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Team News For Saturday 4th July 2015

1st XI Sarisbury Athletic(H)
Meet Time: 10:00am
S Myers (Capt)
A Hammond
R Heywood
J Myers
M P Heffernan
A Janmohammed
E Alexander
D Scott
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Waterlooville (A)
Meet Time: 11:15am
H Gadsby
J Penn
M J Heffernan (Capt)
D Evans
M Salmon
R Anthony
S Ball
J Paul
P Sampson
D Trim
T Paul

3rd XI Hursley Park II (H)
Meet Time 13:00
I Mason (Capt)
N Heffernan
C Witter
A Freeman
C Hamer
C Witter
L Partner
J Foulkes
Y Darwich
B Choularton
C Pusey
I Carpenter

4th XI Grafham & Smithbrook (A)
M Green (Capt)
T Green
D Artley
F Eggleston
C Ventham
A Trim
K Ventham
A Bayliss
A Drinkall
J Porter
T Salmon

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Player of the month award

Come to the clubhouse on Thursday after training to find out the player of the month for June.

There will be fish and chips ordered so contact us if you would like to come down and eat.

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2015 Dinner Dance

The 2015 dinner dance will be on Saturday 12th September at Alton Maltings Centre.

We require help organising the event, so if you would like to help please contact us, or speak to Richard Myers or Howard Gadsby.

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Colts presentation date

We are planning to have the presentation awards evening on Saturday 5th September

Please put the date in you diary and details will follow

Tozzy Bridger
Colts Co-ordinator ACC

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Week 9 match reports

Brewers lose South Wilts double header

Alton fell to their first defeat of the ‘time’ pennant on Saturday to a powerful South Wilts side.

League winners for the past two seasons, the Salisbury outfit look odds-on favourites to repeat the feat again this year for the hat-trick.

The Brewers asked the home side to bat first on a good pitch, with the formula having worked for the last three games, and Alton immediately looked threatening. The breakthrough came on 35, with Eddie Abel nicking behind off Ben Mortimer (1-38).

Alton had several loud appeals turned down and had to wait until the score was on 75 before the dangerous Tom Morton (27) clipped Julian Ballinger to mid-wicket, before the veteran off-spinner struck two balls later to dismiss Wade.

The brakes were now on the South Wilts innings as the Brewers slowed the scoring rate, but Jack Mynott and James Hayward batted patiently, before Hayward was dismissed just before lunch by Jack Myers (1-50).

Alton were happy with their position at the break, but soon after the home side wrestled control.

Overseas recruit Ryan Duffield – who’s appeared in the Big Bash for Brisbane Heat – played himself in alongside Mynott, before unleashing a fearsome assault on Alton’s bowlers.

He struck the ball superbly in a fine 78 – at better than a run a ball – which included five fours and five huge sixes which threatened the local housing.

Mynott was more measured, but completed a fine century alongside Duffield’s onslaught, before freeing his arms himself to finish with a fine 138.

Alton picked up late wickets to claim some valuable points, but were faced with a tall order of chasing South Wilts’ 287.

Things couldn’t have got off to a worse start for the Brewers as the top order collapsed to 20-4. Each one was caught in the cordon as they struggled against the probing opening spell of James Hibberd (1-5) and left-arm quick Duffield (2-9).

The in-form Michael Heffernan and Abeed Janmohamed brought some respectability back to Alton’s innings, but Heffernan was unfortunate to play on for 22, and the game was only heading one way.

Janmohamed spent some valuable time at the crease for a well made 43*, but that was the only real resistance as the Brewers were dismissed for 120 to finish a distant second.

At the halfway point of the summer, Alton can be relatively pleased with their overall performances, but will look for more consistency, starting at home to Sarisbury on Saturday (11.30).

* Alton’s 2nd XI suffered the same fate to South Wilts 2nd XI, being dismissed for just 85 in reply to the visitors 237, and now face a battle against relegation in the second half of the season.

