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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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Alton v Lymington – Ballinger’s 500th!

Julian Ballinger, sponsored by Espirit de Corps Crossfit, proud owner of 500 SPL wickets

Julian Ballinger, sponsored by Esprit de Corps Crossfit, proud owner of 500 SPL wickets

Alton went into Saturdays final league game with nothing to play for and with the forecast set for rain the game had a rather strange end of season feel to it. Despite this, one Brewer in particular was keen to get the ball In his hand. Julian Ballinger the long serving Alton off spinner went into the game on 499 Southern Premier Cricket League wickets and was looking to add one more to his 2016 tally of 36 to reach the landmark.

With rain set to come in the only real chance of victory was to bowl Lymington out cheaply and chase the target down. With that in mind Myers won the toss and bowled first. Ballinger was given the new ball but Lymington started well frustrating Ballinger and the home side, but he ended his first spell still sat on 499 wickets.

Lymington fell to 96 for 3 before Ballinger was brought back into the attack. With dark clouds circling, a fine delivery found the glove of Lymington batsman Dominic Hand as he looked to press forward. The ball went quickly to slip where Michael Heffernan completed a sharp low one handed catch to give Ballinger his 500th wicket in spectacular fashion – a

combination that has combined many times over the years.

Celebrations ensued as Ballinger had his 500th wicket since the SPCL was formed in 2000.

Lymington made it to 175 for 6 before the rain put an end to proceedings. No points were won but a memorable landmark was reached by Ballinger.

A competitive and proud Welshman Ballinger made his Alton debut back in 1994 as top order batsman, but since the formation of the SPCL he has applied his trade as an off spin bowler. His consistency has seen him high up in the league wicket taking tables year on year. A fantastic achievement and a role model for young cricketers.

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Match reports, Week 11, 2016

1st XI v Burridge

Alton produced arguably their most complete performance of the season to topple league leaders Burridge, in what was a hard fought encounter at Jubilee.

Alton once again lost the toss but were not disappointed as they were asked to bat first on what looked like a good batting surface. Alton began positively with opening pair Hutton and Janmohamed giving Alton the start they would have hoped for. Both were watchful, but also looked to be positive against the new ball as Alton moved steadily to 70 without loss.

Alton threatened to undo all their good work, when first Janmohamed was dismissed for 25 off the bowling of Burridge’s overseas import Dodds. Things got worse as Sullivan White with some nagging away swing removed Hutton for a valuable 39 and Hammond both caught behind as Alton fell to 71-3.

Michael Heffernan joined skipper Scott Myers with both batsmen on zero and the home side needing to rebuild. The away side were bowling extremely well not giving the Brewers anything to release the pressure. Alton made it to lunch with no further casualties but the run rate had slowed.

After lunch the partnership began to grow as the home side past 100 but the pair remained patient, finding it hard to get the disciplined Burridge attack away. The board began to tick over more freely as the pair frustrated the visitors, the partnership moved past 100. Heffernan reached his 50 off 101 balls before his gritty innings came to an end trying to up the rate with overs running out.

A potential match winning 108 run partnership had moved Alton into a reasonable position at 179 for 4. Myers made it to his 50 before he was also removed by Stancliffe for a vital 51 off 117 balls. Late runs from Heywood who made 24 off just 15 balls lifted the Brewers to a competitive 218 for 7 off their 64 overs.

Alton knew they had to be on top form with the ball to beat what was a confident Burridge outfit and the home side did not disappoint. The visitors did start positively but Mortimer returning to full fitness picked up Alton’s first wicket as he removed Houlton safely caught by Ballinger at point with the score 22-1.

Mortimer got his second finding the edge of Collings-Wells, Scott Myers taking the catch at second slip. The visitors had moved to 52 for 2 but with Alton leaking too many four balls the visitors were well above the rate. Jack Myers leg spin had opener Hewitt in trouble but Alton could not make another breakthrough before tea.

