Week 2 match reports
First XI stun Bashley
Alton faced their second away day in succession as they travelled to Bashley, but any disappointment from last week was banished as the Brewers pulled off what at one stage looked like an unlikely win.
Myers lost the toss and Alton were put into bat. Alton got off to the worst possible start and were 1 for 1 after the first over.
Hammond fresh from his maiden premier league 50 the previous week was still looking to be positive. Anything loose was confidently put away and Alton moved onto 30, before one shot too many brought his downfall and he was caught for 19 off the bowling of Lilley.
Both Myers brothers looked to steady the ship, but when captain Myers departed for 11 and the younger Myers following for a patient 19 Alton were looking in trouble at 66 for 4.
Alton welcomed back Dewayne Bowden for his fourth season and he was joined by Janmohamed as the Brewers looked to rebuild, with Bashely employing spin from both ends on a pitch difficult to score freely on. Patience was the order of the day and with the scoreboard ticking over slowly Alton moved onto 114 and closer to respectability.
Just as Alton looked to up the run rate Janmohamed fell for 22. A few lusty blows from Bowden clearing the ropes saw the score moved to 133. Paul (3) and then Bowden (45) were then dismissed in quick succession and Alton were looking down the barrel with Lilley returning fine figures of 5 for 37.
Some late resistance from Ballinger and Ball saw the score move past 150 and Alton had to settle for 158 all out with two balls of their 50 overs remaining.
With Alton defending a low total it was key the Brewers got off to a flyer. Young Toby Salmon (1 for 28) did not disappoint and in the first over he clean bowled the Bashley opener.
Things were to get better when Mortimer removed the Bashley number three in his first over and Bashley were 4 for 2. Both bowlers were looking dangerous but with Alton on the attack the score moved onto 33.
Morris the Bashley skipper looked comfortable but Mortimer got his man, an edge to Alton skipper Myers at second slip a vital breakthrough for the Brewers and Bashley found themselves further in trouble at 37 for 3. Mortimer returning figures of 3 for 26 off his ten overs.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals both Myers (2 for 23) and Ballinger (4 for 9) picking up wickets In their first overs. The former picking up Baker for 37 who had looked dangerous. With the score now 72 for 6 Alton had edged in front.
There was no room for complacency however as the Bashley lineup had strength in depth, Watkins joined keeper Jacques and Bashley moved past 100. Skipper Myers looked to Ballinger and he did not disappoint 3 quick wickets left Bashley 103 for 9. Jack Myers capped off a good all round performance bowling Jacques for 19 and Bashley were left 55 runs short.
A fine all round team performance from the Brewers who will hope to take this form into their first home game of the season as they face Burridge this Saturday at Jubilee.
2s start winning ways
Alton’s 2nd XI got off the mark with a good win against Totton & Eling IIs.
Batting first, Andy Postles made a run a ball 43 to get Alton moving, and despite the loss of a few wickets, Dave Evans held the innings together with a fine 66. Stand-in skipper Michael Salmon produced an attacking knock for 59, and Alton were confident of defending their 256.
Dan Trim and Ian Carpenter (2-23) produced a good spell with the new ball, the latter claiming the early breakthroughs. Lee Partner (1-20), Tom Paul (3-46) and Robbie Pitts-Mellan (3-39) all took wickets in good spells of spin bowling, as the Brewers closed out a comfortable 63 run win.