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Hungerford Hurricanes are on the hunt for talented new rugby players

Ian Alexander kicks for Hungerford RFCIan Alexander kicks for Hungerford RFCBuoyed by a promising 2012/13 season, the Hungerford Hurricanes are on the hunt for new talent from the Marlborough area this summer.

The club wants to recruit more players to strengthen their squad before their 2013/14 campaign gets under way in September.

The Hurricanes were languishing at the bottom of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon premier league before Christmas, but seven straight wins after New Year saw them finish up a respectable fifth out of 11 teams.

Dave Smith, Hungerford's head coach, told Marlborough News Online: "What last season showed was that with a bit of belief we could be a decent side.  It instilled belief throughout the club, and it got us thinking:  'We don't want to be in this league forever.  We want to progress.'

"But to do that we need more players.  It's not rocket science -- by beefing up our juniors, colts and second team, we'll put healthy pressure on our first team players to perform at their very best.

"So, regardless of whether you've never played before or if you're a former British & Irish Lion, if you want to be a part of a family-based club with great banter and a passion for fun, flowing rugby, we'd love to see you."

Pre-season fitness training for the senior players starts at 7pm on June 11 at the Triangle field, Priory Road, Hungerford.

Touch rugby is being played from 7pm on Thursdays throughout the summer. Check the Hungerford RFC website for details.

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Crricket: Marlborough's inpressive start continue at Bedwyn

Marlborough's impressive start to the season continued with a fourth straight win away at near neighbours Great Bedwyn.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Marlborough openers Tom Norris 44 and Nick Crabbe 58 shared an opening partnership of 83 to give the visitors a strong platform to build on.

Bob Homani 61 and Peter Day 27 built on this platform as Marlborough reached 235-6 off their 50 overs with Max Andrews 2-57. and Rich Bosson 1-43 the best of the Bedwyn bowlers.

In reply Bedwyn started brightly with an opening partnership of 85 mainly thanks to Bosson 47 and John Palmer 30, and Rob Palmer 16 ensured that Bedwyn were still in the game at 117-4.

Bedwyn then collapsed however losing the last 6 wickets for just 21 as they were bowled out for 138 in the 45th over with Harrison Painter 3-14, Mike Bush 3-6, Ben Head 2-36 and Alex Cox 1-28 taking the wickets for Marlborough.

Winning skipper Norris said "We had a solid start which Bob and Peter built on, Bedwyn made a postive start but Cox got the vital wicket of Bosson which turned the game in our favour, Painter and Head turned the screw and Bush cleaned up the tail"

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Cricket: Comprehensive 129 run victory for Marlborough over local rivals Devizes

Marlborough's early season promise continued with a comprehensive victory at home to Devizes in the match kindly sponsored by Crosby and Lawerence sports shop of Marlborough.

After winning the toss and batting first Marlborough reached 197 for 8 off their 50 overs with Peter Day 75 and Bob Homani 31 the leading run scorers, with Duncan Lorrain 13 and George Fox 13 not out helping out at the end of the innings to ensure that Devizes faced an uphill task with bat with James Dunford 3-40 and Jon Couch 2-43 the best of the bowlers for the visiting side.

In reply Devizes crumbled with the bat with only Gerald Schmitt 17, Jon Couch 16 and skipper Tom Grant 12 reaching double figures as they were bowled out for 68 in just 29 overs.

Star all rounder Ben Head took 4-4 off 7 overs with 5 maidens included while George Fox 2-25,Will Langton 2-25 and Harrison Painter 1-13 were the other wicket takers for the Savernake Forrest based outfit

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Emphatic victory for Marlborough against Calne at Savernake

South African star Bob Homani scored a brilliant 144 as Marlborough crushed Calne at home in the match sponsored by The Bear inn in Marlborough.

Put into bat by the visitors Marlborough were in early trouble when skipper Tom Norris fell with just 8 on the board but a vital 91 2nd wicket partnership between Homani and Nick Crabbe 24 steadied the ship and Homani pushed on with an array of high class shots as Marlborough posted 239-6 of their 50 overs with James Smears 1-19,Julian Kearney 1-37 and Courtney Earl 1-38 the pick of Calne's bowlers.

