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2014 season preview

Alton CC are looking forward to 2014 with their top two sides now competing in the Southern Premier League, as the summer gets underway this weekend.

The 1st XI travel to Havant with a few changes to their squad, which contains a mixture of youth and experience.

Skipper Scott Myers overseas a side that will look to be more consistent this term after mixed results last year. They are buoyed by the signing of former Kenya wicket-keeper Adeed Janmohamed, who has signed for the summer, and looked promising in pre-season games despite a recent break from the game.

Overseas man Dewayne Bowden is due back in time for the start of the season, and the Kiwi provides strength in all departments to the club, not least in his coaching role.

Alton’s 2nd XI gained promotion last year from the Hampshire League, after many years trying, and find themselves in SPL 3 for the coming season, and they entertain Trojans this weekend in their opening fixture.

With the regulations only allowing one overseas player per club in the Southern Electric Premier League, Alton will be without the runs of Brad Kneebone this year, but will be aided by Mark Heffernan moving into a vice-captain, wicket-keeper and top order batsmen role.

The 3rd will look to bounce back after struggling last year, while with Lewis Jones’ retirement Martin Green takes charge of the 4th XI with the emphasis being placed on the talented youth players that Alton have within their colts age groups.

With a handful of players being away in early season at university or in schools, places will be up for grabs – and those performing strongly will stake a claim to those places for the rest of the season. Any players wishing to come and play cricket at any level are welcome to join, with nets being on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Jubilee Fields from 6pm.

The Ladies will look to perform strongly in the competitive Hampshire Cricket League Div 1. Last year was something of a transition for the usually successful side, but they will be stronger this year with county committed players being available for more games.

Alton’s youngsters will continue to be developed through the coaching of the various managers and the coaching of Dewayne Bowden with age groups down to under 7s.

Coaching for the colts will continue to be held on the popular Friday nights where the bar will be open and the BBQ lit. Summer camps will also provide the opportunity for youngsters to enjoy a week of cricket in the sunshine.

Off the field, Alton have successfully renovated the bar area, and will be utilising this on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Social Chairman Michael Salmon has done a fantastic job, and will be stocking beers and fine wines, to make the club welcoming to players and parents.

The social season kicks off with a race night on Friday 23rd May, and all members and friends are welcome to join – the more the merrier. Please support your club during these social events, and see the website for more details.

The Town council have also been busily preparing for the new season, with both playing squares looking in good condition for the new season.

*Alton are actively seeking sponsors for the coming seasons to be part of our vibrant club and help support our priority projects.

We can offer exposure to our hundreds of members, friends and visiting teams. Our reach covers much of the south coast and adjoining counties, and often nationwide. We also offer sponsors lunches and dinners at various events throughout the year, making sponsoring Alton CC a sound investment.

Please see www.altoncc.co.uk for more information or contact us.