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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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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.

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Community sports festival 2014

Active Alton are running their community sports festival again in 2014.

Taking place on August 16th at Anstey Park, there will be opportunities for everyone to take part in sporting events and try them out for free! So, why not go along and enjoy the fun.

Community sports festival 2014

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Alton rue missed opportunity, 2nds stun South Wilts

Alton travelled to league leaders South Wilts on Saturday. After recent improved performances the Brewers were confident of repeating their 2013 away victory over the Champions. Alton won the toss and chose to bowl first on what looked to be a good surface.

With sun shining the Champions looked to make a positive start, an early error in judgement and a fine piece of fielding by Will Phillips left the free scoring Morton (11) short of his ground and the home side 22 for 1. A gift Alton were grateful of and one they looked to take advantage of.

Mortimer who was getting some good bounce, bowled a short delivery to Able, the ball clattering up off the batsmen’s helmet. Ballinger made good ground to take a low catch. Alton thought they had their man but they were made to wait for their second wicket. With the nature of the surface Alton experimented with their field placings. Leg spinner Jack Myers was bowling with good control and an unorthordox leg side field brought about the brewers second wicket. A sharp leg slip catch from Scott Myers saw the end of Mynott for 25. Another wicket for Myers left South Wilts on 94 for 3.

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Brewers succumb to Sarisbury

Alton v Sarisbury T20, 002Alton were knocked out of the Southern Electric Premier League T20 on Sunday after a close 5 run defeat to Sarisbury.

The result was a repeat of the same fixture 2 years ago, but Alton failed to exact revenge after being in a good position to do so.

Sarisbury batted first and got off to a good start, racing to a half-century opening stand, thanks to Ricky Rawlins (40) and Archie Norris (21).

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National cricket playing survey – win tickets!

Hampshire Cricket is giving away a free LVCC ticket to everyone who completes the National Cricket Playing Survey. In addition the club with the most responses will receive 20 tickets to a Royal London 1-day cup game at the Ageas Bowl.

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Off the mark in style at St Cross, Seconds drop a heartbreaker

Alton still searching for that elusive first league victory travelled to the venue of their T20 win only 6 days earlier. They faced a stronger looking St Cross side looking to seek revenge. Alton who were without their influential overseas import Dewayne Bowden, won the toss and on a good surface elected to bowl first.

The decision to bowl immediately paid dividends when Ben Mortimer in the first over of the day had the talented St Cross captain caught at gully by Ballinger. Mortimer bowling with good pace and bounce was causing the St Cross batsmen a lot of trouble, beating the edge with increasing regularity.

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Complete the 2014 National Cricket Playing Survey

The National Cricket Playing Survey offers cricketers at every level the chance to have their say and help improve cricket in Hampshire. Last year more than 21,000 current and former players nationally and more than 700 players in Hampshire responded to the survey – the first of its kind ever undertaken – and the feedback has already translated into action at a local level.

Clubs and Leagues are embracing change and implementing a whole host of innovations including new start times, innovative rule changes and experiments with different formats. From Premier League regular to the occasional, midweek social cricketer every player, spectator and volunteer is being urged to have their say on all aspects of the recreational game.

Complete the survey at www.ecb.co.uk/playingsurvey2014 and have the chance to win two Investec England v India Test Match tickets at the Ageas Bowl, pairs of tickets to an England v India Royal London ODI and other prizes including signed bats and shirts.

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School of Hard Knocks for Alton, but consolation at St Cross

Alton were denied their first win of the season as they fell agonisingly short of a revised Hampshire Academy target. Due to the storms of Friday night what was due to be an all-day game was cut to the 50 overs format. With the weather still uncertain the Alton skipper Myers won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The young Hampshire Academy side made a solid start with Weatherly and England U19 International Alsop seeing off the new ball. Mortimer bowled with pace and bounce on a true JCG surface but the Hampshire openers negotiated any tricky moments and with dark skies looming looked to consolidate before the inevitable downpour brought proceedings to a halt.

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