GEORGE MARSHALL showed his worth on his Hambledon return as he helped the Dons climb off the bottom of Southern Electric Premier League division two.
The opening batsman hit 62 to help his side chase down Tichborne Park’s 195 as the Ridge Meadow outfit eventually got home by two wickets after a late wobble.
Tichborne Park got off to a flying start with the bat but the impressive Rhidian Chapman (three for 37) helped put the brakes on, while Pradeep Bains (three for 52) polished off the tail.
Hambledon looked in good shape as Marshall, skipper Rob Atkins (35) and Shane Nkomo (45) steered the side to 163 for two and within sight of victory.
But they then lost six wickets for 26 runs before Kyle Shinn (17 not out) got his team over the line.
Atkins said: ‘Everyone contributed to what was a very good all-round performance.
‘The best team definitely won.
‘Tichborne got off to a flyer but I was really pleased the lads didn’t throw the towel in.
‘Rhid bowled brilliantly and Ian Turner and Shane Nkomo were class as we took pace off the ball.
‘We always fancied we would bowl them out but to keep them below 200 was really pleasing.’
Atkins also believes Marshall has added some extra flair to the batting.
He said: ‘George batted very well.
‘He gives us an extra dimension at the top of the order.
‘He is very attacking and will take a few risks but it paid off.
‘Shane played a quality innings, too.
‘I just tried to stick around when we lost a couple of wickets.
‘I felt I had really let the boys down when I got out with eight needed and there was a bit of a wobble.
‘But we haven’t been winning matches and I think that was just down to a few nerves.
‘I genuinely believed we would get there but there was still a bit of relief when we did.
‘Kyle has had a tough few weeks with bat and ball, so it was great to see him finish it off like that.’