likely.
Gareth Haskett with Emsworth skipper Dave Wells
Then enter Jon Keynes. He steadied the ship hitting the boundary, pushing the single with test match standard batting for the next 6 overs.O'Donoghue and Haskett blazed away at the other end and there was a sigh of relief as the Hawks passed the 50 mark in the 13th over.
An unfortunate stumping saw the demise of Keynes for a tantalising 24, but this was not the end of JK's contribution. Exit vice captain enter captain. Earlier Gareth had joked about going down the order and then having to get us out of trouble. Little did he realise how prophetic those words were to become. Straight away he set about the bowling in tandem with Tommy Wild. The Hawks were going along at 10 an over. Gareth retired at 25 leaving Dave to partner Tommy who finished the innings with two sixes in a final over that produced 16 runs, setting a target of 114, which was unimaginable half an hour earlier.
Then the bowlers managed to bowl 20 overs for 110 runs with a lot of help in the field from some underused top order batsmen.

Only kidding Dave.
Hawks had been given a sniff of victory by a middle order and tail that wagged the initiative from Emsworth.
Tommy was held back and opening was left to Chesshire who was much fresher by now. First over and a wicket the pendulum was definitely swinging. Josh was steaming in, having had nearly a week of pent-up aggression and claimed his victim in the fourth over.
Then problem. Two of Emsworth's young guns put on 40 runs. One retired on 25, but Chesshire came back on to to claim his second wicket thanks to Loten's safe pair of hands at gulley.
Emsworth were looking to accelerate, but enter Keynes starting his spell with 4 dots and giving away just 2 runs it was a critical stage, suddenly the run rate was up to 8 per over, Tommy was bowling well but no wickets. How was it all going to end? Emsworth had two experienced batsmen in, who were determined to finish the game victorious.
However the Hawks had Josh who finished his second spell with the fastest delivery of the season. The scene was set. The final over. Nine runs required. Keynes had gone for ten the previous over. What to do?
The cherry was passed to last week’s hero Davey. First ball, cracking on drive, two runs. Then single, no run, single, wicket, single, job done!
M.O.M. impossible to call!

Skippers Corner
Great Game, Great Result winning by 3 Runs.
I would just like to say everyone deserves a mention so here goes.

Neil for stopping everything that was hurled at him gloves, pads and chest on occasions.
David for what he does best Line and Length and then unleashing a totally unplayable delivery.
Paul, Rob and Paul for patrolling deep square and deep fine leg, stopping boundaries and keeping two’s down to one’s – our denizens of the deep.
Mat and Josh for pace and aggression with the opening overs and then coming back through the mid and end overs, also Josh for his cameo innings.
Keith – what a last over, nerves of steel.
Tommy who bowled with pace and kept the batsman on the back foot and then scoring 26 not out at the end, deserved vote from Emsworth for MoM
Carol for her scoring and her little fingers feverously pencilling in the little boxes for the stats that we love.
Lastly Jon for his calm batting under pressure and bringing us back into the game when I think we all thought we were in the mire.

Best Regards Skip

June 10
The Hawks v The Bell (away)
Skipper Haskett and the Bells Ian Blackman tossed up on what looked more like a ploughed field than a cricket square at Chichester University, for The Hawks second match in two days. Bowlers were to be limited to 2 overs a piece, no lbw and slow to medium bowling only.
Gareth called heads and yet again won, electing to bowl-surprise, surprise! The strip was damp, skies overcast after an afternoon of rain and the boundary was in another county. It looked like a low scoring game.

Dave ‘stitch in time saves nine’ Loten took the opening over and answered the skippers decision to drop him last match with a wicket off his 4th ball. Steve Clark backed him up at the other end, happy in the knowledge that The Bell allowed the umpire to call a maximum of 2 wide’s per over! He was how ever amazed a ball was called wide when hitting a length on middle stump and flying over the batters head. The pitch was living up to it’s reputation as a lively one. 17 for 1 off 4

Jon Keynes entered the attack early and his first ball was tossed up, given plenty of air and was nicked to slip where Andy ‘safe hands’ Wild took a sharp catch. Second ball to the new batsman was middled-straight back to JK for an excellent caught and bowled. 2 balls 2 wickets.
For his hat trick ball Jon ran in with visions of glory and having to buy a round afterwards. Forward defensive, dot ball and Jon was mighty relived!

Josh was hooked for 4 off his first ball, using his full run up! He quickly changed to a two stride run up and had more success with dot after dot after dot.. 25 for 3 off 6

The 8th over was eventful, again with the pitch taking centre stage. Off the reduced 2 yard run up Josh bowled one that the batsman, with no helmet on, tried to hook and took a nasty hit on the head that floored him for a few minutes. The Hawks need no reminder of what this pitch can do, it was here two years ago that opener Pete Clark ended the match in A & E with a sizable dry cleaning bill! Josh turned to spin.
Andy Wild took a wicket with one of his slower balls in his first over then it was over to Matt to see how he would cope having to take a few mph off his delivery.
Matt’s 6th ball was hammered in the air though covers to the right of Gareth who leapt ‘like a salmon’ to take the catch. Neil said “he was almost in the air”! A contender for Champagne moment if ever there was one. 58 for 5 off 11
Keith chipped in with a wicket in his first when a top edge was again caught by the skipper, in an impressive spell, capped by a Caught and bowled in his second.
The Hawks catching has defiantly improved this year, and it was a shame Jon felt the need to pull out of a difficult forward diving chance in the deep, preferring to keep his teeth-need to sign up to Den Plan Jon and next time have a go. Paul W was the unlucky bowler with the Paddington hard stare.
Paul O’D teamed up with Gareth to complete the 20 overs in more ways than one. It was of Paul’s bowling that the skipper ran out the number 9 with a bullet like return and direct hit. This was not the only cat like fielding, Steve’s return from the boundary, about 400 yards away, was also a direct hit-the only trouble was it took half an hour to get there!
Unfortunately this let back in the only Bell stroke player, Clint Moore, to have retired, and he went on to fire 43 before becoming the last wicket to fall Ct Paul W of the bowling of Paul O’D. 112 all out.

