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Notice of AGM 2015 – 7th January

You are invited to the Alton CC AGM on 7th January 2015 8-9pm.

All members are invited and allowed to vote on the important issues regarding the club’s structure and running.

We really need you to attend! Please indicate via the form below if you plan to attend, so we know how many numbers to expect.

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Colts winter nets 2015

The colts winter nets programme has been finalised. Please see below for details.

The colts membership pack has also been updated, which includes a membership form, relevant policies and subscription information. We will be implementing an online system of payment this year for colts and payments, so please stay tuned for details.

SQUAD(S) WHEN STARTING AT FOR
Girls / Ladies Monday 1900-2130 11th Jan Amery until Easter, not half term
Elite men Monday 2000 – 2130 11th Jan Alton College 12 weeks
Under 15 / 17 / senior 3s / 4s Tues 1930-2130 12th Jan Alton College 12 weeks
Under 13s Friday: 1930-2100 15th Jan Alton College 12 weeks
Under 11s Friday: 1800-1930 15th Jan Alton College 12 weeks
Under 9s TBC
Under 7s N/A N/A N/A N/A

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Alton CC Colts Awards Evening

The end of season event is due to take place on Friday 17th October at the Pavilion at Jubilee.

The timings will be as follows:

6.45pm – U9s and U11s

7.15pm – Girls

7.40pm – U13s and U15s

There will be awards for best bowler and best batsman for each team, and most improved and player of the year for each squad.

Please attend if you can – we shall have the bar open, and a BBQ (weather permitting). It is a lovely way to round off the season, celebrate some great cricket that has been played by all teams, and thank the coaches for the time they give up from January through to July.

I would also like to organise a 2nd hand kit sale on the same night, to raise funds for the club. If you have any kit your son/daughter has outgrown and you would be able to donate, please email me to arrange to drop it with me before the 17th so I can set things up for the evening (hbporter at BT Internet dot com).

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the 17th October

Helen Porter

Alton CC Colts Chair

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Alton CC 2014 dinner dance and awards

Alton CC had their annual dinner and dance on 6th September to celebrate a superbly successful season.

The event at the Alton Maltings Centre was enjoyed by those from across the club. The annual awards were handed out, with the winners listed below. Thanks to everyone for their hard work to make the evening a success, particularly Scott Myers, Leanne Drinkall and the staff at the Maltings.

  • Club Batting award Lawrence Hughes 530 runs
  • Club Bowling award Lee Partner 28 wickets
  • Club Fielding award Joe Paul
  • Club Most improved Martin Ball
  • Club Young Player Jack Myers
  • Players player of the season Lee Partner
  • Keith Gillingham award – Club volunteer of the Year Lewis Jones

1st Team finished 3rd Premier League SPL
Batting Scott Myers
Bowling Julian Ballenger
Player of the year Jack Myers

2nd Team finished 4th Div 3 SPL
Batting Mark Heffernan
Bowling Lee Partner
Player of the year Mark Heffernan

3rd Team finished 3rd County 4, promoted to County 3
Batting Lawrence Hughes
Bowling Martin Ball
Player of the year Patrick Sampson

4th Team finished 3rd I’Anson Div 6.
Batting Martin Green
Bowling Ben Chollaton
Player of the year Thomas Green

Ladies finished 3rd Woman’s County league Div 1.
Batting Martha Foulkes
Bowling Harriet Rayner
Player of the year Madeleine Peck

Alton CC's 2014 award winners

Alton CC’s 2014 award winners

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Alton win to seal highest ever finish, 2s spoil Tichbourne’s party, 3s Promoted

Alton delayed by traffic arrived at Lymington in somewhat of a rush but with the opportunity of their highest ever finish were keen to start well. Seeking another good all round performance, Alton lost the toss and found themselves batting on a surface that due to the midweek rain would offer assistance to the bowlers.

Despite losing the toss and arguably having the worst of the conditions Alton produced one of their best batting performances of the season, setting up a convincing 68 run win. With results elsewhere favouring the Brewers a third place finish was achieved.

