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Fantasy Cricket 2016

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Teams For Saturday 23rd July

1st XI Hampshire Academy (Home)
Meet Time: 10:00am
A Hammond
D Hutton
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
J Paul
A Janmohamed
M J Heffernan
J Myers
B Mortimer
D Scott
J Ballinger

2nd XI St Cross III(Away)
Meet Time: TBC
L Hughes
A Postles
R Anthony
H Gadsby
D Evans
H Hammond
T Salmon
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
M Salmon
T Paul

3rd XI Wherwell (Away)
Meet Time: 12:20
T Green
N Heffernan
G Billington (Capt)
M Green
R Crook
D Trim
J Foulkes
S Moody
A Tapp
I Carpenter
P Sampson

4th XI Midhurst (Home)
A Trim (Capt)
A Freeman
L Jones
D Shears
F Egleston
E Ballinger
R Sharratt
M Mayes
K Ventham
P Tandy
M Tandy

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Match reports, Week 11, 2016

1st XI v Burridge

Alton produced arguably their most complete performance of the season to topple league leaders Burridge, in what was a hard fought encounter at Jubilee.

Alton once again lost the toss but were not disappointed as they were asked to bat first on what looked like a good batting surface. Alton began positively with opening pair Hutton and Janmohamed giving Alton the start they would have hoped for. Both were watchful, but also looked to be positive against the new ball as Alton moved steadily to 70 without loss.

Alton threatened to undo all their good work, when first Janmohamed was dismissed for 25 off the bowling of Burridge’s overseas import Dodds. Things got worse as Sullivan White with some nagging away swing removed Hutton for a valuable 39 and Hammond both caught behind as Alton fell to 71-3.

Michael Heffernan joined skipper Scott Myers with both batsmen on zero and the home side needing to rebuild. The away side were bowling extremely well not giving the Brewers anything to release the pressure. Alton made it to lunch with no further casualties but the run rate had slowed.

After lunch the partnership began to grow as the home side past 100 but the pair remained patient, finding it hard to get the disciplined Burridge attack away. The board began to tick over more freely as the pair frustrated the visitors, the partnership moved past 100. Heffernan reached his 50 off 101 balls before his gritty innings came to an end trying to up the rate with overs running out.

A potential match winning 108 run partnership had moved Alton into a reasonable position at 179 for 4. Myers made it to his 50 before he was also removed by Stancliffe for a vital 51 off 117 balls. Late runs from Heywood who made 24 off just 15 balls lifted the Brewers to a competitive 218 for 7 off their 64 overs.

Alton knew they had to be on top form with the ball to beat what was a confident Burridge outfit and the home side did not disappoint. The visitors did start positively but Mortimer returning to full fitness picked up Alton’s first wicket as he removed Houlton safely caught by Ballinger at point with the score 22-1.

Mortimer got his second finding the edge of Collings-Wells, Scott Myers taking the catch at second slip. The visitors had moved to 52 for 2 but with Alton leaking too many four balls the visitors were well above the rate. Jack Myers leg spin had opener Hewitt in trouble but Alton could not make another breakthrough before tea.

Post tea Alton found a bowling partnership that stemmed the flow of runs Ballinger and Scott Myers bowled lengthy spells as the Brewers began to chip away. Opener Hewitt was removed by Myers for 44, Hutton taking a sharp catch at slip leaving Burridge 95-3. Shortly after Myers got his second removing the dangerous Dodds for 34 off just 32 balls, Janmohamed making no mistake taking the catch standing up to the Brewers skipper. Myers was not done as 114 for 4 became 125 for 5 as he picked up his third victim Ballinger again taking the catch as the Burridge keeper skied one to square leg.

Over to Ballinger celebrating his birthday continued his remarkable run of form. With 10 wickets in his last 2 completed innings Ballinger made it 15 from 3 as he cleaned up the Burridge middle order and tail.

First to fall was Ben Fitchet, Mark Heffernan taking a fantastic catch at short leg as the Guernsey batsman played the ball off the middle and with no time to react Heffernan made no mistake. Burridge continued to remain positive in their approach but when skipper Ankers was removed by Ballinger the score was 131-7 and Alton were in the ascendancy.

Stancliffe and Richards moved the visitors past 150 closing in on the winning draw total of 188, but when he was trapped by Ballinger for 15 Alton sensed victory was near with Burridge faltering on 153 for 8.

Birthday boy Ballinger was not done he removed Richards who’s patient 19 off 52 balls was ended – Michael Heffernan taking the catch and Alton were one wicket away. Skipper Myers looked to his seamers to seal victory but when this failed he turned to the ever dependable Ballinger who duly obliged cleaning up the Burridge number 11 McMurray and Burridge were bowled out for 165.

