ALTON, after a disappointing league defeat at New Milton on Saturday, bounced back with victory over Hampshire Academy in the T20 Cup quarter-final the following day.
The league defeat dropped Alton to second from bottom of the SPL Premier Division behind New Milton. Chasing the home side’s 205 all out, Alton fell away after a strong start (93-1) and were dismissed for 172 with more than eight overs remaining.
The combination of Sean Jamison’s pace and Julian Ballinger’s off-spin reduced New Milton to 63-6 and they looked unlikely to make 100. But James Haggaty and Dan Loader turned the game around with a vital partnership of 127. Haggaty made a superb 88 and Milton batted into the 49th over to set Alton a hefty target.
It didn’t look enough as Alex Hammond and Dan Harris put on 89 for the second wicket. But Nick Gargaro dismissed both batsmen in quick succession and the wheels came off as the visitors went from 100-2 to 108-5.
Alton’s last hopes, Scott Myers and Mark Heffernan, both fell to George Watts and Haggaty and David Wakefield cleaned up for New Milton.
Sean Jamison spearheaded Alton’s cup victory at Jubilee on Sunday by removing Hampshire Academy’s top three, all caught behind by Hugo Hammond. Toby Salmon bowled a tight spell and the County tyros were contained to 114-7.
Alton began shakily, losing both openers to Jack Campbell. At 55-4, the game was in the balance, but Scott Myers (37) and Hugo Hammond (28) added 51 valuable runs, leaving Jamison and skipper Jack Myers to complete the win with four balls to spare.