Matt carrying a shoulder injury, no doubt picked up marking home work, opened with Paul W and the pair had a solid start. Paul in particular dominating the early overs, raced on to retire for the second match running. 33 off 6 without loss.

The Bell were determined that fielder Brian Edmonds (earlier hit on the head by Josh) was not going to complete the game, when a collision on the ropes saw him taking a ice pack off his head and onto his leg. The Hawks sportingly substituted a fielder for him while he received treatment. Andy W was caught 2nd ball and Matt was out the same way for 11 soon afterwards.

Neil was determined to remove the variable bounce from the equation by dancing down the track to the pitch of the ball. Given out stumped by Steve C-well he couldn’t exercise his finger with no lbw’s so had to get involved somehow. 56 for 3 off 11

When Gareth nicked a wide one to the keeper Keith came in looking to end his run of ducks, and it turned out to be a lovely come back. Keith finishing undefeated on 22. Paul O’D was also stumped (Steve again at square leg), bringing Josh to the wicket, getting off the mark first ball with a straight drive for 2. He soon after caught on the ropes after a juggle, when trying to force the pace as the run rate crept up due to some fine tight bowling on a pitch The Bell perform well on. 99 for 6 off 19

13 to tie off 6 balls it was up to Keith and Jon to have a go…

Dot ball 99
2 edge through slip 101
1 with the keeper sprinting to leg 102
1 and a tight second resulting in JK being run out 103
Dave Loten takes the field 2 105
8 required of the last ball!
Dot. Keith not out 22
105 for 7. 8 runs short on a shocker of a pitch that must surely improve if this fixture is to continue…

Your reporters Man of The Match?
For what it’s worth, with his cat like performance, and not making me bat, Skipper Haskett.
But, big respect to Paul W for carrying his bat, both on the way out and on the way in!

View from the boundary, Paul's Blog -all other blogs failed to pass the censor!
Tricky one to be funny about.The Bell's latest hustle is slow bowling (last season was wide bowling) on a very dodgy pitch, that made Swampy's look placid. Maybe a bit harsh, but I suspect there may be some extra zip from our frustrated attack for the return in July. Certainly our plan A bowling attack seemed disappointed best personified by Josh our mercurial fast bowler. Dave managed consistency but was again not happy with the ease at which he removed the opening batsman ( really Dave I thought you would of filled your boots).
Therefore plan B, 2 overs each. Up pops Jonny with 2 deceptively straight full tosses of the friendly variety and though and behold he was on a hatrick. Some much improved fielding in particular Paul O, Gareth and Keith. It was definitely a smart move using our hands, instead the various other parts used in other games, as we managed to take our catches as well as run batsman out.
The upshot of all this is we got them all out within 19 overs. Well done 10 wickets was a great effort. However getting over 110 runs was going to require graft, guts and some luck.I think we had all three but were just one big hit short of victory ( unlucky Josh, from the other end you would of cleared the rope).
Special mention to Keith whose all round performance with a monkey (or should that be a duck) well and truly thrown off his back. My M.O.M. 2nd place Neil it was a great performance with the gloves especially early on.You were the only person to face 20 overs on that dangerous pitch and the way some of our old habits are creeping back in it was probably more like 24. No wonder you did not fancy a bat. Well done mate!
Yours Westgate's mystery mankini boy.
June 9 The Hawks v DACD (away)

For this hastily arranged away match in Rowlands castle Skipper Haskett made more cuts than an incoming Tory chancellor. Dropped; Loten. Warlmsley, O'Donohue, Phillips,and Davey.

It was a welcome return to Rob 'the motivator' Richards and in line with the Hawks youth policy, in came the brothers Wild to join other youth team players Vigor Haskett and Clark.

Gareth and DACD skipper John shook hands a on a wonderful evening and The Hawks won the toss, electing to field.

Wild Snr. put on the gloves and was possible looking for early excuses after a wardrobe malfunction. Pointing out to the kit man that new pads were needed due to ‘broken buckle'. Tommy sprinted up the considerable hill for the first over, and allowed only a single. Josh was favoured with the slope and a slip from the other end. In a tight opening spell the only excitement came with a straight drive back on to the stumps at the other end and a fine piece of fielding in the deep as T Wild flicked the ball back to J Wild to save 2.

Matt C looked to still have his half term head on with a nine ball over in the 5 th , but recovered well next over despite a 4 off the final ball.

Josh was unlucky to have one put down on the ropes by Jimmy, but it was into the sun and needs to go down as only a half chance. Josh bowled through his allotted overs and did get his reward later by bowling the batter with one which stayed low - the batsman hitting out horizontally and obviously frustrated by a fine tight spell of pace from Josh and Tommy. 36 for 1 off 8
Josh, in the field, had to run back a long way to drop a skier off Matt's last ball in the 9th and Ben had an impressive first over for only 2 singles. Shaking the sand from his shoes, Matt was back to his best in the 11th, bowling Guy Andrews with a quicker one - an over which saw Ben impressive in the field, keeping the runs down. Andy was solid behind, atoning for 4 byes off a no ball to Ben by taking a sharp catch to the same bowler two overs later.

Steve's first over, the 15th , contained a couple of great balls, including a high catch to Matt in the deep, which he unfortunately let slip through his hands, landing inexplicably with a sound like leather on willow!! 81 for 4 off 15

Ben continued to stake a claim early for Man of the Match with a rapid clean bowled first ball in the 16th . Producing a sound exactly the same as Matt's dropped catch! Josh showed Matt the way catching one for Steve next over, which contained a final ball which looked like it beat the batsman and went straight through the stumps. Tommy clean bowled number 7 in the 18th before DACD's 100 came up in Steve‘s next. Never a good over for any self respecting bowler. 105 for 7 off 19

In the final over Tommy rushed his first one through the batsman and unfortunately through his dad as well! He decided not to involve Andy for the rest of the over, electing to clean bowl his second victim of the innings. 111 for 8 Top score, opener Robinson 23

Matt first ball-4! Paul first ball-4!

Just what the team needed, but unfortunately Matt played a loose one in the second when staring down the barrel of a hat full, and was caught by ‘the chosen one' (?). Rob swivelled on one down the leg side and was caught by the same pair.

