Alton succumb to Havant
Ultimately it turned out to be a weekend of contrasting emotions for Alton’s First Eleven, on Saturday Scott Myers winning the toss and choosing to bowl first on a good looking JCG wicket.
Havant Opening pair Peter Hopson and Robert Gibson showing their intent to break the shackles with some expansive shots early and with the score on 29 Bowden lured Hopson into the hook and Mortimer caught comfortably at fine leg.
Gibson continued to attack and was quick onto anything slightly loose, hitting Ireson for a towering six over long-on.
Scott Myers replaced Mortimer and made the breakthrough as Gibson guided a good length ball to Ballinger at slip, Gibson out for well made 42 and the score 58-2.
Alton looked to turn the screw as Ben Walker padded up to a straight one from Ireson as he was gone LBW for 4, the score 58-3.
Stuart Ransley was joined by the vastly experienced Steve Dean and they had added 16 before Scott Myers added to his wicket haul, Ransley LBW for 8, 74-4.
Dean and talented youngster Andrew Gorvin settled the innings down and worked the ball around into gaps sensibly adding a partnership of 55 before Dean miscued a sweep and was caught by Ballinger of the bowling of Jack Myers for a sedate 19, 129-5.
Havant Captain Richard Hindley arrived at the crease and was unfortunate to be involved in running out his partner Gorvin, a direct hit from a throw by Wicketkeeper Mark Heffernan seeing the end of the youngster for an impressive 37. 137-6.
Alton were well and truly in control of the game, Jeremy Bulled drove Ballinger to Will Phillips for 7, 153-7 and Steven Mathews attempted drive saw Bowden gather off of his own bowling, 172-8.
Hindley showed his class and experience and boosted the Havant score to 190 before falling LBW to Bowden for 35, the Kiwi adding three more wickets to his tally. 190 was perhaps under par for the pitch which played very nicely and at tea Alton were very feeling positive about the chase that was about to ensue.
Alton started brightly, Michael Heffernan sweetly driving Jeremy Ord down the ground; but then the rot set in, first Heffernan falling caught behind off of Ben Walker for 6, then Will Phillips trapped in front by Ord, the same bowler then luring Myers into a drive, Alton were 14-3 and up against it.
Hale went to the same combination; Bowled Ord caught Ransley, perhaps unfortunate as his extremely firmly struck shot was parried by the Havant man before completing the dismissal. Ord then had Bowden caught on the drive by Hindley and Mark Heffernan also fell to Ord caught Matthews at backward point. 26-6 and Alton were rocking and in dire straits.
Jon Dow and Jack Myers stopped the rot and added 25 before Dow attempted slog sweep found Hopson, out for 12 Alton now 51-7. Ben Mortimer batted nicely working the ball into gaps and hitting through the line of anything full, Jack Myers perhaps unfortunate to lose his wicket LBW to the leg spin of Gibson, the ball pitching probably just outside the line of the leg stump, but gone nevertheless; his patient 15 had taken the score to 75-8.
Mortimer was undone by Matthews’ left arm spin and Ballinger having struck to lovely boundaries then found
Gorvin at mid-on and Alton had capitulated to 91 all out from just 27.4 overs.
Work to do for the following week as they travel to Salisbury to take on South Wilts.