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Ventnor victorious, Seconds skittle St Cross

Alton lost to visiting Ventnor on Saturday after turning in an indifferent performance with bat and in the field.

Things did start brightly for the Brewers, as Scotty Myers struck twice with the new ball to leave Alton 9-2, but Oliver Mills batting at three turned the tide for Ventnor with a fine 85.

He was ably supported through the middle order Tom Friend (21), Neil Westhorpe (39) and Martin Blackman (38) as Ventnor eased through the gears.

Jack Myers and Julian Ballinger claimed two wickets apiece, but Ventnor moved to 200 before Dewayne Bowden (4-38) returned and removed the tail, leaving Alton chasing 224 for victory.

However, Alton were blown away by a fine new ball spell from bustling Mark Holmes, who claimed the first four wickets to fall with Alton not yet past the half-century.

The in form Scott Myers was removed by former Brewer Marc-Antony Eysele (3-35), with only Bowden’s 38 providing any real resistance, as the home side were skittled for 125.

Alton will be disappointed with their overall performance, and will have to improve as they travel to the Ageas Bowl to face the Hampshire Academy on Saturday (1pm)

Seconds beat St Cross

Alton 2nd XI beat St Cross at the Royal Green Jackets Ground with a convincing bowling performance.

Having won the toss, St Cross got off to a steady start, despite some tight Alton bowling. They had made it past 50 before Alton got the breakthrough – Dan Scott (4-22) claiming getting Fergus Haycock to drag on.

Three wickets then fell with the score on 68, as Scott claimed two more, and Robbie Pitts-Mellan was rewarded for a tight spell.

Lee Partner replaced Pitts-Mellan and grabbed 2-16 and Alex Hughes returned from an opening spell to claim two of his own, Toby Salmon (1-21) got the reward for bowling nine threatening overs and St Cross were bundled out for 120 – only number ten Stephen Mitchell holding up Alton with a gutsy 20.

The Brewers started their reply in confident fashion, with Howard Gadsby and Alex Hammond striking boundaries before Hammond was caught behind for 16.

Jon Dow looked comfortable before falling to leg spinner Thomas Fay, before Gadsby followed for 42.

Mark Heffernan and Andy Pearce hurried Alton over the line, as Heffernan (46*) continued the boundary blitz – finishing the game with a huge six to give the Brewers maximum points.