Paul was undeterred and played majestically for 25, retiring in the 7th after a great knock and a fine partnership with Gareth. Good calling and, surprisingly for these two, fine running between the wickets. 30 for 2 of 5

The Hawks smashed three 4's in the 6 th . It was noticeable that scoring was far higher to bowlers running up the hill. Ben came in for Paul, and after a watchful first over hit 12 in his second. The third 4 over the boundary, through the gate and down the road to Emsworth. 62 for 2 of 10

Gareth retired after a 4 into the hedge and Josh replaced his dad at the crease. Josh edged his first to slip, who wasn't there, then 4 the next over followed by a catch back to the bowler.

Andy Wild smashed a no ball for 4 off his eye brows before, not to be out done, Ben hit a 6 and retired in the 14th. James joined Andy at the wicket and had the honour of glancing the winning run down to fine leg for a convincing victory.

Skippers corner..
Another good win last night, wickets shared round all the bowlers and the runs chased down by the batters with a minimum of fuss. A couple of good catches taken by Andy and Josh but possibly fielding was a little below par with 3 drops and a couple of miss fields but to be honest not too much to worry about.

Chidham and Hambrook Cricket Club v Westbourne

Match day 3 and it's away to Westbourne with a few of the usual suspects missing due to half term family holidays-light weights! It was an unfamiliar line up without the likes of Chesshire, Walmsley Davey and Phillips, but it was a much smarter looking out fit with all but Josh having shirts tucked in-Josh was apparently revolting, in more ways than one!

Skipper Haskett Snr. Lost the toss for the first time this year, an omen? But for the third week in a row they took to the field first and would chase a total in the second half of the match.

Dave Loten opened the bowling and was assisted in the field in his first over by some typically enthusiastic fielding by Rob Richards. Tommy Wild partnered Dave in the attack, and despite a 4 off a no ball in his first the pace was there to trouble the bats men.

There were an uncharacteristic 4 and a 6 down the pitch of Loten's second over in which he struggled for the metronomic rhythm with which we associate his recent performances. Tommy had one sadly dropped to the first ball of his second, Paul O ' Donohue the offender facing into the sun, but there was some good work in the slips by Justin, saving runs of the edge. 24 for0 off 4

More bad luck was to follow as Gareth could only palm an on side thunder bolt, it would be unkind to call it a chance-but catches do win matches! Josh was on hand to back up his dad saving 4 in the deep, Dave L the unlucky bowler this time, but a couple off balls later it was third time lucky for the attack as Ben held on to a leg side lob.

Tommy Wild pinned down the new bats man in over number six-35 for 1 off 6, and was joined by Ben in the attack bowling hard and fast.

Andy Wild was doing sterling work behind the stumps mopping up. Asked if he felt a fast one from

Ben Gottesmen, he replied “Felt it? I didn't even see it”. False modesty, great effort, capped by a catch off Bens first ball in the 9 th . One team member likened it to Alex Stuart in his hay day, others said more like Mayra! 48 for 2 off 9

Josh struggled a little in the heat for a consistent line, resulting in one ball being lost in the woods down leg side, and Ben had 2 very loud lbw appeals turned down in his 11 th ,

Josh bounced back second over and was unlucky to have a difficult chance put down on the ropes by Tom, again into a low sun. 81 for 2 off 12.

81 for 3 off 12.1 a fine piece of bowling in his last over by Ben.

Justin Dyssell and Steve Clark split the last few overs. Justin bagging a wicket and Steve 3 in an erratic spell. One tired 10 ball over from Clark accounting for 2 wickets with 4 wides. 124 for 8

Rob and Ben opened to a rapid attack from the village end, with Rob taking a snorter on the helmet in the first over and Ben being caught first ball in the second.

Justin launched into a big six in the 3 rd only to be bowled off stump first ball of the 4 th !

Gareth followed lbw PLUMB soon afterwards and Paul was bowled by a Yorker after hitting his first delivery for 4.

Andy Wild joined Rob Richards at the crease and the partnership agreed to consolidate-it lasted 1 ball as Rob was bowled next delivery!

Josh was caught with out score, and in strode Jimmy to bat with dad. Dad then ran him out! In came Tommy, and dad was out next ball.

“He obviously didn't fancy batting with me” said Tom as his dad sulked back to the pavilion.

Steve Clark came in, and after a few words of advice from his senior partner Tom, proceeded to have a very good lbw shout from Gareth, fielding in the pavilion, turned down, followed next ball by dollying a catch to mid wicket! It was all over. 75 all out.

Who said “On paper it looked like a good batting line up”?.

No one would own up later in the pub, when the post match post mortem was carried out, as the Hawks to a man turned up to drown their sorrows.

Top score Andy 11 not out. Bowling Steve 3 for 22 off 4 overs

Skippers corner..

“All good things come to an end and it certainly did last night, some good performances with the ball from Tommy, Ben and Justin and especially Steve with his three wickets although his last 10 ball over was considered the longest in the Hawks history and good keeping behind the stumps from Andy“.

Thur May 20th: Hawks vs. DADC 20-20 (HOME)

On a high from last weeks win at Lavant, this weeks home fixture against DACD (Department of architecture and civic design) would surely prove to be a sterner test-last year The Hawks suffered a 7 wicket defeat!

So would the winning start continue, or would they shut the stable door before the bubble burst?

Captain G Haskett for The Hawks and M Hughes for DADC met in the middle for the toss on a glorious evening, and for the 2 nd match running Gareth won and elected to field.

Dave Loten and Josh Haskett opened the attack, Haskett Jnr. having a very loud appeal turned down early on. Both bowlers were economical, allowing only 17 off the first 4 over's, benefiting from the classic Ashling slow out field, but also great fielding back up from all over the pitch.

The opening wicket came in the 5 th , as Loten continued to frustrate the batters and one was skied towards Keith mid way in front of the pavilion. As the ball dropped from on high some in the crowed could have been forgiven if they had visions of last years split finger and claret all over the place, but nothing was further from Keith's mind as he safely pouched the ball with ease-18 for 1 off 5.


