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HALF TERM CRICKET CAMP (Age 7-14)

Coaches: Dewayne Bowden + Jack Myers

Activities: Games/Bowling/Batting Skills/Fielding/Bowling Machine
Date: 28th and 29th May 2015
Time: 9:00 – 3:30
Venue: Alton Cricket Club
Cost: £20/day

20 spaces available – please email jackmyers@hotmail.co.uk to confirm your booking/place.

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Team News For Saturday May 23rd

1st XI Havant (H)
Meet Time: 11:30am
J Penn
A Hammond
J Paul
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
H Gadsby
A Janmohammed
D Scott
T Salmon
J Ballinger
S Ball

2nd XI Basingstoke & NH (A)
Meet Time: 11:15am
H Hammond
A Postles
M J Heffernan (Capt)
D Evans
A Pearce
R Anthony
D Trim
T Paul
I Carpenter
R Pitts – Mellan
P Sampson

3rd XI Littleton & Westhill (H)

L Hughes (Capt)
I Mason
G Billington
A Freeman
C Hamer
D Artley
P Watson
J Foulkes
M Ball
T Green
A Trim

4th XI Thursley (A)

M Green (Capt)
N Heffernan
M Bramah
S Bramah
J Porter
W Holmes
H Blackman
I Cooper
A Bayliss
TBC
TBC

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Week 3 match reports

Gatting goes on the rampage

Alton fell to their first defeat of the season in SPL Div 1 on Saturday at home to Burridge.

Having made a competitive 184, their profligacy with the ball combined with some hard-hitting from Hampshire’s Joe Gatting saw Alton fall.

Choosing to bat first on a good looking Jubilee surface Alton started positively, but lost Jack Penn with the score on 20.

Alex Hammond was joined by Jack Myers and the pair added a half-century stand. Hammond continued his good recent form with an attacking display, but fell short of a half-century himself.

Myers, joined by brother Scott, more circumspect but played some attractive shots in a useful 24, but both fell relatively quickly to leave Alton 108-4.

Michael Heffernan’s experience was redeployed in the middle order, and the move paid off as he showed his array of strokes for a fine 54. Supported by 22 from Howard Gadsby the pair put on a useful stand which got Alton up to a competitive total at the end of the innings.

However, that was soon under threat from some wayward new-ball bowling, and Gatting’s attacking onslaught.

He struck the ball fiercely as he smashed 57 from just 38 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. He did ride his luck at times, with balls falling just out of the reach of the Alton fielders, but his innings seemed to have taken the game away from Alton.

Ben Mortimer (2 for 37) finally removed Gatting, and when Julian Ballinger removed the experienced pair of Lee Savident and Derek Kenway in successive deliveries with the score on 111, Alton sensed the tide turning.

Geoff Dods took Burridge closer to their target before being removed by Scott Myers, but the Brewers couldn’t force another breakthrough as skipper Rick Ankers and James Richards saw the visitors home by 5 wickets.

Alton will look to return to winning ways against Havant at home on Saturday, 1pm.

2nds fall to Trojans

Alton’s 2nd XI fell to defeat at unbeaten Trojans on Saturday in a high scoring game.

The home side posted a formidable 282 from their 50 overs, which included major contributions from openers Simon Williams (58) and Edward Boyd (51) before Alton really got going.

WIckets were shared around with Tom Paul (3-57) being the main benefactor, although Mark Heffernan’s spell of 10 overs for 20 retained an element of control.

Alton’s reply started poorly, falling to 43-3, but Heffernan (39) got Alton going and Richard Anthony played his way into form with a well struck 81 not out.

However the total always appeared out of the Brewer’s reach and despite a cameo 30 from Dan Trim, Alton closed on 238 for 8.

3s miss out in thriller, 4s dominate

Alton’s 3rd XI lost by just one wicket to East Woodhay, after battling to 170, thanks to Alex Freeman (39) and Ben Choularton (49).

Evergreen Andy Tapp (3-38) was helped by younger team-mates Choularton (2-38) and James Foulkes (2-15), but the home side edged home in the 43rd over with the last pair at the crease.

The 4th XI completed a comprehensive 10 wicket win against Grayshott 4th XI. Martin Green (37*) and Neil Heffernan (51*) were untroubled as they took Alton past the visitors first innings 98 all out.

Ladies off the mark

Alton Ladies won by the same slim margin against Cove side on Sunday. Their 152 didn’t look enough despite the efforst of Georgia Harsham (44) and Martha Folkes (33) as Cove’s powerful batting line up got to work.

However, when Natasha Marisa (31) and Naomi Lynch (60) were removed, the wheels fell off their innings and Alton decimated the rest of the line up with Nicola Gadsby (4 for 36) and Asha Wills (3 for 19) removing the bulk of the order in the nick of time.