Post tea Alton found a bowling partnership that stemmed the flow of runs Ballinger and Scott Myers bowled lengthy spells as the Brewers began to chip away. Opener Hewitt was removed by Myers for 44, Hutton taking a sharp catch at slip leaving Burridge 95-3. Shortly after Myers got his second removing the dangerous Dodds for 34 off just 32 balls, Janmohamed making no mistake taking the catch standing up to the Brewers skipper. Myers was not done as 114 for 4 became 125 for 5 as he picked up his third victim Ballinger again taking the catch as the Burridge keeper skied one to square leg.

Over to Ballinger celebrating his birthday continued his remarkable run of form. With 10 wickets in his last 2 completed innings Ballinger made it 15 from 3 as he cleaned up the Burridge middle order and tail.

First to fall was Ben Fitchet, Mark Heffernan taking a fantastic catch at short leg as the Guernsey batsman played the ball off the middle and with no time to react Heffernan made no mistake. Burridge continued to remain positive in their approach but when skipper Ankers was removed by Ballinger the score was 131-7 and Alton were in the ascendancy.

Stancliffe and Richards moved the visitors past 150 closing in on the winning draw total of 188, but when he was trapped by Ballinger for 15 Alton sensed victory was near with Burridge faltering on 153 for 8.

Birthday boy Ballinger was not done he removed Richards who’s patient 19 off 52 balls was ended – Michael Heffernan taking the catch and Alton were one wicket away. Skipper Myers looked to his seamers to seal victory but when this failed he turned to the ever dependable Ballinger who duly obliged cleaning up the Burridge number 11 McMurray and Burridge were bowled out for 165.

Ballinger ended with fine figures of 5 for 50 and Alton completed what was a memorable and hard fought victory by 53 runs.

Alton are at home again next week as they entertain the young Hampshire Academy side.

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2nd XI v Burridge 2nd XI

Alton II travelled to Burridge with the hope of keeping there unbeaten streak alive in County Division One. On a very hot day it was a good toss to win and to everyone’s surprise was won by Alton who elected to bat.

Things did not get off to the best of starts for the visiting team with Postles being caught off the third ball without a score on the board. After some good rebuilding R.Hale (30) and L.Hughes (20) both played with attacking intent until both players were caught playing one shot too many. Off the back of a superb 98 the week before the in-form R.Anthony (66) and J.Paul (34)made steady progress with a good partnership until J.Paul departed being adjudged LBW.

H.Hammond (8) joined Anthony at the crease and showed his intention with his first ball dispatching the bowler over his head for a glorious 6. Hammond tried re-creating the same shot only a couple of balls later which was only prevented by a stunning one-handed catch on the boundary at full stretch.

T.Salmon (37) on his second XI call-up showed his quality with a quick burst 37 off 17 deliveries with consecutive 6’s to push Alton II past the 200 mark. After a flurry of good shots T.Salmon was removed with another LBW decision Alton tail dug in to ensure they passed 225 and in doing so gained a valuable batting point, finishing the innings on 227.

Alton once again knew they had to be disciplined to contain Burridge on a very quick outfield and got an early breakthrough when skipper S.Ball (3-40). At the other end A.Hughes (3-21) produced a remarkable spell of swing bowling which the Burridge batsman could not play. A great delivery from A.Hughes removed the other opener leaving Burridge two down early. Ball removed another of the top order after finding the edge and safely being caught by R.Hale in the slips.

T.Salmon (2-44) replaced Ball at the Pavilion end and bowled with real menace and pace with any runs being scored coming through the slip cordon, but got another breakthrough Alton were looking for removing Candy for 10.

Burridge looked to consolidate and re-build and did so very well with Wright and Wickramasignhie digging in and scoring positively. Both spinners in L.Partner (2-27) and T.Paul (0-30) did not have the desired effect it normally has and Alton replaced Partner for seam again. Ball coming back was not as disciplined as he normally was and was punished for anything wayward but the change in pace worked removing Wickramasignhie for 31.

Partner removed Jackson for 5 with slightly loose delivery which was caught by Postles at point, but Salmon got the main breakthrough removing the hard hitting Creal for 13 which was very well caught by L.Hughes as Creal did his best to put the Alton fielder off calling his partner through for a single on a number of occasions.

