Alton win second on the spin

Alton continued from where they left off the previous week as they brushed aside a Lymington team looking a little low on confidence.

Lymington Skipper Simon Beetham won the toss and opted to bat on what was the hottest Saturday of the season so far.

Dewayne Bowden nearly gave the Brewers a dream start as he induced Australian Academy player Scott Henry to edge to second slip first ball of the game, Ballinger unlucky to grass the chance. Ben Mortimer then struck twice in three balls, Cameron Grierson and Damien Edwards both feathering edges through to the safe gloved hands of Mark Heffernan. 10 for 2.

Darren Cowley looked to dominate the bowling early and after a couple of strong pull shots that found the rope, his next effort was top edged and Ireson took a steepler. 33-3. Bowden then hustled a quick delivery through the defensive shot of Rob O’Brien, snapping a bail as he did so, O’Brien out for 7 and the score 48-4.

Myers then removed the dangerous looking Henry for 36; Ballinger relieved having missed another opportunity to catch the talented left hander a few overs earlier. 71-5.

Runs were still coming steadily but Alton kept making breakthroughs. Indy Chakrabarti looked solid and spent 40 balls at the crease before edging Myers behind to Heffernan. 85-6. Premier League stalwart Matthew Metcalfe was next to go, Will Phillips safe hands clinging on the a very firmly struck shot, Metcalfe gone for 25 Lymington heading into the lunch break 110 for 7.

Edward Ellis and Simon Beetham added a superb 100 plus partnership, sensible batting and patience saw Alton starting to toil in the heat of the sunshine. Both batsmen reached 50 before Ellis mistimed a Ballinger slower ball, Myers completing an excellent catch. Ballinger then had McCann caught by Heffernan and Beetham who swept straight to Robbie Heywood, Lymington 224 all out from 62.3 overs.

It meant Alton would receive a minimum of 58 overs to reach their target, Scott Myers and Will Phillips gave them an excellent start, a 57 run partnership was exactly what was required. Phillips’s mistimed pull shot found Chakrabarti at mid-on and he was out for 31.

Ryan Hale joined Myers, their 108 run partnership full of punishing power and supreme timing. The Lymington bowlers were finding it increasingly difficult to create any pressure. The partnership was broken when Myers played on to Simon Beetham for 56 and Hale went one run later caught behind for 65.

New pair Heffernan and Bowden the added 57, Bowden literally smashing his way to 46 off of just 27 balls, the heart had gone from Lymington but they were still happy to take Bowden’s wicket when Alton were just 1 run short of their own score. 2 byes then saw the Brewers home to win by 6 wickets with 11 overs minimum left.

Alton collected 25 points and that lifts them up to 7th in the overall table with 4 wins, 3 losses and a draw from their 8 games so far.

Alton visit 5th placed Bashley Rydal next Saturday, the Brewers hoping to go from strength to strength.