Tommy Wild was first change, and Neil was yet again in full voice appealing for lbw, too high, in the first over of a spell that was to yield only 11 runs. Unfortunately neither Tommy or Neil appealed for one soon afterwards that was later said to have been plumb-thanks to umpire and dad Andy for pointing that out in the pub!
Mat and Tom roughed up the batsmen in over's 7 to 11, Tom had one beauty lift to head height and had Neil off his feet, but this seamed to annoy the CADC attack who started to hit out; 6 off Tommy's last ball (unfortunately by the one who was earlier plumb lbw). The 50 came up with a 4 in Mats final over.

Jon Keynes and Steve Clark came into the attack with CDAC on 50 for 1 after 11 over's and lots of batting to come, this could turn out to be a big score! Well, may be last year it would have been, but this is a different Hawks side mentally and Jon's first over was bowled with flight and accuracy. Neil had an extremely difficult caught behind chance in Steve's first, but the break through came in his next with one that cut back and hit off stump. 81 for 2 off 15.

Clark had a decent spell, with an edge to first slip in his final over unfortunately there was no slip and he was then wacked 4 and 6. 95 for 2 off 17.

Keith and Josh wrapped up the final over's, Keith in particular impressive and economical late on with only 9 off his two over's.

DADC finished on 108 for 2 with two batsmen having retired, Captain Hughes for 24 and Lord for 25.

Mat and Paul opened hoping to exploit some open spaces in the field, but Paul fell early, caught behind off Guy Andrews for 4.

Jon Keynes took one on the body early, but with a succession off 2's the score reached 21 for 1 off the first 5 overs.

Jon had an eventful 7 th over, hitting a big 6 and then out next ball, bowled for 11.

Gareth and Mat were solid and pushed on, retiring on 26 and 25 respectively.

The only nervy period was a couple of balls after Neil joined Gareth- a missed stumping and confusion with a quick single, including a ‘short run', not amounting to much.

Neil hit a big 6 in the 13 th , Gareth retired and in marched Keith on a Golden Pair! 94 for 2 off 13.

Keith's first ball, off his belly to the keeper, then Neil was stumped and The Hawks had two new men at the crease on 0!
Keith was caught for his second consecutive duck of the season and yet another mid order wobble was on the cards, but failed to materialise as Josh held firm and, backed up by James Vigor, saw The Hawks home with 5 over's to spare.

Early contenders for Man of the Match;
Keith will vote for Gareth, “as he got the first round in” and Steve would like to point out that he is “undefeated all season”!
Chidham & Hambrook CC Batting Scorecard v DACD
•  Mat Chesshire               Not Out             26 Retired
•  Paul Walmsley              Caught                4
•  Jon Keynes                   Bowled              11
•  Gareth Haskett              Not Out             25 Retired
•  Neil Phillips                   Stumped           23
•  Keith Davey                   Caught              0
•  Josh Haskett                 Not Out             11
•  James Vigor                  Not Out             0
•  Tommy Wild
•  David Loten
•  Steve Clark
Extras                                                    11
Total                                                     111 for 4
Chidham & Hambrook CC Bowling Scorecard v DACD
                          Overs    Runs     Wickets
•  David Loten       3          10         1
•  Josh Haskett     3          11         0
•  Tommy Wild      3          11         0
•  Mat Chesshire   3          26         0
•  Jon Keynes       3          15         0
•  Steve Clark        3          25         1
•  Keith Davey       2          9          0

DACD Scored 108 for 2 off 20 overs

Chidham & Hambrook Hawks Won by 6 Wickets with 5 over's to go.
May 13th Hawks vs. Lavant away (20-20) - the season opener.

After all the winter nets and last weeks practice match in Priory Park it was time to get serious with the first competitive game of the season, away to Lavant.

A picturesque ground nestled at the foot of the downs, with a very short 30m boundary to the blossom trees on one side, and a rolling brook for the straight hitters to aim for opposite the pavilion.

Captain Haskett won the toss and elected to field with a green wicket below and overcast skies above.

Lavant to bat
The field was set, Lavent scorer had her lap top on her knee (ours hasn't even got coloured pencils!), opening bowler Dave Loten was at the end of his run up, the bats men had taken guard and The Hawks second competitive season was about to get under way.

Could the limited success of last season be built upon, by turning those almost there games into victories, or would they return yet again to snatch defeat from the jaws of success?

Loten ran in. Dot ball-a great start! Despite the short boundary the Lavant openers struggled to get the ball away, in part due to the metronomic ‘on the spot' Loten, ably assisted at the other end by the menacing pace of Josh Haskett, backed up by exquisite fielding.

The Hawks demonstrating early on that cricket is not just a game of batting and bowling, with fielders turning 2's into 1's (Walmsley putting his body on the line in the covers) and 4's into 2's (Vigor in the deep, patrolling the short boundary). The only blemish in a wonderful display of out field artistry was a juggling and subsequent put down , of a some would say difficult chance, by Haskett senior, diving forward at mid wicket.

It was down to the first change bowlers to keep the runs down and try to turn the pressure into wickets as Lavant tried, unsuccessfully, to up the pace.

Steve Clark took over number 6 allowing only one run, but it was Mat Chesshire who made the break through in his first over, with a ball flicking off stump in the 8th -and he went on to take 2 more in the 13 th .

Clark, Keynes and Haskett Jnr. chipped in with one wicket each. Jon in particular unlucky not to profit from an appeal for a run out and caught behind, both of which looked like good shouts.

Lavant finished on 97 for 6 , a score made respectable by hitting the last two balls for 4 and 6; never an easy over to bowl when the batting side have wickets in hand and a short boundary to aim for, and a low setting sun for the fielders to contend with, and a softening ball with which to bowl…. Can't think of any more excuses, but feel free to insert your own.

If The Hawks lost this one that final over by Clark could prove to have been an expensive one!

Hawks reply

The first batting response of the year you would expect to be cautious and watchful. Far from it, full revs from ball one! Mat and Paul taking the attack to the bowlers and clocking up a rapid 50+ after half a dozen overs.

Square was heard to say “ at this rate it'll be all over inside 10”! He hadn't reckoned on The Hawks mid order wobble!


