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Christmas party!

The club is hold a Christmas social on the night of Friday 22nd December, the bar will be open from 5pm, music will be provided, all members and their families are welcome.

We would like everyone attending to bring a plate of food with them. If you are attending please either inform Tozzy, Richard or Graeme so we can organise a selection of food and not have 2000 sausage rolls!

Hope to see you all there

Alton CC

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AGM notes and executive committee changes

Alton Cricket Club recently held their AGM, this has resulted in a number of changes on the Club Executive Committee:-
Executive Committee
  • Chairman Graeme Hughes
  • Secretary James Foulkes
  • Treasurer Charlie Green
  • Club Captain / Vice Chairman Michael Heffernan
  • Club Head Coach Scott Myers
Graeme Hughes new Chairman took the opportunity on behalf of the club members to thank Richard Myers, who stood down as Chairman, for his considerable efforts and time that he had given to the club over a number of years.
“He stated that if it had not been for Richard’s hard work the club would not have been as successful as it had been”. Graeme also thanked all the members who gave of their time for the benefit club, this included all members of the committee, team managers, and coaches.

 

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Leading performers, 2017

Here’s a list of our leading run scorers and wicket takers for each of the senior teams in 2017. Well done to everyone who contributed!

1st XI

Player Runs Average Player Wickets Average
Scott Myers 491 40.92 Sean Jamison 26 26.35
Dan Harris 462 30.80 Julian Ballinger 25 24.32
Mark Heffernan 287 19.13 Jack Myers 17 28.88
Sean Jamison 246 22.36 Ben Mortimer 13 32.92
Alex Hammond 218 15.57 Scott Myers 10 31.40

 

2nd XI

Player Runs Average Player Wickets Average
Hugo Hammond 417 34.75 Lee Partner 20 19.50
Andrew Postles 210 23.33 Toby Salmon 17 18.65
Thomas Green 193 24.13 Ian Carpenter 13 25.77
Ryan Hale 145 36.25 Stephen Ball 10 28.60
Joe Paul 137 10.54 Daniel Scott 8 24.25

 

3rd XI

Player Runs Average Player Wickets Average
Ian Mason 188 20.89 Sam Bridger 15 20.47
Andrew Pearce 119 29.75 Steven Scott 11 15.91
Neil Heffernan 118 14.75 Andy Tapp 11 22.00
James Foulkes 100 10.00 Ellis Ballinger 9 30.78
Gareth Billington 57 28.50 Daniel Trim 8 6.50

 

4th XI

Player Runs Average Player Wickets Average
Seb Bramah 245 61.25 Jon Porter 14 11.29
Robert Crook 210 26.25 Adrian Trim 13 12.62
Martin Green 193 17.55 Sam Bridger 8 14.63
Ali Wright 169 21.13 Ryan Van Der Linde 7 8.29
Neil Heffernan 149 37.25 Jude Wright 6 16.50

 

Ladies

Player Runs Average Player Wickets Average
Gemma Porter 216 54.00 Gemma Porter 13 8.08
Amelia Marshall 206 68.33 Abigail Green 7 12.57
Georgia Harsham 132 66.00 Sarah Murphy 6 12.33
Martha Bilsland 40 Amelia Marshall 5 6.60
Kirsty Gavillet 40 20.00 Nicola Gadsby 5 21.80

 

Wicketkeeping & fielding

Player Catches Player Dismissals
Michael Heffernan 10 Abeed Janmohamed 15
Scott Myers 10 Hugo Hammond 11
Mark Heffernan 9 Toby Fuller 7
Ian Carpenter 8 John Wills 6
Seb Bramah 7 Ian Mason 6

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T20 Finals Day – Moved to 2018

T20 Finals Day – Update

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T20 Final

Alton v Havant – T20 Cup Final – Sunday 10th September

T20 Finals day in doubt duke to poor weather.

Decision on if the game will go ahead will be made Saturday morning. Updates to follow.

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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.

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Week 17 – Match Reports

Ones and Twos fight for survival continues

Alton V Hampshire Academy

Alton’s search for that elusive victory that would all but seal their top flight status for another year continued on Saturday as despite an improved performance were undone by a young Hampshire academy side.

