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Week 16 Match Report

Andover V Alton – BGSPCL – Saturday 19th August 2017

Alton rue missed chances
Alton’s woes continued as they slumped to defeat against bottom side Andover. Alton went into Saturdays game knowing that victory would all but secure their place in the top flight for another season, however another frustrating afternoon was in store for the Brewers. Alton lost the toss and were on the wrong side of conditions as they put into bat on what was a tacky surface.

With the pitch offering the Andover bowlers assistance Alton knew they had to dig in to post a defendable target. Hammond received a brute of a delivery that leapt off a length only to find glove and loop to short mid wicket Alton 17-1.
Janmohamed and Harris managed to negotiate further uneven bounce and looked to have put Alton into a good position as the partnership moved past 50.

Harris taking the attack to the home side moved onto 35 before he fell. Looking to go after anything short one shot too many saw him sky a pull shot straight up and Alton were 79 for 2.
Janmohamed fell soon after for 32 and Alton were wobbling at 83-3. Scott Myers & Mark Heffernan looked to rebuild but when Myers was removed for 9 Alton continued to lose wickets and fell to 111 for 6.

Jamison and Heffernan moved the score to 135 before Jamison was bowled for 12. Treagus picking up his 3rd victim and returning fine figures of 3 for 15 off his 10 overs leaving Alton in further trouble. Heffernan looked to add valuable runs with the lower order, but wickets continued to fall and when Heffernan was last out for 40, Dale had 3 for 51 and Alton were all out for 169 off only 46.3 overs.

With the pitch drying out as the day progressed Alton knew it would need to be a near faultless fielding performance, but missed chances were to be the order of the day.

Despite Jamison and Salmon looking lively early on beating the bat on a number of occasions the Andover openers survived early exchanges. When Jamison did find the edge Alton failed to take advantage. Salmon also had former Alton colt Will Arnold dropped at mid wicket, with frustration building Alton eventually got the breakthrough Salmon finding the edge of Ballantine–Dykes with Janmohamed completing the catch Andover 39 for 1. Salmon then cleaned bowled the experienced Treagus first ball Andover 2 down.

Andover’s dangerous overseas Karunaratne joined Arnold and the pair added 28 before Salmon picked up his 3rd when he removed Karunaratne caught in the deep by Ballinger for 11. Andover 67 for 3. Salmon returning figures of 3 for 41.

Carr and Arnold moved the score past 100, before a rush of blood by Carr saw him caught in the deep by Mark Heffernan off the bowling of Ballinger for 17. Andover 107 for 4.
Again Alton struck immediately Arnold needing one for his half century tried to sweep Ballinger only to find Jamison at short third man, Andover now 107 for 5 and the game in the balance.

Tony Blackburn was removed first ball also as Andover fell to 111 for 6. Ballinger taking 3 for 27 off his 10. Andover were soon 7 down when Jamison bowled Knight for 5 with the score now only 113. Alton looked to be edging their way to victory but skipper Hooper was in determined mood he and young Dale added a match winning partnership of 39 taking the home side to within 18 runs of victory. Skipper Myers removed Dale for 14 to offer Alton a glimmer of hope but Adams stayed with Hooper who made a courageous 31 not out to see his side home, Andover winning by 2 wickets and Alton left to rue what could have been. Both sides move into the last 2 weeks of the season fighting for survival. Alton will face Hampshire Academy next Saturday at home hoping to pick up a vital victory.