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Teams for Saturday 19th May

1st XI (Away to Lymington) 12:30pm start
H Hammond
MP Heffernan
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
J Paul
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
X Bochereau

2nd Team (Home to US Portsmouth) 1pm start
T Green
A Freeman
A Pearce
M Salmon
J Wright
H Gadsby
L Partner
S Ball
I Carpenter
T Fuller
P Sampson

3rd Team (Home to Old Basing II) 1pm start
I Mason
N Heffernan
E Ballinger
A Wright
E Streek
R Sharratt
T Pascoe
M Ball
S Bridger
S Scott
A Tapp

4th Team (Away to Shalford II) 1pm start
M Green
G Porter
R Crook
A Marshall
J Wills
L Jones
R Van Der Linde
J Porter
A Trim
S Crook
M Bramah

Captains will confirm meet times.

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SPL T20 FINAL – ALTON V HAVANT

After last seasons unfortunate cancellation of the T20 Finals Day, this has now been rearranged for this Sunday 20th May at Totton & Ealing.

Details Below
ALTON v HAVANT
VENUE: Totton & Ealing
POST CODE: SO40 8RW
START TIME: 3pm

COME ALONG AND SUPPORT THE BREWERS!

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Teams for Saturday 12th May

1st XI (Away to Havant) 12:30pm start
Meet tim: 10:45 am
A Hammond
MP Heffernan
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
H Hammond
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
X Bochereau

2nd Team (Home to Longparish) 1pm start
Meet time: 11:30am
T Green
A Postles
J Paul
M Salmon
L Partner
H Gadsby
E Ballinger
S Ball
T Fuller
I Carpenter
S Bridger

3rd Team (Away to Wherwell) 1pm start
Meet time: 11:30am
I Mason
N Heffernan
A Freeman
A Wright
S Scott
M Ball
S Budd
E Streek
T Pascoe
A Tapp
R Sharratt

4th Team (Home to Blackheath III) 1pm start
Meet time: tbc
M Green
G Porter
R Crook
A Marshall
B Gillingham
J Wills
R Van der Linde
J Porter
A Trim
A Wills
L Jones (tbc)

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Match Reports – 5th May 2018

ALTON 1st XI v BASHLEY (RYDAL) CC 1st XI – 21Six SPL
Errors cost Brewers
Alton looked rusty with the ball as they fall to opening day defeat. With the persistent rain fall throughout April sunshine was the order of the day at the JCG as the Brewers hosted Bashley in the opening game of the newly sponsored 21six SPL.

The Brewers welcomed overseas Marco Marais & young Holybourne off spinner Xavier Bochereau both making their league debuts.

Alton won the toss and elected to bowl first. Things started well for the home side, Mortimer looked dangerous with the new ball. Bashley opener Andrew had no answer as he edged behind for 0. With the ball swinging Alton looked to attack and when Digby was caught at cover by Mark Heffernan for 13 again off Mortimer Bashley were 40 for 2.

Bashley newcomer Taylor stood firm and with Alton failing to take their chances he and skipper Porter built a century partnership to put the visitors in a strong position. Taylor went to 50 before he was bowled by Mark Heffernan but Bashley had moved to 141 for 3.

Skipper Porter then took control alongside Morris (11) & Holly (15) Bashley moved to 215 for 5. Skipper Myers picking up the 2 wickets for the home side. Debutant off spinner Bochereau bowled well without reward as Porter moved to a well made 100. Ballinger returned to the attack and eventually got the visiting skipper for a match winning 113 off just 103 balls putting Bashley into a commanding position.

Ridley (13) & Gidney (15) added some quick rate runs as Bashley ended up 272 for 6. Alton despite a fantastic spell from Mortimer ending with figures of 2-28 off 10 were left to rue dropped chances and bowled a massive 42 extras.

Alton knew with the outfield still soft & relatively slow that a near faultless chase would be required. However with the addition of Marais to the Alton middle order the home side possessed a potentially powerful batting line up and were confident of chasing their target down.

Michael Heffernan joined Alex Hammond at the top of the order as the Brewers looked to get off to a good start. Hammond did just that striking two early boundaries off Nash, but the veteran bowler had the final say as he found Hammond’s edge and Alton has lost their first wicket. Hammond caught behind for 8, Alton 12 for 1.

