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2014 Dinner Dance

This years annual Dinner and Dance will be held at Alton Maltings on Saturday 6th September, starting at 7pm, with 1st course served at 7:15pm and final drinks being served at 11pm.

Tickets will be £35 with places limited to 70 guests, so to avoid disappointment, book early! Cut off date for bookings will be 24th August.

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2014 Summer Camps

Our popular summer camps are returning for 2014, and here are all of the details

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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)

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1st XI thump Totton, seconds stumble.

After two away trips, Alton returned to the JCG looking to extend their good form. Visiting Totton & Eling won the toss and on a warm day decided to ask Alton to bat.

Penn and Hale started positively, but with the pitch offering assistance to the seamers Alton lost their first wicket with the score on 23. Penn was bowled by a good delivery by the former Alton player Darron Augustus for 18.

A stand of 67 between Hale and Phillips steadied the ship before Hale was trapped LBW, again Augustus taking the wicket for a patient 38. As lunch approached Phillips fell short of his half century as he was caught off the bowling of Australian academy player Cameron Valente (2 for 47) for a well made 47. At lunch Alton were 127 for 3.

After the break Alton’s progress was halted once more when Bowden (10) was clean bowled by Augustus (3 for 73) giving the Totton skipper his third victim. Heffernan came to the crease with Alton precariously placed at 139 for 4, and with the ball still nipping about, patience was key.

Myers and Heffernan looked to tick the scoreboard over taking advantage of any loose deliveries. As the innings progressed Myers found his range and began to impose himself on the visitors attack. Heffernan, the support act in a fine 110 run partnership, was caught in the deep for 30.

With Alton looking for quick runs and an early declaration, Myers was in full flow and searching for his hundred. A straight six took him close and the Alton skipper ended a fantastic well-made innings on 101 not out off 126 balls finding the boundary 13 times. Alton declared in the 59th over with the score a healthy 271 for 6.

Alton had a quick 50 minute burst at their opponents before tea in what turned out to be a very interesting session.  The Brewers looked to their overseas import to give them a good start and the New Zealander did not disappoint, Bowden making the breakthrough in the first over, trapping Tom Arnold for 0.

Totton seemed intent on playing positively, skipper Augustus struck 4 boundaries in a 12 ball stay before he was bowled by Myers (1 for 27). At 30 for 2 Totton did not change tack and were still intent on playing aggressively. Bowden dismissed the dangerous Valente for 2 a simple catch behind the sumps for Janmohamed, and on the cusp of tea Bowden picked up his 4th wicket removing Marshall for 4 and the visitors were reduced to 53 for 5 at tea.

The crazy pre tea session had put the home side in control, and Alton took to the field looking to keep the momentum. Will Phillips (2 for 31) provided the post tea spark and picked up 2 wickets for the Brewers, Bowden then got his 5th wicket trapping Metcalfe for 31 and the visitors were staring down the barrel at 83 for 8. A fine display of bowling from Bowden who ended with 5 for 33.

Alton did not have it all there own way though as a frustrating partnership developed, but with so many overs left in the game Alton would have been confident a chance would come. Dylan Augustus and Millar remained stoic in defence and when Ballinger failed to grasp a caught and bowled opportunity Alton were beginning to wonder where the wicket was going to come from.

Alton continued to mix up their bowling options and it was young off spinner Tom Paul (1 for 6) who picked up the vital wicket trapping Augustus (23) in front and claiming his first premier league wicket. It was then over to Jack Myers (1 for 11) to take the final wicket as Millar (24) was caught by Ballinger giving the Brewers a maximum point win.

Brewers fall to Fair Oak

Alton 2nd XI fell to defeat at Fair Oak on Saturday, in a low scoring contest.

The Brewers won the toss and elected to bat on a dry looking surface, but were in immediate trouble as they stumbled to 0-2.

Howard Gadsby (24) and Mark Heffernan patiently rebuild the innings with a partnership of 46, but Gadsby was caught behind and Jon Dow run out immediately after to leave Alton in trouble.