Hughes returned to finish off his brilliant spell taking two final wickets and removing Wright on 47, whom batted very admirably and was unfortunate not to reach his 50.

Alton travel to St Cross next week looking to keep the un-beaten run going.

Scorecard – http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647701

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Match reports, week 10, 2016

1st XI v Havant

On the back of last week’s T20 victory, Alton travelled to Havant in high spirits looking to continue their good run of form.

Alton lost the toss and Havant had no hesitation in batting first. It was tough going for the visitors as they were on the receiving end of a fantastic innings from the Havant skipper Ben Walker. Walker had already scored a century against the Brewers at Jubilee on the opening week of the season and the Brewers had no answer again as the left-hander produced a virtually chanceless innings, scoring a remarkable 156.

On a flat surface Alton were made to toil as Havant got off to a blistering start. Ballinger removed opener Hopson for 23 to give the Brewers something to work with but the home side had moved to 67 for 1. Ballinger struck soon after picking up the wicket of Gorvin as he drove in the air to Gadsby at mid off. The home side were 99 for 2.

From this point, the home side took control, despite controlling the rate Alton were unable to create any real wicket-taking opportunities. Walker and Ransley putting on a formidable 162 for the 4th wicket. Walker passed his century and Ransley moved past 50. Alton eventually got their third wicket, Ransley looking to increase the rate found Robbie Heywood in the deep who made no mistake taking a good catch. By now though the home side were comfortably placed at 261 for 3.

Alton continued to chip away as Havant looked to reach their declaration total. Myers removed Stone before Ballinger picked up Walker for a fantastic 156 off 177 balls. Myers got another ending with figures of 2 for 61 before Ballinger picked up his 5th wicket in the only highlight for the visitors, Ballinger ending with figures of 5 for 98. The home side eventually calling time on their innings in the 60th over with an imposing 307 on the board.

Alton’s chase never really got started. Hutton and Janmohamed both looked in good touch but when Richard Jerry removed both the visitors were reduced to 22 for 2. Returning Heywood fresh from Oxford University duties was removed first ball again to Jerry and Alton were further in trouble at 22 for 3. With the ball now spinning Hammond dragged out of his ground off the left arm spin of Morgan Alton were reeling at 28 for 4.

Skipper Myers joined Heffernan with the pair just looking to bat time. The home side made it to tea without further loss but in the first over after the break Morgan trapped Heffernan LBW for 16. Alton 59 for 5.

With plenty of overs left in the day Alton had a long time to bat to get anything out of the game. Joe Paul joined Myers as the pair looked to blunt the Havant attack. Overs ticked by and the draw began to look a possibility. When Morgan removed skipper Myers for a defiant 59 off 109 balls the home side sensed their chance.

With an hour left of play Alton were 114 for 6, Gadsby the next batsman in, and Alton dropped anchor. The pair dug in as the overs ticked by.

With almost every fielder around the bat, Alton stood firm as the home side were left frustrated.

With the job almost done Paul was eventually removed by Morgan who picked up his 4th wicket. Paul faced a remarkable 97 balls for 27 runs, but Alton still had some work to do. Mortimer came in with the score 141 for 7, a few lusty blows took Alton past the 150 mark but one shot too many saw Mortimer depart for 19. Morgan ending with figures of 5 for 46 and Alton lost their 8th wicket.

Gadsby still stood firm but in the penultimate over Havant missed their chance as a simple chance at silly point was grounded. Gadsby made stoic 9 off 59 balls and he and young Salmon saw out the final overs to give Alton a losing draw, the innings ending on 165 for 8.

The home side were dominant in what was a one-sided draw but the Brewers showed great application and spirit in not rolling over to give themselves something to take home.

