Match reports – week 10

Firsts blitzed by Goldstraw

Alton were hoping to put last weeks poor performance behind them as they entertained Sarisbury, but two fine individual performances proved to be their undoing.

Sarisbury won the toss and chose to bat first. Alton started brightly with Mortimer claiming the wicket of Covey and Sarisbury were 1 for 1. Alton pushed hard for a second but Rawlins looked to counter attack. With Alton losing their line and length Rawlins struck a string of boundaries easing the visitors to 87.

Jack Myers then picked up 2 quick wickets reducing the visitors to 99 for 3. With Myers and Ballinger working in tandem Alton began to reduce the run rate but Rawlins stood firm. Ballinger then removed the dangerous Burl for 26. The spin duo shared a further two wickets before lunch and Sarisbury went into the break 178 for 6.

The pivotal period of the game would be post lunch and is one that Sarisbury dominated, with Alton unable to take their chances Rawlins made his way to a very well made century and in doing so take the game away from Alton. Rawlins was finally removed for 139 and Sarisbury continued to add to their total Lovett making 44* and the Sarisbury declared on 310 for 8 off 62.5 overs. Jack Myers ending with 4 for 93.

Alton lost Hammond to injury so Ed Alexander and the returning Heywood opened up for the Brewers. Alexander looked to be positive striking two early boundaries but when he was removed for 18 and Jack Myers followed shortly after Alton were reduced to 34 for 2.

The skipper Myers joined Heywood who saw the home side through to tea without further loss Alton.

Post tea Myers and Heywood were both looking comfortable before skipper Scott Myers (33) cut a short delivery from Goldstraw into gully’s grateful arms. Heffernan joined Heywood with Alton in need of a significant partnership. Alton progressed to 117 before Heywood was given out LBW. Janmohamed looked to rebuild but when he was removed for 7, Alton were beginning to creak at 143 for 5.

Heffernan looked in good touch and made his way to a fluent 50 but when he fell to Goldstraw, playing on for 60 Alton’s chances of holding out for a draw was left to the lower order.

164 for 6 soon became 180 for 9 the evergreen Goldstraw making use of the old swinging ball to end with fine figures of 7 for 60. Ballinger was the last to fall this time to Banks and the Brewers fate was sealed. Alton all out for 191 and a second defeat in as many weeks.

The Brewers will look to turn fortunes around next week as they are once again at home to third placed Bashley Rydal.

Seconds snatch stunning tie

Alton 2nd XI rescued a dramatic tie against top of the table Waterlooville on Saturday in a game which they hope will kick-start their season.

Needing just 12 to win with 4 wickets left, the home side looked like they were cruising to victory. However Tom Paul and Mark Heffernan – who removed his wicket keeping gear to have a bowl – rescued the day for the visiting Brewers.

Things had started badly for Alton earlier in the day, as they slumped to 22-5 against a superb new ball spell from Sam Hillman (3-17) and Jon Hudson (3-24) – with the ball moving about prodigiously on a lively surface.

However, Dave Evans and Richard Anthony dug Alton out of their hole, with a fine, resolute partnership of 63, before Anthony (40) was undone by one which shot along the ground.

Evans continued to complete a find half century before he was dismissed, but Dan Trim (14) helped Alton nudge up to a defendable 150.

Waterlooville started comfortably with the bat, but Alton took regular wickets to keep them in the frame, with Steve Ball (3-40) being the main beneficiary to begin.

The home side had reached 139-6 before Alton’s remarkable turnaround. With the pressure ramping up on the batsmen, Alton held their nerve – and their catches – to claim a superb share of the points in the closest possible finish.

The Brewers will look to take that momentum into the second half of the season, which continues with a trip to Totton & Eling 2nd XI on Saturday

Folkes to the fore

Alton ladies scored a thumping win against St Cross on Sunday, thanks to a fine century from Martha Folkes.

Batting first, Alton amassed 266-9 in 40 overs, with Folkes hitting an impressive 137 not out. She was supported by Julia Moulton (41) and Sarah Murphy (44).

St Cross were never in the hunt, and were dismissed for 104 thanks to Murphy (3-25), Nicola Gadsby (2-23) and young Lily Wilson (2-6).