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Team News For Saturday 27th June 2015

1st XI South Wilts(A)
Meet Time: 09:15am
S Myers (Capt)
J Penn
J Myers
M P Heffernan
A Janmohammed
H Gadsby
J Paul
B Mortimer
D Trim
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI South Wilts II(H)
Meet Time: 11:30am
A Postles
L Hughes
M J Heffernan (Capt)
D Evans
M Salmon
R Anthony
S Ball
C Pusey
P Sampson
R Pitts-Mellan
T Paul

3rd XI Hobos(A)
Meet Time 12:15
I Mason (Capt)
D Artley
I Cooper
A Freeman
R Wills
P Tandy
M Tandy
J Porter
B Choularton
A Tapp
I Carpenter

4th XI Grayswood III(H)
M Green (Capt)
T Green
M Bramah
S Bramah
A Trim
R Crook
A Bayliss
A Wright
TBC
TBC
TBC

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Alton Sports discount

This weekend only Alton Sports is offering 30% discount on all cricket clothing and accessories in stock, available exclusively at the Alton store (this cannot be used in conjunction with the standard 10% discount for Alton Cricket Club).

We look forward to seeing you!

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Week 8 match reports

Brewers skittle St Cross

Alton looked to maintain their unbeaten start to the timed cricket pennant as they entertained St Cross at Jubilee on Saturday. With rain clouds circling and the forecast not promising Alton asked the visitors to bat first.

The Brewers, buoyant from their victory on the island a week earlier, were immediately back into their stride. Mortimer (3 for 32) did the early damage, a top edge accounted for Tom Foyle, Janmohamed making no mistake under the high ball. A sharp catch at gully from Heffernan gave Mortimer his second and St Cross were in trouble at 7 for 2.

St Cross looked to rebuild but the same combination accounted for Marriott for 7 and St Cross were reduced to 41 for 3.

Rouse joined the inform New Zealander Pollard with Alton knowing this was the key partnership. Skipper Myers (3 for 25) brought himself on and duly accounted for Rouse with a beautiful in swinger beating the former Hampshire man’s defences and the visitors were in further trouble at 49 for 4. The Myers brothers then traded wickets and St Cross fell to 82 for 6.

With Pollard still in and looking to be positive Alton knew his wicket would be significant. With runs hard to come by Pollard tried an expansive slog sweep but young Jack Myers beat his defences clean bowling the St Cross overseas man for 48. J Myers (3 for 32) took his second in the over Salmon catching the opposition skipper for 0 and St Cross were in danger of falling short of three figures. From 86 for 8 some late resistance from Harry Foyle (27*) took St Cross up to 125 with Ballinger (1 for 11) removing the former Alton skipper Farooq to end the innings.

Alton chasing a similar target to the week before began positively with both Hammond (25) and Alexander (15) hitting a flurry of boundaries to get the Brewers off to a flier. With the damp conditions difficult for bowling Alton looked to take advantage. St Cross then hit back, two quick wickets reduced Alton to 49 for 2 and when J Myers was run out for the second time in as many weeks, this time in unfortunate circumstances backing up at the non strikers end, Alton were creaking at 50 for 3.

Heffernan joined Myers looking to replicate their partnership of only a week earlier. The pair added a valuable 31 before Myers (15) was trapped LBW off the bowling of Farooq. Janmohamed (12) struck a couple of timely boundaries moving Alton close to three figures before a double strike from Farooq left Alton with work to do at 98 for 6.

Heffernan was still there now joined by the hard hitting Mortimer who played in his usual fashion and 4 quick boundaries moved Alton to within touching distance. Farooq however was not finished one shot too many from Mortimer saw him caught in the deep for 17 and the former Alton man ended with 4 for 26, leaving Alton teetering at 116 for 7.

Young Dan Scott was the new batsman and survived a testing over from Foyle. Heffernan (28*) now on strike struck Farooq for a boundary easing any fears of a collapse and when he cut the off spinner away for 3 Alton were left with 2 required. Scott (2*) completed the victory striking the winning runs much to home teams relief and the Brewers secured their third straight victory.