Alton won the toss and elected to have a bowl first. Alton had the start they would have hoped for as Salmon made the breakthrough, Campbell edging behind with Hugo Hammond making no mistake with the gloves. Jamison once again threatened and when he bowled South for 5 the Academy were 25 for 2. The talented Scriven joined England Under 19 Felix Organ as the pair looked to build a platform. The pair accumulated without taking any risks as they eased the visitors into a strong position. Both past 50 and Alton were left searching for the vital breakthrough. The second half of the innings saw the Academy up the tempo and with wickets in hand the visitors were in a strong position.

Both were approaching three figures when Alton finally got a bit of luck, Scriven thought the ball had evaded the Alton keep Hammond, as he looked to take a single Hammond managed to gather the ball and throw down the stumps, Scriven was run out for a fine 98. A match winning partnership of 172 left the Academy on 197 for 3. Organ was still there but when he was superbly caught by skipper Myers, Salmon had is second and Organ was on his way for 94 with the board showing 208 for 4.

Jamison and Ballinger then exchanged wickets as Academy moved to 239 for 6. Some late blows from George Pardoe saw him end on 25 not out and the Academy reach 251 for 6. Alton left wondering what could have been had they been able to break the Organ, Scriven partnership.

Alton knew they would need to bat well but when Janmohamed fell early for 3 caught behind off the bowling of Hipwell Alton were 14 for 1. The Hammond brothers moved the score to 47 before Hugo Hammond was bowled for 8 by Scriven.

Alex Hammond looked in good touch before he was bowled by Zac Organ for 32 and when Harris fell almost immediately after Alton were in trouble at 70-4. Mark Heffernan joined skipper Scott Myers with both men on naught, they added 27 before Myers popped one up to extra cover off Felix Organ as he fell for 8.

The Heffernan brothers needed to rebuild and just as they were edging Alton into a reasonable position Michael Heffernan was given out LBW for 23, once again Felix Organ involved as he picked up his second wicket. Alton now 136 for 6. Jamison joined Heffernan, Heffernan continuing his recent run of form passed 50 but with overs running out Alton tried to stay in touch. Jamison and Heffernan put on 74 before Heffernan fell for a hard fought 59 and Alton were 212 for 7.

Alton were always behind the rate and despite some late blows from Jamison who ended on 44 not out Alton closed on 228 for 7. Results elsewhere mean that Alton go into the final day of the season needing 2 points to secure their premier league status.

Purbrook v Alton 2nd XI

Alton survival fight continued on Saturday as they chased down Purbrooks 117 all out. On a difficult pitch Alton reduced the home side to 117, Partner and Ball picking up three wickets each with young Freddie Egleston the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 for 17. A nervy chase saw Alton win by 2 wickets with only 5 balls remaining. Despite this being their sixth win of the season they still need to win on Saturday and hope results go their way to stay up.

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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.

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Match Reports, 8th July 2017

Alton 1st XI V Havant 1st XI
Havant gain revenge.

Havant came to Jubilee in top form and seeking revenge after Alton snuck a win on the first game of the season.

Alton captain Scott Myers won the toss and did not hesitate to opt to bat. After previous successes batting first Alton looked to replicate this formula but against a strong Havant side they were sadly found wanting.

Alton did not get off to an ideal start loosing the wicket of Gonella second ball. Hammond and Harris looked both in good touch and put on a partnership of 20 until Hammond hit a well struck cut straight at Chris Morgan at gully leaving Alton 20-2. Harris continued his good form this season and managed to build a partnership with skipper Myers. Alton had passed 50 before Myers looking to take the attack to the visitors was given out stumped off of the bowling of local and Hampshire player Brad Taylor for 12.

Harris continued to try and add impetus to the Alton innings striking several boundaries in a well crafted 46. Sadly wickets continued to fall around him and when he was bowled off of the bowling of Taylor Alton were 89 for 9.  Mortimer was then out LBW off the bowling of Morgan for 8 and Alton’s collapse was complete. The Brewers blown away for a measly 95 all out. 3 wickets each for Morgan and Taylor really did put a spin on Alton’s innings. Leaving them with quite some work to do in the second innings.

During the break Alton regrouped and third ball of the second innings South African Sean Jamison had his first scalp, Ben Walker caught behind for 0. Next ball incoming batsmen Stuart Ransley was dropped at second slip by skipper Myers.

Ransley went on to score 44 including ten boundaries before being removed caught at slip off the bowling of Jack Myers. One more wicket fell, that of opener Brad Taylor (29) who was clean bowled by Jack Myers. Chris Stone and veteran Richard Hindley settled the ship and steered Havant home for a 7 wicket victory.

