Ian Turns his attention to future at Hambledon

Hambledon cricketer Ian Turner    Picture: David Garvey

Hambledon cricketer Ian Turner Picture: David Garvey

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Ian Turner is quite happy to leave cricket history in the past and concentrate on the future.

The Hambledon skipper spent six seasons at Hampshire playing alongside some of the county’s greats from 1989 to 1993 and will lead his side out at Sarisbury Athletic in tomorrow’s Southern Electric Premier League division two clash.

But despite playing under Mark Nicholas in a team that boasted such talents as Robin Smith, David Gower and Malcolm Marshall, Turner insists his long association with Hambledon counts for more.

And the 45-year-old slow left-armer is modest about a career that saw him collect 54 first-class wickets in 24 matches and 16 wickets in 17 one-day games.

Turner said: ‘It was more than 20 years ago now.

‘I was there for six seasons and it was a great experience.

‘But it’s done and dusted now and I’ve played for Hambledon since 1980 on and off.

‘I was a bit shocked when I was released by Hampshire.

‘They had Raj Maru, Shaun Udal and another left-arm spinner in Darren Flint.

‘He was doing quite well so it 
came down to a choice between me and him.

‘After that, I applied to every county possible and got a few offers from minor counties but didn’t bother with that.

‘I played up in Scotland and then Camberley for three years but then came back to Hambledon.

‘Being there for so long and knowing the guys keeps me going.

‘It can be frustrating at times, especially when you are struggling to get a side out.

‘I’m at 10 at the moment and hopefully we should have 11 by the time we play!’

While his Hampshire days are in the past, Turner has also quickly drawn a line under last weekend’s defeat to New Milton when his team were shot out for just 47.

He said: ‘I get disappointed when we lose but we have got to remember it’s club cricket – it’s not professional.

‘You’ve got to enjoy it. Being 47 all out is not enjoyable but there is no point in ranting and raving.

‘I think that would put people off from wanting to play and I’ve never been like that.

‘It was a tough pitch to bat on and l’d have done exactly the same and fielded first.

‘If we had got to 100, I honestly think that would have won it.

‘We’ve moved on and now we’re looking forward to playing Sarisbury.’

Turner’s opposite number, David Banks, believes there is little chance of the Dons suffering a similar fate tomorrow, even though his Sarisbury side are in good form after last week’s win over Hursley Park.

Banks said: ‘I saw their result and I’m guessing the conditions were pretty tough because New Milton took their time in getting them.

‘Our wicket is pretty good so I can’t imagine it happening again.

‘When those things happen, they are normally a one-off.

‘They are certainly not that bad a side for it to happen two weeks running.

‘But we are starting to get a bit of momentum so hopefully the weather lets us get another game on.’

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