Hewitt: Former skipper Jimbo is a ticking time bomb

James Scutt. Picture: Mick Young

James Scutt. Picture: Mick Young

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Hambledon skipper Dan Hewitt believes it’s only a matter of time before his predecessor weighs in with a big score.

James Scutt handed over the reins to Hewitt at the end of last season.

He still remains one of the more dangerous openers in Southern Electric Premier League division two when he is firing on all cylinders.

Despite the Dons’ impressive start to the campaign that sees them in second place in the table, in five innings so far Scutt has yet to post a half-century and has a top score of 40.

But Hewitt has spotted the tell-tale signs that Scutt is in good nick.

And he is confident the division two bowlers will soon be made to pay by the former captain.

Hewitt said: ‘It’s only so long until Jimbo Scutt scores a big one.

‘He’s a ticking time bomb waiting to rack up and players like him don’t stay quiet for too long.

‘He’s been looking really good for his starts this year but just hasn’t quite gone on to make a big score yet.’

While Scutt missed out last week in the comfortable win over Hartley Wintney, Joe Collings-Wells cashed in with 100.

However, he is unavailable to build on his century this weekend as he is away at a wedding.

The Dons have definitely been one of the surprise packages so far this season and are flying high – just behind early-season leaders Rowledge after nipping ahead of local rivals Sarisbury Athletic again last weekend.

Hewitt admits he’s among those who have raised an eyebrow at Hambledon’s start.

But he insists he is in no mood to start talking up his side’s promotion prospects and remains more concerned with avoiding relegation.

Hewitt said: ‘We find ourselves second in the league – a third of the way through the season.

‘And in all honesty, I am pleasantly surprised to be doing so well.

‘We’ve played some good, consistent cricket and that is a key factor to our success so far.

‘If you offered me this position at the end of the season, I’d bite your hand off.

‘But there’s a long way to go and realistically we need to win maybe four more games to guarantee safety for next year. That’s the first priority.’

While the Ridge Meadow boys will be favourites for the trip to struggling OTs & Romsey, Hewitt insists nobody is getting carried away.

He said: ‘They are second from bottom.

‘But I think the lads are well aware not to take anyone too lightly in this league. They are a decent side.’

James Atkinson and Rory Prentice join Collings-Wells among the absentees but fit-again Rupert Hetherington, Eddie Lewis and Paul Vickers return.

HAMBLEDON: James Scutt, Indy Chakrabarti, Rob Atkins, Dan Hewitt, Toby De Mellow, Nick Scutt, Paul Vickers, Eddie Lewis, Cam Prentice, Will Mann, Rupert Hetherington

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