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2XI vs Bishops Waltham, Match report

Result: Alton 2XI won by 40 runs

On a sunny and humid day, Alton 2 XI travelled to Bishop’s Waltham on the back of an excellent run chase the week before and hoping to build some momentum to push up the early season table. Despite the overhead conditions, the end-strip pitch had retained the mid-week downpours, soft to the touch and green in colour. With the hot weather sure to dry the pitch out over the day, both teams knew the toss would be important to decide who got to bowl in favourable conditions. Unfortunately captain Lee Partner called incorrectly and was immediately inserted by the opposition.

Openers Andy Postles and Andy Pearce made a cautious start, running a few quick singles to get the scoreboard going, but Postles was soon back in the pavilion after opening bowler Suhaib Ahmad ball nipped one off the seam through the gate. Tom Green was batting at 3 and looked to be aggressive against the opening bowlers, coming down the pitch and using his excellent hand eye coordination to work the ball around the ground. However, some early mistimed shots looked to frustrate him, and one foray down the pitch resulted in Tom slapping a catch to cover, Alton wobbling somewhat on 14-2. The wobble turned into a full blown downward spiral as last week’s top run scorer Michael Salmon edged his 3rd ball behind and Joe Paul was caught off his second ball for 0. Alton were now looking up a big mountain to post a competitive total from 15-4. The rebuild was started by Andy Pearce, watching the early carnage from the non-strikers end, and youth team player Jude Wright. Realising scoring was at a premium and it was more important to keep Bishops Waltham in the field for the full 50 overs, both looked to protect their wicket. Andy Pearce was the more aggressive of the two, and with the score on 45, Jude finally fell to a catch after scoring 3 but more importantly occupying the crease for 34 balls. In a similar pattern, Howard Gadsby joined the excellent Pearce and looked to work simple singles while taking minimum risks. Howard eventually fell for 5 runs of 20 balls with the score on 62-6. Skipper Lee Partner was next in and he and Pearce batted doggedly to drag the Alton total to respectability, each of them fending off the good balls and playing aggressively when the ball was there to be hit. Pearce was excellent square of the wicket where the ball ran quickly over the square and Partner playing the spinners straight down the ground for a series of fours and a big straight six. Pearce went past 50 the second ball after the 34-over drinks break, an excellent effort to keep calm and concentrating while the top order collapse around him during the heat of the day. He eventually fell, bowled by Sam Medhurst, on 61 off 119 balls, a lesson for the rest of the top order on how to bat in tricky conditions. The wicket left Partner with Ian Carpenter on 102-7 looking to push the score along. The score became 115-8 when Carpenter was bowled for 4, bringing Xavier Bochereau to the crease, fresh from the opening few games in the 1XI. Bishop’s Waltham were now pushing for wickets and turned again to opening bowler Suhaib Ahmad for the breakthrough, however, with the ball a bit softer and the pitch a bit harder, Xavier and Partner were able to manoeuvre the extra pace on the ball around and push the score on to 139-9 before Xavier was caught behind for 14. Some late hitting a good running from Partner and last man Toby Fuller was able to push the score to 158-9 off 50 overs – Partner reading the game perfectly with a captain’s innings of 35 not out from 67 balls. An excellent effort from Pearce and the lower order, and demonstrated the new found resilience in the batting order to value wickets and time at the crease.

The pitch was indeed drying out, but Bishops Waltham had been forced to field for the full allocation in the heat of the day and Alton were keen to exploit any tired bodies and minds. Michael Salmon took the new ball and quickly found his rhythm and line to the right hand/left hand opening batsmen combination. As was predictable, the in-swingers to the right hander created the first wicket, bowled top of off stump attempting a drive, 5-1. Then a full swinging delivery taking the leading edge and a smart return catch from Salmon seeing off the number 3, 11-2. Opening at the other end as a foil for Salmon was Xavier Bochereau and he bowled a brilliant, economical spell to frustrate the batsmen. This paid dividends when the second opening batsmen was caught behind by the dependable Toby Fuller, trying to force a ball through the off side, 15-3. Alton were right in the game and were hunting for wickets, but the partnership of Suhaib Ahmad and skipper Sam Medhurst threatened to take the game away from them. Both batted well with obdurate defence to good bowling and aggressive attacking strokes to some poor deliveries. Runs were coming fast and the score moved on to 81-3, before Partner got Medhurst to play one shot too many and he was caught at deep mid wicket by Salmon for 43 from 41 deliveries. Alton now realised that keeping Ahmed off strike was key and attacked the batmen at the other end. Partner and the evergreen Pearce both weaved away with their off spin and it was Pearce who got the next wicket of Bullard for 3 and then the important wicket of Ahmed, trying one attacking shot too many, looping a catch to short fine leg. The match was back in the balance at 107-6, and Partner asked Salmon to return to pry out some more scalps. He dually obliged, getting Barrette to edge behind to a juggling Gadsby at slip and clean bowling Dadd for 1 from wider on the crease to get through the gate. Alton were favourites again at the 34-over drinks break with Bishops Waltham on 118-8. With Salmon bowled out, with excellent figures of 10-3-30-4, a discussion at drinks of who should bowl the final overs was rendered mute by Xavier Bochereau, who proceeded to bowl Dalton and Pitts-Mellan in successive balls the first over after drinks, winning the game by 40 runs. A brilliant display from Alton’s bowlers and fielders who did not panic in the face of a strong run chase and trusted the plans put in place by Partner. Xavier Bochereau finished with excellent figures of 7.4-3-18-3 and Andy Pearce, with two vital wickets, finished with 9-3-21-2.

