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Colts training cancelled tonight

No colts training tonight for obvious reasons

See you all soon!

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Three out of three for the 4s

The mighty 4s knew that with only 3 of the 10 sides safe from relegation, due to a league restructure at the end of the 2017 season, a strong start was needed.

In game 1 verses Headley Alton elected to field on the drying Binstead track. Straight bowling and some excellent fielding reduced Headley to the Nelson score of 111 off 35. Ellis Ballinger (8-0-36-2) got two early wickets, after assisting Jon Porter with the run out of Ray the Headley opener. Porter himself then got a wicket – caught neatly by Ali Wright before the home team started to rebuild. Gemma Porter (8-0-18-1) then made the break through trapping Cornwall lbw, opening up the tail for the accurate bowling of Martin Ball (8-3-12-3) to rip through the middle order. The final wicket was taken by the occasional bowler Bramah Snr. with Headley on 111, all out with 5 overs to spare. The run chase got off to a wobbly start with Green (11), Heffernan (5), Wright (2) and Bramah Snr (0) dismissed in the first 11 overs and the score on 20-4. Cue the steady hand of Crook 43* and Wills 20 who put on a half century to settle the away teams nerves and bring them back into the game. Bramah Jnr survived a close lbw shout before hitting a sublime 24* to see the townsmen home inside 31 overs.

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Salmons’ history at the home of rubgy

Toby Salmon - a-Plan private clients

Toby Salmon – a-Plan private clients

Alton Cricketers Michael and Toby Salmon returned to cricketing action this weekend, still basking in the glory of Twickenham success seven days previously.

The brothers, and sons of former England and New Zealand dual international Jamie Salmon, were victorious in the RFU Senior Vase for Farnham RFC.

The elder of the pair, Michael, skippered Farnham to a 37-15 success against Droitwich, while Toby (sponsored by a-plan private clients) earned the man-of-the-match gong for his tally of 19 points.

Huge congratulations from Alton CC to both brothers and all at Farnham RFC.

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Match reports, week 2, 2017

Alton v Lymington – Sat 13th May

Alton were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday. Full of confidence following their victory a week earlier Alton had hoped for more of the same as they hosted Lymington at Jubilee. Unfortunately Alton were to be blown away by the visitors in what was a hugely one sided affair.

Lymington won the toss and elected to bat. Alton had hoped that any movement would be found early on but Lymington came out hard and took advantage on what quickly became a apparent was a fantastic batting surface. Things did not go Alton’s way, Mortimer fresh off a 4 wicket haul pulled up in his early overs with a hamstring issue. Jamison bowled well early on but Lymington were in no mood to give up the initiative. Terry Crabb took the attack to Alton and punished anything off line, with Ryan Scott supporting from the other end.

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President’s day, Sunday 28th May

 

Everyone is welcome to attend our President’s day on Sunday 28th May.

There will be activities for all, as Brian Gillingham hosts a President’s v Chairman’s T20 from 3pm, preceded by a colts v parents game at 11:30

We hope to see as many of you there as possible for what promises to be a great day.Pres-day

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Alton Give Champions The Blues


Without a win on the first day of the season since promotion into the premier league in 2006 Alton hoped the new ‘white ball’ 50 over pennant competition would see a change of opening day fortunes. It could not have been a tougher start however as the faced a trip to the champions Havant, a side they have failed to beat since that promotion.

On arrival Alton were surprised to see the Havant pitch devoid of any grass, with the pitch cut short spin looked to be the order of the day, something the home side had plenty of. With the toss seemingly important Havant won and captain Ben Walker had no hesitation in choosing to bat first.

Alton took to the field in their new blue one day kit (Team picture attached) and knew they needed to start well. With Havant’s imposing batting line up early in roads would be key for the visitors. Captain Myers had the extra fire power of overseas South African seamer Sean Jamison to call on and Jamison did not fail to deliver. The free scoring Gibson seemed to struggle against Jamison and with the score on 16 Jamison found the edge of Gibson who was caught behind for 2.

Ben Mortimer took the new ball from the other end and produced a fantastic spell of bowling to leave Havant in trouble at 57 for 5. Mortimer took 4 wickets in an opening spell that included Alton’s nemesis from last year Walker. Walker had completed two hundreds against Alton in 2016 but he was removed for one when a short ball from Mortimer rushed him only to see the ball balloon up and Ballinger making no mistake with the catch.

