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Fantasy Cricket 2016

The fantasy cricket for 2016 is up and running, which now includes ladies, colts and girls games!

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Teams For Saturday 25th June 2016

1st XI St Cross (Home)
Meet Time: 10:00am
A Hammond
D Hutton
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
A Janmohamed
A Hughes
M Salmon
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI OTs & Romsey II (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
J Paul
H Gadsby
L Hughes
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
I Carpenter
T Paul

3rd XI Chawton (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
T Green
I Mason
D Evans
B Mortimer
A Pearce
J Foulkes
S Moody
G Billington
B Choularton
M Ball
P Sampson

4th XI Shalford II (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
E Ballinger
S Bridger
S Bramah
M Bramah
R Crook
D Artley
M Green
J Porter
A Trim
R Sharrat
L Jones

NB: As a mark of respect to Brian King all Teams will wear black armbands this weekend.

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Brian King – Funeral arrangements

The funeral arrangements for Brian have now been confirmed and are as follows:

Venue:
The Park Crematorium
Guildford Road
Aldershot
GU12 4BP

Date and Time:
Tuesday 5th July at 12:15pm

It has been requested that there be Family flowers only.

Donations to: Hampshire Girls Cricket (exact details to be confirmed).

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Brian King – RIP

It is with great sadness that we must inform all our club members of the passing away today of Brian King.

Brian has been instrumental in so many of our successes over the past 10 years, most notably our Chance to Shine programme which has helped us develop fantastic relationships with local schools in the Alton area, and also our girls section which Brian single handedly started and set the standards which our current group of girls now aspire to emulate.

Once we have details of funeral arrangements we will ensure that all members are notified.

At this time our thoughts and best wishes go out to his wife Diane and his family.

Richard Myers
Chairman
Alton CC

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Teams For Saturday 18th June

1st XI South Wilts (Away)
Meet Time: 09:30am
A Hammond
D Hutton
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
A Janmohamed
A Hughes
M Salmon
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Sarisbury Athletic II (Home)
Meet Time: 11:30am
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
J Paul
H Gadsby
L Hughes
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
I Carpenter
T Paul

3rd XI St Cross IV (Home)
Meet Time: 1:00pm
D Evans
N Heffernan
J Foulkes
I Mason (Capt)
T Green
A Freeman
S Moody
A Wright
B Choularton
M Ball
R Sharrat

4th XI Wood Street II (Away)
Meet Time: 11:45am
D Artley
M Green
T Martin
M Bramah
S Bramah
J Porter
E Ballinger
L Jones
A Trim
S Bridger
T Fuller

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Match reports, week 6, 2016

Alton 1stXI v Ventnor

Alton made it three wins in as many weeks as they comfortably overcame a weakened Ventnor side.

Scott Myers yet to win a toss this season continued his form with the coin as the visitors elected to bat. Despite losing the toss it was the home side who took the early advantage. Mortimer was into his stride early bowling Ventnor opener Snell for 4 and with Michael Salmon removing the Ventnor skipper without scoring the visitors found themselves in trouble at 5 for 2.

Mortimer was finding his rhythm and found the edge of Blackman for 11 caught safely at second slip by Scott Myers. Alton failed to press home their advantage and with Mortimer (2 for 19) unfortunately pulling up injured only adding to the home sides frustrations, Ventnor moved past 100.

Ben Mortimer bowls

Ben Mortimer bowls

Alton celebrate the first wicket

Alton celebrate the first wicket

Julian Ballinger and Jack Myers (2 for 43) were brought into the attack. Ballinger removed John Buckman for 33 and a flurry of wickets left the visitors precariously placed on 118 for 7. With the home side looking to finish the innings after lunch, Ventnor again fought back. Overseas import Alex Glendenning was still at the crease and kept calm whilst wickets fell at the other end. He found support form George Willis who helped see Glendenning through to a fine 100.

Alton finally broke the partnership of 66 when Ballinger ended Willis’s 95 ball stay when he was caught by the injured Mortimer for 17. With Glendenning running out of partners he looked to attack but was outfoxed by Ballinger the very next ball, Janmohamed completing the stumping.