Ballinger ended with fine figures of 5 for 50 and Alton completed what was a memorable and hard fought victory by 53 runs.

Alton are at home again next week as they entertain the young Hampshire Academy side.

Scorecard – http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647378

2nd XI v Burridge 2nd XI

Alton II travelled to Burridge with the hope of keeping there unbeaten streak alive in County Division One. On a very hot day it was a good toss to win and to everyone’s surprise was won by Alton who elected to bat.

Things did not get off to the best of starts for the visiting team with Postles being caught off the third ball without a score on the board. After some good rebuilding R.Hale (30) and L.Hughes (20) both played with attacking intent until both players were caught playing one shot too many. Off the back of a superb 98 the week before the in-form R.Anthony (66) and J.Paul (34)made steady progress with a good partnership until J.Paul departed being adjudged LBW.

H.Hammond (8) joined Anthony at the crease and showed his intention with his first ball dispatching the bowler over his head for a glorious 6. Hammond tried re-creating the same shot only a couple of balls later which was only prevented by a stunning one-handed catch on the boundary at full stretch.

T.Salmon (37) on his second XI call-up showed his quality with a quick burst 37 off 17 deliveries with consecutive 6’s to push Alton II past the 200 mark. After a flurry of good shots T.Salmon was removed with another LBW decision Alton tail dug in to ensure they passed 225 and in doing so gained a valuable batting point, finishing the innings on 227.

Alton once again knew they had to be disciplined to contain Burridge on a very quick outfield and got an early breakthrough when skipper S.Ball (3-40). At the other end A.Hughes (3-21) produced a remarkable spell of swing bowling which the Burridge batsman could not play. A great delivery from A.Hughes removed the other opener leaving Burridge two down early. Ball removed another of the top order after finding the edge and safely being caught by R.Hale in the slips.

T.Salmon (2-44) replaced Ball at the Pavilion end and bowled with real menace and pace with any runs being scored coming through the slip cordon, but got another breakthrough Alton were looking for removing Candy for 10.

Burridge looked to consolidate and re-build and did so very well with Wright and Wickramasignhie digging in and scoring positively. Both spinners in L.Partner (2-27) and T.Paul (0-30) did not have the desired effect it normally has and Alton replaced Partner for seam again. Ball coming back was not as disciplined as he normally was and was punished for anything wayward but the change in pace worked removing Wickramasignhie for 31.

Partner removed Jackson for 5 with slightly loose delivery which was caught by Postles at point, but Salmon got the main breakthrough removing the hard hitting Creal for 13 which was very well caught by L.Hughes as Creal did his best to put the Alton fielder off calling his partner through for a single on a number of occasions.

Hughes returned to finish off his brilliant spell taking two final wickets and removing Wright on 47, whom batted very admirably and was unfortunate not to reach his 50.

Alton travel to St Cross next week looking to keep the un-beaten run going.

Scorecard – http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647701

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Teams For Saturday 16th July

1st XI Burridge (Home)
Meet Time: 10:00am
A Hammond
D Hutton
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
R Heywood
A Janmohamed
M J Heffernan
J Myers
B Mortimer
D Scott
J Ballinger

2nd XI Burridge II (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
L Hughes
A Postles
R Anthony
R Hale
J Paul
H Hammond
T Salmon
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
A Hughes
T Paul

3rd XI Old Alresford (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
T Green
N Heffernan
A Freeman
I Mason
M Salmon
D Trim
J Foulkes
S Moody
A Tapp
I Carpenter
P Sampson

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Match reports, week 10, 2016

1st XI v Havant

On the back of last week’s T20 victory, Alton travelled to Havant in high spirits looking to continue their good run of form.

Alton lost the toss and Havant had no hesitation in batting first. It was tough going for the visitors as they were on the receiving end of a fantastic innings from the Havant skipper Ben Walker. Walker had already scored a century against the Brewers at Jubilee on the opening week of the season and the Brewers had no answer again as the left-hander produced a virtually chanceless innings, scoring a remarkable 156.

On a flat surface Alton were made to toil as Havant got off to a blistering start. Ballinger removed opener Hopson for 23 to give the Brewers something to work with but the home side had moved to 67 for 1. Ballinger struck soon after picking up the wicket of Gorvin as he drove in the air to Gadsby at mid off. The home side were 99 for 2.

From this point, the home side took control, despite controlling the rate Alton were unable to create any real wicket-taking opportunities. Walker and Ransley putting on a formidable 162 for the 4th wicket. Walker passed his century and Ransley moved past 50. Alton eventually got their third wicket, Ransley looking to increase the rate found Robbie Heywood in the deep who made no mistake taking a good catch. By now though the home side were comfortably placed at 261 for 3.

