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Alton Give Champions The Blues


Without a win on the first day of the season since promotion into the premier league in 2006 Alton hoped the new ‘white ball’ 50 over pennant competition would see a change of opening day fortunes. It could not have been a tougher start however as the faced a trip to the champions Havant, a side they have failed to beat since that promotion.

On arrival Alton were surprised to see the Havant pitch devoid of any grass, with the pitch cut short spin looked to be the order of the day, something the home side had plenty of. With the toss seemingly important Havant won and captain Ben Walker had no hesitation in choosing to bat first.

Alton took to the field in their new blue one day kit (Team picture attached) and knew they needed to start well. With Havant’s imposing batting line up early in roads would be key for the visitors. Captain Myers had the extra fire power of overseas South African seamer Sean Jamison to call on and Jamison did not fail to deliver. The free scoring Gibson seemed to struggle against Jamison and with the score on 16 Jamison found the edge of Gibson who was caught behind for 2.

Ben Mortimer took the new ball from the other end and produced a fantastic spell of bowling to leave Havant in trouble at 57 for 5. Mortimer took 4 wickets in an opening spell that included Alton’s nemesis from last year Walker. Walker had completed two hundreds against Alton in 2016 but he was removed for one when a short ball from Mortimer rushed him only to see the ball balloon up and Ballinger making no mistake with the catch.

Stone also fell to short delivery before Mortimer found the edge of local lad and former England under 19 skipper Brad Taylor for 28 safely caught second slip. Havant found themselves in further trouble as another Hampshire and England under 19 player McCoy was removed for 14 skewing a deliver from Mortimer to point.

Ransley joined Gorvin as Havant looked to build a partnership and gain a foothold in the game. Alton looked to keep things tight with Alex Hughes bowling a fantastic containing spell and the spin due of Ballinger and Myers trying to find the breakthrough. The partnership moved past 50 before Ballinger found the breakthrough Gorvin looking to increase the rate was bowled for a patient 43 attempting to reverse sweep Ballinger for the second time. With the score at 125 Havant were 6 down, the experienced Hindley joined Ransley.

Havant continued to accumulate runs before Alton dropped Ransley off consecutive balls off Ballinger. Frustrations were short lived as Jack Myers had him caught behind in the next over for 49. Havant had moved to 181 for 7 as the innings entered the final overs. Morgan added some lusty blows before Ballinger had him caught in the deep and Havant ended up on 214 for 8.

With the pitch difficult to score on and it likely to get slower as the game went Alton knew that they needed to bat well to chase what was a competitive total. Janmohamed and Hammond opened up and fireworks ensued Hammond took it upon himself to get the brewers off to a flying start. In an explosive innings Hammond struck 6 boundaries in a 25 ball 32. McCoy was struggling to contain Hammond before eventually getting his man, Hammond could not resist chasing a short ball from McCoy and edged through to the keeper.

In the context of the game Alton were off to a flyer 46 for 1 off 7 overs. Janmohamed unfortunately fell softly soon for 15 after miss timing a short delivery off the spin of Morgan straight to Taylor at short cover, Alton 53 for 2. Dan Harris played a vital role in his first league innings for the club, going against his natural aggressive style he built a partnership with skipper Myers. Both batsman knowing they just needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over with plenty of time left in the game. The pair eased the score past 100 before Harris attempting to increase the rate holed out to deep mid wicket for 29 off the bowling of Hindley. Another wicket fell immediately and Alton were wobbling at 112 for 4.

Skipper Myers stood steadfast and was joined by Mark Heffernan. The pair put on a partnership that would put the visitors in the box seat. Heffernan combined resolute defence with the odd aggressive shot, Myers remained focused working the ball around seeing him pass 50. The pair added 63 for the 5th wicket before Heffernan was removed for 29 and Alton were 173 for 5 with work still to be done.

With Alton needing a run a ball for the last 6 overs Myers kept his cool. Jamison joined Myers as they edged Alton closer to their victory target. Alton appeared to have it under control as they went into the last over requiring just 3 runs to win. 3 off 6 balls with 5 wickets in hand was the equation with Alton in touching distance of their first win against Havant in the premier league.

