Alton prove youth and experience is a winning formula

By Colin Channon   |   Editorial manager   |
Wednesday 29th July 2020 1:33 pm
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Jubilee Fields, Alton

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THE RETURN to cricket saw Alton’s second and third teams enter the specially-arranged Winchester Trophy.

Both teams faced Sparsholt in the opening round of fixtures.

Alton seconds produced a commanding performance as they eased past Sparsholt II.

Despite missing some key players, Sparsholt won the toss and elected to bat, but on a good surface and an electric outfield, 166 was never likely to be enough as they were bundled out inside 34 overs.

With the friendly format, Alton have been able to give youth a real chance.

With a number of youngsters in the first team, the seconds also handed a debut to young county off-spinner Gemma Porter.

Young Ellis Ballinger and Freddie Egleston also bowled for the Brewers but it was the old heads of Michael Salmon (3-11) and Julian Ballinger (4-15) who did the damage.

Alton chased down their target in quick time. Andrew Postles and Michael Heffernan got off to a flying start before Heffernan was caught and bowled for a quickfire 54.

Joe Paul made 22 before Postles fell, trapped leg before for a well made 43.

Nilanka Kodithuwakku made 12 not out as he saw the Brewers home, reaching their target off just 22 overs.

The third team completed the double as they won by 59 runs.

Skipper Mason made 49 before Pearce scored 65 as the home side racked up 217 for nine off their 40 overs.

Sparsholt made 158 for nine as good bowling all round restricted the visitors early on, before Pearce came on at the end to take four for 14 to leave the visitors short.

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