Season preview 2017
Alton Cricket Club are looking forward to further progress in 2017 after a winter of hard work behind the scenes.
The recent upgrade of the shower facilities in the Harry Baker Pavilion at Jubilee Fields by Alton Town Council has been well received and has been matched by hard work on the playing surface by the club and council in partnership.
Playing membership has been strengthened by the arrival of fast-bowling overseas star Sean Jamison, who plays for franchise Highveldt Lions and also provincial cricket for Gauteng in his native South Africa.
Dan Harris arrives to add firepower to the top of the order, having scored over 600 runs in the Northamptonshire premier league last term.
They will both take their place in SPL1 Premier this summer, as the league embarks on a new initiative using coloured clothing and white balls in the 50 over games.
Alton have secured sponsorship from Worldham Golf Club for their 50 over light and dark blue kit, which also brings benefits for cricket club members at the beautiful local 18 hole course. Membership and green fee information can be found at www.worldhamgolfclub.co.uk.
Secondary sponsorship has also been obtained from Esprit de Corps Crossfit and a-plan insurance. Having been set up in 2015 by Tom Wyles and Katherine Hobson, EdC Crossfit on Mill Lane now boasts over 100 active members with classes for all levels of fitness. For more information go to www.edccrossfit.com. A-Plan insurance Deliver a service that’s truly tailored to you, and again, there are benefits for Alton CC members (www.aplan.co.uk).
Scott Myers will lead the first XI into the season looking to improve on last years consistent performances, aiming towards the top portion of the league table.
Steve Ball will continue to lead the 2nd XI who this year are also competing in the Southern Premier League, having been promoted into Div 3 after winning Hampshire League Division 1 last year.
The third and fourth XI’s as ever will form a valuable part of the competitive element of the club, both performing crucial roles in developing young talent and providing enjoyable cricket for all.
The ladies XI will hope for a better season this term after a challenging 2016, while the colts section continues to flourish.
Alton will be running the All-Stars cricket programme developed by the ECB and also running coaching in schools through the Chance to Shine programme.
Alton CC are always keen to welcome new playing members and supporters. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to hear from you!