T20 report – Alton v Andover

After Saturday’s long trip to Lymington fell foul to the weather, the Brewers were back in action on Sunday in the British Gas SPCL T20 competition. Looking to book a place in the last 8 they faced a tough test against division one side Andover. Alton took the field with a side that boasted four sets of brothers.

In a low scoring but pulsating affair Alton managed to come out on top. With the usual T20 fan fair in place coloured kits and music, Alton won the toss and choose to bat first.

Scoring was difficult on a pitch that was on the slow side, Alton lost Scott Myers early as he looked to give Alton a fast start. Michael Heffernan joined Hutton, the pair putting on 50 for the second wicket, before Hutton the aggressor was removed for 39.

Mark joined his elder brother with the pair adding 26 before Michael Heffernan was removed by Foy for 26. When Mark Heffernan was dismissed soon after for 15 the Brewers were 91 for 4, Janmohamed followed and Alton were in trouble of unravelling at 91 for 5.

Valuable late runs were added by Michael Salmon, his late cameo seeing him score 28 off 19 balls and take the Brewers up to a competitive 133.

Andover looked to respond in positive fashion and get above the rate. Ballantine-Dykes took the attack to Alton clearing the ropes in the first over. Alton did get an early wicket though when Michael Heffernan threw to Janmohamed from cover to catch the experienced Treagus short of his ground. Andover 11 for 1.

Ballantine-Dykes continued to dismiss anything in his half hitting 32 of 26 including 6 boundaries. When Scott Myers had him removed caught by brother Jack Myers Andover were already 41 for 3 and ahead of the rate. Brewers looked to stem the flow but Andover continued to attack.

This led into Alton’s hands as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Hooper looked to steady the ship and work the ball around but when he was removed for 23 again by Scott Myers (2 for 21) Andover were 96 for 6. With plenty of time still left Alton took the pace of the ball looking to reel Andover in and increase the rate. Off spinners Tom Paul picking up 3 for 19 and Lee Partner 3 for 12 as Alton turned the screw.

The rate began to go up and Andover ended up needing 14 off the last over with 1 wicket left. Partner the bowler held his nerve and on the second ball of the over Michael Heffernan took the winning catch at long off to see the Brewers win by 12 runs and into the last 8.