Hambledon star Turns it on

Ian Turner. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142031-9835)
Ian Turner. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142031-9835)
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Ian Turner ensured there was plenty of cheer on his birthday by spinning Hambledon to a third consecutive triumph.

The left-armer took four for 29 as the Ridge Meadow outfit claimed a 99-run success over Sparsholt in Southern Electric Premier League division three.

While the final result was impressive, there were a few long faces in the Dons ranks as the hosts threatened to spoil the party when they breezed to 152 for two in pursuit of a target of 294.

Despite a double blow from Rhidian Chapman, Hambledon struggled to stem the flow of runs.

That was until Turner, 47, showed all his class to put the brakes on.

And after he took two wickets in the 32nd over, Sparsholt tumbled from 175 for three to 194 all out.

Chapman helped mop up the tail as he also returned four for 29 to continue his fine form.

Hambledon skipper Rob Atkins said: ‘They got off to a flyer and suddenly our total didn’t look so impressive.

‘But then Turns came on and he shut them down.

‘He was absolutely superb and showed his quality.

‘At the halfway stage, he said to me he thought their spinners had bowled too slowly.

‘He used that theory, pushed his own deliveries through a little flatter and ended any chance they had of chasing our target down.

‘It was a masterclass and made even more special by the fact it was his birthday.’

Hambledon had earlier won the toss and posted 293 for six.

George Marshall (31) and Will Bond (15) helped get them off to a fine start before Jack Lavous (38) continued the good work.

Lavous shared a 98-run stand with the explosive Shane Nkomo, who celebrated his first league half-century with 66.

And with the platform set, Spencer Le Clercq (54) then notched his maiden fifty as he shared a partnership of 125 with Atkins (68) in 17 overs.

The skipper added: ‘It was a fine performance to make it a hat-trick of wins.

‘It was great to see Spencer, in particular, reach 50.

‘He has stepped up this season and shown great character.’