Ballinger on a hat trick did not disappoint and removed the Ventnor number 11 safety caught by Heffernan at short extra cover. Completing Ballinger’s first ever Premier League hat trick and also giving him fine figures of 5 for 21. Ventnor all out for 184 off 52 overs.

Alton knew that with plenty of overs left in the day and on a good surface a solid batting performance would see them home. Ryan Hale returned to first team action and when him and Hutton moved the score past 50 Alton looked in control. Hale was batting fluently before he was given out lbw for 30 off the bowling of Snell and Alton were 58 for 1.

Hammond joined Hutton and the pair continued to play positively. Hutton was dropped just before tea but Alton went into the break only one down.

The final session of the day saw Alton cruise home. Hutton completed his half century and Hammond joined him taking advantage of a bit of luck to finish on a boundary filled 59 not out. Hutton remained unbeaten on a fine 79 rounding off a resounding victory for the brewers and with it maximum points.

The Brewers will travel to Champions South Wilts this Saturday which is sure to be a sterner test.

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T20 – Alton 1stXI v Trojans

Alton faced Trojans in the first round of the British Gas Southern Premier Cricket League T20 competition on Sunday and despite the rain recorded a comfortable victory. Batting first Alton posted a mammoth 214 for 3. Hutton the main contributor with a brutal 104 off just 56 balls.
An all round good fielding and bowling display meant that Trojans never really threatened Alton’s total as they ended on 87 for 9 off their 20 overs.

Alton have been drawn at home in the second round to Andover on the 3rd July 2016.

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Alton 2ndXI v Hook & Newnham Basics

Alton II’s travelled to local rivals Hook and Newnham Basic’s in another top of the table clash with both teams undefeated this season. On a hot and humid day and plenty of moisture in the air Alton again lost the toss and were asked to bat in what seemed to be testing conditions.

Things did not get off to the best start for Alton as Postles was adjudged LBW on the second ball of the innings Alton 5-1. With some good swing bowling from the hosts it restricted Alton from playing their attacking game, and with some quick wickets of Paul (9) and Gadsby (13) left the Visitors on 38-3. After a delightful shot from Hughes (9) he played one to many holing out in the deep, leaving Alton on 52-4 before the first drinks break.

Hammond (50) joined Anthony (75) at the crease and formed the best partnership of the year with some careful but attacking batting with both putting on 139 for the fifth wicket. Alton rallied to 191 before Hammond was caught as he was trying to push the run rate along. Anthony’s fine innings was final brought to an end after being bowled, and some quick hitting from Partner(13) and Alex Hughes (19) in the final overs left Alton on a healthy 227.

Alton took to the field after the tea break knowing that they had to be disciplined to make it 5 wins from 5. Ball (1-22) and Alex Hughes (2-25) started things off again as they have done this season being very economical and with good seam and swing movement. Ball struck first claiming the Hook opener LBW for 10, before Anthony took a smart catch at second slip to remove the other. Hughes struck again quickly with younger brother Lawrence Hughes taking a catch in the covers leaving Hook 36-3.

Alton turned to spin with Paul (3-51) looking to break the deadlock with and once again delivered with a great delivery to remove the Hook captain for just 5. Aided at the other end by some fine control bowling from Trim (1-12) meant opportunities coming from the spinning options. Partner (3-11) joined Paul and quickly cleaned up the middle order. Alton’s bowling attack were to much for Hook and were all out for 124.

A great team performance from Alton II once again extend there unbeaten run at the top of the County One table. A home game to Sarisbury this coming Saturday is just as an important game, as the other’s sides in the league continue their good starts to the season.

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Alton 3rdXI v Medstead

Alton won the toss and elected to field. Medstead made a solid start but when Andrew Tapp made the breakthrough removing Andrew Tingey for 11 Medstead were 41 for 1. This soon became 2 when Patrick Sampson removed the dangerous Higgins for 31.

From this point Alton took control Sampson ending with economical figures of 10 overs for just 4 runs and picking up 2 wickets on the way. Tapp ended with 2 for 23 but it was spinner Andrew Pearce who did the damage to the Medstead lower order picking up 5 for 26 and Medstead fell to 95 all out.

Alton response stuttered early on both openers being dismissed early. Alex Freeman and Dave Evans steadied the ship before Freeman was removed for 23. Pearce added 16, before Evans (28*) and skipper Mason (10*) saw the Brewers home with 6 wickets to spare.