Stone also fell to short delivery before Mortimer found the edge of local lad and former England under 19 skipper Brad Taylor for 28 safely caught second slip. Havant found themselves in further trouble as another Hampshire and England under 19 player McCoy was removed for 14 skewing a deliver from Mortimer to point.

Ransley joined Gorvin as Havant looked to build a partnership and gain a foothold in the game. Alton looked to keep things tight with Alex Hughes bowling a fantastic containing spell and the spin due of Ballinger and Myers trying to find the breakthrough. The partnership moved past 50 before Ballinger found the breakthrough Gorvin looking to increase the rate was bowled for a patient 43 attempting to reverse sweep Ballinger for the second time. With the score at 125 Havant were 6 down, the experienced Hindley joined Ransley.

Havant continued to accumulate runs before Alton dropped Ransley off consecutive balls off Ballinger. Frustrations were short lived as Jack Myers had him caught behind in the next over for 49. Havant had moved to 181 for 7 as the innings entered the final overs. Morgan added some lusty blows before Ballinger had him caught in the deep and Havant ended up on 214 for 8.

With the pitch difficult to score on and it likely to get slower as the game went Alton knew that they needed to bat well to chase what was a competitive total. Janmohamed and Hammond opened up and fireworks ensued Hammond took it upon himself to get the brewers off to a flying start. In an explosive innings Hammond struck 6 boundaries in a 25 ball 32. McCoy was struggling to contain Hammond before eventually getting his man, Hammond could not resist chasing a short ball from McCoy and edged through to the keeper.

In the context of the game Alton were off to a flyer 46 for 1 off 7 overs. Janmohamed unfortunately fell softly soon for 15 after miss timing a short delivery off the spin of Morgan straight to Taylor at short cover, Alton 53 for 2. Dan Harris played a vital role in his first league innings for the club, going against his natural aggressive style he built a partnership with skipper Myers. Both batsman knowing they just needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over with plenty of time left in the game. The pair eased the score past 100 before Harris attempting to increase the rate holed out to deep mid wicket for 29 off the bowling of Hindley. Another wicket fell immediately and Alton were wobbling at 112 for 4.

Skipper Myers stood steadfast and was joined by Mark Heffernan. The pair put on a partnership that would put the visitors in the box seat. Heffernan combined resolute defence with the odd aggressive shot, Myers remained focused working the ball around seeing him pass 50. The pair added 63 for the 5th wicket before Heffernan was removed for 29 and Alton were 173 for 5 with work still to be done.

With Alton needing a run a ball for the last 6 overs Myers kept his cool. Jamison joined Myers as they edged Alton closer to their victory target. Alton appeared to have it under control as they went into the last over requiring just 3 runs to win. 3 off 6 balls with 5 wickets in hand was the equation with Alton in touching distance of their first win against Havant in the premier league.

Jamison on strike with the majority of the Havant players saving one, he was unlucky not to piece the field with the first ball so it was now 3 off 5. Alton thought they had their victory as Jamison got onto captain Walkers second delivery only to find the one man in the deep, Hindley taking a fantastic catch, Alton 212 for 6. Myers was now on strike with 3 off 4 required. Myers managed a single off the third delivery so it was now 2 off 3 with Mortimer on strike. He connects cleanly driving down the ground only for Gorvin to swoop from mid off to throw down the stumps with Mortimer short of his ground and Alton still needing 2 for victory. Myers was now back on strike with his younger brother Jack joining him. 2 off 2 needed. Walker held his nerve producing a dot off the penultimate ball, with nerves shred Alton players could barely watch. Alton looked like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory but Myers who had played a fantastic innings was not about to let this slip away. Walker bowled it full outside off stump Myers held his nerve driving the ball away through point for 4. Celebrations ensued as Alton had their victory. A superb bowling performance topped by Mortimer’s 4 wicket haul was rounded off with a fantastic chase, captain Myers leading the way with a magnificent unbeaten 74 from 123 balls.

