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1XI v St Cross – 9th June – Match report

One man the difference as Brewers fall to home defeat

Brewers recent good form was ended on Saturday by an inspired performance from young St Cross all-rounder Harry Came. He was instrumental with both bat and ball as the visitors came out on top in another run fest at the JCG.

Things did not start well for the Brewers as in the warm up they lost in form opening bowler Ben Mortimer to a hamstring pull. Luckily the team sheet was not in so he was replaced by Michael Salmon. The visitors then won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a fantastic surface.

The returning Dann Scott took on new ball responsibilities with Toby Salmon as the pair looked for the early breakthrough. Both started well but it was Salmon in particular who was causing the St Cross skipper plenty of issues. Myers chopped and changed his attack and it was Ballinger who made the breakthrough, Young edging to Myers at slip St Cross 25 for 1. Came joined skipper Foyle, Scott found the edge of Came early on but the Brewers failed to take their chance. Things continued to go against Alton as overseas Marais pulled his thigh in the field restricting his movement considerably.

Foyle survived Salmon’s fantastic opening spell but looking to attack Myers was soon the second man out Michael Salmon making no mistake under the high ball as Foyle was dismissed for 44 with the score on 69. Ballinger soon got his second Stokes sweeping in the air to deep square where Mark Heffernan took the catch St Cross 88 for 3.

Mead joined Came and from this point on the visitors took control. The pair built a match winning partnership of 187 as the Brewers were made to toil. The pair barely gave a chance as they both moved to mile stones Came completed a fantastic century and Mead past 50. When Mead holed out off Myers for 70 St Cross were in a commanding position at 272 for 4. Came moved past 150 before being finally dismissed by Ballinger for 151 off 162 balls. Alton took one more wicket as Hammond completed a great leg side stumping off Myers but St Cross continued to bat on as thy moved past 300, eventually declaring after 63.5 overs on 305 for 6.

With Marais unable to run skipper Myers decided to give him the opportunity to get the Brewers off to a flyer. Marais did not disappoint as he and Michael Heffernan took the attack to the St Cross attack. The pair put on 71 in quick time before Heffernan fell to Bransgrove for 24. Hammond continued in the same vein as he raced to 40. Marais passed 50 as the home side made it to tea on 126 for 1 off just 19 overs.

After tea the tide turned St Cross fought back, Hammond edged behind off Mitchell in the first over after tea. Then Harris became Cames first victim trapping him in front for 13 Alton 155 for 3. When Marais followed soon after also LBW off Came for a fine 73 Alton had slipped to 162 for 4.

The wickets continued to come for Came. Myers made 25 before miscuing to mid-wicket. Alton passed 200 but when Mark Heffernan and Hugo Hammond went in quick succession Came had 5 wickets to his name and Alton were 208 for 7. Some lusty blows from Michael Salmon who made a spirited 37 not out edged Alton nearer the winning draw total but with plenty of overs left Came was not finished he took 2 more wickets to end with figures of 7 for 52 before Ballinger was the last man out off Ayers as Alton slumped to 249 all out.

Alton will look to bounce back as they face Hampshire Academy twice in two days. They travel to the Ageas bowl on Saturday in the league before beginning the defence of their T20 title at home on Sunday – 3pm start.

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Teams for the 16th & 17th June

Saturday

1st XI (Away to Hants Academy) 11:00am start
Meet time: tbc
MP Heffernan
A Hammond
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
H Hammond
Devyn Scott
Dan Scott
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd Team (Home to Andover) 1pm start
Meet time: 11:30am
A Postles
T Green
J Paul
M Salmon
D Evans
A Freeman
L Partner
X Bochereau
I Carpenter
T Fuller
S Ball

3rd Team (Home to Ashford Hill) 1pm start
Meet time: 12:00pm
I Mason
N Heffernan
E Ballinger
T Paul
R Sharratt
M Green
S Bridger
M Ball
A Trim
A Tapp
R Van De Linde

4th Team – No Game

Sunday

T20 – (Home to Hampshire Academy) 3pm start
Meet time: 1.30pm
A Hammond
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
H Hammond
MP Heffernan
M Salmon
A Gonella
Devyn Scott
Dan Scott
T Salmon

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Tour preview, day 2

Cromer is our base for the Norfolk tour and it is a small seaside town on the coast with a famous pier and a lot of seafood restaurants as well as the usual fish and chips and pubs! It is a small town, probably half way between Alton and Farnham in size. There will be a lot of holidaymakers there. You can walk easily from one end of the town to the other and to the cricket club. No risk of dying of thirst in any direction either, Cromer is well served with bars.

