Alton reach T20 Cup Final
BGSPCL – T20 Cup Semi Final (replay) v Hook
Alton once again had the chance to put Saturdays poor form behind them as they entertained Hook in the semi final of the T20 cup. With a finals place at the Ageas Bowl the prize for the victor a lot was at stake.
After being on the verge of victory the week previous before the rain came Alton were desperate to not let this opportunity slip.
Hook arrived fresh from beating Basingstoke in the morning and picking up the Guy Jewel trophy, so confidence should have been high. Hook won the toss and in a change of tactics from the week before chose to bowl first.
Alton started brightly Hammond & Harris both striking early boundaries, before Harris fell fro 14, Alton were 21 for 1. Alton wobbled as they lost Hugo Hammond and Scott Myers but the score had moved to 53 for 3. Alex Hammond stood firm and when he was joined by Mark Heffernan the pair looked to attack the Hook bowling as they moved Alton into a strong position. Heffernan fell for 19 with the score now 98 for 4.
Alton lost late wickets but Hammond continued to take control scoring a magnificent unbeaten 67 off 59 balls and taking the Brewers to a above score of 144.
Hook started brightly Thane striking 2 early boundaries but he tried one shot too many & Jack Myers had his man,Hook were 8 for 1 after the first over. Jamison who had tormented Hook with the short ball continued where he left off Buckingham removed without scoring Hook 8 for 2. Thomson also fell without scoring as Salmon got in on the act Hook 11 for 3. Hook tried to rebuild but they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. They moved to 55 for 7 with all the Alton bowlers having success. The lower order tried to lift Hook but when Franklin was caught in the deep by Scott Myers Hook were all out for 91 and Alton were into the finals.
The final is due to be played at the Ageas Bowl on the 10th September where Alton will face Premier league leaders Havant. More details to follow.