After Paul was out caught for 12 and Mat retired N.O. 28, wickets fell quickly-3 in one horrible over!

Josh, Keith and James staking an early season claim for the most ducks trophy. Sorry lads.


There was a danger that Neil was going to be left high and dry, but Dave Loten hung up his umpires jacket and steadied the ship after the run rate crept up to around 7 an over with 4 to go.


But, on 10 to his name and 14 runs required of a handful of balls Loten was caught! The Hawks had the retired Chesshire in their locker should last man Steve Clark have been mysteriously ran out by Neil following a succession of dot balls, but few recall last season when Mat returned to the crease after a similar retirement only to be bowled first ball.

Mat was not required, as Steve finished undefeated, blocking and running 3 singles to order!

And so it was that a solid 17 and expert marshalling of the tail order by Neil, resulted in him scoring the winning runs with 2 balls to spare.

What a game!

The Hawks
A memorable Hawks win.
Chidham and Hambrook CC Batting Scorecard  
•  Mat Chesshire not out Ret 28
•  Paul Walmsley caught 12
•  Andy Wild bowled 8
•  Gareth Haskett bowled 2
•  Neil Phillips Not Out 17
•  Josh Haskett caught 0
•  Keith Davey caught 0
•  James Vigor bowled 0
•  Jon Keynes caught 1
•  David Loten caught 10
•  Steve Clark Not Out 3
Extras 19
Total 100 for 8

Chidham and Hambrook CC Bowling Scorecard

Over's runs wickets
•  David Loten 4 12 0
•  Josh Haskett 4 22 1
•  Steve Clark 4 29 1
•  Mat Chesshire 4 6 3
•  Jon Keynes 4 17 1

Lavent scored 97 for 6 off 20 over's

Post match interviews and quotes were conducted in the earl of March.

•  Matt Chesshire with 3 wickets for 6 runs and an unbeaten 28 was voted Man of the Match

•  Apparently winning with the Hawks is “better than sex” Anon

•  “it's not for the umpire to win the game, but the batsman to score the winning runs” John Paul Sartre

•  “Jon, don't answer that phone. It's my wife and I'm going out to bat”!

We'll leave the final word to man of the match Mat;

“Best result? Neil getting the beers in. Didn't see that one coming! Which funnily enough is what he said repeatedly when watching the ball go past him behind the stumps”

Chidham & Hambrook Cricket Club would like to say thank you to the Hambrook District Residents Association for their kind sponsorship of our home match cricket balls for the 2010 season.
Cricket Club Quiz Night

Some with brains the size of small planets and others the size of a small pea gathered in the Barleycorn for the Chidham and Hambrook cricket club quiz evening.
Real Madrid and Ashes to Ashes tied for first place with 64 points, resulting in the tie break question "how many miles in the polar radius of the earth", by that stage in the evening I was only concerned with "how many steps to the bar".
I enclose a note from the winning skipper Jon K, who collected the cash on behalf of his team and generously gave it back to the club.

A message from the skipper  
A massive thank you to everyone who made such a great effort turning out. Not sure of the exact numbers but over 50 people with extended families and friends. And by doing this we raised in excess of £350 towards our club. I'm sure our Stats man will be in soon with average spend per player/team.
Hats off to Gareth, David, Steve, Hamish and I guess myself for organising.

I felt somewhat embarrassed collecting the winnings, but as in the cricket its not so much the personal performance as the team you pick to support you. Too young ladies picked up at the bar (not just for their good looks), a bookies wife, a Southbourne Club card player and his last minute mate, who we looked at with 'throw the towel in shrugs' as he went about applying his mathematical formula to win the tie break question.
Get the mix right and you make a good team! Or is it all just luck.
Anyway money has all gone back into the kitty. I was very ready to offload it as quick as possible and didn't even manage to consult my team! So hope they were happy with that. The Hasket/Phillips sponsored raffle was a great success with great donations and definitely feel that Steve Clark was underused in the 'evening entertainer department'.
Well done and thanks again for support!!   Jon

Chidham & Hambrook Cricket Club 2009 Awards

After two months of legal problems the lawyers have finally allowed us to publish the pictures and report they didn’t want you to see!

It may have been a mistake to allow someone who can’t even remember being there to write it, but here goes!
You know what they say “if you can remember it, you probably weren’t there”.

First of all thanks go out to Gavin, Gareth and Carol for organizing the evening and our hosts at The Brookfield-hope the stains came out okay!

It was black tie and posh frocks all round as the great and good of C & H cricket club and their long suffering partners gathered for a Champagne reception, followed by a scrumptious menu…


Smoked Chicken salad, with pine nuts, roquette leaves and a pesto dressing


Salmon, prawn and leeks in a grain mustard cream
Served in a pastry case


Roast Stuffed Loin of Lamb
Filled with a puree of mushroom
served with a red wine sauce

Vanilla and ginger parfait with blueberry compote

And so to the awards…hosted by captains Haskett and Keynes.

All Rounder 2009 Nominations

Paul Walmsley – Batsman / Wicket Keeper – Overall Runs 220 at an average of 22 + Fine Keeping behind the stumps and 2 wickets
Gareth Haskett – All Rounder – Overall Runs 165 at an average of 14 + 6 Wickets
Josh Haskett – All Rounder – Overall Runs 101 and 6 Wickets

Winner This Year
An All Rounder – With 325 Runs at an average of 27 and 10 wickets at 25
Matt Chesshire
As the inscription says “I could be an all-rounder! If only I did not bat like a bowler and bowl like a batsman”

Batsman 2009 Nominations

Neil Phillips – Overall Runs 192, Highest Score 50no, Average 17

Peter Daley – Overall Runs 116 from 4 innings, Highest Score 71no, Average 39
Matt Chesshire – Overall Runs 325, Highest Score 75, Average 27

Winner This Year
An Attacking Opening Batsman – With 220 Runs, Highest Score 41no when carrying his bat against Westbourne and an Average of 22
Paul Walmsley
“It’s hard work making batting look effortless”

Bowler 2009 Nominations
Josh Haskett – Fast Bowler – with 6 wickets
Steve Clark – Medium / Fast Bowler – with 7 wickets
Matt Chesshire – Fast Bowler – with 10 wickets
Norman Stafford – Slow Right Arm Bowler – with 14 wickets