Alton travel to Lymington next Saturday looking for redemption and a much improved performance.

Havant 2nd XI v Alton 2nd XI
Seconds upset Havant

Alton second string made it 2 form 2 in their fight for survival as they returned home from Havant with a vital victory.

The young Brewers side were asked to bowl first and with a strong Havant top order in front of them they knew they would need to bowl. Salmon and Ball started well, Salmon removed the dangerous Hopson for 6 a sharp catch by Dan Scott at short extra cover reduced the home side to 17 for 1. Former Hampshire and England Under 19 Josh McCoy joined skipper Loat and the pair ticked the board along before the Brewers got a bit of luck Patrick Sampson deflecting the a straight drive from McCoy onto the stumps with Loat short of his ground backing up Havant 75 for 2.

The Brewers then looked to build the pressure Gadd who had put Alton to the sword earlier in the season reverse swept Sampson straight to the grateful Joe Paul at point and Havant were 83 for 3. McCoy was still looking dangerous and he past 50 and Havant moved to 138 before the returning Salmon made the breakthrough a fine catch by young Matt Pein saw McCoy depart for 68 and the score was 138 for 4. From this point on Alton seized control and the home side collapsed to 158 all out. Matt Pein and Ian Carpenter cleaning up the Havant lower order wit 2 wickets each.

Alton knew if they batted the overs then victory would be a likely outcome, but batting frailty has been a issue this season. McCoy was bowling a quick opening spell and when he accounted for both Salmon and Green Alton were 18 for 2. Michael Heffernan joined Hammond as the pair looked to rebuild. McCoy picked up his third wicket as Hammond drove back at him for 16. Alton 35 for 3.

Paul joined Heffernan and the pair built a steady partnership, when Paul was removed for 15 the Brewers had moved to 83 for 4. Heffernan remained calm waiting for the bad ball and moved to 50. Dan Scott was then stumped with the score on 104 for 5. Matt Pein and Heffernan managed to repel the returning McCoy and moved the visitors to within 18 of their target. Heffernan was then removed for 66 but Pein (16*) and Carpenter (4*) saw the Brewers home to a 4 wicket win. With other struggling teams winning this was a vital victory for the Alton second string.

 

 

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Match Reports, 1st July 2017. Brewers Bowl their way to three wins

Alton 1st XI V Burridge
Alton retuned to winning ways on Saturday in dramatic fashion, as they edged Burridge in what was a low scoring but fascinating affair.

The visitors won the toss and asked Alton to bat first. After last weeks disappointment the Brewers started in watchful fashion, but it was the visitors who made the early breakthrough. Hammond edging McMurray behind Alton reduced to 17 for 1 early.

Harris fresh from his hundred the week before joined Janmohamed but with the Burridge opening pair bowling a tight opening spell Alton were once again on the back foot as Harris edged Stancliffe behind for 5 and Alton were 38 for 2. Skipper Myers and Janmohamed looked to rebuild, the experienced pair looking comfortable moved the score past 70. Sullivan White was brought into the attack the Burridge seamer made the breakthrough, Myers miscuing to gully for 17. Alton were now 71 for 3.

Janmohamed was still there pouncing on anything short, he scored 46 in a 94 ball stay including 7 boundaries but when Sullivan picked up his second wicket finding the edge of Janmohamed, Steward once again making no mistake with the gloves. Alton lost their fourth wicket with the score on 90.

The Heffernan brothers struggled to move the scoreboard along before the lunch break but the pair saw the Brewers through to lunch without further loss as they went in at the break at 91 for 4. Looking to push the score on after tea Michael Heffernan was Sullivan’s third victim as he was caught and bowled with Alton still one short of one hundred. Mark Heffernan was just finding his rhythm when he too fell victim to Sullivan. Sullivan breached Heffernan’s defence bowling him for 21. When Postles fell straight after the economical Mugochi picking up his first victim, Alton were in further trouble at 116 fro 7.

Alton needed its lower order to deliver, however it was not to be Jamison who had in previous weeks added valuable runs was caught off slip off the bowling of Mugochi and when Sullivan picked up his fifth wicket removing Jack Myers for 8 Alton were staring down the barrel at 127 for 9. Sullivan returning fine figures of 4 for 44 off his 18 overs. Mortimer and Ballinger looked to frustrate Burridge but when but when Mortimer picked out long on, Mugochi ending proceedings with 3 for 22 off 13.5 overs, Alton slumped to 139 all out.

