Match reports, week 10, 2016
1st XI v Havant
On the back of last week’s T20 victory, Alton travelled to Havant in high spirits looking to continue their good run of form.
Alton lost the toss and Havant had no hesitation in batting first. It was tough going for the visitors as they were on the receiving end of a fantastic innings from the Havant skipper Ben Walker. Walker had already scored a century against the Brewers at Jubilee on the opening week of the season and the Brewers had no answer again as the left-hander produced a virtually chanceless innings, scoring a remarkable 156.
On a flat surface Alton were made to toil as Havant got off to a blistering start. Ballinger removed opener Hopson for 23 to give the Brewers something to work with but the home side had moved to 67 for 1. Ballinger struck soon after picking up the wicket of Gorvin as he drove in the air to Gadsby at mid off. The home side were 99 for 2.
From this point, the home side took control, despite controlling the rate Alton were unable to create any real wicket-taking opportunities. Walker and Ransley putting on a formidable 162 for the 4th wicket. Walker passed his century and Ransley moved past 50. Alton eventually got their third wicket, Ransley looking to increase the rate found Robbie Heywood in the deep who made no mistake taking a good catch. By now though the home side were comfortably placed at 261 for 3.
Alton continued to chip away as Havant looked to reach their declaration total. Myers removed Stone before Ballinger picked up Walker for a fantastic 156 off 177 balls. Myers got another ending with figures of 2 for 61 before Ballinger picked up his 5th wicket in the only highlight for the visitors, Ballinger ending with figures of 5 for 98. The home side eventually calling time on their innings in the 60th over with an imposing 307 on the board.
Alton’s chase never really got started. Hutton and Janmohamed both looked in good touch but when Richard Jerry removed both the visitors were reduced to 22 for 2. Returning Heywood fresh from Oxford University duties was removed first ball again to Jerry and Alton were further in trouble at 22 for 3. With the ball now spinning Hammond dragged out of his ground off the left arm spin of Morgan Alton were reeling at 28 for 4.
Skipper Myers joined Heffernan with the pair just looking to bat time. The home side made it to tea without further loss but in the first over after the break Morgan trapped Heffernan LBW for 16. Alton 59 for 5.
With plenty of overs left in the day Alton had a long time to bat to get anything out of the game. Joe Paul joined Myers as the pair looked to blunt the Havant attack. Overs ticked by and the draw began to look a possibility. When Morgan removed skipper Myers for a defiant 59 off 109 balls the home side sensed their chance.
With an hour left of play Alton were 114 for 6, Gadsby the next batsman in, and Alton dropped anchor. The pair dug in as the overs ticked by.
With almost every fielder around the bat, Alton stood firm as the home side were left frustrated.
With the job almost done Paul was eventually removed by Morgan who picked up his 4th wicket. Paul faced a remarkable 97 balls for 27 runs, but Alton still had some work to do. Mortimer came in with the score 141 for 7, a few lusty blows took Alton past the 150 mark but one shot too many saw Mortimer depart for 19. Morgan ending with figures of 5 for 46 and Alton lost their 8th wicket.
Gadsby still stood firm but in the penultimate over Havant missed their chance as a simple chance at silly point was grounded. Gadsby made stoic 9 off 59 balls and he and young Salmon saw out the final overs to give Alton a losing draw, the innings ending on 165 for 8.
The home side were dominant in what was a one-sided draw but the Brewers showed great application and spirit in not rolling over to give themselves something to take home.
ALTON II V Totton II
Alton posted a massive 331 for 5 off their 50 overs with every batsman chipping in. The main contributions coming form Rich Anthony who fell just 2 short of his century making a fantastic 98. Andy Pearce also score 50 as the Brewers helped themselves on a good batting surface. Totton were never really in the game as they lost early wickets and Alton cruised home winning by a massive 188 runs. Skipper Ball picking up 5 for 15 and Lee Partner 3 for 30. Alton seconds remain unbeaten in county 1 and sit on top of the table
Alton III v Oakley I
Alton threes won the toss and elected to bat a decision that looked to be a good one as young Thomas Green (39) and the experienced Neil Heffernan (30) made a solid start. A mid innings collapse saw the Brewers lower order need to contribute. Skipper Mason batting at 9 duly obliged adding 27 as the Brewers posted a respectable 172 from their 45 overs. The homes side fell short in their chase as Dan Trim bowled his 10 overs for just 16 runs picking up 3 wickets along the way. Foulkes and Green also picked up 2 wickets a piece as the home side closed on 129 all out.