Cromer Cricket Club runs two Saturday teams. The 1st XI play in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance and the 2nd XI are in Division 5. The first team have struggled a little this season but are still above the drop zone and the overall level is good. Div 5 of the Alliance isn’t too bad either. They host an annual cricket week which by all accounts is well supported and we have the honour of having the Tuesday game.

This may well be the sternest test of the tour but the setting is very attractive and it is a well run club. Victory here will be something to remember!

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4XI v Shalford 2XI, Match Report – 9 June 2018

13 x I’Anson Brewers win first time pennant game.
In a week which nearly saw Shalford concede with limited availability, the new facility to loan players was used in a way that was probably never probably envisaged, but which steeps back to the origins of the friendly game. Alton loaned two players to their opposition Shalford (ex-skipper Lewis Jones and debutant Gautum Palmer) solving their own conundrum in the process, how to get a couple more colts in the team that is designed to foster the development of the younger players. Nathan Vincent and Sam Crook joined the ever-present duo of Gemma Porter and Amelia Marshall to make up a quartet of young prospects in the Alton ranks.

Stand-in skipper Critchell chose to bat first for Shalford and the openers Smith and Lidster looked to set themselves for a long knock. Vincent with the honour of opening the bowling from the railway end proceeded to bowl 30 consecutive dot balls to Smith to start the game, which surely must be some sort of record! He was replaced by Crook (jnr) and then Porter (jnr) to make it an all-out spin attack from that end. In the 21 overs they bowled a combined 3-67 (with Porter picking up the wickets).

The senior duo of Porter (snr) and Van der Linde had remarkably similar combined figures from the skate park end with 3-62, keeping Shalford pegged back to 133/6 at the break. Only Lidster (63) and Reed (24) showed any real resistance to the Alton attack. On a wicket that was hard and true it seemed that 133 was not enough and combined with the lack of front line bowling in the Shalford team, that proved to be the case. Alton knocked of the runs in 15.3 overs – an opening stand of 63 between skipper Green and Crook (snr) was broken by Palmer’s first wicket cleaning up Crook who left a ball that cut back and took his off stump. Green (55*) was then joined by Marshall (25*) and the duo quickly finished off the chase. In a game played in a friendly spirit, it was the spirit of cricket that won – the loan system used to great affect; getting the game on and getting the colts playing!

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Match Report – 2nd June 2018

Brewers blow away New Milton in a hurry

After last week’s superb performance against a strong South Wilts side, Alton gathered early at Jubilee for the first all day game of the season down in the New Forest against a New Milton side that had been struggling to find any form this year.

Myers won the toss and with the inclement weather that had been around during the week decided to have a bowl. The opening paring of Ben Mortimer and Toby Salmon instantly found their line and length on what was looking like a slow pitch. Mortimer in particular, was proving to be unplayable as the New Milton batsman were starved of any runs. New Milton moved onto 21 without loss after 10 overs, despite giving Alton 2 changes that weren’t taken. Salmon then removed 2 batsmen in 2 balls, both wickets sharply taken in the slip cordon by Myers and Marais. Mortimer then got rewarded for what was proving to be an excellent spell of quick and hostile bowling as opening batsman Tom Arnold gloved a rising delivery to Harris at 1st slip. Harris was in the game once again as an ill-advised 2nd run from Lee Beck saw him run out and New Milton were in trouble at 33-4.

Alton didn’t let up, and Mortimer continued to make in roads removing the next 2 New Milton batsman with quick, short pitched deliveries that were both caught by fielders in close under the helmet. Gonella was thrown the ball and took a wicket with his first ball to reduce New Milton to 53-7. A gutsy partnership before lunch between Steve Watts and George Watts took some time out of the game but due to the tight bowling and slow nature of the pitch the scoring rate never got above 2 runs per over.

Alton knew at lunch that anything over 100 could be a tricky chase with the nature of the pitch and the slow outfield.

Alton continued to keep it tight after lunch before Ballinger got the break through to remove Steve Watts, a fine catch from Mark Heffernan in close. Salmon was brought back into the attack and instantly picked up the wicket of the dangerous George Watts, caught behind by Hugo Hammond. Ballinger then picked up the final wicket to leave Alton needing to chase 83 form a minimum of 74 overs. Overall a superb bowling performance, in particular from Ben Mortimer and Toby Salmon both finishing with 3 wickets each.

