Match reports, week 6, 2016

Alton 1stXI v Ventnor

Alton made it three wins in as many weeks as they comfortably overcame a weakened Ventnor side.

Scott Myers yet to win a toss this season continued his form with the coin as the visitors elected to bat. Despite losing the toss it was the home side who took the early advantage. Mortimer was into his stride early bowling Ventnor opener Snell for 4 and with Michael Salmon removing the Ventnor skipper without scoring the visitors found themselves in trouble at 5 for 2.

Mortimer was finding his rhythm and found the edge of Blackman for 11 caught safely at second slip by Scott Myers. Alton failed to press home their advantage and with Mortimer (2 for 19) unfortunately pulling up injured only adding to the home sides frustrations, Ventnor moved past 100.

Ben Mortimer bowls

Ben Mortimer bowls

Alton celebrate the first wicket

Alton celebrate the first wicket

Julian Ballinger and Jack Myers (2 for 43) were brought into the attack. Ballinger removed John Buckman for 33 and a flurry of wickets left the visitors precariously placed on 118 for 7. With the home side looking to finish the innings after lunch, Ventnor again fought back. Overseas import Alex Glendenning was still at the crease and kept calm whilst wickets fell at the other end. He found support form George Willis who helped see Glendenning through to a fine 100.

Alton finally broke the partnership of 66 when Ballinger ended Willis’s 95 ball stay when he was caught by the injured Mortimer for 17. With Glendenning running out of partners he looked to attack but was outfoxed by Ballinger the very next ball, Janmohamed completing the stumping.

Ballinger on a hat trick did not disappoint and removed the Ventnor number 11 safety caught by Heffernan at short extra cover. Completing Ballinger’s first ever Premier League hat trick and also giving him fine figures of 5 for 21. Ventnor all out for 184 off 52 overs.

Alton knew that with plenty of overs left in the day and on a good surface a solid batting performance would see them home. Ryan Hale returned to first team action and when him and Hutton moved the score past 50 Alton looked in control. Hale was batting fluently before he was given out lbw for 30 off the bowling of Snell and Alton were 58 for 1.

Hammond joined Hutton and the pair continued to play positively. Hutton was dropped just before tea but Alton went into the break only one down.

The final session of the day saw Alton cruise home. Hutton completed his half century and Hammond joined him taking advantage of a bit of luck to finish on a boundary filled 59 not out. Hutton remained unbeaten on a fine 79 rounding off a resounding victory for the brewers and with it maximum points.

The Brewers will travel to Champions South Wilts this Saturday which is sure to be a sterner test.

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T20 – Alton 1stXI v Trojans

Alton faced Trojans in the first round of the British Gas Southern Premier Cricket League T20 competition on Sunday and despite the rain recorded a comfortable victory. Batting first Alton posted a mammoth 214 for 3. Hutton the main contributor with a brutal 104 off just 56 balls.
An all round good fielding and bowling display meant that Trojans never really threatened Alton’s total as they ended on 87 for 9 off their 20 overs.

Alton have been drawn at home in the second round to Andover on the 3rd July 2016.

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Alton 2ndXI v Hook & Newnham Basics

Alton II’s travelled to local rivals Hook and Newnham Basic’s in another top of the table clash with both teams undefeated this season. On a hot and humid day and plenty of moisture in the air Alton again lost the toss and were asked to bat in what seemed to be testing conditions.

Things did not get off to the best start for Alton as Postles was adjudged LBW on the second ball of the innings Alton 5-1. With some good swing bowling from the hosts it restricted Alton from playing their attacking game, and with some quick wickets of Paul (9) and Gadsby (13) left the Visitors on 38-3. After a delightful shot from Hughes (9) he played one to many holing out in the deep, leaving Alton on 52-4 before the first drinks break.

Hammond (50) joined Anthony (75) at the crease and formed the best partnership of the year with some careful but attacking batting with both putting on 139 for the fifth wicket. Alton rallied to 191 before Hammond was caught as he was trying to push the run rate along. Anthony’s fine innings was final brought to an end after being bowled, and some quick hitting from Partner(13) and Alex Hughes (19) in the final overs left Alton on a healthy 227.

Alton took to the field after the tea break knowing that they had to be disciplined to make it 5 wins from 5. Ball (1-22) and Alex Hughes (2-25) started things off again as they have done this season being very economical and with good seam and swing movement. Ball struck first claiming the Hook opener LBW for 10, before Anthony took a smart catch at second slip to remove the other. Hughes struck again quickly with younger brother Lawrence Hughes taking a catch in the covers leaving Hook 36-3.

Alton turned to spin with Paul (3-51) looking to break the deadlock with and once again delivered with a great delivery to remove the Hook captain for just 5. Aided at the other end by some fine control bowling from Trim (1-12) meant opportunities coming from the spinning options. Partner (3-11) joined Paul and quickly cleaned up the middle order. Alton’s bowling attack were to much for Hook and were all out for 124.

A great team performance from Alton II once again extend there unbeaten run at the top of the County One table. A home game to Sarisbury this coming Saturday is just as an important game, as the other’s sides in the league continue their good starts to the season.

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Alton 3rdXI v Medstead

Alton won the toss and elected to field. Medstead made a solid start but when Andrew Tapp made the breakthrough removing Andrew Tingey for 11 Medstead were 41 for 1. This soon became 2 when Patrick Sampson removed the dangerous Higgins for 31.

From this point Alton took control Sampson ending with economical figures of 10 overs for just 4 runs and picking up 2 wickets on the way. Tapp ended with 2 for 23 but it was spinner Andrew Pearce who did the damage to the Medstead lower order picking up 5 for 26 and Medstead fell to 95 all out.

Alton response stuttered early on both openers being dismissed early. Alex Freeman and Dave Evans steadied the ship before Freeman was removed for 23. Pearce added 16, before Evans (28*) and skipper Mason (10*) saw the Brewers home with 6 wickets to spare.

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