Brewers 2017 T20 Champions!
Marais blast topples holders to seal Brewers famous T20 cup!
In the rearranged 2017 cup final a wonderful all round effort in the field set up Brewers first chance for major silverware. Hammond started things off with the ball as the part time off spinner took 3 for 22 in a impressive opening spell. Havant were stumbling at 16 for 3. Hopson & Gorvin recovered the situation for the holders before a fine piece of keeping by Hugo Hammond saw Gorvin stumped off a wide for 23, Myers picking up the wicket, Havant 75 for 4.
Ballinger then came into the attack taking an equally impressive 3 for 22. He removed Hopson for 39 before taking the wickets of the dangerous Morgan for 13 & Prentice for 11. Havant 123 for 7. Toby Salmon was operating at the other end and bowled a economic spell only going for 18 off his 4 overs. Brother Michael Salmon finished the innings with 1 for 33 as Havant closed on 136 for 8, Oliver Jones left 25 not out. A fantastic first half for the Brewers.
Alton sent out the powerful opening partnership of Alex Hammond & overseas Marco Marais and fireworks ensued. Hammond struck two early boundaries but was out in the second over for 9, Alton 9-1. This did not stop Marais who began to smash the ball to all parts scoring 56 of the next 57 runs striking an impressive 4 sixes and 7 fours going to his 50 off just 18 balls in what was a remarkable display of power & timing. When he was caught for 56 off just 20 balls Alton were 66 for 2.
With plenty of overs left in the game all Alton had to do was tick the board over. Scott Myers joined Hugo Hammond as the pair eased Alton towards three figures, however in typical Alton style a middle order wobble saw Alton lose Hammond for 13 with the score on 92 and when Myers went for 19 Alton were still short of three figures at 98 for 4.
Tension was building as Mark Heffernan joined brother Michael the pair moved Alton to 108 before Michael was caught at extra cover for 7 Alton now 5 down still needing 29 to win. Alton sent in big hitting opening bowler Mortimer who did as asked striking 17 off 13 balls with a massive six and 2 fours to push Alton to within touching distance. Mortimer was then caught with Alton needing 6 to win off 2 overs. Joe Paul joined Heffernan.
In the penultimate over Heffernan picked up a 2 as he was dropped off a full toss, keeper Bulled tracked back but miss judged the skier. Heffernan (14*) then finished the game off In style cracking the next delivery wide of mid off for four sealing a historic victory for Alton. Alton were jubilant and celebrations began.
This capped off what was a fantastic effort from all the players involved since the competition started in June 2017. Jack Myers captained the side before moving clubs meant he could not play in the delayed final. Alton CC’s a true family club as 5 sets of brothers played over the course of the tournament. A proud moment in the clubs long history. Marco Marias picked up the man of the match award as Scott Myers lifted the trophy for the Brewers!
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