Jamison on strike with the majority of the Havant players saving one, he was unlucky not to piece the field with the first ball so it was now 3 off 5. Alton thought they had their victory as Jamison got onto captain Walkers second delivery only to find the one man in the deep, Hindley taking a fantastic catch, Alton 212 for 6. Myers was now on strike with 3 off 4 required. Myers managed a single off the third delivery so it was now 2 off 3 with Mortimer on strike. He connects cleanly driving down the ground only for Gorvin to swoop from mid off to throw down the stumps with Mortimer short of his ground and Alton still needing 2 for victory. Myers was now back on strike with his younger brother Jack joining him. 2 off 2 needed. Walker held his nerve producing a dot off the penultimate ball, with nerves shred Alton players could barely watch. Alton looked like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory but Myers who had played a fantastic innings was not about to let this slip away. Walker bowled it full outside off stump Myers held his nerve driving the ball away through point for 4. Celebrations ensued as Alton had their victory. A superb bowling performance topped by Mortimer’s 4 wicket haul was rounded off with a fantastic chase, captain Myers leading the way with a magnificent unbeaten 74 from 123 balls.

A fantastic game of cricket played in great spirit. Alton will look to take confidence from this result into their second game next weekend as they face Lymington at home 1pm start.

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Teams for Saturday 13th May 2017

1st XI (Home to Lymington)
Meet Time: 11:30am
A Hammond
J Paul
D Harris
S Myers (capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
S Jamison
J Myers
B Mortimer
A Hughes
J Ballinger

2nd XI (Away to Hursley Park)
Meet Time 11:00am at JCG
A Postles
R Hale
H Gadsby
H Hammond
D Evans
M Salmon
T Salmon
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
T Paul

3rd XI (Home to Longparish II)
Meet Time: TBC
N Heffernan
T Green
I Mason (Capt)
A Freeman
M Ball
S Budd
J Foulkes
S Scott
I Carpenter
A Tapp
P Sampson

4th XI (Away Grayswood III)
Meet Time: 11:30am at JCG
S Bramah
M Green (Capt)
E Ballinger
S Bridger
M Bramah
E Streek
R Crook
J Wills
K Williams
TBC
TBC

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Teams For Saturday 6th May 2017

1st XI (Away to Havant)
Meet Time: 11am
A Hammond
A Janmohamed
D Harris
S Myers (capt)
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
S Jamison
J Myers
B Mortimer
A Hughes
J Ballinger

2nd XI (Home to Havant II)
Meet Time 11:30am
A Postles
J Paul
H Gadsby
R Hale
J Seward
H Hammond
L Partner
M Pein
S Ball (Capt)
D Trim
T Paul

3rd XI – No Game as Hurstpoint Priors withdrawn from League

4th XI (Home Tongham II)
Meet Time: 12:15pm
N Heffernan
M Green (Capt)
I Mason
D Evans
S Bramah
A Pearce
R Crook
J Foulkes
T Green
S Scott
I Carpenter

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Nat West CricketForce Update

A big thank you to the following members for your help and support today in completing all the tasks we had set ourselves , (apart from cleaning up the BBQ!):

Brian Gillingham, Dave Evans, Ben Choularton, Rob Crook, Luke Crook, Karin Crook, Terry Hehir, Vicky Myers, Julian Ballinger, Ali Wright, Josie Wright, Lynn Paul , Joe Paul, Abeed Janmohamed, Zac Janmohamed (painter in chief!), John Hubbard, Scott Myers, Andy Postles, Mia Postles (managed her father very well and kept him on track!), Tozzy Bridger, Sam Bridger, Graeme Hughes, Michael Heffernan

Thanks to your help we are now in a great position for the start of the new season.

Richard Myers
Chairman

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All Stars Cricket is coming to Alton CC

All Stars CricketAlton Cricket Club are delighted to announce that we will be one of the inaugural All Stars Cricket Centres accredited by the ECB.

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme is being delivered across England and Wales at over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop children’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.

All Stars Cricket gives girls and boys from the ages of five to eight an opportunity to become a star. The curriculum of fun cricket activities and games provides children with the basic movement skills to begin a lifelong love of our sport and general physical activity.

For an hour a week over an eight-week period, our fully trained and vetted activators will deliver game-based activities that teach basic cricket skills including catching, throwing and hitting moving balls and social skills such as teamwork and communication. The activities will be held at our accredited cricket club, and we are delighted that they will be run by 3 of our fully qualified coaches.

All participants will receive an All Stars Cricket branded pack including a cricket bat, ball, shirt, cap, backpack and water bottle.

If you would like further information please either click here or alternatively speak to our Chairman, Richard Myers (07717454869) who will be able to answer your questions.

Read more about all stars cricket »

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New Sponsor: WORLDHAM PARK GOLF CLUB

Worldham Golf ClubWe are pleased to announce that Worldham Park Golf Club have agreed to become a sponsor of Alton Cricket Club for an initial period of 2017 and 2018.

