Match reports – Week 2, 2016
1st XI – Burridge V Alton
Lightening strikes twice as Brewers fall to a second heavy defeat in as many weeks.
Alton travelled to Burridge confident of getting their season up and running. Things started in similar fashion as the previous week, Alton lost the toss and in batting friendly conditions were asked to field.
Once again Alton were made to toil as the home side made a positive start. Alex Hughes on his return to first team action was unlucky as half chances failed to stick. With the surface offering little to the bowlers Alton finally made the breakthrough Toby Salmon (2 for 39) found the edge of Burridge keeper Steward for 30 and Burridge were 64 for 1.
Scott Myers cleaned bowled Collings-Wells for 6 and Salmon picked up his second trapping Hewitt in front LBW for 57. Alton had fought there way back into the innings and Burridge were 117 for 3. Things could have been better for the visitors but a missed chance to remove Burridge overseas all rounder Dodds proved fatal as he and the experienced Lee Savident put Alton to the sword.
The partnership yielded 94 runs when Savident the aggressor was eventually removed for 61. Hutton picking up his first Alton league wicket, but Burridge were in total control with the score 211 for 4 with plenty of overs remaining. Ballinger (2 for 51) eventually removed Dodds for a dogged but effective 56 and some late lusty blows over the short boundary saw Burridge close on 291 for 9.
Once again Alton were starring down the barrel of a massive total, in need of a positive start the Brewers were immediately halted in their progress. Hammond was removed early edging Nicholas McMurray behind and when Jack Myers was removed in the same way Alton were in trouble at 22 for 2.
Hutton (18) tried to add some impetus to the innings but in doing so edged White (1 for 17) behind and Alton stumbled to 32 for 3. McMurray continued to cause damage trapping Michael Heffernan LBW for 4 and Alton were left reeling at 39 for 4. McMurray ending with fine figures of 3 for 15 off his 10 overs.
Skipper Myers was still at the crease and was joined by Mark Heffernan. Heffernan continued his good form as the pair looked to build a partnership. However with Alton falling behind the rate victory was never really on the cards. The pair batted well and added century partnership with Myers passing 50 on the way.
With the pair frustrating the home side Myers was finally removed for 55 playing on off the bowling of Stancliffe (1 for 33). Heffernan (46) was removed shortly afterwards and Alton were left 147 for 6. With only bonus points to play for Janmohammed (16*) steered the away side to 177 for 7.
Another disappointing performance from the Brewers, who will need to improve in all facets if they are to pick up their first win next week as they travel to the Ageas Bowl for their game against Hampshire Academy.
2nd XI – Alton v Ropley
Alton 2’s faced an early top of the table clash for their first home game of the Season against local Rival’s Ropley. With a green deck it was a little suprising that after winning the toss Ropley asked Alton to bowl, on what looked to be a bowling track.
M.Salmon (1-33) and S.Ball (0-26) began where they left last week with some tight bowling finding some good early movement from the pitch, although were not able to break their early partnership until the tenth over where Salmon got the breakthrough leaving Ropley 36-1.
After this breakthrough Alton changed to there spin attack where once again L.Partner (5-24) and T.Paul (2-14) made there way through Ropley’s middle order. Aided by some sharp catches in the field by Hammond and Ball, Ropley were reduced to 88-8 by the end of the spinners spell. D.Trim (2-7) cleaned up the tail leaving Alton to chase 110 to win, the same total as the week prior.
Alton started brightly with some positive shots from A.Postles (19) and J.Paul (29) and quickly raced past 50, before Postles and Paul fell within a couple of overs of each other leaving Alton 66-2. R.Hale (35no) continued as he left off last week with some explosive hitting was able to bring the victory home with 7 wickets to spare.
Hopefully Alton can keep this early form going with a home fixture against United Services Porstmouth, whom too are so far unbeaten.
3rd XI – Hurstpoint Priors V Alton
Alton were put into bat and made the home side pay. Another fantastic innings from Gadsby making a fine 97 was the main contributor in a total of 230 for 7. The home side lost early wickets and were reduced to 75 for 5. Economical spells from all the bowlers meant Hurstpoint fell well short as they were dismissed for 96. Pearce picking up 3 for 8 off his 5 overs.