Week 4 match reports
Brewers can’t get past Havant
Alton fell to a heavy defeat against Havant at the weekend as their batting collapsed.
Havant are the only side that the Brewers have yet to conquer since their return to the SPL Premier League, and they got no closer to a win on Saturday.
Bowling first, Alton made a good start with Steve Ball (2-37) taking too early wickets. Ben Walker held the Havant order together though and his composed innings put them on course for a big total.
He was supported by Stuart Ransley (29), but Alton chipped away with two wickets for Dan Scott and Toby Salmon, as the brakes were applied to the Havant innings.
Walker was still going though, but Julian Ballinger picked up his first of the day as Walker fell just three short of a well deserved century.
However, Havant’s total of 240 was augmented by 42 extras despite a generally good performance with the ball.
Alton’s top order faced Hampshire’s newest recruit, young South-African Brad Wheel, fresh from making his county championship debut.
Alex Hammond and Jack Penn were largely untroubled by his pace, but it was at the other end where the trouble started, Penn miscuing Jeremy Ord to mid-off.
The veteran Ord continued to cause all sorts of problems for the Alton batsmen and he claimed four of the top five to fall as they crashed to 53-5.
Things didn’t get any better for the Brewers when the spinners came on, as Chris Morgan and Steven Matthews removed the tail to dismiss Alton for a paltry 80.
The Brewers will be looking for better when they travel to the Hampshire Academy on Saturday (1pm).
2nds fall to Basingstoke
Alton 2nd XI fell to defeat at Basingstoke, thanks to a bounty of dropped catches.
Batting first, Alton only managed 123 all out. Hugo Hammond top scored with a well made 41, but the rest of the innings never got going.
The Brewers performed more positively with the ball, but couldn’t take advantage of the numerous chances on offer. Several chances went down, but the home side eased home with 7 wickets to spare.
Porter carries Alton 4ths to victory
Three weeks after Ben Choularton took 8 wickets for the Brewers in an I’Anson fixture at the JCG, team mate Jon Porter repeated the feat away at Thursley to give the Brewers a comfortable victory.
Chasing 248 Thursley were always going to struggle but they came out firing with Safir and Rawlings hitting to ball to all parts.
The rest of the batting line up continued to play in an aggressive manner and after the first three catches were put down the Brewers eventually remembered how to catch and five catches were snared (all by the youngsters).
Porter ended the game with a Brewers season best of 12.3-1-34-8.
The victory had been set up in the first innings with the youngsters again a dominant force.
Thomas Green opened the batting with veteran Neil Heffernan and together they put on an opening stand of 65.
Once Heffernan was out Will Holmes joined Green Jnr at the crease. Green was eventually caught behind for a fantastic 62, including his first 6; Will Holmes was bowled for 41 but not before he has played some exquisite drives in front of the travelling Alton fans, mainly Will’s fan club!
Sebi Bramah joined in the fun and games with a quick fire 44 and a 6 of his own.
The rest of the team added a few quick ones to give the Alton skipper an easy declaration decision after 44 overs. 10 point win for the Brewers!
Ladies on a roll
Alton Ladies comprehensively beat Burridge on Sunday by 114 runs.
They amassed 187 for 5 from their 40 overs. A classy innings of 87* from Martha Folkes was the highlight of the innings and she was well supported by Sarah Cray’s 37.
With showers threatening, Alton rushed through their overs to good effect in the field, and thanks to some accurate bowling, Burridge were never in the hunt.
Cray was the main beneficiary with 3 for 9 as Burridge were dismissed for 73 as the other wickets were shared around.