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New Sponsor Announced

A-Plan Insurance (Alton) is the newest sponsor of Alton Cricket Club. A-Plan are also offering a way you can earn even more money to go towards to club. Read on to find out how…

Alton Cricket Club is delighted to welcome A-Plan insurance as its new lead sponsor of the schools coaching programme. A-Plan is a local insurance broker and understands the importance of the local community. They are thrilled to be working with Alton CC and investing in our cricket stars of the future.

Who are A-Plan and what do they offer:

Based in Alton, A-Plan offers Car, Home, Van and a number of other insurance services. A one stop shop for your insurance needs.
A-Plan also have a Private Client team (also based in Alton) for clients who have larger properties, higher sums insured or more complex needs.
What A-Plan Promise?
• The right level of cover
• Competitive Prices
• Exceptional and personal service

Where can you find them?
• 3 Normandy Street, Alton GU34 1DD
• 01420 543543
• alton@aplan.co.uk
• https://www.aplan.co.uk/alton

How can our members benefit?
Every qualified quote that Alton CC members, friends, family friends transact at A-Plan a donation of £5 will be paid directly back to the club.
A further 25% on any commission received when Alton CC members / supporters / friends of the club arrange a new policy through A-Plan Alton or A-Plan Private Clients.
Simply quote ALTON CC during the quote. There is no limit on what you can earn for your club so do spread the word. You may well save some money too!

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Teams For Saturday 11th June

1st XI Ventnor (Home)
Meet Time: 10:00am
A Hammond
D Hutton
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
R Hale
A Janmohamed
B Mortimer
M Salmon
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Hook & Newnham Basics II (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
J Paul
H Gadsby
L Hughes
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
A Hughes
T Paul

3rd XI Medstead (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
D Evans
N Heffernan
J Foulkes
I Mason (Capt)
T Green
A Freeman
I Carpenter
A Pearce
S Moody
P Sampson
A Tapp

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Match reports, week 5 2016

1st XI v New Milton

Alton travelled to the New Forest for their first timed game of the season. They face newly promoted New Milton in what turned out to be low scoring but pulsating affair.

Looking to build on their win from last week against New Milton neighbours Bashley, despite disappointing with the bat the Brewers claimed what was the most unlikely of victories.

Scott Myers continued his run of form at the toss and for the 5th consecutive game lost the toss which saw Alton put into bat on what turned out to be a hard wicket to score freely on. Things got worse for the visitors as they lost both skipper Myers and overseas Hutton both without troubling the scorers. Alton in early trouble at 2 for 2.

Hammond and Janmhomed looked to rebuild, patiently accumulating where possible. In an attempt to increase the rate Hammond  took a risk which lead to his demise failing to get enough on a lofted drive he was caught by Mid on moving backwards smartly to claim New Miltons 3rd wicket.

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Match reports – Week 4, 2016

ALTON 1st XI v Bashley (Rydal) CC

Alton hosted Bashley at Jubilee looking for their first win of the season, after rain put an end to last weeks proceedings they were keen to not go into the second month of the season without a win under their belts. Things started in familiar fashion as Alton again lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat first.

Alton took advantage of some early movement and had the visitors in trouble at 3 for 2. Alex Hughes with some late away swing picking up both and later added a third, all three finding the edge & safely caught at second slip by Scott Myers. Bashley left somewhat shocked at 25 for 3.

Despite wickets falling runs were being scored freely but when young Alton seamer Daniel Scott removed Jacques for 29 Bashley fell to 61 for 4.

A combination of missed chances and good batting saw Bashley recover and a 5th wicket partnership yielding a healthy 113 runs saw the game turn. Alton had clawed back the rate though with both Salmons returning economical figures.

Ridley scored 50 before he was trapped in front by Hutton. Some lusty blows took Bailiff towards his century but he was ct in the deep by Hughes off the bowling of Ballinger for 93. Bashley had moved to 216 for 7.

Ballinger & Hutton picked up 2 wickets each but the visitors posted a healthy 245 for 8, leaving the Brewers with another big chase.

