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Match reports, 17th June 2017

Alton ace Andover

Alton bounced back from last weeks disappointment to complete a convincing win over Andover at Jubilee. With the sun beaming down on Jubilee skipper Myers had no hesitation on electing to bat.

Things did not start well for the home side they lost Hammond early caught behind off the bowling Veettil with the score on 13. Janmohamed got himself in before the off spin of Hooper saw him caught off the glove for 26. Alton then had a middle order wobble as they were reduced to 56 for 4.
Mark Heffernan joined Scott Myers and the pair looked to dig Alton out of trouble. The pair saw Alton through to lunch without further loss. The pair added 83 valuable runs before Heffernan was unfortunately removed gloving behind again off the bowling of Veettil for a vital 34 off 72 balls, Alton 139 for 5.
Myers continued to accumulate as he past his half century. Postles and brother Jack batted alongside Scott Myers taking Alton past 200. When Sean Jamison joined the score was 208 for 7 some late hitting from both Myers and Jamison saw Alton psh on and move to 248 for 7. Myers in what was once again a fantastic skippers innings went into three figures in the final over ending on 102 not out off 145 balls.
Alton came out of the blocks fast, Andover who had spent a long hot 64 overs in field were blown away by Mortimer and Jamison. In the small session before tea the Brewers had reduced Andover to 27 for 5. Jamison with three and Mortimer with two wickets.

Sean Jamison celebrates an LBW

Sean Jamison celebrates an LBW

After tea Andover moved to 43 before Jamison picked up his fourth wicket giving him fine figures of 4 for 33. Mortimer ended his spell with nine over 2 for 27 and Alton were in control. Knight and Romar-Lee looked to counter attack for the visitors and some lusty blows against the spin of Ballinger and Myers saw Andover creep up to the rate. Alton knew that one error would see them gain control and one aggressive shot too many saw Romar Lee find Jack Myers at deep square who completed the catch safely and Andover were 115 for 7. Romar-Lee scoring an entertaining 42 of 32 balls. Knight then followed straight after for 33 Ballinger with his second wicket Andover 117 for 8  
Jack Myers then completed victory for the home side picking up two quick wickets as Andover tumbled to 123 all out.
Alton travel to the Ageas bowl nursery ground next week to take on Hampshire academy 11am start.  

Second Eleven v Gosport

Alton were undone by a fine 100 from the Gosport overseas import Michael Ruffell. Ryan Hale returning to his first club on UK shores scored a fantastic 100 for the Brewers but it was not enough to give Alton their second victory. Skipper Hugo Hammond scored 60 as Alton posted 238. With Gosport needing 10 an over late on Alton looked like they may sneak victory but it was not to be as the home side reached their target 7 down with 10 balls to spare.

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Match reports, 3rd June 2017

Alton v New Milton

Saturday saw Alton take on New Milton at Jubilee in the first of the timed game format. History suggests that this format suits the Brewers so the home side were keen to make a good start.

Alton won the toss and after recent disappointment with the bat elected to bat first. Hammond and new signing Abhay Gonella from Surrey Championship side Sunbury opened up for the Brewers. Things did not start well for the home side as they lost Hammond with no score on the board. Young Abhay Gonella showed no sign of nerves as he and Dan Harris looked to build a partnership.

Harris was the aggressor looking to take advantage of the early hard ball. The pair moved the score past thirty before Harris was out LBW for 21, Watts picking up his second victim. Skipper Myers joined Gonella and the pair dug in trying to build a platform for the home side. As the ball got softer scoring became harder on what was a consistent but slow pitch. The pair put on 57 before Gonella was unfortunately run out for a patient 25 off 109 deliveries. Alton lost Michael Heffernan for 9 just before lunch as they went into the break on 103 for 4 but with 43 overs gone.

With a maximum of 21 overs left Scott Myers and Mark Heffernan looked to get the board ticking over as they started the second session. Things went to plan as partnership moved past 50, Myers moved to his own half century, remaining patient throughout with some calculated stroke play moving the Brewers to a competitive total. Heffernan had made 19 when he was caught on the boundary looking to increase the rate further. Nick Gargaro picked up his second as Janmohamed was out for three and the Brewers were 167 for 6.

When Myers then fell for 84 in what was a fantastic captains innings off the bowling of Haggarty Alton were wobbling at 168 for 7. Alton looking for the extra bonus point before 60 overs lost their eighth wicket Jack Myers with the board on 172. A late cameo from overseas Jamison helped the home side to 200 off their 64 overs. He struck one four and two sixes in his 22 which would turn out to be a vital contribution.

Alton knew 200 was a competitive total if they bowled well on what was a difficult pitch to score freely on. The visitors made a steady start before Jamison made the breakthrough he found the edge of New Milton’s overseas Wakefield, Scott Myers making no mistake at second slip. New Milton 27 for 1. Ollie Shrubsole then misjudged a Scott Myers fall toss and was out LBW for 5 with the score on 36 for 2, honours even. Just before tea Jamison found the edge of Haggarty but Myers failed to hold on to a tough chance as the visitors made it to tea without further loss.