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Brewers fightback seals double over St Cross

The penultimate weekend of the season and Alton’s final home game saw them face local opponents St Cross. With only one win at home all season Alton were looking to end on a high at Jubilee.

Alton won the toss and elected to bat hoping to post a total that would be difficult to chase down on a slow Jubilee wicket. An innings of starts but no major contributions was the order of the day with the Alton batsmen getting in and then finding a ways of getting out. Hale started well scoring a run a ball 35 before chipping the ball to short mid-wicket off the bowling of Finney (1 for 29). Phillips fell shortly afterwards and from a relatively positive start Alton found themselves precariously placed at 61 for 3.

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Academy give Alton a lesson, other wins all round

Alton were hoping to put the poor performance of last week behind them as they travelled to Hampshire HQ. However their struggles with the limited overs format continued as they fell to a heavy 75 run defeat at the hands of a young Hampshire Academy side.

Hampshire Academy were strengthened by the inclusion of Joe Gatting in their ranks and on winning the toss had no hesitation on batting first on a hard flat surface. Alton were not so fortunate as their overseas import Dewayne Bowden was unwell and unable to take up his normal role with the new ball.

Hampshire started well with the returning Mortimer struggling to find his range, but their progress was halted when Heffernan swooped in to run out Duggan for 16.

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Ventnor victorious, Seconds skittle St Cross

Alton lost to visiting Ventnor on Saturday after turning in an indifferent performance with bat and in the field.

Things did start brightly for the Brewers, as Scotty Myers struck twice with the new ball to leave Alton 9-2, but Oliver Mills batting at three turned the tide for Ventnor with a fine 85.

He was ably supported through the middle order Tom Friend (21), Neil Westhorpe (39) and Martin Blackman (38) as Ventnor eased through the gears.

Jack Myers and Julian Ballinger claimed two wickets apiece, but Ventnor moved to 200 before Dewayne Bowden (4-38) returned and removed the tail, leaving Alton chasing 224 for victory.

However, Alton were blown away by a fine new ball spell from bustling Mark Holmes, who claimed the first four wickets to fall with Alton not yet past the half-century.

The in form Scott Myers was removed by former Brewer Marc-Antony Eysele (3-35), with only Bowden’s 38 providing any real resistance, as the home side were skittled for 125.

Alton will be disappointed with their overall performance, and will have to improve as they travel to the Ageas Bowl to face the Hampshire Academy on Saturday (1pm)

Seconds beat St Cross

Alton 2nd XI beat St Cross at the Royal Green Jackets Ground with a convincing bowling performance.

Having won the toss, St Cross got off to a steady start, despite some tight Alton bowling. They had made it past 50 before Alton got the breakthrough – Dan Scott (4-22) claiming getting Fergus Haycock to drag on.

Three wickets then fell with the score on 68, as Scott claimed two more, and Robbie Pitts-Mellan was rewarded for a tight spell.

Lee Partner replaced Pitts-Mellan and grabbed 2-16 and Alex Hughes returned from an opening spell to claim two of his own, Toby Salmon (1-21) got the reward for bowling nine threatening overs and St Cross were bundled out for 120 – only number ten Stephen Mitchell holding up Alton with a gutsy 20.

The Brewers started their reply in confident fashion, with Howard Gadsby and Alex Hammond striking boundaries before Hammond was caught behind for 16.

Jon Dow looked comfortable before falling to leg spinner Thomas Fay, before Gadsby followed for 42.

Mark Heffernan and Andy Pearce hurried Alton over the line, as Heffernan (46*) continued the boundary blitz – finishing the game with a huge six to give the Brewers maximum points.

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4 in 5 for 1s, 2s Better Basingstoke

Alton travelled to Burridge on Saturday hoping to continue their recent good run of results, and with an outside chance of securing the Southern Electric Premier League Time Pennant for the first time.

Due to some early morning rain the game started late, with Alton captain Scott Myers winning the toss and inviting the opposition to bat first under some threatening clouds. It was Myers himself who made the breakthrough, removing the ex-Hampshire player Derek Kenway for 3 with the score on 15.