In reply Calne were in deep trouble as early as the 2nd ball of the innings thanks to a breathtaking one handed catch from Ben Head. Calne then crumbled to 49 all out in the 24th over with only Stuart Windsor 15 and George Sykes 12 offering any resistance as Marlborough's bowling attacked ripped through Calne's batting line up with George Fox 3-14 and Ben Head 3-15 taking the bowling honours for the home side.

Skipper Norris was delighted with his sides win " Bob showed his class today and victory was set up by a brilliant catch by Ben, it was a thoroughly professional performance and it was great to see Fox back to his best" 

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This is karate with a difference – all skill and no contact

St Mary’s Church Hall on a Monday evening and a faithful band of men and women, girls and boys are dressed in traditional white gear to learn the skills of Shotokan karate.  Ian Binge teaches the martial art to classes in Marlborough and Newbury.

Shotokan karate is a no-contact version of the oriental sport that develops bodily agility, strength and control.  The attacking and defensive moves are practised in the air but facing a partner.

“You will learn,” says Ian, “fighting techniques which can, if the need arises, be used for self-defence.”

Each session begins with an energetic warm-up to get the muscles ready for the series of sometimes complex moves that Ian teaches.  In Marlborough he has a class of ten students studying the complex moves of Shotokan.

Ian Binge (3rd from left) with Marlborough studentsIan Binge (3rd from left) with Marlborough studentsAs with other oriental martial arts, there is a series of levels through which students progress.  And if you have trouble remembering the order of colours in snooker, there are many more colours to remember for Shotokan.

You begin at the white level, and proceed to orange, red, yellow, green, purple, purple and white, brown, brown and white, brown and two whites – and finally to black.  The whole series can take up to four years to achieve.

Shotokan karate came from Okinawa, was taken up in Japan and was first taught in Britain in the early 1960s. The more widely practised TaeKonDo karate – which is a contact sport –  originated in Korea, came to Britain in the 1950s, and has been an Olympic sport since 2000.

Shotokan karate is certainly not a sport that needs expensive equipment – just a set of loose white clothes and the right colour of belt.  What is more it does not need the latest line in fashionable trainers as it is definitely a bare-foot sport.

Ian Binge lives near Reading at Caversham and works in the computer industry. His weekly sessions at St Mary’s Hall cost £5.  The governing Southern Shotokan Karate Association (SSKA) charges £43 to qualify at each grade level and that includes two ninety minute lessons from a six dan instructor.

Ian is keen to develop the sport in Marlborough and will be talking to the Marlborough Sports Forum to see how that development can be encouraged.

You can email Ian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and there's much more on his website.



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Hockey: Marlborough lose to the season’s league champions in final game

Marlborough vs Bristol UWE            Marlborough lose 5-1

With hopes of finishing the last league game on a high, Marlborough welcomed Bristol UWE who had been vying with Cardiff for top spot the whole year and knew coming in to the game that a win would secure their position as league champions.

The game started with Bristol taking control and attacking with great pace and skill down both Marlborough flanks.  Marlborough stood firm and soon worked their way into the game with some insightful break away play which almost led to a goal.  

The deadlock was broken by the visitors mid way through the first half after excellent forward play from the ever rotating UWE strikers allowed one of them an easy tap in.  Before half time, a second goal for the visitors soon followed in almost identical circumstances.

The second half began much as the first with Bristol claiming most of the possession and creating the clearer chances to score.  Marlborough roared on by their vociferous home support pressed on and were soon back in touch with UWE after Chris Jones scored from a short corner routine.    

Both sides sensed the potential shift in momentum and the pace of the game became frantic.  

Unfortunately for the home side UWE showed their class in the last fifteen minutes of the game and rattled off three quick goals leaving Marlborough with far too much to do in the remaining minutes.

Congratulations must go to Bristol UWE - an exciting, attacking team who with this victory were crowned worthy league champions five points clear of Cardiff in second place.

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East meets West in cricket showdown

Neighbouring villages will do battle on the cricket pitch this weekend, as players from East Kennett take on opponents from West Kennett.

And the rival villages are recruiting guest players: anyone East of Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge is permitted to play for the Easties, while anyone living West of the venue can turn out for the Westies.

Players of all ages, sexes and abilities are encouraged to join in. Pads, gloves, helmets and bats are all provided. Battle commences at 1.30pm on Sunday, June 2 at Kennet Valley Hall. 

For more information, contact Nigel Norman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07776 237360. 