Winner This Year
Fast Medium – Opening Bowler or First Change with 14 Wickets
David Loten

Captains Prize
– Exceptional Performance of the Year

Many players could be nominated for this, and we include the following;
Peter Daley’s 75 not out v Walberton
Matt Chesshire’s 71 v Walberton
David Loten’s 3-30 v Walberton
Neil Phillips’s 50 not out v Walberton
Josh Haskett’s 2-6 v The Bell (Our First Ever Win)
Paul Walmsley’s 41 not out v Westbourne (Carried his Bat)

The Winner this year
with two exceptional performances of 4-14 v Westbourne & 4-8 v The Bell
Norman Stafford
accepted with grace and followed by a wonderful speech that a ...(Words cannot describe...Ed)

Duck Prize
Well we had 22 Ducks this year and at least 3 in the Golden category, but the winner this year
goes to
Paul O’Donohue
with a grand total of three.

Most Improved Player 2009
Voted for on the night-with only a little money changing hands,

The Winner This Year
Josh Haskett

Thanks to all who donated raffle prizes to boost the funds and congratulations to all those who were nominated and of coarse the winners.

And finally I would like to thank Carol for driving me home.
I would like to..but apparently she didn’t!

Bring on 2010!
C’mon you Hawks.

Sat 19th Sept
Chidham v Hambrook
The 4th Chidbrook Trophy match
A close run thing. On this occasion Hambrook had the edge. Well, it was a thick edge.
Report, Scorecard and photos

Last match of the Hawks season
Hawks v The Coach and Horses

2008 Averages (for comparison)
And so the end is near..
it's the final game of the season for our hero's in green and gold.
And as we reach the final curtain..
it's on one of our favourite grounds as we visit Compton, nestled in the side of the downs and surrounded on three sides by fields of corn and not a road or building visible.

Chaz and Gareth tossed, and as usual Gareth came second!
So we were to field in a reduced 18 over format as the nights draw in.
The Hawks skipper loses yet another toss

Steve Clark opened up the hill but with the wind and soon had the openers on their toes, his second ball making a very hollow sound as the batter played and missed taking the ball on the box. Compton’s left right combinations however kept The Hawks busy in the field early on.
Josh seemed a little concerned that The Hawks were playing their “3rd choice keeper” for this end of season duel, but I think Matt misheard the remark and took a catch behind off the quick fire bowling of new comer Tommy Wilde for the first wicket! Josh later elevated Matt to “second choice”-no doubt behind himself!
Tommy looks a real prospect for the Hawks next year as his second over went for only 2 runs, beating the bat 4 times.

It was 44 for 1 off the first 5 over’s and in the sixth Josh came back from being hit for successive boundaries by clean bowling the other opener off his last ball. His second over was to be very impressive also, keeping Compton’s danger man Tip-top quiet with only singles being taken.

Norman was introduced into the attack in the 9th and it was clear the big hitters were becoming frustrated-a first class stumping by Matt staking a claim for that first place behind the stumps!! Any comment Josh?

Someone had to eventually suffer, as Tip-top in particular was getting verbal from the crowd, now facing in his 6th over after bragging he would retire after six balls! Keith’s first ball in the 10th and the 12th were slogged into the corn for 6. But he came back well with only ones and two’s to limit the scoring to 105 for 2 after 12 over’s. Norman did have a very hard chance dropped by the skipper in the covers, but the sun was low and he picks the team so not too much was said!

Jon nearly had his head knocked of when his second delivery was despatched back to him for 4, but that option was quickly closed as Paul O’D was moved from out of the corn field to behind the bowlers arm.
Jon did claim a deserved wicket when the batsman hit a skier with a bit of draw on it in to the deep. The resulting catch was never in doubt. If Steve Clark hadn’t caught it he would almost certainly of swallowed it.

With a run out, as singles were scampered and some big hits for 6 a large total was on the cards, but wickets continued to fall. Andy Wilde took a dive into the corn field in a valiant attempt to keep Gareth’s average down, but all was well when Statto eventually clean bowled number 7 in his second and final over.

Andy had the penultimate over with nothing more than singles to fine leg after a fine first ball beat the bat and Paul finished of the innings with an eventful last over-4 thru Josh’s fingers, a dropped return catch, clean bowling number 8, a four thru Tommy in the deep and a final ball run out.

160 for 8 of 18 over’s. With 5x6’s and 13x4’s.
prepairing for battle as Carol sharpens her pencil
It was no good The Hawks appealing for the light! It was a wonderful late summer evening, with the breeze favouring swing.

First over, Matt caught! Phew it was a no ball.
Second over, Tom bowled-sadly not a no ball.
Third over, Gareth caught.
Andy W entered the fray-off the mark with a boundary, than another off the next ball. Things were looking up. He even pinched the strike of Matt with a cheeky single, and then lost it as the ball was hurled in and went for 4 over throws.
In the next over it was 4 more for Andy, but just as he was having visions of being carried off the field by his winning team mates-clean bowled for 14!

Keith was then run out by Matt for 1, Josh had a cameo 9, Rob 6 and Norman was run out by his injured leg.
Matt in action

Despite a valiant attempt it was all too late, and when Steve was finally out in the last over dancing down the pitch and chipping a catch to cover, The Chidham and Hambrook Hawks first season on the pitch came to an end. Falling short in runs but soaring, well like Hawks, with effort, enthusiasm and a passion to play the game as it should be played! The tears are in my eyes as I type.
Wild Senior 4 all the way!
Champagne moments;
Steve’s, some would say, quite outstanding catch in the deep
Steve’s batting. Keith did say “it was a joy to watch”-after a few pints
Steve’s umpiring
And finally, Steve’s report!! Regrets, we've had a few..
going for that quick single when set for a big ton, and being run out for 3!
Too few to mention..
it's been a great year!