New Milton had to attack in the field, and Alton knew if they got off to a quick start it would be difficult for New Milton to contain them. Alex Hammond got off to flyer, striking 7 boundaries in scoring 36 off 24 balls, before getting out with the score on 38. Dan Harris then came in and took over from where Hammond left off scoring 38* from 25 balls, both batsman brutal on anything short. Gonella then finished the game with a cover drive for 4, and Alton had polished off the total in 13.1 overs, before tea.

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Tour Preview, day 1

First game vs Aldborough CC, 30th July.

Aldborough are doing well so far in 2018 and are third in Division 4 North of the Norfolk Cricket League. 8 Miles south of Cromer they play on the village green in this attractive part of Norfolk and the changing rooms are apparently in the Pub!

Hopefully this will be a good start to the tour with enough challenge to keep our focus going, then its back to Cromer for the evening.

Please get in touch with Lewis Jones if you are keen on coming along.

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Teams for Saturday 9th June

1st XI (Home to St Cross) 11:00am start
Meet time: 9:30am
MP Heffernan
A Hammond
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
H Hammond
B Mortimer
Dan Scott
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd Team (Away to Rowledge) 1pm start
Meet time: 11:15am
A Pearce
A Postles
T Green
J Paul
M Salmon
H Gadsby
L Partner
Devyn Scott
X Bochereau
I Carpenter
T Fuller

3rd Team (Away to Silchester) 1.30pm start
Meet time: 12:00pm
I Mason
N Heffernan
A Freeman
E Ballinger
B Gillingham
D Trim
R Sharratt
S Bridger
M Ball
E Streek
A Tapp

4th Team (Home to Shalford) 1pm start
TBC

If anyone’s circumstances have changed please let Michael Heffernan or your captain know as soon as possible.

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2XI vs Bishops Waltham, Match report

Result: Alton 2XI won by 40 runs

On a sunny and humid day, Alton 2 XI travelled to Bishop’s Waltham on the back of an excellent run chase the week before and hoping to build some momentum to push up the early season table. Despite the overhead conditions, the end-strip pitch had retained the mid-week downpours, soft to the touch and green in colour. With the hot weather sure to dry the pitch out over the day, both teams knew the toss would be important to decide who got to bowl in favourable conditions. Unfortunately captain Lee Partner called incorrectly and was immediately inserted by the opposition.

Openers Andy Postles and Andy Pearce made a cautious start, running a few quick singles to get the scoreboard going, but Postles was soon back in the pavilion after opening bowler Suhaib Ahmad ball nipped one off the seam through the gate. Tom Green was batting at 3 and looked to be aggressive against the opening bowlers, coming down the pitch and using his excellent hand eye coordination to work the ball around the ground. However, some early mistimed shots looked to frustrate him, and one foray down the pitch resulted in Tom slapping a catch to cover, Alton wobbling somewhat on 14-2. The wobble turned into a full blown downward spiral as last week’s top run scorer Michael Salmon edged his 3rd ball behind and Joe Paul was caught off his second ball for 0. Alton were now looking up a big mountain to post a competitive total from 15-4. The rebuild was started by Andy Pearce, watching the early carnage from the non-strikers end, and youth team player Jude Wright. Realising scoring was at a premium and it was more important to keep Bishops Waltham in the field for the full 50 overs, both looked to protect their wicket. Andy Pearce was the more aggressive of the two, and with the score on 45, Jude finally fell to a catch after scoring 3 but more importantly occupying the crease for 34 balls. In a similar pattern, Howard Gadsby joined the excellent Pearce and looked to work simple singles while taking minimum risks. Howard eventually fell for 5 runs of 20 balls with the score on 62-6. Skipper Lee Partner was next in and he and Pearce batted doggedly to drag the Alton total to respectability, each of them fending off the good balls and playing aggressively when the ball was there to be hit. Pearce was excellent square of the wicket where the ball ran quickly over the square and Partner playing the spinners straight down the ground for a series of fours and a big straight six. Pearce went past 50 the second ball after the 34-over drinks break, an excellent effort to keep calm and concentrating while the top order collapse around him during the heat of the day. He eventually fell, bowled by Sam Medhurst, on 61 off 119 balls, a lesson for the rest of the top order on how to bat in tricky conditions. The wicket left Partner with Ian Carpenter on 102-7 looking to push the score along. The score became 115-8 when Carpenter was bowled for 4, bringing Xavier Bochereau to the crease, fresh from the opening few games in the 1XI. Bishop’s Waltham were now pushing for wickets and turned again to opening bowler Suhaib Ahmad for the breakthrough, however, with the ball a bit softer and the pitch a bit harder, Xavier and Partner were able to manoeuvre the extra pace on the ball around and push the score on to 139-9 before Xavier was caught behind for 14. Some late hitting a good running from Partner and last man Toby Fuller was able to push the score to 158-9 off 50 overs – Partner reading the game perfectly with a captain’s innings of 35 not out from 67 balls. An excellent effort from Pearce and the lower order, and demonstrated the new found resilience in the batting order to value wickets and time at the crease.