The pitch was offering some variable bounce but the home side were well sort of a par score. Jamison and Mortimer searched fro a quick start and when Mortimer removed Dan Hewitt for 0, Burridge were one down early with the score on seven. This did not change the visitors aggressive approach both Richards and Collings-Wells were quick to throw their hands at any width. The pair did seem to struggle with the pace of Jamison but it was Burridge who gained the early initiative as the partnership past 50.

Jamison eventually got his reward a fine delivery beating Richards defences clean bowling the Burridge opener for 37, the visitors 73 for 2. Jack Myers was brought into the attack, skipper Scott Myers gambled bringing the field up to the aggressive Colling-Wells. Collings-Wells obliged trying to clear the infield only to find mid on, Heffernan completing the catch the score now 83 for 3. Tea was taken with Burridge still in total control at 91 for 3.

Post tea the Brewers threw everything at Burridge, young Myers producing a magnificent spell of leg spin bowling to transform the game. He bowled Steward for 14 immediately after the break for 14 then followed this up immediately bowling Campopiano for 4. Alton sensed a glimmer of hope as Burridge fell to 95 for 5.

Stancliffe joined the dangerous Burridge overseas Mugochi but Myers was not finished as he continued to dominate, he cleaned bowled Mugochi then Stancliffe played on for 2. Myers had five wickets on the bounce and visitors were now 107 for 7 still 33 runs short of victory. Myers made it six as he removed skipper Ankers, a wonderful leg spin delivery finding the edge, brother Scott completing the catch at slip. Burridge in freefall at 108 for 8. Jack with fabulous figures of 6 for 32 off 14 overs.

The visitors were not finished though as the game took another twist. Sullivan who had been instrumental with the ball edged Burridge closer to the victory total. They were now still 8 down with only 9 required for victory. Jamison who had also bowled exceptionally well trapped Charles Bolton in front for a patient 8 as Alton got their ninth wicket, Jamison ending with figures of 2 for 41 off his 18 overs. Only seven runs were required for victory Sullivan now on 17 not out. Ballinger was back in the attack and with the Burridge number 11 in his sights the experienced off spinner trapped McMurray in front a vociferous appeal followed and when the umpire raised his finger the Brewers had sealed what was an unlikely victory.

Alton will look to take the positives into next weekend as they host a strong Havant on Saturday. Sunday sees the Brewers face local rivals Liphook & Ripsley at Jubilee in the second round of the British Gas Premier League T20. The game will start at 3pm everyone is welcome there will be a BBQ and the bar will be open.

Fair Oak v Alton 2nd XI
After a heavy defeat the week before the Alton second eleven bounced back in encouraging fashion to defeat Fair Oak by 44 runs. The brewers coming out on top in what was a low scoring affair. Asked to bat Alton made an encouraging start but they slumped from 70 for 2 to 128 all out. Skipper Hugo Hammond led the way with 35, Tom Green was the only other player to make it past twenty making a valuable 26. Alton would have been fearing the worst as the home side moved to 31 without loss but once Stephen Ball had made the break trough wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Fair Oak collapsing to 84 all out. Toby Salmon picked up 4 for 36, Stephen Ball 2 for 18 and Lee Partner finished the innings off picking up 4 for 8 off just 4.2 overs.

Whitchurch V Alton 3rd XI
Alton third string made in 2 from 2 as they overcame Whitchurch by 64 runs. Alton posted a below par 145 all out, Andy Pearce the main contributor scoring a fine 55. 145 proved to be though as the returning Dan Trim blew Whitchurch away in a fine spell ending with figures of 5 for 16 off 8 overs. Young duo of Ethan Streek and Ellis Ballinger also picking up 2 wickets each as the visitors eased to victory.

Alton 4th XI v Wrecclesham
Alton were humbled by table topping Wrecclesham, asked to bat first Alton knew it would be a tough ask against a strong Wrecclesham side. Alton were bowled out for 79 with only Adrian Trim 25 and John Porter 12 holding up proceedings as they put on 33 for the last wicket. Wrecclesham chased down the target for the loss of three wickets to wrap up a comfortable seven wicket victory.