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Week 5 match reports

Alton schooled at the Academy

Alton fell to defeat on Saturday against a powerful Hampshire Academy side, but it was the young side’s unsung heros who took the limelight.

Batting first, Alton started superbly, removing England under 19 captain Joe Wetherley and first-teamer Tom Alsop with the score not yet past 40.

However a missed chance off left-handed opener Ben Duggan proved to be costly as the Academy started to race along.

He was joined by a local boy – Holybourne’s Brad Taylor – and they were quick onto anything loose and raced along at a run-a-ball to put the Alton on the back foot.

The fast outfield and some sloppy fielding helped the home side’s cause, as the score build imposingly. Alton had to wait until the total had reached nearly 200 by the time that Taylor was removed by Scott Myers after a fine knock.

Duggan continued to accumulate and completed a deserved century, but shortly after became the first of Dan Scott’s three wickets in a good, controlled spell.

Scott removed two more to finish with 3 for 41, and Julian Ballinger (3-72) claimed some late wickets as the Academy pushed on for a large score.

They finished on 315-9, giving Alton a mountain to climb in the second innings.

Alton started their reply badly, soon falling to 19 for 3 against the new ball of Ryan Murray (2-16) and England under 19 bowler Tom Barber.

Jack Myers provided solid resistance to the pair as he batted sensibly and found the gaps to finally get Alton moving. He was supported by the free-flowing Michael Heffernan who played in confident style.

The pair took Alton past the century before Heffernan (38) was removed and Alton lost Abeed Janmohammed to a fine Mason Crane delivery soon after.

Ben Mortimer ensured Alton did not go down without a fight, hoisting two sixes and 4 fours in an entertaining 45.

However, Jack Myers run out for a well made 58 and Mortimer’s dismissal spelt the end of Alton’s chances.

Dan Scott (23*) and Toby Salmon (12) saw Alton to maximum batting points, but they will be disappointed with their overall performance and will look to bounce back against Lymington at home on Saturday, in the first of their ‘time’ games (11.30)

*Alton also face local rivals Liphook & Ripsley in the first round of the Southern Electric T20 at Jubilee on Sunday 7th May, 3pm. Entry is free and the bar will be open – all welcome!

Seconds sunk by Lymington

Alton’s 2nd XI fell to Lymington on Saturday as their struggles continued.

It was a familiar story as Alton failed to make an impression with the bat, and couldn’t put enough scoreboard pressure on to claim a victory.

Their top order was decimated by Guy Layman (3-13) and Martin Gregory (4-31), with only Andy Postles making double figures.

It was left to top-scorer Dave Evans (35) and Ian Carpenter (14*) to get Alton past the century mark, but they were bowled out soon after.

The Brewers did make an early breakthrough, Carpenter (1-6) removing Jonathan Cooke. However there was to be no fairytale performance in the field.

Despite an economic bowling performance, a run-out was the only other success as Lymington crossed the line for the loss of just two wicket.s

Hughes goes large

Alton 3rd XI defetaed AWE Tadley thanks to a hard-hit 96 from skipper Lawrence Hughes.

Tadley made a decent 211 for 8 batting first, with Pete Watson (3-24) impressing with the ball.

Hughes’ innings then took the game away from the home side. He was supported well by youngster Dan Trim (56), before being dismissed just before his century.

However, Alex Freeman (16*) joined Trim as Alton chased down the total with 2 overs to spare.

Fourths just fall short

Despite their best efforts in the field Alton 4’s had to settle for a 5pt winning draw verses Headley; opening bat Jackson thwarted the Alton attack and carried his bat to ensure a precious 2 points for the struggling Headley outfit.

Batting first Alton quickly lost opener Cooper (8). Artley joined young Thomas Green to see off the openers. Artley (10) fell to Mistlin’s first ball skipper and then shortly afterwards Green (27) was cleaned up by Weville, Headley’s young leg break bowler.

At 66/3 Alton needed a partnership and the two Martin’s delivered exactly that providing a well-timed 71 partnership for the 4th wicket before Martin Ball (21) was caught at slip by Jackson. Martin Green went on to an undefeated 60 with Mark Bramah adding a quick fire 18. Critically Alton had to bat until the 47th over to set a par score on a lovely JCG track and in hindsight this probably cost the Brewers the additional 5 points.

With all results possible Headley started the chase in aggressive style and whilst the top, middle and lower order all came and went, critically Jackson stayed put and secured the losing draw for his team. The wickets were shared around with all 7 of the Alton bowlers picking up a wicket.

The Alton skipper tried everything (7 bowlers, switching keepers, attacking fields, defensive fields) to get the 10 wickets but Jackson’s resistance could not be broken.  With 6 of the 9 wickets coming in the first over of a bowler’s spell the IPL style of bower rotation was fully justified; Nic Gadsby luring Mistlin into a false drive first ball to Trimm probably the pick of these wickets! Alton 5 pts, Headley 2 pts;

In a strange quirk of the schedule Alton travel to Headley next week for the return fixture.