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Week 2 match reports

First XI stun Bashley

Alton faced their second away day in succession as they travelled to Bashley, but any disappointment from last week was banished as the Brewers pulled off what at one stage looked like an unlikely win.

Myers lost the toss and Alton were put into bat. Alton got off to the worst possible start and were 1 for 1 after the first over.

Hammond fresh from his maiden premier league 50 the previous week was still looking to be positive. Anything loose was confidently put away and Alton moved onto 30, before one shot too many brought his downfall and he was caught for 19 off the bowling of Lilley.

Both Myers brothers looked to steady the ship, but when captain Myers departed for 11 and the younger Myers following for a patient 19 Alton were looking in trouble at 66 for 4.

Alton welcomed back Dewayne Bowden for his fourth season and he was joined by Janmohamed as the Brewers looked to rebuild, with Bashely employing spin from both ends on a pitch difficult to score freely on. Patience was the order of the day and with the scoreboard ticking over slowly Alton moved onto 114 and closer to respectability.

Just as Alton looked to up the run rate Janmohamed fell for 22. A few lusty blows from Bowden clearing the ropes saw the score moved to 133. Paul (3) and then Bowden (45) were then dismissed in quick succession and Alton were looking down the barrel with Lilley returning fine figures of 5 for 37.

Some late resistance from Ballinger and Ball saw the score move past 150 and Alton had to settle for 158 all out with two balls of their 50 overs remaining.

With Alton defending a low total it was key the Brewers got off to a flyer. Young Toby Salmon (1 for 28) did not disappoint and in the first over he clean bowled the Bashley opener.

Things were to get better when Mortimer removed the Bashley number three in his first over and Bashley were 4 for 2. Both bowlers were looking dangerous but with Alton on the attack the score moved onto 33.

Morris the Bashley skipper looked comfortable but Mortimer got his man, an edge to Alton skipper Myers at second slip a vital breakthrough for the Brewers and Bashley found themselves further in trouble at 37 for 3. Mortimer returning figures of 3 for 26 off his ten overs.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals both Myers (2 for 23) and Ballinger (4 for 9) picking up wickets In their first overs. The former picking up Baker for 37 who had looked dangerous. With the score now 72 for 6 Alton had edged in front.

There was no room for complacency however as the Bashley lineup had strength in depth, Watkins joined keeper Jacques and Bashley moved past 100. Skipper Myers looked to Ballinger and he did not disappoint 3 quick wickets left Bashley 103 for 9. Jack Myers capped off a good all round performance bowling Jacques for 19 and Bashley were left 55 runs short.

A fine all round team performance from the Brewers who will hope to take this form into their first home game of the season as they face Burridge this Saturday at Jubilee.

2s start winning ways

Alton’s 2nd XI got off the mark with a good win against Totton & Eling IIs.

Batting first, Andy Postles made a run a ball 43 to get Alton moving, and despite the loss of a few wickets, Dave Evans held the innings together with a fine 66. Stand-in skipper Michael Salmon produced an attacking knock for 59, and Alton were confident of defending their 256.

Dan Trim and Ian Carpenter (2-23) produced a good spell with the new ball, the latter claiming the early breakthroughs. Lee Partner (1-20), Tom Paul (3-46) and Robbie Pitts-Mellan (3-39) all took wickets in good spells of spin bowling, as the Brewers closed out a comfortable 63 run win.

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Week 1 match reports

Alton start with a tie

Alton began their Southern Electric Premier League Premier division season in remarkable style, with a tie against Sarisbury.

The Brewers will have mixed feelings about the result, as the game ebbed and flowed throughout the day, but in the end a scrambled run out denied Alton the win, but the still came home with a very respectable 16 points.

Alton won the toss and bowled, on what turned out to be the neutral territory of Hursley Park, with Sarisbury’s outfield undergoing rennovatoins.

Alton were made to wait for the breakthrough with Archie Norris (22) and Rickie Rawlins (51) putting on a positive opening stand.

Scott Myers made the breakthrough before brother Jack picked up two in a tight spell, to curb Sarisbury’s scoring.

Zimbabwe A star Ryan Burl looked comfortable in making 44, but a fine spell from debutant Steve Ball – conceding just 20 from his 10 overs – tied the home side down and in the end forced Burl’s run out.

Jack Lovell (44) hit some lusty late order blows to take Sarisbury to 230, but not before veteran Julian Ballinger 3-36 and youngster Toby Salmon (2-60) saw off the tail.

