Brewers beaten by 140 runs

By Surrey and Hants News in Cricket

A heavy Southern League defeat at St Cross Symondians left the Brewers still searching for consistency.

Alton won the toss and elected to field first, looking to make inroads into a St Cross line-up missing some key players.

However, the home side started well, despite Jamison beating the bat on a number of occasions. Foyle took the attack to Alton, latching on to anything loose.

But one aggressive shot too many saw the end of the St Cross skipper - for 37 off 38 balls, including eight fours - when he skied a pull shot off Jamison straight up, Jamison completing the catch.

Van Beek joined Stokes and the pair continued to frustrate the visitors; a couple of close appeals were turned down as the scoreboard made steady progress. Van Beek attempted to increase the run rate, but a rush of blood saw him stumped off the bowling of Scott Myers for 21, leaving St Cross 106-2.

Alton pushed for a further breakthrough before lunch, but Came and Stokes saw the home side safely into the break in a strong position.

After lunch, Alton needed to make early inroads, but it was the home side who got off to a flyer. Stokes was eventually removed for a patient 69 off 136 balls. Partner, making his debut, picked up his first league wicket, Stokes miscuing to backward point where Hammond completed the catch. The score was now 183-3.

The breakthrough saw Alton stem the flow of runs, but with time still remaining St Cross were able to accumulate and keep the board ticking over.

Salmon returned with the wind at his back to remove Fay, and then in fortuitous circumstances he deflected the ball on to the stumps on his follow through to run out Came for 49 backing up. Partner picked up three late wickets, finishing with fine debut figures of 4-78, but Alton were left chasing 271 for victory.

Alton knew a good start would be key, and both openers looked in good touch, but when Hammond was caught at slip off the bowling of Stokes for 15, the wheels fell off in dramatic fashion, as Alton slumped from 30-1 to 34-4. Harris was run out for three, then Janmohamed left a ball and was bowled by Stokes for 11. The St Cross overseas player then removed out-of-form Michael Heffernan for a duck to leave the visitors in disarray.

Myers and Mark Heffernan tried to dig in and steady the ship, but when Myers also fell leaving the ball, Alton were in further trouble at 45-5. Debutant Postles looked comfortable and moved to 15 before he was caught at slip, leaving Alton 63-6.

Heffernan continued to dig in, but when another misjudged leave saw him bowled for 11, off Rathod, and Mortimer was removed without scoring, Alton were 80-8.

Late resistance from Jamison and Salmon saw Alton past 100, Jamison producing an entertaining 50 off 41 balls, but when he was removed by the bowling of Van Beek, Alton were 126-9. Van Beek dismissed Partner to wrap up the Alton innings for 130, with Salmon undefeated after a dogged seven from 45 balls.