Overall an excellent effort from Alton who had the worst of the conditions and a very poor start to the game. The win means Alton lie 6th in County Division 1 and face 4th placed Fareham & Crofton at the Jubilee next week.

Andy Postles

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Alton tour of Norfolk

Alton Tour of North Norfolk is up an running and now two months away! This is the moment to book those odd days leave, pick up your phone and send me a message that you are IN so we can get on with planning to take Brewers brand of cricket to new frontiers!

Essential details are:-

  • Sunday 29th July – depart for Cromer. Transit is between 4 and 5 hours. Activity will be planned for Sunday evening when we have final numbers. Accommodation is in Cromer.
  • Monday 30th – Match against Aldborough CC, about 30 minutes drive from Cromer
  • Tuesday 31st – Our turn to be centre stage at Cromer Cricket week, playing their main square. Tour meal in Cromer in the evening, it’s all short distances that day.
  • Wednesday 1st August – Match against Bradfield CC. Idyllic setting for an end of tour game.

There will be hotel rooms on Wednesday night if wanted or people can get look to get back.

Cost:-

Whole tour, available all games, £200 per person includes 4 nights stay, breakfast, tour meal on Tuesday and all match fees.

Part tour, £70 per night b&b and game.

Commitment by JUNE 11TH please, don’t miss this date!

Contact Lewis Jones to confirm your place.

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Teams for Saturday 2nd June

1st XI (Away to New Milton) 11:00am start
Meet time: TBC
A Gonella
A Hammond
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
H Hammond
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger
X Bochereau

2nd Team (Home) 1pm start
Meet time: 11.30pm
T Green
A Postles
A Pearce
J Paul
M Salmon
J Wright
H Gadsby
L Partner
M Mayes
I Carpenter
B Gillingham

3rd Team (Home) 1pm start
Meet time: 12:15
I Mason
N Heffernan
A Freeman
E Ballinger
A Wright
R Sharratt
M Green
S Bridger
M Ball
E Streek
A Tapp

4th Team
NO GAME

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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.

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Brewers 2017 T20 Champions!

Marais blast topples holders to seal Brewers famous T20 cup!

In the rearranged 2017 cup final a wonderful all round effort in the field set up Brewers first chance for major silverware. Hammond started things off with the ball as the part time off spinner took 3 for 22 in a impressive opening spell. Havant were stumbling at 16 for 3. Hopson & Gorvin recovered the situation for the holders before a fine piece of keeping by Hugo Hammond saw Gorvin stumped off a wide for 23, Myers picking up the wicket, Havant 75 for 4.

Ballinger then came into the attack taking an equally impressive 3 for 22. He removed Hopson for 39 before taking the wickets of the dangerous Morgan for 13 & Prentice for 11. Havant 123 for 7. Toby Salmon was operating at the other end and bowled a economic spell only going for 18 off his 4 overs. Brother Michael Salmon finished the innings with 1 for 33 as Havant closed on 136 for 8, Oliver Jones left 25 not out. A fantastic first half for the Brewers.

Alton sent out the powerful opening partnership of Alex Hammond & overseas Marco Marais and fireworks ensued. Hammond struck two early boundaries but was out in the second over for 9, Alton 9-1. This did not stop Marais who began to smash the ball to all parts scoring 56 of the next 57 runs striking an impressive 4 sixes and 7 fours going to his 50 off just 18 balls in what was a remarkable display of power & timing. When he was caught for 56 off just 20 balls Alton were 66 for 2.

With plenty of overs left in the game all Alton had to do was tick the board over. Scott Myers joined Hugo Hammond as the pair eased Alton towards three figures, however in typical Alton style a middle order wobble saw Alton lose Hammond for 13 with the score on 92 and when Myers went for 19 Alton were still short of three figures at 98 for 4.

