Match reports – Week 4, 2016
ALTON 1st XI v Bashley (Rydal) CC
Alton hosted Bashley at Jubilee looking for their first win of the season, after rain put an end to last weeks proceedings they were keen to not go into the second month of the season without a win under their belts. Things started in familiar fashion as Alton again lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat first.
Alton took advantage of some early movement and had the visitors in trouble at 3 for 2. Alex Hughes with some late away swing picking up both and later added a third, all three finding the edge & safely caught at second slip by Scott Myers. Bashley left somewhat shocked at 25 for 3.
Despite wickets falling runs were being scored freely but when young Alton seamer Daniel Scott removed Jacques for 29 Bashley fell to 61 for 4.
A combination of missed chances and good batting saw Bashley recover and a 5th wicket partnership yielding a healthy 113 runs saw the game turn. Alton had clawed back the rate though with both Salmons returning economical figures.
Ridley scored 50 before he was trapped in front by Hutton. Some lusty blows took Bailiff towards his century but he was ct in the deep by Hughes off the bowling of Ballinger for 93. Bashley had moved to 216 for 7.
Ballinger & Hutton picked up 2 wickets each but the visitors posted a healthy 245 for 8, leaving the Brewers with another big chase.
Skipper Myers carrying an ankle injury opened up to try and take advantage of the early field restrictions. A move which paid off as both Hutton & Myers got Alton off to a flier. A fine 125 stand for the first wicket saw Myers & Hutton pass 50. Myers the first to be removed bowled by Watkins for a fluent 67 off 62 balls including 11 boundaries.
Hammond joined Hutton and continued to tick the score along but when Hammond was trapped LBW off the bowling of Thomson for 18 Alton were 155 for 2. Hutton departed immediately after looking to maintain the home sides upper hand he was ct in the deep off Watkins for a fine 63, his first half century fur the club.
With the home side stumbling slightly Michael Heffernan joined Janmohamned with both batsmen on 0 and the score 155 for 3. With work still to be done, the pair set about getting themselves in. Once they had seen off the spin of Watkins (2 for 33) & Thomson (1 for 35) they looked to up the rate.
The pair put in 55 before Heffernan was adjudged LBW off the returning Neal for 33. With 39 still required in form Mark Heffernan remained positive but when he was caught Alton were 5 down for 226.
Janmohamned (39*) remained calm guiding the Brewers closer to the win. A late flurry of boundaries saw Michael Salmon (12*) ease any nerves as Alton reached their target in the 48th over. Capping off a fantastic chase and a win for the home side.
The Brewers will look to continue this form as they travel to New Milton next week in the first of the timed game format.
ALTON 2nd XI v Shrewton
Alton continued there promising start to the season with a trip to Shrewton, who were also unbeaten in the 2016 campaign. On a hot and humid day Alton won the toss and decided to let the hosts enjoy the humid conditions.
Postles (67) and Paul (81) began the afternoon with some hard hitting, aided by some wayward bowling which made for a great opening stand of 110 before the first wicket fell. Paul was joined at the crease by the in-form Gadsby (70) who continued where Postles left off, putting on another 100 partnership leaving Alton in a commanding position of 210-2.
Some good cameo performance’s from Hammond (14), Evans (15no) and Lawrence (16), left Alton on 296 off their 50 overs. On a smallish ground, Alton knew they had to be disciplined in the field to continue their unbeaten run.
Another good performance from Ball (3-19) made early in-roads into the Shrewton top order with some good seam bowling, finding movement in the pitch which had evaded Shrewton during their innings.
Recalled Carpenter (1-38) bowled well and claimed a key wicket which put more pressure on Shrewton and an ever increasing run rate. With Shrewton beginning to form a partnership with Cruse (36) hitting some boundaries, Alton moved away from their seam bowlers and with a lack of regular spin bowlers within the team, turned to Anthony and veteran Evans to break the deadlock. With the change of pace the partnership was indeed broken, even if slightly fortunately, with the tail thereafter quickly cleaned up leaving Shrewton on 139 all out.
Alton look to take this good form into next week where they take on Purbrook who are also unbeaten during the 2016 campaign.
ALTON 3rd XI v Ramsdell CC
Alton threes are making a habit of close games. This one going to the wire with the spoils shared. Alton could have been chasing more as Ramsdell started at a thunderous rate. Tapp (3 for 45) and Foulkes (3 for 48) picked up three wickets each as they restricted Ramsdell to a still intimidating 240 for their 45 overs. Alton chipped away at the total with everyone making contributions but they were always behind the rate. A late rally from Foulkes and Moody saw Alton increase the rate and give themselves a chance. Needing 5 to win off the last ball the Choularton seemed to have it won as he launched the last ball towards the boundary. With the brewers celebrating the ball fell agonisingly short but crossed the line for 4 and with it an unlikely but emphatic tie.