As part of the sponsorship they will become our main coloured kit sponsor, and we will be working with them on a number of initiatives to benefit both Clubs and their members.

The first couple of initiatives between the 2 clubs are underway with Worldham Park Golf Club hosting our Colts Fundraising event on Saturday 13th May, and with Alton Cricket Club becoming members of Worldham Park Golf Club.

The details of the Alton CC membership of Worldham Park Golf Club are as follows:

Alton Cricket Club are now signed up as members of Worldham under the category of Sports Club User

This means that members can enjoy reduced green fees through the week and weekend. Plus book the refurbished restaurant / bar for parties etc with no booking fee.

In order to register members of Alton Cricket Club must take ID along to Worldham and sign up with them as individuals. This means when you book into play the discount will automatically register on their system.

Reduced Green Fees – Weekday £15 for 18 holes and £11 for 9 holes

Saturday and Sunday – £18 for 18 holes and £13 for 9 holes.

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Upcoming Events – April & May 2017

With the New Season rapidly coming up over the horizon, we thought it was a good time to share with our members some key dates and events we have planned for April and May.

Nat West Cricket Force Day (Saturday April 1st) – This is the day when we get ourselves ready for the new season and helps ensure that things run smoothly from thereon.
It is vital that we get support from across the membership of the Club to get all the jobs completed on the day.

Friday Night Colts Coaching Starts (Friday April 21st) – Hopefully the sun will be shining and we look forward to welcoming all Colts/Parents/Siblings to the start of our Summer Coaching programme.

Race Night (Saturday 29th April) – This is our traditional social season opener and is invaluable to the Club in terms of getting people together and also providing us with some important funding to help us run the programmes we do. We hope to see you all at the Clubhouse for what will be an excellent evening.

Colts Fundraising Event (Saturday 13th May) – 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)

President’s Day (Sunday 28th May) – Presidents Day is a Family Day for all Club members and guests to enjoy.

Activities will involve:

U9/U11 Game – Details TBC
U13/U15 Game – Details TBC
President’s XI v Chairman’s XI

Activities will be in place for young Children during the day.
BBQ will be running through the day.
Food and Live Music will be in the Bar in the evening.
More details will follow during April.

We will keep you updated as all these events progress, and with events we have planned for June/July and August.

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Winter Nets Start Friday 6th January 2017

Winter nets start next week with the following times:

Senior Nets (1s & 2s)- Mon 8-9.30pm Alton College From Mon 9th January (all men welcome on 9th)
U15/17 & Men – Mon 6.30-8.00pm Alton College From Mon 16th January
Ladies/Girls – Mon 7-9.30pm Amery Hill School From Mon 9th January
U9 – Thurs 5:45-7:00pm Eggars School From Thursday 12th January
U11 – Fri 5.45-7.15pm Alton College From Friday 6th January
U13 – Fri 7.15-8.45pm Alton College From Friday 6th January

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AGM – October 27th 2016

The 2016 AGM will be held at the clubhouse on Thursday 27th October starting at 7:30pm.

Please can all members make an effort to attend.

The Agenda is set out below:

1 Apologies
2 Minutes of the Last AGM
3 Matters Arising
4 Chairman’s Remarks
5 Ground Report
6 Treasurer’s Report and update on Accounts
7 Club Captain’s Report
8 Colts Report
9 Election of Club Officials
10 Nomination and election of Vice-Presidents and Life Vice-Presidents
11 Any Other Business

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Teams For Saturday 27th August

1st XI St Cross (Away)
Meet Time: 10:45am
D Hutton
S Myers (Capt)
R Heywood
R Anthony
M P Heffernan
M J Heffernan
J Myers
D Scott
B Mortimer
T Salmon
J Ballinger

2nd XI Ellingham (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
L Hughes
A Postles
J Paul
R Hale
H Gadsby
H Hammond
D Trim
L Partner
S Ball (Capt)
A Hughes
T Paul

3rd XI Ashford Hill (Home)
Meet Time: TBC
T Green
N Heffernan
I Mason (Capt)
A Freeman
A Pearce
D Evans
J Foulkes
S Moody
I Carpenter
A Tapp
P Sampson

4th XI Witley (Away)
Meet Time: TBC
M Green (Capt)
A Trim
D Artley
R Crook
F Egleston
J Porter
E Ballinger
S Bridger
S Bramah
A Wright
TBC