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ALTON II V Totton II

Alton posted a massive 331 for 5 off their 50 overs with every batsman chipping in. The main contributions coming form Rich Anthony who fell just 2 short of his century making a fantastic 98. Andy Pearce also score 50 as the Brewers helped themselves on a good batting surface. Totton were never really in the game as they lost early wickets and Alton cruised home winning by a massive 188 runs. Skipper Ball picking up 5 for 15 and Lee Partner 3 for 30. Alton seconds remain unbeaten in county 1 and sit on top of the table

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Alton III v Oakley I

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Alton threes won the toss and elected to bat a decision that looked to be a good one as young Thomas Green (39) and the experienced Neil Heffernan (30) made a solid start. A mid innings collapse saw the Brewers lower order need to contribute. Skipper Mason batting at 9 duly obliged adding 27 as the Brewers posted a respectable 172 from their 45 overs. The homes side fell short in their chase as Dan Trim bowled his 10 overs for just 16 runs picking up 3 wickets along the way. Foulkes and Green also picked up 2 wickets a piece as the home side closed on 129 all out.

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T20 report – Alton v Andover

After Saturday’s long trip to Lymington fell foul to the weather, the Brewers were back in action on Sunday in the British Gas SPCL T20 competition. Looking to book a place in the last 8 they faced a tough test against division one side Andover. Alton took the field with a side that boasted four sets of brothers.

In a low scoring but pulsating affair Alton managed to come out on top. With the usual T20 fan fair in place coloured kits and music, Alton won the toss and choose to bat first.

Scoring was difficult on a pitch that was on the slow side, Alton lost Scott Myers early as he looked to give Alton a fast start. Michael Heffernan joined Hutton, the pair putting on 50 for the second wicket, before Hutton the aggressor was removed for 39.

Mark joined his elder brother with the pair adding 26 before Michael Heffernan was removed by Foy for 26. When Mark Heffernan was dismissed soon after for 15 the Brewers were 91 for 4, Janmohamed followed and Alton were in trouble of unravelling at 91 for 5.

Valuable late runs were added by Michael Salmon, his late cameo seeing him score 28 off 19 balls and take the Brewers up to a competitive 133.

Andover looked to respond in positive fashion and get above the rate. Ballantine-Dykes took the attack to Alton clearing the ropes in the first over. Alton did get an early wicket though when Michael Heffernan threw to Janmohamed from cover to catch the experienced Treagus short of his ground. Andover 11 for 1.

Ballantine-Dykes continued to dismiss anything in his half hitting 32 of 26 including 6 boundaries. When Scott Myers had him removed caught by brother Jack Myers Andover were already 41 for 3 and ahead of the rate. Brewers looked to stem the flow but Andover continued to attack.

This led into Alton’s hands as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Hooper looked to steady the ship and work the ball around but when he was removed for 23 again by Scott Myers (2 for 21) Andover were 96 for 6. With plenty of time still left Alton took the pace of the ball looking to reel Andover in and increase the rate. Off spinners Tom Paul picking up 3 for 19 and Lee Partner 3 for 12 as Alton turned the screw.

The rate began to go up and Andover ended up needing 14 off the last over with 1 wicket left. Partner the bowler held his nerve and on the second ball of the over Michael Heffernan took the winning catch at long off to see the Brewers win by 12 runs and into the last 8.

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Match reports, week 6, 2016

Alton 1stXI v Ventnor

Alton made it three wins in as many weeks as they comfortably overcame a weakened Ventnor side.

Scott Myers yet to win a toss this season continued his form with the coin as the visitors elected to bat. Despite losing the toss it was the home side who took the early advantage. Mortimer was into his stride early bowling Ventnor opener Snell for 4 and with Michael Salmon removing the Ventnor skipper without scoring the visitors found themselves in trouble at 5 for 2.

Mortimer was finding his rhythm and found the edge of Blackman for 11 caught safely at second slip by Scott Myers. Alton failed to press home their advantage and with Mortimer (2 for 19) unfortunately pulling up injured only adding to the home sides frustrations, Ventnor moved past 100.