Kenway’s opening partner Chowdhury soon followed as he chose not to play a shot to a big in swinging delivery from Dewayne Bowden and was adjudged LBW. Burridge number 3 Richards was then caught off at slip by Bowden off Myers and Bowden then had Lavery trapped lbw first ball on the stroke of lunch to leave the home side facing an uphill battle at 39-4.

After lunch Burridge’s overseas player Dods and wicketkeeper Rood played sensibly to take the score along to 66 before Myers (3-43) bowled Rood (10). This brought skipper Ankers (20) to the crease and he and Dods kept the score moving along against some tight bowling, with Jack Myers proving particularly miserly producing a spell of 6 overs for 10 runs, before Julian Ballinger removed Ankers with the score at 114. Ballinger (3-27) then removed Thew (8) and Jackson (20) leaving Burridge at 165-8, before the returning Bowden (4-50) accounted for both Ancell (0) and then the dogged Dods for a well-made 79.

This left Alton 49 overs to score the required 182 for victory, and they got off to a positive start before opener Penn(10) was caught at point with the score on 31. When his opening partner Janmohammed (28) was caught behind off Dods with the score on 39, this was just the kind of situation in the past where Alton may have lost another couple of quick wickets and faced a battle to save the game.

Not this time however, as Will Phillips (47*) and captain Myers (46) set about patiently reducing the deficit against some tight bowling which was well backed up in the field, which made scoring quickly difficult. The pair didn’t panic and when Myers was out caught behind off McMurray just short of his fifty, Alton required 62 from 11 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Bowden then came to the crease and immediately set about the task in hand with some gusto, manoeuvring the ball around the field for 1s and 2s before he and Phillips increased the strike rate by adding 38 runs in 4 overs to take Alton to within 17 runs of victory with 5 overs remaining.

All that was left for the pair to do at this point was to bat sensibly to see Alton home, which they did when Phillips hit Dods through extra cover for 4 in the 47th over, leaving Bowden with 46 not out from 38 balls  to add to his earlier 5 wicket haul.

The win was the 4th in the last 5 games for Alton, but with South Wilts also winning it wasn’t quite enough for them to secure the Time Pennant. For Burridge the loss saw them slip to the bottom of the League, and facing a difficult run in.

This Saturday sees Alton return to the Limited Over format when they entertain Ventnor at the JCG, with the game starting at 1pm.

Brewers better Basingstoke

Alton 2nd XI got back to winning ways on Saturday against local rivals Basingstoke 2nd XI.

The Brewers won the toss and elected to bowl, but Basingstoke got off to a flying start with Mohammed Rizwan striking three successive boundaries.

Toby Salmon got Alton into the game when he had him caught behind, and Alex Hughes (2-37) claimed a similar dismissal to leave Basingstoke ok 27-2.

Basingstoke ran well between the wickets and gradually built partnerships, but Dan Scott (2-24) claimed two scalps to halt their progress.

Dean Nurse batted aggressively, particularly against the spinners, but Salmon (3-48) returned to remove him for a well made 48.

Youngster Bradley Neal also batted well, while Chris Chandler was more threatening as he made 22 from just 13 before Lee Partner took a return catch before Basingstoke were dismissed in the 49th over for 224.

An earlier shower had reduced the Alton innings by 4 overs and 8 runs, but the home side got off to a confident start.

Howard Gadsby played a fluent innings of 35 before being the first to fall, and John Dow followed when he was trapped in front for 16.

Michael Heffernan picked up the scoring as he dealt severely with anything short, before he too fell LBW.

The partnership between Mark Heffernan and Alex Hammond looked to have put Alton in a winnings position, but when they both fell in their 20s in one Rakitha Perara over, it looked like the Brewers may stumble.

Michael Salmon struck the ball sweetly before being strangled down the leg side, but skipper Alex Hughes and Lee Partner nudged Alton over the line for a hard-fought victory.

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Southern Premier League Dinner – Friday 17th October

We have 8 tickets (minimum) to the SPL dinner on Friday 17th Oct.

The event includes a three course dinner and guest speakers, broadcasters Peter Brackley and Gary Richardson. The tickets are priced at £30.

Please let Howard Gadsby know if you are interested in attending (howardgadsby -at- gmail -dot- com)