Gatting goes on the rampage
Alton fell to their first defeat of the season in SPL Div 1 on Saturday at home to Burridge.
Having made a competitive 184, their profligacy with the ball combined with some hard-hitting from Hampshire’s Joe Gatting saw Alton fall.
Choosing to bat first on a good looking Jubilee surface Alton started positively, but lost Jack Penn with the score on 20.
Alex Hammond was joined by Jack Myers and the pair added a half-century stand. Hammond continued his good recent form with an attacking display, but fell short of a half-century himself.
Myers, joined by brother Scott, more circumspect but played some attractive shots in a useful 24, but both fell relatively quickly to leave Alton 108-4.
Michael Heffernan’s experience was redeployed in the middle order, and the move paid off as he showed his array of strokes for a fine 54. Supported by 22 from Howard Gadsby the pair put on a useful stand which got Alton up to a competitive total at the end of the innings.
However, that was soon under threat from some wayward new-ball bowling, and Gatting’s attacking onslaught.
He struck the ball fiercely as he smashed 57 from just 38 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. He did ride his luck at times, with balls falling just out of the reach of the Alton fielders, but his innings seemed to have taken the game away from Alton.
Ben Mortimer (2 for 37) finally removed Gatting, and when Julian Ballinger removed the experienced pair of Lee Savident and Derek Kenway in successive deliveries with the score on 111, Alton sensed the tide turning.
Geoff Dods took Burridge closer to their target before being removed by Scott Myers, but the Brewers couldn’t force another breakthrough as skipper Rick Ankers and James Richards saw the visitors home by 5 wickets.
Alton will look to return to winning ways against Havant at home on Saturday, 1pm.
2nds fall to Trojans
Alton’s 2nd XI fell to defeat at unbeaten Trojans on Saturday in a high scoring game.
The home side posted a formidable 282 from their 50 overs, which included major contributions from openers Simon Williams (58) and Edward Boyd (51) before Alton really got going.
WIckets were shared around with Tom Paul (3-57) being the main benefactor, although Mark Heffernan’s spell of 10 overs for 20 retained an element of control.
Alton’s reply started poorly, falling to 43-3, but Heffernan (39) got Alton going and Richard Anthony played his way into form with a well struck 81 not out.
However the total always appeared out of the Brewer’s reach and despite a cameo 30 from Dan Trim, Alton closed on 238 for 8.
3s miss out in thriller, 4s dominate
Alton’s 3rd XI lost by just one wicket to East Woodhay, after battling to 170, thanks to Alex Freeman (39) and Ben Choularton (49).
Evergreen Andy Tapp (3-38) was helped by younger team-mates Choularton (2-38) and James Foulkes (2-15), but the home side edged home in the 43rd over with the last pair at the crease.
The 4th XI completed a comprehensive 10 wicket win against Grayshott 4th XI. Martin Green (37*) and Neil Heffernan (51*) were untroubled as they took Alton past the visitors first innings 98 all out.
Ladies off the mark
Alton Ladies won by the same slim margin against Cove side on Sunday. Their 152 didn’t look enough despite the efforst of Georgia Harsham (44) and Martha Folkes (33) as Cove’s powerful batting line up got to work.
However, when Natasha Marisa (31) and Naomi Lynch (60) were removed, the wheels fell off their innings and Alton decimated the rest of the line up with Nicola Gadsby (4 for 36) and Asha Wills (3 for 19) removing the bulk of the order in the nick of time.