Skipper Myers carrying an ankle injury opened up to try and take advantage of the early field restrictions. A move which paid off as both Hutton & Myers got Alton off to a flier. A fine 125 stand for the first wicket saw Myers & Hutton pass 50. Myers the first to be removed bowled by Watkins for a fluent 67 off 62 balls including 11 boundaries.

Hammond joined Hutton and continued to tick the score along but when Hammond was trapped LBW off the bowling of Thomson for 18 Alton were 155 for 2. Hutton departed immediately after looking to maintain the home sides upper hand he was ct in the deep off Watkins for a fine 63, his first half century fur the club.

With the home side stumbling slightly Michael Heffernan joined Janmohamned with both batsmen on 0 and the score 155 for 3. With work still to be done, the pair set about getting themselves in. Once they had seen off the spin of Watkins (2 for 33) & Thomson (1 for 35) they looked to up the rate.

The pair put in 55 before Heffernan was adjudged LBW off the returning Neal for 33. With 39 still required in form Mark Heffernan remained positive but when he was caught Alton were 5 down for 226.

Janmohamned (39*) remained calm guiding the Brewers closer to the win. A late flurry of boundaries saw Michael Salmon (12*) ease any nerves as Alton reached their target in the 48th over. Capping off a fantastic chase and a win for the home side.

The Brewers will look to continue this form as they travel to New Milton next week in the first of the timed game format.

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ALTON 2nd XI v Shrewton

Alton continued there promising start to the season with a trip to Shrewton, who were also unbeaten in the 2016 campaign. On a hot and humid day Alton won the toss and decided to let the hosts enjoy the humid conditions.

Postles (67) and Paul (81) began the afternoon with some hard hitting, aided by some wayward bowling which made for a great opening stand of 110 before the first wicket fell. Paul was joined at the crease by the in-form Gadsby (70) who continued where Postles left off, putting on another 100 partnership leaving Alton in a commanding position of 210-2.

Some good cameo performance’s from Hammond (14), Evans (15no) and Lawrence (16), left Alton on 296 off their 50 overs. On a smallish ground, Alton knew they had to be disciplined in the field to continue their unbeaten run.

Another good performance from Ball (3-19) made early in-roads into the Shrewton top order with some good seam bowling, finding movement in the pitch which had evaded Shrewton during their innings.

Recalled Carpenter (1-38) bowled well and claimed a key wicket which put more pressure on Shrewton and an ever increasing run rate. With Shrewton beginning to form a partnership with Cruse (36) hitting some boundaries, Alton moved away from their seam bowlers and with a lack of regular spin bowlers within the team, turned to Anthony and veteran Evans to break the deadlock. With the change of pace the partnership was indeed broken, even if slightly fortunately, with the tail thereafter quickly cleaned up leaving Shrewton on 139 all out.

Alton look to take this good form into next week where they take on Purbrook who are also unbeaten during the 2016 campaign.

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ALTON 3rd XI v Ramsdell CC

Alton threes are making a habit of close games. This one going to the wire with the spoils shared. Alton could have been chasing more as Ramsdell started at a thunderous rate. Tapp (3 for 45) and Foulkes (3 for 48) picked up three wickets each as they restricted Ramsdell to a still intimidating 240 for their 45 overs. Alton chipped away at the total with everyone making contributions but they were always behind the rate. A late rally from Foulkes and Moody saw Alton increase the rate and give themselves a chance. Needing 5 to win off the last ball the Choularton seemed to have it won as he launched the last ball towards the boundary. With the brewers celebrating the ball fell agonisingly short but crossed the line for 4 and with it an unlikely but emphatic tie.

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Teams For Saturday 4th June

1st XI New Milton (Away)
Meet Time: 9:15am
A Hammond
D Hutton
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
A Janmohamed
B Mortimer
D Scott
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Purbrook (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
R Hale
J Paul
H Gadsby
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
M Salmon
A Hughes
T Paul

3rd XI Tichborne Park II (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
G Billington
N Heffernan
J Foulkes
I Mason (Capt)
T Green
A Freeman
I Carpenter
A Pearce
S Moody
P Sampson
A Tapp

4th XI Grafham & Smithbrook (Away)
Meet Time: 11:30
M Green
J Porter
A Trim
R Burns
D Artley
R Sharrett
E Ballinger
M Ball
A Wright
M Mayes
S Bridger