Ones and Twos fight for survival continues
Alton V Hampshire Academy
Alton’s search for that elusive victory that would all but seal their top flight status for another year continued on Saturday as despite an improved performance were undone by a young Hampshire academy side.
Alton won the toss and elected to have a bowl first. Alton had the start they would have hoped for as Salmon made the breakthrough, Campbell edging behind with Hugo Hammond making no mistake with the gloves. Jamison once again threatened and when he bowled South for 5 the Academy were 25 for 2. The talented Scriven joined England Under 19 Felix Organ as the pair looked to build a platform. The pair accumulated without taking any risks as they eased the visitors into a strong position. Both past 50 and Alton were left searching for the vital breakthrough. The second half of the innings saw the Academy up the tempo and with wickets in hand the visitors were in a strong position.
Both were approaching three figures when Alton finally got a bit of luck, Scriven thought the ball had evaded the Alton keep Hammond, as he looked to take a single Hammond managed to gather the ball and throw down the stumps, Scriven was run out for a fine 98. A match winning partnership of 172 left the Academy on 197 for 3. Organ was still there but when he was superbly caught by skipper Myers, Salmon had is second and Organ was on his way for 94 with the board showing 208 for 4.
Jamison and Ballinger then exchanged wickets as Academy moved to 239 for 6. Some late blows from George Pardoe saw him end on 25 not out and the Academy reach 251 for 6. Alton left wondering what could have been had they been able to break the Organ, Scriven partnership.
Alton knew they would need to bat well but when Janmohamed fell early for 3 caught behind off the bowling of Hipwell Alton were 14 for 1. The Hammond brothers moved the score to 47 before Hugo Hammond was bowled for 8 by Scriven.
Alex Hammond looked in good touch before he was bowled by Zac Organ for 32 and when Harris fell almost immediately after Alton were in trouble at 70-4. Mark Heffernan joined skipper Scott Myers with both men on naught, they added 27 before Myers popped one up to extra cover off Felix Organ as he fell for 8.
The Heffernan brothers needed to rebuild and just as they were edging Alton into a reasonable position Michael Heffernan was given out LBW for 23, once again Felix Organ involved as he picked up his second wicket. Alton now 136 for 6. Jamison joined Heffernan, Heffernan continuing his recent run of form passed 50 but with overs running out Alton tried to stay in touch. Jamison and Heffernan put on 74 before Heffernan fell for a hard fought 59 and Alton were 212 for 7.
Alton were always behind the rate and despite some late blows from Jamison who ended on 44 not out Alton closed on 228 for 7. Results elsewhere mean that Alton go into the final day of the season needing 2 points to secure their premier league status.
Purbrook v Alton 2nd XI
Alton survival fight continued on Saturday as they chased down Purbrooks 117 all out. On a difficult pitch Alton reduced the home side to 117, Partner and Ball picking up three wickets each with young Freddie Egleston the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 for 17. A nervy chase saw Alton win by 2 wickets with only 5 balls remaining. Despite this being their sixth win of the season they still need to win on Saturday and hope results go their way to stay up.