Ben Mortimer bowls

Ben Mortimer bowls

Alton celebrate the first wicket

Alton celebrate the first wicket

Julian Ballinger and Jack Myers (2 for 43) were brought into the attack. Ballinger removed John Buckman for 33 and a flurry of wickets left the visitors precariously placed on 118 for 7. With the home side looking to finish the innings after lunch, Ventnor again fought back. Overseas import Alex Glendenning was still at the crease and kept calm whilst wickets fell at the other end. He found support form George Willis who helped see Glendenning through to a fine 100.

Alton finally broke the partnership of 66 when Ballinger ended Willis’s 95 ball stay when he was caught by the injured Mortimer for 17. With Glendenning running out of partners he looked to attack but was outfoxed by Ballinger the very next ball, Janmohamed completing the stumping.

Ballinger on a hat trick did not disappoint and removed the Ventnor number 11 safety caught by Heffernan at short extra cover. Completing Ballinger’s first ever Premier League hat trick and also giving him fine figures of 5 for 21. Ventnor all out for 184 off 52 overs.

Alton knew that with plenty of overs left in the day and on a good surface a solid batting performance would see them home. Ryan Hale returned to first team action and when him and Hutton moved the score past 50 Alton looked in control. Hale was batting fluently before he was given out lbw for 30 off the bowling of Snell and Alton were 58 for 1.

Hammond joined Hutton and the pair continued to play positively. Hutton was dropped just before tea but Alton went into the break only one down.

The final session of the day saw Alton cruise home. Hutton completed his half century and Hammond joined him taking advantage of a bit of luck to finish on a boundary filled 59 not out. Hutton remained unbeaten on a fine 79 rounding off a resounding victory for the brewers and with it maximum points.

The Brewers will travel to Champions South Wilts this Saturday which is sure to be a sterner test.

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T20 – Alton 1stXI v Trojans

Alton faced Trojans in the first round of the British Gas Southern Premier Cricket League T20 competition on Sunday and despite the rain recorded a comfortable victory. Batting first Alton posted a mammoth 214 for 3. Hutton the main contributor with a brutal 104 off just 56 balls.
An all round good fielding and bowling display meant that Trojans never really threatened Alton’s total as they ended on 87 for 9 off their 20 overs.

Alton have been drawn at home in the second round to Andover on the 3rd July 2016.

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Alton 2ndXI v Hook & Newnham Basics

Alton II’s travelled to local rivals Hook and Newnham Basic’s in another top of the table clash with both teams undefeated this season. On a hot and humid day and plenty of moisture in the air Alton again lost the toss and were asked to bat in what seemed to be testing conditions.

Things did not get off to the best start for Alton as Postles was adjudged LBW on the second ball of the innings Alton 5-1. With some good swing bowling from the hosts it restricted Alton from playing their attacking game, and with some quick wickets of Paul (9) and Gadsby (13) left the Visitors on 38-3. After a delightful shot from Hughes (9) he played one to many holing out in the deep, leaving Alton on 52-4 before the first drinks break.

Hammond (50) joined Anthony (75) at the crease and formed the best partnership of the year with some careful but attacking batting with both putting on 139 for the fifth wicket. Alton rallied to 191 before Hammond was caught as he was trying to push the run rate along. Anthony’s fine innings was final brought to an end after being bowled, and some quick hitting from Partner(13) and Alex Hughes (19) in the final overs left Alton on a healthy 227.

Alton took to the field after the tea break knowing that they had to be disciplined to make it 5 wins from 5. Ball (1-22) and Alex Hughes (2-25) started things off again as they have done this season being very economical and with good seam and swing movement. Ball struck first claiming the Hook opener LBW for 10, before Anthony took a smart catch at second slip to remove the other. Hughes struck again quickly with younger brother Lawrence Hughes taking a catch in the covers leaving Hook 36-3.

Alton turned to spin with Paul (3-51) looking to break the deadlock with and once again delivered with a great delivery to remove the Hook captain for just 5. Aided at the other end by some fine control bowling from Trim (1-12) meant opportunities coming from the spinning options. Partner (3-11) joined Paul and quickly cleaned up the middle order. Alton’s bowling attack were to much for Hook and were all out for 124.