A fantastic game of cricket played in great spirit. Alton will look to take confidence from this result into their second game next weekend as they face Lymington at home 1pm start.

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Teams for Saturday 13th May 2017

1st XI (Home to Lymington)
Meet Time: 11:30am
A Hammond
J Paul
D Harris
S Myers (capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
S Jamison
J Myers
B Mortimer
A Hughes
J Ballinger

2nd XI (Away to Hursley Park)
Meet Time 11:00am at JCG
A Postles
R Hale
H Gadsby
H Hammond
D Evans
M Salmon
T Salmon
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
T Paul

3rd XI (Home to Longparish II)
Meet Time: TBC
N Heffernan
T Green
I Mason (Capt)
A Freeman
M Ball
S Budd
J Foulkes
S Scott
I Carpenter
A Tapp
P Sampson

4th XI (Away Grayswood III)
Meet Time: 11:30am at JCG
S Bramah
M Green (Capt)
E Ballinger
S Bridger
M Bramah
E Streek
R Crook
J Wills
K Williams
TBC
TBC

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Teams For Saturday 6th May 2017

1st XI (Away to Havant)
Meet Time: 11am
A Hammond
A Janmohamed
D Harris
S Myers (capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
S Jamison
J Myers
B Mortimer
A Hughes
J Ballinger

2nd XI (Home to Havant II)
Meet Time 11:30am
A Postles
J Paul
H Gadsby
R Hale
J Seward
H Hammond
L Partner
M Pein
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
T Paul

3rd XI – No Game as Hurstpoint Priors withdrawn from League

4th XI (Home Tongham II)
Meet Time: 12:15pm
N Heffernan
M Green (Capt)
I Mason
D Evans
S Bramah
A Pearce
R Crook
J Foulkes
T Green
S Scott
I Carpenter

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Season preview 2017

Alton Cricket Club are looking forward to further progress in 2017 after a winter of hard work behind the scenes.

The recent upgrade of the shower facilities in the Harry Baker Pavilion at Jubilee Fields by Alton Town Council has been well received and has been matched by hard work on the playing surface by the club and council in partnership.

Sean Jamison

Sean Jamison

Playing membership has been strengthened by the arrival of fast-bowling overseas star Sean Jamison, who plays for franchise Highveldt Lions and also provincial cricket for Gauteng in his native South Africa.

Dan Harris arrives to add firepower to the top of the order, having scored over 600 runs in the Northamptonshire premier league last term.

They will both take their place in SPL1 Premier this summer, as the league embarks on a new initiative using coloured clothing and white balls in the 50 over games.

Alton CC new kit - with sponsors Worldham Golf Club

Alton CC new kit – with sponsors Worldham Golf Club

Alton have secured sponsorship from Worldham Golf Club for their 50 over light and dark blue kit, which also brings benefits for cricket club members at the beautiful local 18 hole course. Membership and green fee information can be found at www.worldhamgolfclub.co.uk.

Alton CC & EdC Crossfit

Alton CC & EdC Crossfit

Secondary sponsorship has also been obtained from Esprit de Corps Crossfit and a-plan insurance. Having been set up in 2015 by Tom Wyles and Katherine Hobson, EdC Crossfit on Mill Lane now boasts over 100 active members with classes for all levels of fitness.  For more information go to www.edccrossfit.com. A-Plan insurance Deliver a service that’s truly tailored to you, and again, there are benefits for Alton CC members (www.aplan.co.uk).

Scott Myers will lead the first XI into the season looking to improve on last years consistent performances, aiming towards the top portion of the league table.

Steve Ball will continue to lead the 2nd XI who this year are also competing in the Southern Premier League, having been promoted into Div 3 after winning Hampshire League Division 1 last year.

The third and fourth XI’s as ever will form a valuable part of the competitive element of the club, both performing crucial roles in developing young talent and providing enjoyable cricket for all.

The ladies XI will hope for a better season this term after a challenging 2016, while the colts section continues to flourish.

Alton will be running the All-Stars cricket programme developed by the ECB and also running coaching in schools through the Chance to Shine programme.

Alton CC are always keen to welcome new playing members and supporters. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to hear from you!

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No U13/15 nets tonight

No nets tonight for U13’s and U15’s sorry – Usual service will resume next week