Week 7 match report

Alton faced the long trip over to the Isle of Wight to face Ventnor and for the second time in as many years rain had cast doubt over proceedings. Alton’s fears of a wasted journey were short lived with play commencing only 45 minutes late.

On a day where the toss could play a significant role, Brewers skipper Myers had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat first.

Looking to take advantage of favourable bowling conditions Alton were quick to pick up their first wicket – young Toby Salmon accounting for former Alton player Mark Anthony Eysele, beating his defences and clean bowling him for 0. Mortimer then removed the dangerous Jake George for 10 and Ventnor were reduced to 23 for 2.

Alton kept pressing and Salmon (2 for 25) struck again to remove Westhorpe for 0 removing his off stump and Ventnor were 26 for 3.

Alton had missed a chance to remove the dangerous and inform Australian import Sean Wallis who was looking to be positive. The score moved onto 55 before Mortimer (2 for 33) picked up his second of the day removing Bartlett (10) with a fine edge finding its way through to Janmohammed behind the stumps and Alton had their 4th wicket.

Ventnor looking to rebuild lost one more wicket before lunch, Jack Myers removing Cheek for 10, but with Willis continuing to play his shots and moving past 50 the score was 105 for 5 at lunch and with the pitch not easy to score on honours were fairly even.

Post lunch Alton looked to their spin due of Myers and Ballinger to build some pressure, a move that certainly paid off. Ballinger who has been in fine wicket taking form removed dangerous and vital wicket of Wallis, a quick piece of work from Janmohmmed stumping the Australian academy player for a well made 57.

With the danger man removed Alton looked to seize the advantage and 106 for 6 was soon 118 for 9. Jack Myers ending with fine figures of 2 for 23 off 12. With the home side trying to add vital runs Ballinger completed what was a game changing post lunch spell, ending with miserly figures of 4 for 16, with the Brewers bowling Ventnor out for 125.

Alton started their reply circumspectly with both openers looking to assess the conditions. Two quick wickets from Calloway (2 for 27) accounted for both Hammond then Alexander and Alton were 19 for 2.

The Myers brothers looked to steady the ship but when an error in judgement led to the run out of junior, Jack, Alton were left precariously placed at 37 For 3.

Heffernan joined Scott Myers with still 88 required for victory, but any fears of an Alton collapse were soon put to bed as both batsman set about building a match winning partnership. Both had some good fortune but with Ventnor looking to take wickets with attacking fields the runs began to flow for the Brewers.

With victory in sight, Myers fell for a hard fought 44 but with only 8 required the result was no longer in any doubt. Janmahomed (2*) joined Heffernan to see the Brewers home. Heffernan ending on boundary filled run a ball 49 not out.

The Brewers entertain St Cross at Jubilee next week looking to maintain their unbeaten start in the timed format.

*Alton’s 2nd XI game at home to Havant was cancelled due to heavy overnight rain