Alton sign overseas ace

Daniel HuttonAlton have signed Victorian Premier League opening batsman Daniel Hutton for next season

Hutton (26) is an established first grade all-rounder playing for Melbourne University in the Victorian Premier Cricket League. A former Victorian Under-19 representative, Hutton opens the batting and bowls off-spin for the University.

He moved to his current club in 2010/11, following four seasons with rival club Camberwell Magpies. Between 2005/06 and 2009/10, he featured in 70 matches across the grades scoring 1,214 runs at 26.68 and taken 34 wickets at 33.41. He broke into the first grade in 2007/08 and played 7 matches in the top flight.

Since his move to University, he has featured predominantly in the Premier 1sts scoring 2,016 runs at 24 and taken 76 wickets at 27.62. In recent years, he has cemented his spot in University’s top side and currently sits just outside the top 10 run and wicket-takers for the club since records began back in 2000/01. In 43 first grade matches, he has scored 1,062 runs at 23.09 and taken 30 wickets at 24.97, including best performances of 123 and 5/22 during his prolific 2013/14 season (588 runs at 30.95 and 13 wickets at 25.08).

Hutton is a proven all-rounder in the VCA – regarded as one of, if not the strongest club competition in world cricket. He has now set his sights on playing league once again in 2016, following a stint with Scarcroft in Yorkshire’s Wetherby League back in 2011 (421 runs at 24.76 and 33 wickets at 16.03). Hutton also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Primary Education to compliment his playing skills.

He also boasts a level two Australian coaching accreditation, which is recognised as a UKCC Level 3 equivalent.

Text taken from Cricx


New Club Captain and Cricket Committee

Michael Heffernan has agreed to become the Club Captain and Chairman of the Cricket Committee  He will be joined on the Cricket Committee by Richard Myers 1st Team Manager & Graeme Hughes 2nd Team Manager

Captains and Vice Captains for 2016 season

1st Team
Captain Scott Myers
Vice Captain Jack Myers

2nd Team
Captain Steve Ball
Vice Captain Lawrence Hughes

3rd Team
Captain Ian Mason
Vice Captain Patrick Sampson

4th Team
Captain Martin Green
Vice Captain Adrian Trim

Midweek – Guy Jewell
Michael Heffernan


Ballinger wins SPL bowling award

Alton’s Julian ‘Bully’ Ballinger was presented with the ECB Southern Premier League bowling award by former England captain Graham Gooch, guest speaker at the SPL Dinner.  Ballinger, left, took 43 wickets this summer and now has 275 league victims to his name.

Julian Ballinger receives his SPL Bowling award from England great, Graham Gooch - Photo: Dave Vokes, LMI Photography.

Julian Ballinger receives his SPL Bowling award from England great, Graham Gooch – Photo: Dave Vokes, LMI Photography.


Tracksuit offer

Our friends at Serious Sports are offering huge discounts on tracksuits. See the flyer below and contact Richard Morris at Serious Sports for details or order



New senior subscriptions for 2016

At the recent AGM, the fees were agreed to be raised for the coming season, to £20pcm for a Gold card, and £10pcm for a silver card. These fees will take effect from 5th Oct.

This will cover 11 months up to and including August next year.

Existing subscriber plans have been cancelled and you will need to sign up to one of the new plans below. Any payments for September just gone will be taken into account either against winter nets, or refunded in due course.

All senior members are encouraged to sign up to direct debit using the links and payment plans below. We have worked hard to make this as easy and manageable for everybody, so please take advantage and pay through the year.

Colts subscriptions remain unchanged for 2016.

The links below are to the new payment plans.

Gold Card – £20pcm:

Silver Card – £10pcm:

Once complete, this will link through to the membership form.



Serious Cricket Indoor League 2015/16 – Alton fixtures

The fixtures have been announced for Alton’s first foray into the Serious Cricket Indoor League at Dummer.

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Umpires’ courses

Now that the 2015 season has finished John Gray, the local umpire training officer, has asked me to let everyone know about the umpiring courses that will be held over the autumn and winter. He needs to know numbers for the Level 1A course ASAP so please email him if you are interested in attending the course which starts on Tuesday 27th October.
If you are interested in receiving further details about the Level 1 course starting in january please let me know and I will pass your details on to him. The I’Anson League are committed to supporting the training of new umpires wanting to come into the Pool so funding to pay course fees will be available in exchange for a commitment to stand in I’Anson matches in the following season
Level 1A and Refresher Course
This course is designed for umpires who have completed the Level 1 Course (or equivalent) and want to extend their knowledge of umpiring. It also acts as a stepping stone for any umpires who want to further their umpiring career and progress to Level 2 in the future. It concentrates on running the game and covers how to handle the vagaries that occur during a game and gives a better understanding of fieldcraft. It is a qualification in its own right.
It is also recommended that practicing umpires should attend a refresher course every 3 years and this course will give any umpire who has not been to any training for a while a good insight into how the Laws are implemented. I know those who have attended over the last couple of years have found it most useful.
This course starts on Tuesday 27th October at Frensham Cricket Club and will last for 6 weeks and completing on 1st December. Start time 7.30pm. Cost will be £35 to cover all expenses and handouts. Membership of the ECBACO is a pre-requisite for attending.
Those umpires interested please contact John Gray at jgray21 – at – as soon as possible so the necessary materials can be ordered from the ECB.
Level 1 Course
This will be held from the 12th January for 8 weeks at Frensham Cricket Club and hopefully many of the Home Umpires will continue their development on this course. I will be sending out more detailed information later in the autumn but if there are any known candidates already then please let John know as well so he can compile a candidate list.


Agenda for AGM Sept 2015

Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s AGM. Meeting commences at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. Please be there!

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the Last AGM
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chairman’s Remarks
  5. Ground Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report and update on Accounts
  7. Club Captain’s Report
  8. Colts Report
  9. Election of Club Officials
  10. Nomination and election of Vice-Presidents and Life Vice-Presidents
  11. Any Other Business



Winter batting coaching

Would you be interested in some winter coaching?

I am looking at setting up 8 batting coaching sessions on a Monday night at Alton College for 2 hours for 10 people, it will be £120 each for the 16 hours of coaching.

It will start mid October till midd of December (exact dates to be provided soon). They will run from 7:30 till 9:30. We would need people to commit to all 8 sessions. The sessions will include:

  • Technical development
    • alignment
    • balance
    • completion of shot
  • Skill Repetition
    • high intensity
    • intense tennis ball grooving
    • multiple bowling machines
    • repetition
  • Game Plans
    • match simulation
    • pressure practise
    • awareness and delivery of game plans
  • Mental Strength
    • focus
    • handling pressure
    • prolonged concentration

This training plan is designed for players looking to improve their game for league cricket and progress through the Saturday league teams.

There are limited spaces so please contact Scott Myers on 07966191691 ASAP to avoid disappointment


Captaincy material?

Anyone wishing to be considered for the Captaincy of the four Saturday teams please contact Graeme Hughes
by Friday 11th Sept.

All applications will be considered