Bashley better Alton, 2nds even the score
Alton were hoping that familiar surroundings would bring about a better performance than in their fist league outing. Alton still without their overseas import, faced tough opposition in Bashley, but with the visitors also without key players both teams were keen to take advantage.
Alton won the toss and elected to bowl first hoping to make early in roads. Alton started well Mortimer clean bowling Porter (11) and Michael Salmon picking up his first SEPL wicket dismissing Digby LBW for 9. At 23 for 2 Bashley went on the counter attack with young Australian academy player Jaron Morgon smashing 54 from only 34 balls before being bowled by the evergreen Sampson (2-33).
At 97 for 4 Alton looked to press home their advantage but a 5th wicket stand of 87 took Bashley to 184 for 5. With the visitors looking to increase the scoring rate, Alton rallied with Ballinger picking up 4 for 66 and Bashley were restricted to 214 for 9.
Alton’s response started well with both opening bowlers failing to make the the early breakthrough. A change in bowling brought about a change in fortune for the visitors and 2 quick wickets saw the end of both Alton openers. With Alton looking to rebuild Hale (19) was timing the ball well on a true JCG surface but when both Hale and Myers fell in quick succession Alton were reduced to 56 for 4.
Abeed Jahnmohamed making his home debut showed some resistance but when he was trapped LBW for 31 trying to keep Alton in touch with the rate, Alton were facing a second league defeat in as many games. With Alton struggling at 118 for 7 late runs from Mortimer (23) and Ballinger (21*) took Alton to 162 for 9 at the close. 2 batting points were only a consolation and Alton will feel this was a chance missed on what was a good JCG surface.
Alton travel to Totton next week where they will hope to get their season up and running with a victory.
Seconds split double header
Alton 2nd XI continued their good start with a well earned win away to Bashley by 36 runs.
Batting first on a good looking wicket, Alton got off to a fast start with Andy Postles (30) and Howard Gadsby (35) finding the boundary regularly in a half-century opening stand.
Andy Pearce and Mark Heffernan kept the board ticking over against some more accurate spin bowling, before Pearce (21) was stumped off Neil Taylor.
Lee Partner took his time to get going, but then started to strike the ball sweetly as Alton upped the rate. Partner then fell for 38 before useful contributions from Dave Evans (12) and debutant Daniel Trim (11*) helped Heffernan (46) take the total to 217 from their 50 overs.
Alton thought the new ball would be key, as it was coming on to the bat nicely, but didn’t get it in the right areas as Bashley raced to 50 without loss, thanks the the unorthodox strokeplay of Phil Morris (35).
However, skipper Alex Hughes bowled him through the gate and Alton sensed their chance.
The introduction of Lee Partner put the brakes on the innings before the ball began to spin and cause problems for the home batsmen.
Andy Pearce was also introduced as the spin pair removed the middle order in quick fashion, thanks to some smart catching, leaving Alton in command.
However, once Partner (4-29) and Pearce (3-30) had finished their overs, Bashley got back into the game against the seamers on the flat pitch, despite Heffernan’s economic spell.
Neil Taylor threatened to take Bashley towards their target, but when he was run out Alton finished off the innings wth Hughes (2-46) taking the final wicket and giving the Brewers a haul of 21 points.
Thirds fall to Mottisfont
Alton 3’s got their season off to a losing start on Saturday against Mottisfont, arriving with an under strength team after lots of last minute unavilabilites..
Alton won the toss and new captain, Lawrence Hughes decided to field first. Mottisfont started slowly reaching 33-0 off 10 overs but the break-through never seemed likely. After the first drinks break runs started to flow more quickly with the lack of bowling in the Alton ranks becoming more apparent. Wickets did come later in the innings with impressive debutant Ali Wright taking five wickets, with two run outs from Hughes and a wicket from John Porter which gave Alton a respectable 4 bowling points – but with Mottisfont setting 280-8 an Alton win never seemed likely.
Alton’s innings started well though with some big hitting from Hughes but when he departed for 55 with the score at 74-3 Alton were just batting for points. Some late order hitting from Martin Ball (36*) and contributions from 13 year olds Freddie Pattenden (8) and Thomas Green (5), Alton ended on 163-8, resulting in a total of 8 points.
Ladies win at Wokingham
Alton Ladies won their first game of the season against Wokingham on Sunday. Batting first, Alton started well with Sarah Cray (43) and Marth Folkes (31) contributing..
Sara Heffernan (18) helped the toal up to 164 in difficult scoring conditions.
Georgia Harsham and Nicola Gadsby bowled a tight opening spell to put Wokingham under pressure before Holly Fletcher (1-27) struck with her second ball and Dhevena Patel (1-18) took another.
Cray (2-35) took two more and Lucy Woolcott claimed a run out as Wokingham stuttered in their chase and closed 17 runs adrift to give Alton the spoils.