Tension was building as Mark Heffernan joined brother Michael the pair moved Alton to 108 before Michael was caught at extra cover for 7 Alton now 5 down still needing 29 to win. Alton sent in big hitting opening bowler Mortimer who did as asked striking 17 off 13 balls with a massive six and 2 fours to push Alton to within touching distance. Mortimer was then caught with Alton needing 6 to win off 2 overs. Joe Paul joined Heffernan.

In the penultimate over Heffernan picked up a 2 as he was dropped off a full toss, keeper Bulled tracked back but miss judged the skier. Heffernan (14*) then finished the game off In style cracking the next delivery wide of mid off for four sealing a historic victory for Alton. Alton were jubilant and celebrations began.

This capped off what was a fantastic effort from all the players involved since the competition started in June 2017. Jack Myers captained the side before moving clubs meant he could not play in the delayed final. Alton CC’s a true family club as 5 sets of brothers played over the course of the tournament. A proud moment in the clubs long history. Marco Marias picked up the man of the match award as Scott Myers lifted the trophy for the Brewers!

For photos by Howard Gadsby click below;

Southern Premier League final

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Match Reports – 19th May 2018

Lymington v Alton – Alton escape with a tie

Alton travelled to the new forest to face Lymington looking to get their season up and running. On what looked like dry surface Scott Myers won the toss and elected to bat first.

Alton started poorly and did not adapt to what was a difficult surface to bat on. The ever consistent Matt Metcalfe took full advantage of Alton’s poor shot selection as he bowled a fantastic spell picking up four wickets in his ten over spell for the cost of just 9 runs. Hugo Hammond was first to go as he was trapped in front for 4, Heffernan followed soon afterwards and Alton were in trouble at 7 for 2. Things got worse for the Brewers as Harris played on for 2 and when Marias was bowled for 11 Metcalfe had four and Alton were reeling at 31 for 4.

Mark Heffernan joined skipper Myers as they looked to rebuild. Once they successfully saw off Metcalfe they began to build what was a vital 64 run partnership. However just as Alton were gaining the initiative a mix up saw Heffernan run out for a patient 26 and Alton were 95 for 5.

With the pitch going up and down Alton knew anything over 150 would keep them in the game. Alton stumbled though as both Paul and Mortimer were dismissed cheaply and Alton were precariously placed at 104 for 7. With the support of the lower order skipper Myers expertly guided Alton to a competitive total. Salmon dug in but when he was bowled by Proctor for 1 Alton were 120 for 8. Myers reached his 50 as he and Ballinger put on a crucial 32 run partnership for the 9th wicket. Myers was now taking a few risks and when one shot too many brought the end to what was a fantastic innings in testing circumstances. Myers made had made 71 off 98 balls lifting Alton past 150. Ballinger and Bochereau added vital runs as Alton finished on 168 all out, Ballinger the last to go as he was bowled for 13.

Despite the pitch Alton knew they would need to start well. Mortimer did not disappoint a sharp catch by Joe Paul at short cover saw the home side 9 for 1. It was soon two, this time Toby Salmon getting his man, Dominic Hand playing on for 5 the home side now wobbling at 13 for 2.

Ryan Scott was looking in fine form as he looked to keep the scoreboard moving. Lymington recovered to 56 before a three wicket blast from off spinner Ballinger saw Lymington slip to 68 for 5. Alton knew the wicket of Scott would be key but Lymington again took the initiative away from the visitors. Scott passed 50 as Alton were left searching for a wicket, the returning Mortimer delivered  picking up Whyte for 15 Lymington had recovered to 112 for 6.

A fantastic direct hit run out from Marais saw the back of Moors without scoring Lymington now 127 for 7. With Scott still at the crease and joined by Metcalfe the game was still in the balance. Scott and Metcalfe then began to take the game away with three wickets in hand and only requiring six to win Scott gave his first real chance. Toby Salmon bowled a low full toss which Scott miscued to Mortimer as his fantastic innings of 95 came to an end.

Lymington edged closer and with three to win seeking to gain an advantage and after being warned Proctor was run out backing up, Lymington now 166 for 9. Heffernan then bowled 2 wides tying the game up but managed to get through the remaining deliveries which saw the home sides number 11 facing skipper Myers with one required. Three deliveries outside off stump was followed by a straight delivery trapping Willis in front, the umpire raised his finger as the Brewers escape with a tie.  

Alton CC 2nd XI vs United Services Portsmouth

You would be forgiven for thinking after the disappointment of last week’s weather ruining the chances of Alton’s first win, some minds would need to be focussed. Alton started on the front foot and never let the pressure up on United Services Portsmouth to very quickly dismiss any such thoughts. 

Ball and Salmon as always starting tight and accurate to make life very difficult to score runs for the openers with only a 5th over wicket the only victim to fall in the first 15. A very pleasing trait of Alton’s game at the moment is patience and this was paramount again with few chances, that it took three special catches to claim the first three wickets.