The Brewers will look to continue their recent good form when they travel to table topping South Wilts on Saturday.

2nds continue to struggle

Alton’s batting woes continued in the corresponding 2nd XI fixture at St Cross.

The visiting Brewers started well, with Michael Salmon troubling the top order with some prodigious swing movement with the new ball, reducing St Cross to 37-3.

Opener Fergus Heycock batted patiently, and was joined by James Brooke, and the pair then put on a significant partnership of 90.

Joe Paul (3-39) eventually broke the partnership and got Alton back in the game with help from Robbie Pitts-Mellan (2-45).

Michael Salmon then returned to claim three more wickets to finish with fine figures of 5-17 – all bowled – to dismiss the home side for 188.

Alton started positively, but when Jack Penn was removed for 21, things began to wobble again in the Brewers top order.

They stumbled to 54-6 before Salmon (40) and Paul (36) hauled them back into some sort of contention.

However, they were dismissed in quick succession and Alton stumbled to 132 in what was a missed opportunity for a much needed win.

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Week 7 match report

Alton faced the long trip over to the Isle of Wight to face Ventnor and for the second time in as many years rain had cast doubt over proceedings. Alton’s fears of a wasted journey were short lived with play commencing only 45 minutes late.

On a day where the toss could play a significant role, Brewers skipper Myers had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat first.

Looking to take advantage of favourable bowling conditions Alton were quick to pick up their first wicket – young Toby Salmon accounting for former Alton player Mark Anthony Eysele, beating his defences and clean bowling him for 0. Mortimer then removed the dangerous Jake George for 10 and Ventnor were reduced to 23 for 2.

Alton kept pressing and Salmon (2 for 25) struck again to remove Westhorpe for 0 removing his off stump and Ventnor were 26 for 3.

Alton had missed a chance to remove the dangerous and inform Australian import Sean Wallis who was looking to be positive. The score moved onto 55 before Mortimer (2 for 33) picked up his second of the day removing Bartlett (10) with a fine edge finding its way through to Janmohammed behind the stumps and Alton had their 4th wicket.

Ventnor looking to rebuild lost one more wicket before lunch, Jack Myers removing Cheek for 10, but with Willis continuing to play his shots and moving past 50 the score was 105 for 5 at lunch and with the pitch not easy to score on honours were fairly even.

Post lunch Alton looked to their spin due of Myers and Ballinger to build some pressure, a move that certainly paid off. Ballinger who has been in fine wicket taking form removed dangerous and vital wicket of Wallis, a quick piece of work from Janmohmmed stumping the Australian academy player for a well made 57.

With the danger man removed Alton looked to seize the advantage and 106 for 6 was soon 118 for 9. Jack Myers ending with fine figures of 2 for 23 off 12. With the home side trying to add vital runs Ballinger completed what was a game changing post lunch spell, ending with miserly figures of 4 for 16, with the Brewers bowling Ventnor out for 125.

Alton started their reply circumspectly with both openers looking to assess the conditions. Two quick wickets from Calloway (2 for 27) accounted for both Hammond then Alexander and Alton were 19 for 2.

The Myers brothers looked to steady the ship but when an error in judgement led to the run out of junior, Jack, Alton were left precariously placed at 37 For 3.

Heffernan joined Scott Myers with still 88 required for victory, but any fears of an Alton collapse were soon put to bed as both batsman set about building a match winning partnership. Both had some good fortune but with Ventnor looking to take wickets with attacking fields the runs began to flow for the Brewers.

With victory in sight, Myers fell for a hard fought 44 but with only 8 required the result was no longer in any doubt. Janmahomed (2*) joined Heffernan to see the Brewers home. Heffernan ending on boundary filled run a ball 49 not out.

The Brewers entertain St Cross at Jubilee next week looking to maintain their unbeaten start in the timed format.

*Alton’s 2nd XI game at home to Havant was cancelled due to heavy overnight rain