And we must take this time out to thank a few of the many who made our first season possible;

JK for having the vision
Jon and Gareth for great captaincy and organisation
Carol for all her dedicated support and mathematical genius in fine weather and foul (with or without a chair)
Rob for the logo and motivational skills in our hours of need.
Gavin for laundering all the cash.
To all the guy’s who have turned out for us this year-it’s has been fun and a real pleasure playing along side you
Our generous sponsors at the C&H Web Site and John at The Old House
Swampy for use of his turf and sighting of our nets
The many grounds staff for preparing the pitches we have been so fortunate to play on
All finally to all our opponents for welcoming us into the cricketing family and playing the game as it should be played.

It’s been a privilege to have been a small part of it all-see you next year!
Jon and Statto checking the books


Chidham and Hambrook
The Bell

There is a proud history of cricket being played in Priory Park and a particularly strong connection with the birth of test cricket. The ground is located within the ancient city walls and thanks to the efforts of Jon and Gareth this week, a game was hastily arranged against The Bell. The Hawks batted first on a dusty track with a large quick out field and Paul W and Matt managed to get us off to a flier with a host of 4 balls both sides of the wicket. However, when Matt was out in the 20's and Paul retired for the 4th time this season on 25 the run rate slowed, in part to some tigerish fielding by the Bell. A total of 107 seemed at least 20 short of a good total and tight bowling would be required. Steve and Matt took the new ball and between them the first six overs were limited to 28 runs-Matt taking the only wicket when he clean bowled the opener early on. Not a bad start, but with wickets in hand The Bell had the luxury of taking the odd chance in pursuit of the remaining 80. Paul O'D was kept busy in the field with almost every other ball heading his way, his return throws back to Neil behind the stumps were a joy to behold, and shows it's not all about batting and bowling. Wickets fell late on as Rob entered the attack and picked up a "3 for", but it was all too late and the game was over in the 18th. Champagne moments included,
  • finding a chair for Carol
  • Jon's catch low down close in, we'll forget about the miss field for the winning runs!
  • Paul's ballet dancing in the field
  • The Hawks taking a clean sweep in the raffle afterwards!
Next week is the final game of the official season when The Hawks visit Compton.
Also make a note for The Chidbrook Cup, our annual meeting of the villages.  Saturday 19th September 1.30pm  West Ashling
Wed July 22nd

Hawks v Emsworth
(at Emsworth)

Great news for the 20-20 match at Emsworth, Carol's back in the hot seat, so we're assured of a score sheet we can read and this week she is ably assisted by young Jimmy Wild.

Chidham and Hambrook have had their jabs and passed through passport control, across the boarder into Hampshire for this trip to one of the biggest grounds on the circuit.
With its lush out field, posh hi-tec score board and sight screens this is the best ground we play on, but not  as picturesque with the tower crane to one side and the M27 to the other.
The Crane

An old friend of ours Dave Wells captained Emsworth and won the toss, but what else do you expect, after all it was Gareth calling for The Hawks! So we were put into bat.

We were looking for a good start with inform Warmsley opening with Rob Richards for the first time this season-first ball faced, Paul out for a Golden Duck! C&H instantly on the back foot. Paul did say,  “it was a ball that was short and needed to be hit”. Unfortunately he missed it and was bowled!

Paul and Rob get ready for battle

Out came Neil, in his now trade mark Bradman cap, for a nice little partnership with Rob, taking the score onto 32 in the 7 th before Rob was adjudged lbw for 14 off a high full toss-thanks Norm! In this cameo innings Rob had a 5, 1 run and 4 over throws! A rear bit of Emsworth sloppiness in the field
Gareth came in and was off the mark straight away with a late cut for 4, but could only add a further 5 runs before being caught off the bowling of Dave Wells-off the splice to one that popped up. 45 for 3 off the first 10 overs.

When Neil was also caught for 19 Andy Wild and new comer to The Hawks Start Lock came together. Andy went a little easy on Emsworth's 9 year old medium pace man Daniel Offord, and was duly bowled for 4! A lesson to be learned there then. Stuart went on to make a wristy 21 not out- a fine debut, but the late order offered little support.

C&H relax expecting a long innings from Paul


Neil in his trademark baggy green (?)
Josh run out for 4 singles, Gavin caught behind for 3 to a ball he top edged, twice and Norman chopping onto his stumps for 0.
Steve Clark, describing himself as “a genuine number twelve”, came to the crease wearing his baggy green, scored a single, nearly ran himself out and was then bowled by the opening pace man coming back into the attack-Emsworth obviously sensing danger!

Dave Loten finished the final over with 5 not out, including a 4. Maybe a case for pushing him up the order next time skip!

So, despite great knocks by Neil and Stuart it was a low 83 for 9 that Chidham and Hambrook were to defend.

The score at the end of the Hawks Innings

Captain Haskett's opening gambit was to bowl Clark and Loten in tandem, Steve from the M27 end, up hill, and Dave from the scoreboard end. Dave was unlucky to go for 2 straight 6's in his first over as the batters looked to impose them self's and knock the runs of quickly as the clouds rolled in, but steve was able to tie one end up as the skipper asked him to bowl through. Flintoffesk he responded, 5 off the first over, 4 off the second and third as he eased of the pace, then 2 off his last and the first wicket; bowled leg stump.

Josh was fast and accurate, a bottom edge failing to carry to Paul behind, but the pressure was building-53 for 1 off 10.

Norman and Rob entered the attack, and it was soon clear that the slower ball was key. The fielding was cat like, especially Dave and Neil in the covers.

Norman struck, bowled off stump-77 for 2 in the 15 th

And again, lbw (poss. A bit of bat)-79 for 3 in the 15 th

Rob attacked, bowled first ball      -79 for 4 in the 16 th   Emsworth were wobbling badly.

Gareth took the ball for the 17 th over and the scores were tied at 83. The fielders closed in to save the single and pressure on the batsmen intensified.

Dot, dot, dot. 4 through mid wicket, it was all over!

What a great game, with our boy's battling to the end.

With scores tied, Emsworth scraped home with a 4 in the 17th over
July 16th
Chidham and Hambrook
v's The All Stars

Blood, sweat ... and tears. A match so full of incident only Shakespeare could do this report justice!

Captain for the day JK walked out for the toss in what could only be described as subcontinent conditions, hot humid and likely to swing!

