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Brewers defy the rain to beat Headley

On a day when most games in Hampshire succumbed to the weather Alton hosted Headley at the JCG, and thanks to the grounds team, managed to get a game in. With no other Alton teams playing the Brewers were watched by a supportive crowd and managed to put on a performance to please.

Alton lost the toss and unsurprisingly were asked to bat first. Things did not start well for the Brewers as early wickets fell. With the ball seaming about, the young Hampshire paring of Porter and Marshall along with Wright senior were back inn the hutch with the hosts struggling at 13 for 3.

Skipper Green and Crook dug in and put on a stand that settled the nerves of the watching contingent. Alton wobbled again when both Green and Ball were removed in quick succession. Chris Joyce was once again the pick of the Headley bowling as he picked up both wickets and finished with fine figures of 2 for 18 off his 8 overs.

Young Hampshire junior Jude Wright joined Crook and with Joyce out the way they looked to take advantage of the waining attack. Wright struck an excellent unbeaten 52. Crook was out late on for a stoic 37 leaving Van Der Linde to come in and smash a quick fire 18 to take the home side to 158 at the interval. A score that in the conditions most thought would be enough.

After Tea Alton piled on the layers and Trim and Ballinger jnr stunted any chance of an unlikely run chase with their consistent line and length. After a defensive opening stand Trim took 3 quick wickets including dangerous Headley skipper Homewood. Trim finished his 8 over spell with excellent figures of 3-5.

With the weather closing in Porter (5-2-13) came into the attack and demonstrated why she is considered such a promising prospect demonstrating skills in ball flight and guile that were too good for the Headley middle order.

Joyce jnr was building his innings and showed both teams how to leave a good ball before being unfortunately run out at the non strikers end, Porter deflected a straight drive onto the stumps.

Van de Linde bowled a solid spell picking up 2 for 12 off 7 overs. Ball came into the attack and removed Joyce’s off stump to wrap a fine victory for the Brewers. A fine all round performance in what was extremely cold conditions for cricket.