A great team performance from Alton II once again extend there unbeaten run at the top of the County One table. A home game to Sarisbury this coming Saturday is just as an important game, as the other’s sides in the league continue their good starts to the season.

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Alton 3rdXI v Medstead

Alton won the toss and elected to field. Medstead made a solid start but when Andrew Tapp made the breakthrough removing Andrew Tingey for 11 Medstead were 41 for 1. This soon became 2 when Patrick Sampson removed the dangerous Higgins for 31.

From this point Alton took control Sampson ending with economical figures of 10 overs for just 4 runs and picking up 2 wickets on the way. Tapp ended with 2 for 23 but it was spinner Andrew Pearce who did the damage to the Medstead lower order picking up 5 for 26 and Medstead fell to 95 all out.

Alton response stuttered early on both openers being dismissed early. Alex Freeman and Dave Evans steadied the ship before Freeman was removed for 23. Pearce added 16, before Evans (28*) and skipper Mason (10*) saw the Brewers home with 6 wickets to spare.

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Match reports, week 5 2016

1st XI v New Milton

Alton travelled to the New Forest for their first timed game of the season. They face newly promoted New Milton in what turned out to be low scoring but pulsating affair.

Looking to build on their win from last week against New Milton neighbours Bashley, despite disappointing with the bat the Brewers claimed what was the most unlikely of victories.

Scott Myers continued his run of form at the toss and for the 5th consecutive game lost the toss which saw Alton put into bat on what turned out to be a hard wicket to score freely on. Things got worse for the visitors as they lost both skipper Myers and overseas Hutton both without troubling the scorers. Alton in early trouble at 2 for 2.

Hammond and Janmhomed looked to rebuild, patiently accumulating where possible. In an attempt to increase the rate Hammond  took a risk which lead to his demise failing to get enough on a lofted drive he was caught by Mid on moving backwards smartly to claim New Miltons 3rd wicket.

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Match reports – Week 4, 2016

ALTON 1st XI v Bashley (Rydal) CC

Alton hosted Bashley at Jubilee looking for their first win of the season, after rain put an end to last weeks proceedings they were keen to not go into the second month of the season without a win under their belts. Things started in familiar fashion as Alton again lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat first.

Alton took advantage of some early movement and had the visitors in trouble at 3 for 2. Alex Hughes with some late away swing picking up both and later added a third, all three finding the edge & safely caught at second slip by Scott Myers. Bashley left somewhat shocked at 25 for 3.

Despite wickets falling runs were being scored freely but when young Alton seamer Daniel Scott removed Jacques for 29 Bashley fell to 61 for 4.

A combination of missed chances and good batting saw Bashley recover and a 5th wicket partnership yielding a healthy 113 runs saw the game turn. Alton had clawed back the rate though with both Salmons returning economical figures.

Ridley scored 50 before he was trapped in front by Hutton. Some lusty blows took Bailiff towards his century but he was ct in the deep by Hughes off the bowling of Ballinger for 93. Bashley had moved to 216 for 7.

Ballinger & Hutton picked up 2 wickets each but the visitors posted a healthy 245 for 8, leaving the Brewers with another big chase.

Skipper Myers carrying an ankle injury opened up to try and take advantage of the early field restrictions. A move which paid off as both Hutton & Myers got Alton off to a flier. A fine 125 stand for the first wicket saw Myers & Hutton pass 50. Myers the first to be removed bowled by Watkins for a fluent 67 off 62 balls including 11 boundaries.

Hammond joined Hutton and continued to tick the score along but when Hammond was trapped LBW off the bowling of Thomson for 18 Alton were 155 for 2. Hutton departed immediately after looking to maintain the home sides upper hand he was ct in the deep off Watkins for a fine 63, his first half century fur the club.

With the home side stumbling slightly Michael Heffernan joined Janmohamned with both batsmen on 0 and the score 155 for 3. With work still to be done, the pair set about getting themselves in. Once they had seen off the spin of Watkins (2 for 33) & Thomson (1 for 35) they looked to up the rate.