Alton continued to chip away as Havant looked to reach their declaration total. Myers removed Stone before Ballinger picked up Walker for a fantastic 156 off 177 balls. Myers got another ending with figures of 2 for 61 before Ballinger picked up his 5th wicket in the only highlight for the visitors, Ballinger ending with figures of 5 for 98. The home side eventually calling time on their innings in the 60th over with an imposing 307 on the board.

Alton’s chase never really got started. Hutton and Janmohamed both looked in good touch but when Richard Jerry removed both the visitors were reduced to 22 for 2. Returning Heywood fresh from Oxford University duties was removed first ball again to Jerry and Alton were further in trouble at 22 for 3. With the ball now spinning Hammond dragged out of his ground off the left arm spin of Morgan Alton were reeling at 28 for 4.

Skipper Myers joined Heffernan with the pair just looking to bat time. The home side made it to tea without further loss but in the first over after the break Morgan trapped Heffernan LBW for 16. Alton 59 for 5.

With plenty of overs left in the day Alton had a long time to bat to get anything out of the game. Joe Paul joined Myers as the pair looked to blunt the Havant attack. Overs ticked by and the draw began to look a possibility. When Morgan removed skipper Myers for a defiant 59 off 109 balls the home side sensed their chance.

With an hour left of play Alton were 114 for 6, Gadsby the next batsman in, and Alton dropped anchor. The pair dug in as the overs ticked by.

With almost every fielder around the bat, Alton stood firm as the home side were left frustrated.

With the job almost done Paul was eventually removed by Morgan who picked up his 4th wicket. Paul faced a remarkable 97 balls for 27 runs, but Alton still had some work to do. Mortimer came in with the score 141 for 7, a few lusty blows took Alton past the 150 mark but one shot too many saw Mortimer depart for 19. Morgan ending with figures of 5 for 46 and Alton lost their 8th wicket.

Gadsby still stood firm but in the penultimate over Havant missed their chance as a simple chance at silly point was grounded. Gadsby made stoic 9 off 59 balls and he and young Salmon saw out the final overs to give Alton a losing draw, the innings ending on 165 for 8.

The home side were dominant in what was a one-sided draw but the Brewers showed great application and spirit in not rolling over to give themselves something to take home.

SCORECARD

http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647374

ALTON II V Totton II

Alton posted a massive 331 for 5 off their 50 overs with every batsman chipping in. The main contributions coming form Rich Anthony who fell just 2 short of his century making a fantastic 98. Andy Pearce also score 50 as the Brewers helped themselves on a good batting surface. Totton were never really in the game as they lost early wickets and Alton cruised home winning by a massive 188 runs. Skipper Ball picking up 5 for 15 and Lee Partner 3 for 30. Alton seconds remain unbeaten in county 1 and sit on top of the table

SCORECARD

http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647700

Alton III v Oakley I

SCORECARD

http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647790

Alton threes won the toss and elected to bat a decision that looked to be a good one as young Thomas Green (39) and the experienced Neil Heffernan (30) made a solid start. A mid innings collapse saw the Brewers lower order need to contribute. Skipper Mason batting at 9 duly obliged adding 27 as the Brewers posted a respectable 172 from their 45 overs. The homes side fell short in their chase as Dan Trim bowled his 10 overs for just 16 runs picking up 3 wickets along the way. Foulkes and Green also picked up 2 wickets a piece as the home side closed on 129 all out.

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4th XI Secure First Victory

After a tough start the Brewers 4th XI eventually kick-started their season with a much needed home win against Witley. Asked to bat first the Brewers implemented the “Friday night plan” with Martin Green and Ali Wright opening the innings. Wright punished the wide deliveries and kept a good rate through the early overs before being suckered into a sharp catch for 28 by Cook, the pick of the Witley bowlers. Max Mayes came to the middle for a short productive partnership but then a typical mini collapse saw the Brewers on 101/4 and the game back in the balance. Sebi Bramah then joined the skipper and between them they added 120 before Green was eventually out for 65. With a competitive total already secured Bramah quickly followed for an excellent 76, before Witley ran through the tail getting the last wicket on the 6th ball of the 45th over – Alton 257. The Brewer’s youngsters then came to the party with Ellis Ballinger making the breakthrough with two early wickets, including the dangerous Witley skipper. Max Mayes and Rowan Sharratt both kept the scoring rate down but it was Toby Fuller and then Kian Ventham who made the decisive breakthroughs. Alton were nearly made to pay for a gentlemanly appeal retraction when it looked like the game was won with 20 overs to go, only for the  Witley last wicket pair to put on an excellent stand. It took the experienced Jon Porter to get the last wicket with his last delivery and to secure all 10 points.

