Dons aim for big response

Hambledon skipper Ian Turner. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142031-9835)
Hambledon skipper Ian Turner. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142031-9835)
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Ian Turner is determined to put the embarrassment of the opening weekend behind him.

The Hambledon skipper saw his troops demolished by seven wickets inside 19 overs in their opening-day defeat to Tichborne Park.

And the former Hampshire bowler was among those taken apart by big-hitting George Ayling’s 103 from just 44 balls as Turner went for 53 runs from just five overs.

Turner’s men travel to Paultons tomorrow in Southern Electric Premier League division two and then start their Village Cup campaign at home to the same opponents on Sunday.

And the 46-year-old, who spent five years as a county cricketer, admitted there was little his years of experience could do to stem the flow last week.

Turner said: ‘It was embarrassing really.

‘I can’t remember having bowling figures anything like that before.

‘Wherever I put the ball, he just smashed it.

‘It didn’t matter whether you tried to put a yorker in or bowl short.

‘You can try to bowl faster or slower but sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it.

‘Out of the 44 balls he faced, he struck the majority of them so cleanly.’

The Dons’ batting failed to fire with 157 all out but Turner believes his men will respond.

He said: ‘Of course, it’s a bit of a concern.

‘But we will write it off. It has happened and it’s history.

‘The boys are still buzzing and we need to go out and respond in the right way this weekend.’

Will Mann and Rupert Hetherington are ruled out but Prad Bains makes his debut.

In division three, Waterlooville bid to make it two wins out of two at Basingstoke & North Hants II after they crushed Alton II by eight wickets on the opening day last weekend.

Elsewhere in division three, Havant II got off to a flying start as they edged past Gosport Borough by 25 runs.

Graham Burns’ side visit Trojans tomorrow where they will attempt to extend their winning start.

Borough host St Cross II at Privett Park where they were unbeaten last season.