Debutant Marais joined Heffernan. Marais looked comfortable leaving well but looked to take advantage of anything loose. Unfortunately for the Brewers Marais miss timed a wide delivery from Gidney as he skied a simple chance and was caught for 10 with the home side falling to 30 for 2.

Heffernan was struggling at this point and was digging In keeping the accurate Currie at bay. Harris got himself in and looked to be finding his range before he edged behind off the bowling of Taylor for 23. Alton now 64 for 3. Skipper Myers and Heffernan looked to get a foothold in the game, Heffernan passed 50 as Alton edged closer to parity. A stand of 88 came to an end as Myers was caught at cover for 46 and Alton were 152 for 4.

Michael Heffernan continued to try and keep the home side up with the rate as he took the attack to Bashley but with partners coming and going the task was becoming tougher. Mark Heffernan was bowled for seven & Hugo Hammond was run out unfortunately backing up at the non strikes end for four. Mortimer hit a flurry of boundaries but when he was bowled by the returning Currie for 14 Alton were 211 for 7 still requiring 61 at 10 an over.

Salmon departed without scoring and Alton were effectively left hunting for bonus points. Heffernan moved to 90 but his resilient innings fell short of three figures as he was caught off the bowling of Currie who took 2 for 12 off his 9 overs.

Alton made it to 225 before Ballinger (6) was the last man to fall. Alton falling 47 runs short and left to rue missed opportunities. There were positives to be taken from the game but Alton will need to work on the basics as they travel to Havant next week where they will look to emulate last seasons first win over the 2017 champions.

ALTON 2nd XI v Hythe & Dibden 1st XI
Seconds falter with the bat and fall to opening day defeat
Alton’s second team started their 2018 campaign away to Hythe & Dibden on a hot bank holiday weekend. A rushed start due to some heavy traffic enroute was not the ideal preparation. Second team debuts were handed to two of Alton’s promising young cricketers, Toby Fuller and Ellis Ballinger.

Under new but familiar leadership, skipper Lee Partner lost the first toss of the season and Alton were asked to bat first. Postles departed early and despite some solid stroke play holding up in the slow outfield it was a reasonable start. Green and Paul then fell in quick succession leaving Alton 31-3 after the first 10 overs.

Alton have the services of Michael Salmon back for this year, who took last summer to follow the Rugby Lions tour. The usual power hitting of Salmon coupled with Andy Pearce’s solid stroke play resulted in a promising and solid partnership, including a fine tussle with H&D’s premier spinner and Alton’s big stroke player. Unfortunately the spinner prevailed and Salmon departed for 40 leaving the score 84-4.

Very quickly Hythe & Dibden seized the initiative and 3 further wickets fell for just 3 runs, a disappointing situation given the promising start. However, some dogged and resilient batting from the lower order of Ball, Fuller and especially Carpenter ensured Alton took the innings to the penultimate ball of the allotted 50 overs. Ian Carpenter batting superbly for a very valuable 24. Alton were bowled out for 138.

Heads did not drop at tea and Alton knew if they bowled and fielded well they had a chance still in this game. After a rusty and wayward start in Salmon’s first over he quickly found his stride and took 3 early wickets. Toby Fuller keeping superbly well to prevent leg side wides to just the single run conceded. Carpenter bowled extremely tight and kept the runs at bay resulting in H&D reaching 40-3 after the first ten overs.

Alton sensed an opening and spin bowlers Sampson and Partner were introduced into the attack and despite some good bowling, a hard hitting 48 from the opener with some swinging from the middle order proved just too much for Alton to defend a low total on a small ground.

Not the result Alton were looking for but positives for sure to be taken from the game. Toby Fuller kept with excellent confidence and had a faultless display behind the stumps. Ellis Ballinger picked up his first two second team wickets with his line and length bowling. Both players having real potential for the future.

Alton host Longparish this weekend and will be champing at the bit to get the first win of the season under the belt.