The pair put in 55 before Heffernan was adjudged LBW off the returning Neal for 33. With 39 still required in form Mark Heffernan remained positive but when he was caught Alton were 5 down for 226.

Janmohamned (39*) remained calm guiding the Brewers closer to the win. A late flurry of boundaries saw Michael Salmon (12*) ease any nerves as Alton reached their target in the 48th over. Capping off a fantastic chase and a win for the home side.

The Brewers will look to continue this form as they travel to New Milton next week in the first of the timed game format.

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ALTON 2nd XI v Shrewton

Alton continued there promising start to the season with a trip to Shrewton, who were also unbeaten in the 2016 campaign. On a hot and humid day Alton won the toss and decided to let the hosts enjoy the humid conditions.

Postles (67) and Paul (81) began the afternoon with some hard hitting, aided by some wayward bowling which made for a great opening stand of 110 before the first wicket fell. Paul was joined at the crease by the in-form Gadsby (70) who continued where Postles left off, putting on another 100 partnership leaving Alton in a commanding position of 210-2.

Some good cameo performance’s from Hammond (14), Evans (15no) and Lawrence (16), left Alton on 296 off their 50 overs. On a smallish ground, Alton knew they had to be disciplined in the field to continue their unbeaten run.

Another good performance from Ball (3-19) made early in-roads into the Shrewton top order with some good seam bowling, finding movement in the pitch which had evaded Shrewton during their innings.

Recalled Carpenter (1-38) bowled well and claimed a key wicket which put more pressure on Shrewton and an ever increasing run rate. With Shrewton beginning to form a partnership with Cruse (36) hitting some boundaries, Alton moved away from their seam bowlers and with a lack of regular spin bowlers within the team, turned to Anthony and veteran Evans to break the deadlock. With the change of pace the partnership was indeed broken, even if slightly fortunately, with the tail thereafter quickly cleaned up leaving Shrewton on 139 all out.

Alton look to take this good form into next week where they take on Purbrook who are also unbeaten during the 2016 campaign.

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ALTON 3rd XI v Ramsdell CC

Alton threes are making a habit of close games. This one going to the wire with the spoils shared. Alton could have been chasing more as Ramsdell started at a thunderous rate. Tapp (3 for 45) and Foulkes (3 for 48) picked up three wickets each as they restricted Ramsdell to a still intimidating 240 for their 45 overs. Alton chipped away at the total with everyone making contributions but they were always behind the rate. A late rally from Foulkes and Moody saw Alton increase the rate and give themselves a chance. Needing 5 to win off the last ball the Choularton seemed to have it won as he launched the last ball towards the boundary. With the brewers celebrating the ball fell agonisingly short but crossed the line for 4 and with it an unlikely but emphatic tie.

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Match reports – Week 2, 2016

1st XI – Burridge V Alton

Lightening strikes twice as Brewers fall to a second heavy defeat in as many weeks.

Alton travelled to Burridge confident of getting their season up and running. Things started in similar fashion as the previous week, Alton lost the toss and in batting friendly conditions were asked to field.

Once again Alton were made to toil as the home side made a positive start. Alex Hughes on his return to first team action was unlucky as half chances failed to stick. With the surface offering little to the bowlers Alton finally made the breakthrough Toby Salmon (2 for 39) found the edge of Burridge keeper Steward for 30 and Burridge were 64 for 1.

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Match reports – week 1, 2016

1st XI – Alton V Havant

Alton opened their 2016 British Gas Southern Premier League campaign off with the tough visit of last years runners up Havant.

On a sun baked Jubilee Playing fields Alton lost the toss and Havant had no hesitation in batting first on what looked to be a fantastic surface.

Alton were hoping to make early in roads into Havant’s top order, Mortimer (1 for 38) led the Alton attack and his extra height and bounce caused some concerns for the Havant openers. The extra bounce leading to the demise of Peter Hopson who in his attempts to stop the ball going back onto his stumps only succeeded in hitting it into his leg stump and was bowled for 3 and Havant were 15 for 1.

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