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Teams for Sat 9th July 2016

1st XI Havant (Away)
Meet Time: 9:30am
A Hammond
D Hutton
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
R Heywood
A Janmohamed
J Paul
B Mortimer
L Partner
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Totton & Eling II (Home)
Meet Time: 11:30am
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
H Gadsby
A Pearce
R Hale
L Hughes
P Sampson
S Ball (Capt)
A Hughes
I Carpenter

3rd XI Oakley (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
T Green
I Mason
N Heffernan
D Evans
D Trim
J Foulkes
S Moody
A Tapp
C Egleston
A Freeman
T Leonard

4th XI Witley II (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
TBC

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T20 report – Alton v Andover

After Saturday’s long trip to Lymington fell foul to the weather, the Brewers were back in action on Sunday in the British Gas SPCL T20 competition. Looking to book a place in the last 8 they faced a tough test against division one side Andover. Alton took the field with a side that boasted four sets of brothers.

In a low scoring but pulsating affair Alton managed to come out on top. With the usual T20 fan fair in place coloured kits and music, Alton won the toss and choose to bat first.

Scoring was difficult on a pitch that was on the slow side, Alton lost Scott Myers early as he looked to give Alton a fast start. Michael Heffernan joined Hutton, the pair putting on 50 for the second wicket, before Hutton the aggressor was removed for 39.

Mark joined his elder brother with the pair adding 26 before Michael Heffernan was removed by Foy for 26. When Mark Heffernan was dismissed soon after for 15 the Brewers were 91 for 4, Janmohamed followed and Alton were in trouble of unravelling at 91 for 5.

Valuable late runs were added by Michael Salmon, his late cameo seeing him score 28 off 19 balls and take the Brewers up to a competitive 133.

Andover looked to respond in positive fashion and get above the rate. Ballantine-Dykes took the attack to Alton clearing the ropes in the first over. Alton did get an early wicket though when Michael Heffernan threw to Janmohamed from cover to catch the experienced Treagus short of his ground. Andover 11 for 1.

Ballantine-Dykes continued to dismiss anything in his half hitting 32 of 26 including 6 boundaries. When Scott Myers had him removed caught by brother Jack Myers Andover were already 41 for 3 and ahead of the rate. Brewers looked to stem the flow but Andover continued to attack.

This led into Alton’s hands as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Hooper looked to steady the ship and work the ball around but when he was removed for 23 again by Scott Myers (2 for 21) Andover were 96 for 6. With plenty of time still left Alton took the pace of the ball looking to reel Andover in and increase the rate. Off spinners Tom Paul picking up 3 for 19 and Lee Partner 3 for 12 as Alton turned the screw.

The rate began to go up and Andover ended up needing 14 off the last over with 1 wicket left. Partner the bowler held his nerve and on the second ball of the over Michael Heffernan took the winning catch at long off to see the Brewers win by 12 runs and into the last 8.

Scorecard

http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2844993

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Colts Training Still on

Colts training is still on tonight but I will decide if we do a BBQ later

See you all there!

Tozzy

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Teams For Saturday 2nd July 2016

1st XI Lymington (Away)
Meet Time: 9:00am
A Hammond
D Hutton
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
A Janmohamed
J Paul
M Salmon
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Andover II (Home)
Meet Time: 11:30am
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
D Evans
A Pearce
L Hughes
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
A Hughes
I Carpenter
T Paul

3rd XI Sparsholt II (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
T Green
I Mason
N Heffernan
B Mortimer
D Trim
J Foulkes
S Moody
A Tapp
B Choularton
A Freeman
P Sampson

4th XI Tongham II (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
TBC

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Teams For Saturday 25th June 2016

1st XI St Cross (Home)
Meet Time: 10:00am
A Hammond
D Hutton
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
A Janmohamed
A Hughes
M Salmon
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI OTs & Romsey II (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
H Hammond
A Postles
R Anthony
J Paul
H Gadsby
L Hughes
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
I Carpenter
T Paul

3rd XI Chawton (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
T Green
I Mason
D Evans
B Mortimer
A Pearce
J Foulkes
S Moody
G Billington
B Choularton
M Ball
P Sampson

4th XI Shalford II (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
E Ballinger
S Bridger
S Bramah
M Bramah
R Crook
D Artley
M Green
J Porter
A Trim
R Sharrat
L Jones

NB: As a mark of respect to Brian King all Teams will wear black armbands this weekend.