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Brewers make it 4 from 4 on Saturday – Match Reports 26th May

Alton 1st XI v South Wilts 1st XI

Brewers followed up their T20 cup win a week with a impressive victory over South Wilts at the JCG.

On a hot and humid day skipper Myers won the toss and elected to bowl first. South Wilts winners of the SP L in 4 of the last Six years were always going to be a tough challenge and with the prolific Tom Morton back in their ranks Alton knew they needed to start well. Mortimer did not disappoint once again leading the attack with a fine opening spell of bowling. He produced arguably the ball of the day to Morton early on, a full swinging delivery beating the South Wilts opener and taking his off stump. Alton glad to see Morton return to the pavilion with the score on 8 for 1.

Young William Wade joined Owain Phillips as the pair moved the visitors onto 60. Phillips was the aggressor punishing anything in his area before being out foxed by Ballinger for 41. Hugo Hammond completed the stumping and Alton had their second wicket. Skipper Myers then caught and bowled Draper for 15 as South Wilts fell to 84 for 3.

Wade and new man Cranch set about building a platform for the visitors but Alton remained in control of the rate. Both Myers 2 for 32 and Gonella 0 for 37 bowled good spells to reduce South Wilts to mostly ones and twos. Wade past 50 off 96 balls but was out immediately after Myers finding the edge and Hugo Hammond completing the catch South Wilts now 153 for 4.

As the innings moved into the final stages with wickets in hand Cranch and Godsal took the attack to the home side. Brewers missed chances to halt the rate as the pair put on 99 as South Wilts posted 252 for 4. Cranch ending up on 78 not out with Godsal 47 not out off just 34 balls.

Both skippers felt the score was around par. At one stage Alton looked like the would be chasing around 230 but the late onslaught took South Wilts over 250. Alton knew that it was a good surface and if they batted as they can the total was definitely achievable.

Gonella joined Heffernan at the top of the order as the pair made a watchful start. Heffernan fell softly for 23 looping a catch to cover with Alton on 41 for 1. Harris joined Gonella as the pair moved Alton to three figures. Harris looked to be positive and scored fluent 41 before holing out to mid off with the score now 107 for 2.

Morais made 17 before being caught at midwicket but the Brewers were still well placed at 130 for3. Skipper Myers continued his fine form as he and Gonella added 97. Gonella stood firm moving to his 50 in what was a remarkable innings of concentration and skill. Myers fell for a fine 61 caught off the bowling of Evans but Alton were well placed at 227 for 4. Mark Heffernan looked to try and get Alton over the line for a second week but when he fell for 3 again off Evans (2 for 60) Alton were 234 for 5 still 19 runs short.

Gonella then struck his first boundary of a fantastic match winning innings and when Alex Hammond followed this up with a glorious straight six Alton were all but there. Alton completed their victory with 2 overs to spare and by 5 wickets. This was the Brewers biggest run chase in the SPL with their innings held together by a fantastic unbeaten knock by 17 year old Gonella who carried his bat for 65 off 133 balls.

Alton travel to New Milton next week in the first red ball timed cricket format looking to follow up what has been a fantastic week for the club.

Alton 4th XI v Bramley 2nd XI

Alton 4s won their third game of the season on a lovely sunny day at the JCG against Bramley. After winning the toss and electing to field, Alton relied on their quartet of colts to bowl the majority of bowlers. With Toby Pascoe keeping it tight from the skate board end the county duo of Asha Wills and Abi Green did the same from the railway end. Wickets fell regularly and once Pascoe’s spell was completed Alton deployed the third of their lady players Amelia Marshall and she quickly cleaned up the tail. The trio of girls picked up a combined 7-78 off 21 with Bramley scoring a below par 116 all out. Alton started the chase in a controlled manner which was probably a mistake on such a good track and at drinks (20) the match was still in the balance at 39/2. That quickly changed with the introduction of Sebi Bramah. The big hitting student’s quick fire 50 closed out the game in style.