Alton 3rd XI v Oakley 1st XI
Promotion Hopefuls prove too strong for Brewers third string
Oakley batted first against a team combined with youth and experience. Despite captain Gerry Dique (41) not going on to get an expected big score the visitors still posted a total of 227-5 off their 45 overs thanks to all batsmen contributing with Alex Brundle (47*) top scoring. For Alton, opening seamers Steve Scott and youngster Ethan Streek bowled well early on and young spinner Sam Bridger caused problems when he was introduced to the attack. Young wicketkeeper Rowan Sharratt did well with the gloves but an inconsistent performance in the field meant there was definitely room for improvement from the home side. Good ground work and throwing produced 2 run outs, but a few dropped catches left the Brewers third string wondering what might have been.

The home team never got going in reply after losing openers Jon Porter and Neil Heffernan early on then skipper Ian Mason not long after. Freeman came in at four as Alton looked to re-build the chase but when Ali Wright and Martin Ball soon followed their leader back to the pavilion. Freeman (23) survived well against accurate seam bowling but struggled against the slow spin of Rob Wood and was caught at mid-on trying to go big over the top. With the top 6 out and the score well below the hundred mark it was now a case of survival to see what bonus points and total the Brewers could muster. Scott and young Toby Pascoe (top scorer with 36) steadied the innings before late contributions from Sharratt (23), Bridger and Streek left Alton on 140-9 which denied their strong opponents a full points win.

Alton 4th XI v Grayswood III
Fours fall just short
The 4s were unable to follow up their victory last weekend when playing against Greyswood 3s at the delightful Lurgershall ground. After a faltering start Alton scored 132, Dan Trim propping up the innings with some late fireworks. In response Greyswood reached their target for the loss of 8 wickets off the penultimate ball of the game. It was great to see youngster Sam Crook taking three wickets for Alton.

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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.

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Teams for Saturday 5th May

1st XI (Home to Bashley) 12:30pm start
Meet tim: 11 am
A Hammond
MP Heffernan
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
H Hammond
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
X Bochereau

2nd Team (Away to Hythe & Dibden) 1pm start
Meet time: 11am
T Green
A Postles
J Paul
A Pearce
M Salmon
L Partner
E Ballinger
S Ball
T Fuller
I Carpenter
P Sampson

3rd Team (Home to Oakley) 1pm start
Meet time: tbc
I Mason
N Heffernan
A Freeman
A Wright
S Scott
M Ball
S Bridger
E Streek
T Pascoe
J Porter
R Sharratt

4th Team (Away Grayswood III) 1pm start
TBC

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Teams for Saturday 28th April

1st XI Friendly (Home to Burridge)
Meet Time: 10:45am
H Hammond
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers (Capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
A Postles
T Salmon
X Bochereau
B Mortimer
J Ballinger

2nd XI Friendly (Away to Havant)
Meet Time: TBC
A Pearce
T Green
J Paul
L Partner (capt)
J Wright
E Ballinger
S Ball
I Carpenter
S Bridger
S Scott
E Streek

4th XI League (Home to Headley III)
Meet Time: TBC
A Wright
N Heffernan
R Van De Linde
M Green (capt)
M Ball
J Porter
G Porter
G Parmar
J Wills
R Crook
A Trim

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Alton CC sign world record holder – 2018 season preview

Alton Cricket Club will start 2018 with a sense of optimism buoyed by the arrival of a world record holder.

The Brewers have announced a major coup with overseas signing Marco Marais flying in from South Africa as the proud owner of the fastest ever triple century in first class cricket.

Marco-MaraisMarais (24), a hard hitting middle order batsman, and useful medium pacer, blasted a mammoth 300 not out from just 191 balls for his province Border against Eastern Province. The performance, and weight of runs in the South African summer earned him a call up to franchise side Warriors late in the season.

In 2017 Alton’s batting was hit and miss – so having Marais experience, which includes stints in UK club cricket, and his explosive power should bring consistency and confidence to the rest of the top order.

Scott Myers continues to take the reigns of the first-team, and will hope to continue his run-scoring exploits. Dan Harris also showed potential and will look to improve in his second season.

Alton also boast England Disability Cricket’s Hammond brothers, with Alex a hard-hitting top order batsman and Hugo arriving in the first team with the wicket keepers gloves.

The evergreen Heffernan brothers will also look to score useful runs in what promises to be a powerful batting line up.