Tom Green took a diving one handed catch at cover to remove the first opener. Michael Salmon at short cover stuck out a huge hand to take a travelling ball from the very dangerous US Portsmouth captain, and when opening bowler Steve Ball strategically placed at slip took a catch diving millimetres from the ground, Alton sensed their chance had come.

Patrick Sampson kept on the pressure replacing Ball and Ian Carpenter yet again bowling very maturely and economically from the Road End, US Portsmouth reached 89-4 off the first 30 overs. Despite some varied bowling from the skipper, he managed to produce the off spinners dream delivery to bowl the last of the top order through the gate.

Alton now into the lower order just needed to ensure they remained patient and professional. Something delivered emphatically with Carpenter and Salmon, 3-24 off the formers 10 overs, the pick of the figures. Despite a couple of simple dropped catches Alton left the field very pleased with their efforts, restricting US Portsmouth to 150 all out.

Due to a couple of top order batsmen missing this week, there were small changes to the Alton batting line-up. Green fell early but Pearce looked in impressive form with 25 off 19 balls before succumbing to a short ball which he was too early one and the keeper gladly took the catch.

Partner batting at 3 and Salmon batting at 4, the pair knew they had a lot of overs to bat and if they occupied for the bulk, Alton would near closer and closer. Patience yet again was key and the pair batted brilliantly and with composure for a 92 run partnership. Salmon beginning to find his striking power before chopping on for a well deserved 50.

Some intelligent batting from young Hampshire cricketer Jude Wright, using the pace to guide runs through the vacant third man area, Alton comfortably got over the line in the 45th over.

Alton achieving a determined and thoroughly deserved victory to collect 22 out of 24 points to get the first win officially under the belt. Bishops Waltham await next week and Alton will be looking to achieve the same level of determination and commitment to win their second game of the season.

Shalford 2nd XI v Alton 4th XI

Brewers ease to victory against Shalford

In a fixture that has been rain affected for the past few seasons it was great to see the weather set fair for the Brewer’s outing to Shalford via the Parrot. Skipper Martin Green won the toss, and with a renewed confidence in the top order, decided to bat first. Green and his opening partner Gemma Porter once again saw off the openers (in the case of Harding this was literal – as he fell foul of the new ECB laws on full pitch deliveries after only 11 balls). Surviving is one thing but scoring is another and Green (20) played one shot too many, just before drinks trying to press on.  Once again though the platform had been set and this time it was Mark Bramah who capitalised and made a swift 48 with Porter under orders to rotate the strike and doing so highly effectively. The departure of Bramah (snr) was quickly followed by Rob Crook, failing to make an impact for the first time this season, and debutant Ollie Billington who was unluckily caught at Mid Off. With the shackles off at that point Porter then looked to accelerate and in the 36th over converted her great start into a well-earned half-century. That left the closers Jon Wills and Ryan Van der Linde, ably supported by Lewis Jones to see the innings out – Alton posting an impressive 192/6.

With the team knowing that the game was probably done an extended tea was enjoyed by the Alton players before the metronomic duo of Adrian Trim and Jon Porter measured out their runs and began bowling their dots (and more dots!). They finished their spells with a combined fabulous 15-8-19-5, an absolute demonstration of limited overs bowling! The spin of Sam Crook gave the Shalford batters a slight reprise for 1 over, but once he sorted his line out he also showed his promise and what the team can expect in the future, especially impressive as he bowled most of his spell to the dangerous Shalford skipper Torrey. The final 5 wickets fell to the imposing South African, Van der Linde, as he blasted the tail away (4-2-15-5). Torrey was the final wicket to fall after providing the only real resistance to the Alton attack. He eventually fell for 43, an impressive percentage of his team’s score of 56.

 

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Teams for Saturday 26th May

1st XI (Home to South Wilts) 12:30pm start
Meet time: 10:45 am
A Gonella
MP Heffernan
M Marais
D Harris
S Myers
MJ Heffernan
A Hammond
H Hammond
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd Team (Away to Bishops Waltham) 1pm start
Meet time: 11am
T Green
A Postles
A Pearce
J Paul
M Salmon
J Wright
H Gadsby
L Partner
X Bochereau
I Carpenter
T Fuller

3rd Team (Away to Medstead) 1pm start
Meet time: 12:15 at Medstead
I Mason
M Mayes
A Freeman
E Ballinger
F Eggleston
R Sharratt
S Ball
S Scott
S Bridger
M Ball
A Tapp

4th Team (Home to Bramley II) 1pm start
Meeting at French Horn at 12pm or JCG at 12:25
M Green
R Crook
M Bramah
S Bramah
J Wills
L Jones
A Marshall
B Gillingham
R Van Der Linde
T Pascoe
J Porter

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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)