Match reports – week 11

1st XI

Alton’s poor formed continued on Saturday as the were again beaten at home. Despite Bashley sitting third in the table Alton would have been confident after beating them away earlier in the season but the away side inflicted what was a third consecutive defeat for the Brewers.

Scott Myers won the toss and elected to bat only for Alton’s fragility at the top of the order to return.

Heywood edged to slip off the bowling of Nash for 1. Alton were soon 2 down when a calamitous piece of running led to the demise Alexander. Nash then got his second victim finding the edge of Jack Myers and Alton were again in deep trouble at 18 for 3.

Skipper Myers was joined by Heffernan and the Brewers tried to recover the situation on what was not an easy pitch to bat. The partnership had built steadily before Myers was unfortunate to perish. A short delivery from off spinner Thomson was pulled away by Myers only for the diving Porter to claim a stunning one handed catch. Alton were again in trouble at 62 for 4.

This soon became 63 for 5 as Heffernan who had battled to 24 was caught at slip off the bowling of Thomson.

Janmohamed (13) and the returning Mark Heffernan (17) tried the add some respectability to the score line, but wickets continued to fall. Young Daniel Scott managed to make 14 as the Brewers tried to give themselves something to bowl at. Thomson ended with fine figures of 5 for 28 and the Brewers were shot out for 128.

On a pitch that was by no means easy to score Alton knew early wickets could see the game in the balance.

Ballinger did not disappoint Alton opening with the experienced off spinner got off to the perfect start. Webb given out LBW with the score on nought. Bashley steadied the ship somewhat but when Ballinger picked up his second Bashley fell to 37 for 2 bringing the Morris brothers together.

A crucial and match winning stand was to follow. James Morris was the aggressor as he was quick to dispatch anything loose from the home side. Too many loose deliveries from Alton saw the Bashley number three make 63 striking 11 boundaries in the process.

When he was removed by Jack Myers Bashley were 93 for 3 and the visitors would have been forgiven for thinking the job was done. Alton however never gave up and a fine spell of bowling from the young Alton leg spinner saw 3 further wickets fall in quick succession and 93 for 3 became 110 for 6. J Myers ending with figures of 4 for 25.

A few nervous moments followed for the visitors but in the end they reached their target and a 4 wicket victory was Bashleys.

Alton will look for better fortunes on the road as the travel to face Burridge next Saturday.


2nd XI

Alton 2nd XIs struggled continued as they fell to defeat away to Totton & Eling.

Batting first, Alton managed 176 all out, but the innings ebbed and flowed in a familiar fashion.

Initially, the Brewers lurched to 35-4 before Dave Evans (44) and Richard Anthony (39) stemmed the tide. They were supported by stand-in skipper Michael Salmon (38), but after that the innings fell away alarmingly.

Quick wickets were the order of the day, but despite a tight opening spell from Salmon and Steve Ball, Alton never got on top.

Adam Carty was positive for his 43 which moved the game solidly towards Totton, and despite the occasional breakthrough – including a stunning catch from Andy Pearce at square leg – Alton couldn’t apply enough pressure and the home side eased home by 6 wickets.


4th XI

In a game that might yet prove to be critical in a promotion battle the Alton 4s outplayed Frensham in every department.

After losing the toss Alton were asked to field on a classic JCG batting deck. It was important that the tone was set from the start and Tom Leonard making his debut opened up with veteran Adrian Trim.

With pressure from both ends it was the U14 Leonard who forced the first mistake, his pace too quick for Chuter. Tom Green replaced Leonard after his 4 over burst and retained the same pressure with his left arm in swing and quickly added another two wickets, the first excellently caught by Trim at Mid-On, the second clean bowled.

Alton were always in control and when Martin Ball and Georgia Harsham took over the attack it was just a matter of bowling straight and waiting for the Frensham mistakes. Harsham and Ball got 2 wickets apiece – Ball got the attacking Smith out caught by Crook and Harsham clean bowling Verrier, the Frensham opener who in fairness had played excellently until that point.

Freeman then joined in the party and also picked up a brace, the first a most unusual dismissal with Alton old-boy Reynolds trying a Dilshan scoop, with a lost middle stump being the result. After Egleston was targeted by the tail of Frensham, it took Leonard only 2 balls of his new spell to remove Williamson caught and bowled to leave Frensham on a miserly 126 ao.

The talk at tea was that 126 was probably 100 too few. When Green Jnr was ct out in the first over Frensham had a sniff but that was quickly snuffed out by Durbridge, making his return to Alton after 2 years, and Crook who put on 43 for the 2nd wicket and then Freeman and Durbridge who added 90 for the 3rd wicket.

Green snr came in to hit the winning runs and the game was done with 28 overs to spare.