The final session of the day was to be a tense affair with all outcomes possible. The spin duo of Jack Myers and Julian Ballinger were entrusted to make the breakthrough. The former got his man a fantastic take from Janmohamed behind the stumps saw Haggarty stumped for 17 and New Milton were 68 for 3. A double Ballinger breakthrough saw the visitors reduced further to 89 for 5. Opener Tom Arnold stood firm as he made a patient 50. New Milton moved past 100 before Jamison returned clean bowling Dan Loader for 3, New Milton 105 for 6.

With Arnold still at the crease New Milton were still in the game. The score moved to 127 before Watts was removed for 9, Jamison again with his third wicket. With Alton seemingly beginning to edge this enthralling encounter young Ralf Hussey produced a cameo that would once see the game tip back into the balance. He scored 23 from 23 balls before one shot too many saw Jamison pick up his fourth Janmohamed completing the catch behind, the visitors now on 158 for 8. Jamison with 4 for 42.

New Milton were edging closer to the winning draw target but also the outright win, Arnold had played a sensible gritty innings and was being well supported by his lower order. Alton were frustrated further as off the bowling of Ballinger Campbell Golding was put down by Hammond, was this the Brewers last chance. With 4 overs left of the day the Brewers needed 2 wickets for victory with New Milton needing 21 for the win. Captain Myers brought himself back and when Golding was caught by the relieved Hammond the score was 180 for 9. Four leg byes moved the a score onto 184 but when Gargaro was trapped in front off the fourth ball of the over New Miltons resistance was finally broken. Visiting keeper Arnold had spent every ball of the match in the middle as he remained unbeaten on a determined 80 off 155 balls.

Alton were jubilant as they won by 16 runs in what was a absorbing encounter.

Alton will look to take confidence from this result as they travel to Winchester next week to dace St Cross.

SCORECARD

Alton ladies make it three from three

Alton Ladies made it three wins out of three on Sunday with a 60 run win over Parley Sports.

Gemma Porter capped a fine all-round performance, by claiming a remarkable four wickets in four balls, before a final run-out ended the game from the next delivery.

The margin suggests an comfortable win, but the reality was different as Parley looked good while chasing Alton’s 205.

The visitors made Alton work hard as they made it to 145-5 with 12 overs remaining, but fell in a heap against Porter’s accurate off-spin.

It completed a fine day for the Hampshire under 15 star, as she earlier carried her bat for 86*, in Alton’s total.

She was helped by Georgia Harsham (31) and Amelia Marshall who made a rapid 54 as Alton continued their winning start to the season.

SCORECARD

Waterlooville First XI v Alton Second XI

Alton’s second string fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Waterlooville on Saturday as the lost by 121 runs. Waterlooville scored 232 with James Hortie and Tim Jackson completing half centuries for the home side. Toby Salmon took 4 for 47 with Lee Partner picking up 5 for 23 for the Brewers. Alton’s reply never really got going Thomas Green (24) and Shane Moody (20) were the only pair to make any kind of contribution as Alton were shot out for 111.

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Week 4, 2017 – Alton Bashed

Since the opening day heroics things have not gone the way Alton would have hoped with two heavy defeats. Making the long trip down to the New Forest to face Bashley, Alton knew they would have to perform well against a strong Bashley outfit.

Skipper Myers won the toss and choose to bowl first, Alton hoping to take advantage of any early movement. Jamison started well beating the bat on a number of occasions. When Jamsion did find the edge of Digby Alton failed to take advantage and the chance was put down. Mortimer was also asking questions from the other end and when Gates misjudged a full toss he was hit in front and given out LBW for 24. Alton had the breakthrough and Bashley were 38 for 1.

Patrick Page a young Australian fresh off the back of a century the week before joined Digby as they looked to build a platform for the home side. Alton looked to keep the pressure on and restrict the home side, but Page looked to be aggressive. With both batsman approaching fifty Ballinger had Page caught in the deep by Mark Heffernan for 45. Bashley though were well placed at 127 for 2. Alton sensed an opportunity to restrict the home side. Skipper Porter was removed early, Mark Heffernan completing his second catch off the bowling of skipper Myers. Digby passed his half century before he was removed by Ballinger, Mortimer completing the catch at mid on. Bashley were now 137 for 4.

Young Matt Pein was making his first team debut and when he removed both Chris Ridley and Samuel Thompson in consecutive balls the home side had stumbled to 158 for 6. The young Alton seamer returning fine figures of 2 for 19. 

Mitchell Wilson joined Chris Vaughan and with Alton unable to deliver the final blow they moved the score past 200. Wilson hit 3 maximums in the closing overs scoring 34 off 35 balls. Myers picked up 2 late wickets, Dan Harris catching Wilson & Mark Heffernan completing a hat trick of catches to remove Watkins for 11. Ballinger picked his 4th wicket and Bashley were all out for 240 with a ball to spare.

Alton were fairly happy with their work in the field and felt 240 was an attainable target. Unfortunately batting frailties came back to haunt the Brewers as they were blown away. Hammond and Heffernan started reasonably well against the pace of Barber. The former Hampshire and England U19 Barber was bowling with some real pace. Hammond seemingly in control pulled Barber away for 4 before being struck on the helmet. The very next ball Hammond was beaten my a full toss that broke his off stump in two.

