Frensham v Alton CC Sunday XI
With Liphook entertaining a Cranleigh in a re-arrangement of their ECB Club Championship game, Alton’s Sunday fixtures were reduced to just the one game as they travelled to Frensham.
The cancellation had strengthened the Brewers, and so when Captain Alex Hughes won the toss he inserted the hosts on a green decent looking wicket.
Opening with the dual pace men of Ben Mortimer and Hughes himself, the Frensham openers Andrew Vandervell and Seb Grundy struggled early to get the ball away, Mortimer especially getting the new ball to swing back into the left-handed Grundy.
Hughes took an over or two to find his line and length, but then started passing the outside edge. Grundy tickling a delivery that slanted across him and Scott Myers held on to a superb one handed diving catch behind the stumps. 29 for 1.
Mortimer had settled into a challenging line and length and was unfortunate not to add to the wicket column early on, a change of bowling saw spinners James Foulkes and Matt Ireson entering the fray.
Foulkes was quickly on the money as his well flighted deliveries tempted Vandervell and Sam Charman. The partnership had reached 24 before a mix-up left Vandervell short of his ground – run out for a decent 36 from 51 balls.
Charman and Roger Johnston were now looking to up the tempo, Charman especially quick to use his feet to Ireson and claimed two boundaries as le lofted over the top. Johnston was equally aggressive to anything slightly loose or too full.
Dave Evans now replaced Foulkes and Lee Partner likewise Ireson. Charman’s innings ended when he crashed Evans to Will Phillips (on debut for the Brewers) who held on well, 88-3.
Partner then struck trapping Pailing LBW, 109-4 and Evans struck swiftly after to remove Richard Champneys for 7 again LBW and Frensham were teetering a little 123-5.
Foulkes returned to lure Johnston down the track; Myers completing the simplest of stumping chances, out for a well struck 30 and the score now 123-6.
Mortimer and Hughes returned to complete the innings, Will Phillips taking two more catches as Sam Farncombe (4) and David Stone (9) found his safe hands; both falling to Mortimer. Sandwiched between those catches was a super Mortimer Yorker that accounted for Hamish Grundy (7), Richard Chuter (1*) and Matt Stubbs (0*) seeing Frensham through to 150-9 from their 40 overs.
Scott Myers and Will Phillips opened up for the Brewers and were quickly showing intent, when Myers was first to go for rapid and well struck 37 from 21 balls, a fine catch by Wicketkepper Stone from the bowling of Pailing; the score was already 59, and when Andy Pearce continued to fine play Frensham were struggling to contain the Alton batsmen. Phillips retired as he reached 50 from 59 balls and Lawrence Hughes joined Pearce at the crease.
They rapidly pushed the score on to 127 before Hughes found deep mid-wicket with a towering shot, a very decent effort in the field.
Jack Myers and Pearce then saw the game home 152-2 from 24.1 overs.
The Brewers First XI face a heightened challenge this coming Saturday as they travel to take on Home Counties Premier League side Tring Park CC.