Abhay Gonella starts his second season at Alton having been called in to the Hampshire under 17 squad.

The bowling stocks have undergone something of a change, with last years overseas pro Sean Jamison returning to South Africa.

Work commitments also mean the loss of leg-spinner Jack Myers, who has moved to Dorking.

Veteran Julian Ballinger will continue to tempt opposition batsmen with his wily off-spin, while the seaming stocks are made up by Ben Mortimer, Toby and Michael Salmon and – depending on recovery from injury – Dan Scott.

Alton’s 2nd XI were unfortunate to be relegated from Southern Premier Div 3 last term, despite a respectable won 6, lost 9 record.

Lee Partner will take charge of the side that looks to give experience to talented youngsters in Hampshire division 1.

The 3rd XI continue in Hampshire League 4 north, led by Ian Mason, while Martin Green will round up his charges in the 4th XI as they look for promotion in the I’Anson league.

Alton Ladies are looking forward to the new season in Hampshire League Division 1 after a dominant season gave them promotion last time around. Their side includes members of various Hampshire squads, whose under 15 girls won the national championship in 2017.

Behind the scenes there have been changes too, with Richard Myers successful tenure as Chairman coming to an end, with Graeme Hughes taking up the reins.

New sponsors have been signed to support the club, including Bubbles Bathrooms in Basingstoke (https://www.bubblesbathrooms.net/) and the Golden Pheasant in Farringdon (http://www.farringdon.biz/pubs/Pheasant.htm).

A-plan insurance continue to be a main sponsor alongside shirt sponsor Worldham Golf Club.

Alton CC are forever grateful for those local businesses that provide backing and also to Alton Town Council for their continued support – and encourage players and supporters to reciprocate.

Pre-season fixtures have been slightly delayed by the weather but will start on 21st April as Alton travel to Sussex to meet Ifield CC. The league season then commences on 5th May.

Alton also host the young Hampshire Academy prospects in the T20 competition on 10th June. However, prior to that, there is the small matter of the postponed 2017 final against Havant, which will take place on 20th May

* Alton are always keen to attract new members and sponsors. Senior training is Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm at Jubilee Fields – all are welcome. If you have an interest in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us via http://www.altoncc.co.uk/about/contact-us/

* Youngsters interesting in coming to try out cricket are welcome to come to a Friday night session, 6pm at Jubilee Fields, starting on 27th April. Alton will also be running the ECB All-Stars cricket again in 2018. Marco Marais, the overseas player, will be leading the sessions, starting on 16th May for 8 weeks.

Alton CC also are the only local club to continue to run a hugely popular and successful schools programme, delivering coaching sessions in the area to youngsters from 9 local Primary Schools during the Summer term time.

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Cricket force – thank you!

Ladies & Gentlemen

Many thanks to those members, both adult and particularly youth parents / players who assisted at the club today. A great amount was achieved and the club, although will never look like the Long Room at Lords. looks a lot better; many thanks

It was disappointing the small number of adult players who attended however this may be due to is being a bank holiday weekend. Never mind, we are planning a second workforce day in April, so I hope some of the non attenders will be able to assist then.

Please remember Alton CC is a family club and everyone has an equal part to play.

Kind Regards

Graeme Hughes

Chairman

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Sponsors – A message from Scott Myers

Not long until the season starts now!

As you are all aware, we at Alton CC are always on the lookout for new potential sponsors, and this year is no different! As a club, sponsorship money is vitally important for us to survive.

From my years of doing this, I have found that the best results we have had, have come from our members, or someone directly linked to a member.

I am asking you for your help on this. Please can you all have a think about whether you know somebody who may be interested in exposure via sponsorship with us. OR perhaps your own company you work for might be interested. For example, I work for TaylorMade Golf and a couple of years ago, on the off chance I asked our marketing director if they could do anything and ended up getting £500 to hang up 2 banners at the ground.

Myself and my team have produced the attached document which is very simple and outlines what the club is about, what we can offer in terms of sponsorship, and what is in it for the potential sponsor.

Please, please, please, ask as many people as you can think of. THE WORST THEY CAN SAY IS NO!!!

Kind regards
Scott Myers
Alton CC 1st Team Captain

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