Barber with his tail up found the edge of Harris the very next ball and Alton were already in trouble at 19 for 2. Myers joined Heffernan as the pair looked to rebuild, they negotiated the remainder of Barbers and Mitchells spells, but then a miss communication saw Heffernan run out for 18. Alton were now 60 for 3.

Things got worse for the visitors as Mark Heffernan drove in the air to cover 74 for 4 off the bowling of Ridley. Hugo Hammond tried to counter attack striking three boundaries but the returning Barber got his man before a full fast delivery struck Myers In front for 25 and Alton were staring down the barrel at 91 for 6. Barber had figures of 4 for 27.

Alton continued to lose regular wickets as they limped to 117 all out. Another disappointing performance from Alton, one they will look to put behind them as they host New Milton in the first of the seasons timed games.

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Salmons’ history at the home of rubgy

Toby Salmon - a-Plan private clients

Toby Salmon – a-Plan private clients

Alton Cricketers Michael and Toby Salmon returned to cricketing action this weekend, still basking in the glory of Twickenham success seven days previously.

The brothers, and sons of former England and New Zealand dual international Jamie Salmon, were victorious in the RFU Senior Vase for Farnham RFC.

The elder of the pair, Michael, skippered Farnham to a 37-15 success against Droitwich, while Toby (sponsored by a-plan private clients) earned the man-of-the-match gong for his tally of 19 points.

Huge congratulations from Alton CC to both brothers and all at Farnham RFC.

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Match reports, week 2, 2017

Alton v Lymington – Sat 13th May

Alton were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday. Full of confidence following their victory a week earlier Alton had hoped for more of the same as they hosted Lymington at Jubilee. Unfortunately Alton were to be blown away by the visitors in what was a hugely one sided affair.

Lymington won the toss and elected to bat. Alton had hoped that any movement would be found early on but Lymington came out hard and took advantage on what quickly became a apparent was a fantastic batting surface. Things did not go Alton’s way, Mortimer fresh off a 4 wicket haul pulled up in his early overs with a hamstring issue. Jamison bowled well early on but Lymington were in no mood to give up the initiative. Terry Crabb took the attack to Alton and punished anything off line, with Ryan Scott supporting from the other end.

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President’s day, Sunday 28th May

 

Everyone is welcome to attend our President’s day on Sunday 28th May.

There will be activities for all, as Brian Gillingham hosts a President’s v Chairman’s T20 from 3pm, preceded by a colts v parents game at 11:30

We hope to see as many of you there as possible for what promises to be a great day.Pres-day

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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.

Sean Jamison

Sean Jamison

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 CC new kit - with sponsors Worldham Golf Club

Alton CC new kit – with sponsors Worldham Golf Club

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.

Alton CC & EdC Crossfit

Alton CC & EdC Crossfit

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!

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Colts fundraising event

We are holding a colts fundraising event at Worldham Golf club (our new one day sponsors!). All parents /Carers are welcome and encouraged to attend, as are all adults.

There will be home cooked food, target golf and other games, raffle, DJ and fully stocked bar. What better way to have a fun at the start of the new season and help the club with some fundraising.

Tickets available from Josie Wright (07771 682522) and Tozzy Bridger (07929 429495)

  • Date: Saturday 13th May 2017 (7pm to midnight)
  • Location: Worldham Golf Club
  • Tickets £20 per person

NB – any donations for the raffle greatly received!

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New President & thanks

Alton Cricket Club are delighted to announce the Brian Gillingham has been voted in as the new club president.

Brian has played for Alton CC since he was a young boy, and has been familiar face around the club for around 30 years. He brings business acumen and a desire to make things happen to the club, which will include a Presidents game and a golf day. Keep your eyes peeled in the near future for information.

Brian replaces Paddy Heffernan, who has served the club with distinction in every role possible. High scoring batsman, first team captain, chairman and president are all on Paddy’s CV.

Alton CC would like to put on record their thanks for his hard work, particularly around the turn of the millennium during his stint as chairman, when Alton re-established themselves in the Southern Premier League.

Paddy’s move to the midlands has meant that his time at Jubilee has been limited in recent seasons, but all at Alton CC would like to thank him for his efforts and hope that we see him soon.

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EGM for new president – 21st Feb 7:30pm

We need to hold an EGM for the club on 21st February 2017 at 7:30pm in order to vote in a new club president.

Paddy Heffernan is stepping down as President of the Club due to other commitments and we therefore need to vote in a replacement.

The proposed replacement is Brian Gillingham, who is happy to take on the role.

It is intended to vote Paddy is as a Life Vice President on the night to acknowledge the vast contribution he has made to the Club over the years.

EGM Agenda is therefore:

  • Voting in of new President
    Voting in of Paddy Heffernan as a Life Vice President
    Update on other progress within the club

The meeting will take less than 30 mins, but we do need 20 members present for the vote.

Please make every effort to attend!