Heffernan then fell to one that bounced sharply from the off-spin of Rhys Oxley before left armer Assad Abbas claimed two more.

Andy Pearce managed to hold the innings together with a superbly constructed innings as he shepherded the tail in the latter overs. His 45 was worth far more in the context of the game – batting with the tail on a pitch with inconsistent bounce – but Alton’s 158 was still below par.

Abbas came out swinging in the Fair Oak innings, and got his side off to a flyer.

Alex Hughes made the breakthrough, removing Abbas for 22, and Toby Salmon (2-38) struck at the other end to get Alton back into the game.

Rhys Oxley rode his luck on his way to a crucial 37 – Alton giving him several lives in the field in what would prove to be costly lapses.

When Oxley was removed Alton sniffed a chance, and despite good spells from Robbie Petts-Mellan (1-38), Lee Partner (1-16) and two more strikes from Alex Hughes (3-30) Fair Oak edged their way towards a seven wicket win.

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Forecast wrong as Brewers get it right

With the forecast not good Alton had initially thought their trip to the New Forest would ultimately be a pointless one. What developed was their most complete performance of the season.

Winning the toss Alton elected to field, the Brewers hoping the ball would swing in what were humid conditions. Early signs were not as promising but Bowden managed to find his rhythm and the edge of the Bashley opener. A fine catch from Penn making his debut behind the stumps was just the start Alton required. Bashley 11 for 1.

Alton remained patient in pursuit of their second wicket. Bowden gave the home side nothing to release the pressure. The score had moved onto 42 before Bowden extracted the second edge of the morning and Penn’s second catch.

Alton sticking with seam as the ball began to swing looked to S Myers and Phillips. The Bashley captain looked to take the attack to Alton as the scoring rate dipped, however after consecutive boundaries in the previous over he again fell to a catch by Penn. Will Phillips bowling with good control and sideways movement found the edge of the dangerous Bashley skipper. 

Jack Myers fresh from his 5 wickets the previous week came into the attack and found his line and length straight away. A rush of blood from James Morris (33) saw him dance down the pitch only to be beaten by the flight of the ball and he was bowled. Bashley now 91 for 4. 

Two more quick wickets one a piece for Phillips (2 for 24) who removed the dangerous Australian Jaron Morgan for 10, and Myers picking up his second left the home side 102 for 6. 

With Lunch approaching the Brewers again turned to Bowden to see if they could make one more breakthrough and on the final delivery before lunch Bowden trapped Ridley LBW for one and Alton well on top 102 for 7.

Alton were hoping to avoid any late order runs. Bowden didn’t disappoint and another edge gave Penn his 4th victim behind the stumps with a fantastic low catch. Bowden ended with fine figures of 4 for 19 off 13 overs. Jack Myers also ended with 4 dismissals as he took the final 2 Bashley wickets ending with 4 for 12. Bashley were skittled out for 113 and the Brewers very happy with their mornings work. 

With no sign of the forecast rain Hale and Penn opened for Alton looking to make a good start and avoid any early nerves. This was not the case however as Penn (1) was bowled early by the experienced Nash (1 for 27). At 3 for 1 William Phillips joined Hale at the crease. 

Any nerves in the Alton camp were eased as Hale was a man in a hurry and anything loose was dispatched to the fence. Phillips initially looked to support but he was also soon finding his range. Bashley were on the attack trying to make in roads into the Brewers line up but Hale and Phillips were in no mood to give the home side any glimmer of hope. 

Hale made a fine 72* off just 54 balls finding the boundary on 12 occasions. Phillips made 40* off 54 delivaries with 5 fours and a six and the Brewers were over the line inside 20 overs and victory by 9 wickets was Alton’s.   

A fine all round performance from the Brewers and one that lifted them off the bottom of the SEPCL table up to 6th. Alton return to the JCG on Saturday where they entertain Totton & Ealing 11:30am start.