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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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Match Reports, 8th July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Match reports, 3rd June 2017

Alton v New Milton

Saturday saw Alton take on New Milton at Jubilee in the first of the timed game format. History suggests that this format suits the Brewers so the home side were keen to make a good start.

Alton won the toss and after recent disappointment with the bat elected to bat first. Hammond and new signing Abhay Gonella from Surrey Championship side Sunbury opened up for the Brewers. Things did not start well for the home side as they lost Hammond with no score on the board. Young Abhay Gonella showed no sign of nerves as he and Dan Harris looked to build a partnership.

Harris was the aggressor looking to take advantage of the early hard ball. The pair moved the score past thirty before Harris was out LBW for 21, Watts picking up his second victim. Skipper Myers joined Gonella and the pair dug in trying to build a platform for the home side. As the ball got softer scoring became harder on what was a consistent but slow pitch. The pair put on 57 before Gonella was unfortunately run out for a patient 25 off 109 deliveries. Alton lost Michael Heffernan for 9 just before lunch as they went into the break on 103 for 4 but with 43 overs gone.

With a maximum of 21 overs left Scott Myers and Mark Heffernan looked to get the board ticking over as they started the second session. Things went to plan as partnership moved past 50, Myers moved to his own half century, remaining patient throughout with some calculated stroke play moving the Brewers to a competitive total. Heffernan had made 19 when he was caught on the boundary looking to increase the rate further. Nick Gargaro picked up his second as Janmohamed was out for three and the Brewers were 167 for 6.

When Myers then fell for 84 in what was a fantastic captains innings off the bowling of Haggarty Alton were wobbling at 168 for 7. Alton looking for the extra bonus point before 60 overs lost their eighth wicket Jack Myers with the board on 172. A late cameo from overseas Jamison helped the home side to 200 off their 64 overs. He struck one four and two sixes in his 22 which would turn out to be a vital contribution.

Alton knew 200 was a competitive total if they bowled well on what was a difficult pitch to score freely on. The visitors made a steady start before Jamison made the breakthrough he found the edge of New Milton’s overseas Wakefield, Scott Myers making no mistake at second slip. New Milton 27 for 1. Ollie Shrubsole then misjudged a Scott Myers fall toss and was out LBW for 5 with the score on 36 for 2, honours even. Just before tea Jamison found the edge of Haggarty but Myers failed to hold on to a tough chance as the visitors made it to tea without further loss.

The final session of the day was to be a tense affair with all outcomes possible. The spin duo of Jack Myers and Julian Ballinger were entrusted to make the breakthrough. The former got his man a fantastic take from Janmohamed behind the stumps saw Haggarty stumped for 17 and New Milton were 68 for 3. A double Ballinger breakthrough saw the visitors reduced further to 89 for 5. Opener Tom Arnold stood firm as he made a patient 50. New Milton moved past 100 before Jamison returned clean bowling Dan Loader for 3, New Milton 105 for 6.

With Arnold still at the crease New Milton were still in the game. The score moved to 127 before Watts was removed for 9, Jamison again with his third wicket. With Alton seemingly beginning to edge this enthralling encounter young Ralf Hussey produced a cameo that would once see the game tip back into the balance. He scored 23 from 23 balls before one shot too many saw Jamison pick up his fourth Janmohamed completing the catch behind, the visitors now on 158 for 8. Jamison with 4 for 42.

New Milton were edging closer to the winning draw target but also the outright win, Arnold had played a sensible gritty innings and was being well supported by his lower order. Alton were frustrated further as off the bowling of Ballinger Campbell Golding was put down by Hammond, was this the Brewers last chance. With 4 overs left of the day the Brewers needed 2 wickets for victory with New Milton needing 21 for the win. Captain Myers brought himself back and when Golding was caught by the relieved Hammond the score was 180 for 9. Four leg byes moved the a score onto 184 but when Gargaro was trapped in front off the fourth ball of the over New Miltons resistance was finally broken. Visiting keeper Arnold had spent every ball of the match in the middle as he remained unbeaten on a determined 80 off 155 balls.

Alton were jubilant as they won by 16 runs in what was a absorbing encounter.

Alton will look to take confidence from this result as they travel to Winchester next week to dace St Cross.

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Alton ladies make it three from three

Alton Ladies made it three wins out of three on Sunday with a 60 run win over Parley Sports.

Gemma Porter capped a fine all-round performance, by claiming a remarkable four wickets in four balls, before a final run-out ended the game from the next delivery.

The margin suggests an comfortable win, but the reality was different as Parley looked good while chasing Alton’s 205.

The visitors made Alton work hard as they made it to 145-5 with 12 overs remaining, but fell in a heap against Porter’s accurate off-spin.

It completed a fine day for the Hampshire under 15 star, as she earlier carried her bat for 86*, in Alton’s total.

She was helped by Georgia Harsham (31) and Amelia Marshall who made a rapid 54 as Alton continued their winning start to the season.

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Waterlooville First XI v Alton Second XI

Alton’s second string fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Waterlooville on Saturday as the lost by 121 runs. Waterlooville scored 232 with James Hortie and Tim Jackson completing half centuries for the home side. Toby Salmon took 4 for 47 with Lee Partner picking up 5 for 23 for the Brewers. Alton’s reply never really got going Thomas Green (24) and Shane Moody (20) were the only pair to make any kind of contribution as Alton were shot out for 111.

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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.

Scorecard – http://alton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2647378

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.

SCORECARD

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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

SCORECARD

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Alton III v Oakley I

SCORECARD

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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.

Scorecard

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