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Alton CC sign world record holder – 2018 season preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sponsors – A message from Scott Myers

Not long until the season starts now!

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards
Scott Myers
Alton CC 1st Team Captain

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AGM notes and executive committee changes

Alton Cricket Club recently held their AGM, this has resulted in a number of changes on the Club Executive Committee:-
Executive Committee
  • Chairman Graeme Hughes
  • Secretary James Foulkes
  • Treasurer Charlie Green
  • Club Captain / Vice Chairman Michael Heffernan
  • Club Head Coach Scott Myers
Graeme Hughes new Chairman took the opportunity on behalf of the club members to thank Richard Myers, who stood down as Chairman, for his considerable efforts and time that he had given to the club over a number of years.
“He stated that if it had not been for Richard’s hard work the club would not have been as successful as it had been”. Graeme also thanked all the members who gave of their time for the benefit club, this included all members of the committee, team managers, and coaches.

 

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President’s day, Sunday 28th May

 

Everyone is welcome to attend our President’s day on Sunday 28th May.

There will be activities for all, as Brian Gillingham hosts a President’s v Chairman’s T20 from 3pm, preceded by a colts v parents game at 11:30

We hope to see as many of you there as possible for what promises to be a great day.Pres-day

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Season preview 2017

Alton Cricket Club are looking forward to further progress in 2017 after a winter of hard work behind the scenes.

The recent upgrade of the shower facilities in the Harry Baker Pavilion at Jubilee Fields by Alton Town Council has been well received and has been matched by hard work on the playing surface by the club and council in partnership.

Sean Jamison

Sean Jamison

Playing membership has been strengthened by the arrival of fast-bowling overseas star Sean Jamison, who plays for franchise Highveldt Lions and also provincial cricket for Gauteng in his native South Africa.

Dan Harris arrives to add firepower to the top of the order, having scored over 600 runs in the Northamptonshire premier league last term.

They will both take their place in SPL1 Premier this summer, as the league embarks on a new initiative using coloured clothing and white balls in the 50 over games.

Alton CC new kit - with sponsors Worldham Golf Club

Alton CC new kit – with sponsors Worldham Golf Club

Alton have secured sponsorship from Worldham Golf Club for their 50 over light and dark blue kit, which also brings benefits for cricket club members at the beautiful local 18 hole course. Membership and green fee information can be found at www.worldhamgolfclub.co.uk.

Alton CC & EdC Crossfit

Alton CC & EdC Crossfit

Secondary sponsorship has also been obtained from Esprit de Corps Crossfit and a-plan insurance. Having been set up in 2015 by Tom Wyles and Katherine Hobson, EdC Crossfit on Mill Lane now boasts over 100 active members with classes for all levels of fitness.  For more information go to www.edccrossfit.com. A-Plan insurance Deliver a service that’s truly tailored to you, and again, there are benefits for Alton CC members (www.aplan.co.uk).

Scott Myers will lead the first XI into the season looking to improve on last years consistent performances, aiming towards the top portion of the league table.

Steve Ball will continue to lead the 2nd XI who this year are also competing in the Southern Premier League, having been promoted into Div 3 after winning Hampshire League Division 1 last year.

The third and fourth XI’s as ever will form a valuable part of the competitive element of the club, both performing crucial roles in developing young talent and providing enjoyable cricket for all.

The ladies XI will hope for a better season this term after a challenging 2016, while the colts section continues to flourish.

Alton will be running the All-Stars cricket programme developed by the ECB and also running coaching in schools through the Chance to Shine programme.

Alton CC are always keen to welcome new playing members and supporters. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to hear from you!

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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.

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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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Colts fundraising event

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)

  • Date: Saturday 13th May 2017 (7pm to midnight)
  • Location: Worldham Golf Club
  • Tickets £20 per person

NB – any donations for the raffle greatly received!

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New President & thanks

Alton Cricket Club are delighted to announce the Brian Gillingham has been voted in as the new club president.

Brian has played for Alton CC since he was a young boy, and has been familiar face around the club for around 30 years. He brings business acumen and a desire to make things happen to the club, which will include a Presidents game and a golf day. Keep your eyes peeled in the near future for information.

Brian replaces Paddy Heffernan, who has served the club with distinction in every role possible. High scoring batsman, first team captain, chairman and president are all on Paddy’s CV.

Alton CC would like to put on record their thanks for his hard work, particularly around the turn of the millennium during his stint as chairman, when Alton re-established themselves in the Southern Premier League.

Paddy’s move to the midlands has meant that his time at Jubilee has been limited in recent seasons, but all at Alton CC would like to thank him for his efforts and hope that we see him soon.

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EGM for new president – 21st Feb 7:30pm

We need to hold an EGM for the club on 21st February 2017 at 7:30pm in order to vote in a new club president.

Paddy Heffernan is stepping down as President of the Club due to other commitments and we therefore need to vote in a replacement.

The proposed replacement is Brian Gillingham, who is happy to take on the role.

It is intended to vote Paddy is as a Life Vice President on the night to acknowledge the vast contribution he has made to the Club over the years.

EGM Agenda is therefore:

  • Voting in of new President
    Voting in of Paddy Heffernan as a Life Vice President
    Update on other progress within the club

The meeting will take less than 30 mins, but we do need 20 members present for the vote.

Please make every effort to attend!