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Match reports, week 13

1st XI

Alton fell to defeat against title contenders Havant on Saturday as their recent poor form continued.

Batting first, Alton lost early wickets at regular intervals to fall to 47-4, Alex Hammond being the main early contributor with 27.

Mark Heffernan found his batting form with a well made 47, and he put Alton back into the game, first with Abeed Janmohamed (18) and then Richard Anthony (17).

However, when Heffernan was the seventh wicket to fall Alton’s innings fell in a heap and closed on 150, with swing bowler Ben Walker doing the majority of the damage in a fine spell of 6-24 from a mammoth 21 overs.

The Brewers knew the needed early wickets against Havant’s long batting line up, but unfortunately found the home batsmen in no mood to oblige.

Robert Gibson (41) got Havant off to a fast start before Julian Ballinger (2-51) struck a double blow.

However, Pete Hopson (54*) and Andrew Gorvin (37*) saw Havant comfortably home, and left Alton still in search a much needed win.

2nd XI

Alton 2nd XI’s struggles against the threat of relegation continued as they lost heavily to Basingstoke.

Asked to bat first on a damp surface after Friday’s deluge, Alton struggled immediately against the new ball.

Only four batsmen made it into double figures – alongside the ever reliable extras – as they were dismissed for just 97 in the face of some significant bounce and turn.

Left-arm spinner Dave Pistorious proved particularly unplayable as he finished with amazing figures of 4 for 8 from 10 overs.

Basingstoke looked more comfortable in their reply as Alton chased wickets, but they didn’t arrive in any numbers. Leon Nurse batted well to make a fine 60 and see Basingstoke home with 8 wickets in hand.

Another inconsistent performance after last week’s fine win leaves Alton staring upwards from the bottom of the table.