The pitch was indeed drying out, but Bishops Waltham had been forced to field for the full allocation in the heat of the day and Alton were keen to exploit any tired bodies and minds. Michael Salmon took the new ball and quickly found his rhythm and line to the right hand/left hand opening batsmen combination. As was predictable, the in-swingers to the right hander created the first wicket, bowled top of off stump attempting a drive, 5-1. Then a full swinging delivery taking the leading edge and a smart return catch from Salmon seeing off the number 3, 11-2. Opening at the other end as a foil for Salmon was Xavier Bochereau and he bowled a brilliant, economical spell to frustrate the batsmen. This paid dividends when the second opening batsmen was caught behind by the dependable Toby Fuller, trying to force a ball through the off side, 15-3. Alton were right in the game and were hunting for wickets, but the partnership of Suhaib Ahmad and skipper Sam Medhurst threatened to take the game away from them. Both batted well with obdurate defence to good bowling and aggressive attacking strokes to some poor deliveries. Runs were coming fast and the score moved on to 81-3, before Partner got Medhurst to play one shot too many and he was caught at deep mid wicket by Salmon for 43 from 41 deliveries. Alton now realised that keeping Ahmed off strike was key and attacked the batmen at the other end. Partner and the evergreen Pearce both weaved away with their off spin and it was Pearce who got the next wicket of Bullard for 3 and then the important wicket of Ahmed, trying one attacking shot too many, looping a catch to short fine leg. The match was back in the balance at 107-6, and Partner asked Salmon to return to pry out some more scalps. He dually obliged, getting Barrette to edge behind to a juggling Gadsby at slip and clean bowling Dadd for 1 from wider on the crease to get through the gate. Alton were favourites again at the 34-over drinks break with Bishops Waltham on 118-8. With Salmon bowled out, with excellent figures of 10-3-30-4, a discussion at drinks of who should bowl the final overs was rendered mute by Xavier Bochereau, who proceeded to bowl Dalton and Pitts-Mellan in successive balls the first over after drinks, winning the game by 40 runs. A brilliant display from Alton’s bowlers and fielders who did not panic in the face of a strong run chase and trusted the plans put in place by Partner. Xavier Bochereau finished with excellent figures of 7.4-3-18-3 and Andy Pearce, with two vital wickets, finished with 9-3-21-2.

Overall an excellent effort from Alton who had the worst of the conditions and a very poor start to the game. The win means Alton lie 6th in County Division 1 and face 4th placed Fareham & Crofton at the Jubilee next week.

Andy Postles

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Alton tour of Norfolk

Alton Tour of North Norfolk is up an running and now two months away! This is the moment to book those odd days leave, pick up your phone and send me a message that you are IN so we can get on with planning to take Brewers brand of cricket to new frontiers!

Essential details are:-

  • Sunday 29th July – depart for Cromer. Transit is between 4 and 5 hours. Activity will be planned for Sunday evening when we have final numbers. Accommodation is in Cromer.
  • Monday 30th – Match against Aldborough CC, about 30 minutes drive from Cromer
  • Tuesday 31st – Our turn to be centre stage at Cromer Cricket week, playing their main square. Tour meal in Cromer in the evening, it’s all short distances that day.
  • Wednesday 1st August – Match against Bradfield CC. Idyllic setting for an end of tour game.

There will be hotel rooms on Wednesday night if wanted or people can get look to get back.

Cost:-

Whole tour, available all games, £200 per person includes 4 nights stay, breakfast, tour meal on Tuesday and all match fees.

Part tour, £70 per night b&b and game.

Commitment by JUNE 11TH please, don’t miss this date!

Contact Lewis Jones to confirm your place.

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Teams for Saturday 2nd June

1st XI (Away to New Milton) 11:00am start
Meet time: TBC
A Gonella
A Hammond
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
H Hammond
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
X Bochereau

2nd Team (Home) 1pm start
Meet time: 11.30pm
T Green
A Postles
A Pearce
J Paul
M Salmon
J Wright
H Gadsby
L Partner
M Mayes
I Carpenter
B Gillingham

3rd Team (Home) 1pm start
Meet time: 12:15
I Mason
N Heffernan
A Freeman
E Ballinger
A Wright
R Sharratt
M Green
S Bridger
M Ball
E Streek
A Tapp

4th Team
NO GAME