Alton started in a similar positive vein with the bat, Michael Heffernan and Alex Hammond put on 50, before Heffernan (22) was trapped by Burl’s leg spin.

After Abeed Janmohamed was trapped in front, Scott Myers joined Hammond and the pair took control of the game.

Both showed good maturity in shot selection to take Alton to 175, before Hammond played one shot too many and perished for a fine 61.

A flurry of middle-order wickets then followed, and when Scott Myers was undone by a Ryan Covey yorker, things looked bleak despite all of the hard work Alton had done.

However, Joe Paul was the coolest man around as he picked his moment to hoist a six in the penultimate over.

It all came down to Alton needing just one to secure the win off the last ball, but the scrambled run-out didn’t go the Brewers way and they left with mixed emotions after a hard day’s work.

2nds struggle against Waterlooville

Alton’s 2nd XI started with a tough home game against Waterlooville, and lost by 8 wickets.

Batting first, the young Alton side never really got going with the bat. The only major contributions came from youngsters Hugo Hammond (32) and Daniel Trim (36) with support from Dave Evans (22) as Alton the innings closed on 173.

Waterlooville came out positively, with last season’s division 3 leading run scorer James Scutt making 45 and Tim Jackson 81* to go with his three wickets, as the visitors claimed victory with plenty of time to spare.

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Team News For May 16th

1st XI Burridge (H)
Meet: 11:30am
A Hammond
M P Heffernan
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
J Penn
H Gadsby
J Paul
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
S Ball

2nd XI Trojans (A)
M J Heffernan (Capt)
A Postles
R Anthony
G Billington
I Mason
D Evans
D Trim
L Partner
T Paul
R Pitts-Mellan
I Carpenter

3rd XI East Woodhay (A)
L Hughes (Capt)
N Heffernan
A Freeman
J Foulkes
T Green
H Blackman
P Watson
M Ball
B Choularton
A Tapp
A Trim

4th XI Grayshott IV (H)
TBC

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Team News For Saturday 9th May

1st XI v Bashley Rydal (Away)
Meet Time 10:45am
A Hammond
M P Heffernan
J Myers
S Myers (Capt)
D Bowden
A Janmohamed
J Paul
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
S Ball

2nd XI v Totton & Eling II (Home)
Meet Time 11:30am
A Postles
H Gadsby
R Anthony
A Pearce
D Evans
M Salmon (Capt)
D Trim
L Partner
T Paul
R Pitts-Mellan
I Carpenter

3rd XI v Fair Oak II (Home)
L Hughes (Capt)
I Mason
I Cooper
A Freeman
H Blackman
J Foulkes
P Watson
T Green
M Ball
B Choularton
P Sampson

4th XI v Midhurst (Away)
M Green (Capt)
D Artley
N Heffernan
M Bramah
S Bramah
C Hamer
W Holmes
R Crook
A Trim
F Pattenden
TBC

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Press officer required

We have a vacancy for a press officer for Alton CC, to take care of the match reports and updates to the local media. The role includes

  • Writing & submitting weekly match reports (by speaking to the captains and referring to the scorecards)
  • Writing pre & post season reviews
  • Updating the club website
  • Updating the clubs social media channels
  • Increasing the reach of Alton CC through social & local media

The current role takes approximately 1-2 hours per week. This would suit someone with an interest in writing, social and traditional media.

If you are interested in helping out Alton CC and perhaps adding these skills to your CV, please fill in the form below

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Senior selection committee

The cricket committee has announced that the following people will make up the 2015 senior men’s season selection committee:
– Graeme Hughes Club Captain
– Richard Myers Club Chairman
– Michael Heffernan
– Mark Bramah Under 17 Manager

We feel that this gives us good scope of understanding the various players across the teams including the young players wanting to play senior cricket.

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Senior nets

The senior net schedule has been announced, and there are a few changes to the routine.

Both Tuesdays and Thursdays will be open to all senior players, starting at 6.15 and ending with a brief meeting from 7:45-8:15 to announce the teams and discuss the matches coming up.

Thursdays will see a more formal structure to sessions. On alternate weeks (starting this week on 9th April) we will have a ‘regular net’ of batting and bowling. Every other week we will have a specific ‘skills’ session where we work through a series of drills to improve specific areas of our game.

The format for the skills based Thursdays will be

  • 6:15 warm up
  • 6:30 conditioning (legs, core, etc)
  • 6:45 skills practice
  • 7:15 team practice (fielding)
  • 7:45 announce teams & meeting
  • 8:15 finish

Each Tuesday session will be a ‘regular’ net, and start at 6:15 (be ready to go, not getting changed at 6.15).

If you cannot make it to a session or are going to be late, let Scott Myers know in advance so he can work out how many to expect.