Week 1 match reports
Alton start with a tie
Alton began their Southern Electric Premier League Premier division season in remarkable style, with a tie against Sarisbury.
The Brewers will have mixed feelings about the result, as the game ebbed and flowed throughout the day, but in the end a scrambled run out denied Alton the win, but the still came home with a very respectable 16 points.
Alton won the toss and bowled, on what turned out to be the neutral territory of Hursley Park, with Sarisbury’s outfield undergoing rennovatoins.
Alton were made to wait for the breakthrough with Archie Norris (22) and Rickie Rawlins (51) putting on a positive opening stand.
Scott Myers made the breakthrough before brother Jack picked up two in a tight spell, to curb Sarisbury’s scoring.
Zimbabwe A star Ryan Burl looked comfortable in making 44, but a fine spell from debutant Steve Ball – conceding just 20 from his 10 overs – tied the home side down and in the end forced Burl’s run out.
Jack Lovell (44) hit some lusty late order blows to take Sarisbury to 230, but not before veteran Julian Ballinger 3-36 and youngster Toby Salmon (2-60) saw off the tail.
Alton started in a similar positive vein with the bat, Michael Heffernan and Alex Hammond put on 50, before Heffernan (22) was trapped by Burl’s leg spin.
After Abeed Janmohamed was trapped in front, Scott Myers joined Hammond and the pair took control of the game.
Both showed good maturity in shot selection to take Alton to 175, before Hammond played one shot too many and perished for a fine 61.
A flurry of middle-order wickets then followed, and when Scott Myers was undone by a Ryan Covey yorker, things looked bleak despite all of the hard work Alton had done.
However, Joe Paul was the coolest man around as he picked his moment to hoist a six in the penultimate over.
It all came down to Alton needing just one to secure the win off the last ball, but the scrambled run-out didn’t go the Brewers way and they left with mixed emotions after a hard day’s work.
2nds struggle against Waterlooville
Alton’s 2nd XI started with a tough home game against Waterlooville, and lost by 8 wickets.
Batting first, the young Alton side never really got going with the bat. The only major contributions came from youngsters Hugo Hammond (32) and Daniel Trim (36) with support from Dave Evans (22) as Alton the innings closed on 173.
Waterlooville came out positively, with last season’s division 3 leading run scorer James Scutt making 45 and Tim Jackson 81* to go with his three wickets, as the visitors claimed victory with plenty of time to spare.