Jon lost the toss, and All Stars captain, Andrew Newman elected to bat on a wicket with a very short field side boundary.

Richards and Clark opened the bowling, and it was a mixed start. Rob soon had one opener back in the pavilion, caught for 1 run, but Steve failed to strike despite beating the bat every other ball-one even clipped a stump but the bail failed to fall.
The Hawks dropped three catches in the deep, one of which split Keith Davey's finger, requiring medical attention, and the Umpire failed to give a run out (by a good half metre) to a batsman who was later to retire on 28. So it was an innings of ‘what might have been.' There was however one Champagne moment in the field when Norman Stafford seemingly spent an age chasing a drive to the boundary and, as time stood still, the batsmen came back for a third, only to see an arrow like throw come in to Paul's gloves giving Norman a run out by half the pitch!

The change bowlers however were magnificent. Dave Loten took 2 for 17 off his 3 overs and Gavin, Norman and Andy Wild kept the late hitters in check.
The final over was delivered by Keith, finger strapped up yet oozing claret, and could not of been more economical with the batsmen trying to hit out with wickets in hand. Keith's 2 overs for 14, bleeding and in some discomfort is typical of The Hawks commitment this season.
With 4 sixes and 7 fours The All Stars closed on 133 for 4. A great fielding performance with such a short boundary.

Chidham and Hambrook took the ‘white ball' for their reply as the sky darkened and ominous looking clouds started to roll in from the sea.
And what a start, Paul cracked 10 of the first over with Jon looking on in support, before the rain came-showers at first but becoming heavier with every ball. It was clear that if The Hawks wanted a result they would have to fly.
Paul did a ‘Peterson' in the third over, smacking the bowler over his head, but straight to a fielder in the deep-out for 16.

In came Neil, despite complaining about the rain! First ball, a wonderful cut over slip for 4. On lookers were heard to say he resembled “a young looking Donald Bradman,” in the rain he was more like a young looking Donald Duck.
Thunder started in the 5 th over when the score was 33, Jon was out to a skier for 13 and Dave Loten followed in quick order.
Drama late on when Jon ran out to Umpire, turned to look back to the pavilion and slipped a disc!

With Keith unable to bat due to his finger injury, The Hawks were reduced to 9 fit players.

The rain became torrential, the torrent became a monsoon, and with lightening flashing all around West Ashling the match was abandoned with Chidham and Hambrook on 79 for 5 of 10 overs. Neil 24 not out - later to become 50 in the pub when he copied the scores into our book! Match Drawn - no one could work out The Duckworth Lewis system!

And so to the pub..Thanks to all at the Old House for yet another great spread, especiallyJohn for the bat sponsorship.
We hope all the injured players recover soon.
Next Wednesday its Emsworth away and a welcome back to Carol and some proper scoring!
Could all squad members please make a date in the diary - 11 th September @ The Brookfield for the end of season lunch and awards. Details to follow.

July 12th
Hawks v Westbourne
(at Westbourne)

June 28th
Hawks v Walberton (at Walberton)
The first Hawks Sunday fixture -
a Win!
June 17th

Hawks v Emsworth

Would last week's victory against The Bell in Chichester spur the Hawks on to new heights or were we to witness a hangover performance against Emsworth?
No, don't just guess, read on!

The Match report
Averages (to date)

June 11th

Hawks v The Bell

Day 6 and they've sobered up
The Match report


Captain's Corner

Victory !!
if you can't believe it read the reports
Well, read them again!
June 3rd - 4th Match v Westbourne report and Averages to date
May 28th - 3rd Match v Walberton
For the second week running Captain Haskett lost the toss! Walberton's skipper Nick Jackson opted to bat on a wonderful evening and in front of a sizable crowd, who were to witness a real run feast!

Chidham and Hambrook Cricket Club Match reports
6th Match v Emsworth
5th Match v The Bell
4th Match v Westbourne
3rd Match v Walberton
2nd Match - v DACD
1st Match v Lavant

New Logo
Following a suggestion from someone who knows about this kind of stuff, the Chidham and Hambrook Cricket Club logo has been re done! I know it may seem a little early for a re branding, we haven't even played a game yet, but we hope you agree that the new colour scheme is far superior to the 'old' one. Please also find attached our fixtures for 2009.
The team is currently under going intensive winter net training in preperation for the up coming season. All home fixtures will be played at the West Ashling CC until we find a few acres locally!

40 years of hurt!

Organised Cricket stopped being played in our community over forty years ago, but its back with the newly formed Chidham & Hambrook Cricket Club.
The team have started winter nets in preparation for a full season of weekend 40 over matches and mid-week 20-20 fixtures, when they will be playing as the Chidham and Hambrook Hawks.

Fixture details and full match reports will be available on your local web site in due course.

When asked about the clubs status, fixture secretary Jon Keynes said, “Happening but homeless”!

He added, “The team would like to become more competitive with a focus on winning as well as enjoyment, encouragement, development of all players associated. We know we have something unique”. Both villages are sadly without a cricket pitch at this time but are on the look out for any local land owner with a few acres to spare and a passion for the sound of leather on willow.

The newly formed club has received a small amount of sponsorship locally, but do need more equipment. Anyone interested in a sponsorship deal can contact the committee via this web site.

The competitive season will start mid May until the beginning of September. On the subject of home matches the team will be looking for between 6 and 8 games, and the West Ashling pitch will be used.

The side has a current core of 12 players, of course any new players would be considered after showing commitment at nets and on going matches.

Subs for playing are £5 per game for the home team, £3 for under 16's and £40 for the opposition.

Jon Keynes and Gareth Haskett will share the Captaincy on the field of play.

Paul Walmsley will act as the first season's social secretary. Events will act as team building and fund raisers for the club.

Anyone interested in joining the team in any capacity should contact;
Club captain Jon Keynes at

Team psychologist, Rob Richards (PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR-2008), designed the club logo for the 20/20 matches, and it will also be used on club caps, shirts, ties etc.

Chidham and Hambrook Cricket Revival on the website
The Chiidbroke Trophy 2006 - photos and report
2007 - Chidham win again
Hambrook manage a win in 2008 and are the current holders

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