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Cricket: Marlborough sneak home in the local derby match at Burbage

Cricket Club logoCricket Club logoMarlborough secured a dramatic derby day win at Burbage ending the hosts winning start to the season.

Batting first Burbage openers Sourish Mukherjee 39 and David Cope 39 gave the middle order a platform to build on but, after Marlborough all rounder Ben Head got the prized wicket of New Zealander Micheal Papps for 4, Burbage struggled with the bat being bowled out for 150 with Alex Cox 5-28 starring with the ball for Marlborough.

In reply Marlborough also found themselves in trouble with the bat early on but a vital partnership between Bob Homani 61 and Peter Day 17 meant that Marlborough managed to sneak home reaching the required target in the 39th over for the loss of 8 wickets despite the best efforts of Burbage bowler Adam Lavis who finished with 4-48.

Marlborough skipper Tom Norris was a delighted man "it's a great win which gives us confidence we can compete in this league.  Cox was the outstanding and a good partnership between Homani and Day steadied the ship after losing early wickets."

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Marlborough began the 2013 league campaign with defeat away at Swindon

Cricket Club logoCricket Club logoAfter winning the toss and deciding to bat Marlborough began brightly with Captain Tom Norris 45 and Bradley James 28 enjoying a 70 run opening partnership.

South African Zwelibanzi Homani making his league debut began life for Marlborough with a positive 47 as the visitors reached 225-9 off 50 overs with Cameron Baden 2-70, Daniel Harris 2-33 and Ardil Domingo 2-27 taking 2 wickets apiece for Swindon.

In reply Domingo 62 and Paul Paginton 72 laid the foundations for Swindon as Andrew Staff 27 not out and Liam Tucker 21 not out ensured that Swindon reached their victory target for the loss of 5 wickets with 3 overs to spare with Ben Head 3-22, Will Langton 1-38 and Homani 1-15 taking the wickets for Marlborough.

Despite defeat Norris was keen to focus on the positives for his side" I thought we batted well but were probably 15/20 runs to short, Ben and Harrison Painter bowled brilliantly to get us back into the game and if we can improve by 5 to 10 per cent we will be there or there abouts"

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Kids swim for free this Easter

Marlborough PoolMarlborough PoolYoung people will be able to swim for free again this Easter at Marlborough and Pewsey's leisure centres.

Children aged under 16 can enjoy free swimming until April 5.

They will be able to gain free access to general swim sessions and fun and feature sessions including using the inflatable assault courses.

They do not need to sign up to a membership package for the free swimming, but each leisure centre will retain the right to request proof of age before granting entry. People are advised to arrive early as some sessions can be busy.

The free swim sessions do not include sessions such as aerobics, aqua natal, aqua tots, parent/toddler sessions or children’s swimming lessons.  

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Hockey: Marlborough lose again – putting their opponents out of relegation danger

Marlborough vs Westbury and UB                Marlborough lose 3-2

With their relegation from the Davis Wood Hockey League's Championship Division confirmed, Marlborough made the short trip to Bristol to play Westbury who themselves needed a win to ensure they would not be dragged in to a final day relegation scrap.

The game started with Westbury dominant and being able to open Marlborough up seemingly at will.  Thankfully for the visiting side they squandered their chances, several of which came from Marlborough defensive errors.  

Marlborough’s main attacking threat throughout the half came down the left and right flanks with skilful wing play from John Bromley and Matt Ashton.  

Marlborough took the lead somewhat against the run of play towards the end of the half when Ashton and Matt Osborne combined for some deft one-two passes which Ashton followed up by rounding the keeper and calmly finishing into the open goal.

The second half began with Westbury upping their game further, no doubt feeling hard done by at score line that did not do them justice.  

Marlborough had to weather attack after attack and somewhat inevitably Westbury scored their deserved equaliser after some confusion close to goal.  They then pressed further on and took the lead after a quick break following some indecisive refereeing which left Marlborough flat footed.

The third Westbury goal followed soon after putting Marlborough 3-1 down with not long left in which to redeem the situation.  

To their credit Marlborough dug in and did not stop running or harrying their opponents and with three minutes to go captain Rich Holman scored after outwitting the Westbury goalkeeper with some sublime skill and a reverse stick strike.  

Marlborough tried their utmost in the remaining minutes to fashion an equaliser but ran out of time. 

Go to the Club's website for more information and fixtures.

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