Dons concerned as pitch inspectors head for Ridge Meadow

Dan Hewitt takes a wicket for Hambledon. Picture: Mick Young (112772-08)
Dan Hewitt takes a wicket for Hambledon. Picture: Mick Young (112772-08)
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Hambledon’s pitch is set to come under scrutiny after they were the subject of an official complaint.

The Dons cruised past Hook & Newnham Basics in division one last weekend as the visitors struggled to 151 all out – a target that was knocked off with ease.

But Hook were not impressed with the Ridge Meadow track and pitch inspectors will now be asked to assess a notoriously low and slow wicket.

As yet, nobody knows what punishment – if any – could be enforced.

But teams have been relegated in the past for poor pitches.

Dons skipper Dan Hewitt, who leads his side in a division one trip to New Milton tomorrow before their National Village Knockout county final at home to Hursley Park on Sunday, insists there was little wrong with the pitch.

Hewitt said: ‘Of course, it’s not ideal we will have pitch inspectors.

‘I don’t really know what happens now or what could happen in the future if they think the pitch isn’t good enough.

‘But three guys got fifties and sometimes cricket is about adjusting to the conditions you are faced with.

‘Yes, it could have bounced a bit better but sometimes you just have to work hard.

‘Often the low-scoring games are the fun games.

‘Hook normally look to bat sides out of the game.

‘It wasn’t a great pitch but it wasn’t invariable bounce.

‘It just kept low, as it always does at our place.

‘But everyone knows that is what you are going to get at our ground.

‘We have to remember that these guys who prepare the ground do it as volunteers.

‘They put in a lot of effort and it is disheartening for them.

‘These people put their hands up to help out and put in their own time. They don’t have to do it.’

Hewitt added: ‘We beat Burridge in the semi-final of the Village Knockout and we’re looking forward to this one.

‘We’re quite confident but Hursley Park have won six games out of six in division two and are going really well.

‘We certainly won’t be taking anything for granted because they play in the division below us.’