KING ARTHUR PUTS ALTON TO THE SWORD BEFORE LUNCH

Surprisingly, South Wilts’ nine-wicket victory over Alton – all done and dusted in 41 balls after the Brewers had been skittled for a dismal 44 – wasn’t quite the quickest ECB Southern Premier League result on record.
That niche still belongs to Havant, who in 2004 rolled Liphook & Ripsley out for 38 and romped home by ten wickets off 33 balls.
Richard Pineo’s 9-16 figures that day remain the best-ever bowling return in an SPL match.
There were no individual South Wilts heroics at Bemerton, where the game was over so quick – it finished in less than two hours by 12.50pm – the club’s third team were able to swap their Hampshire League County Division 2 match against Ferndown Wayfarers on to the main square.
“We felt it only right our supporters should get a full day’s cricket,” explained South Wilts player-chairman James Hayward. “It worked out well too, with the third’s chasing down 229 to win by three wickets.”
Arthur Godsal, with a South Wilts’ best 6-21 return, and Luke Evans (4-18) shared the spoils as Alton were rushed out in 17.3 overs – the speed of their demise creating panic in the lunchroom as the ham salad lunches were still being prepared !
Six Alton batsmen bagged ducks as the Brewers – at 27-9 – crumbled in sight of the lowest Southern Premier Division total on record – 37 by Hursley Park in 2006, ironically by South Wilts !
Only skipper Dan Harris, who made his 13 runs out of 21, and latterly Jack Myers, whose 19 spared Alton the ignominy of that all-time low, made double figures.
South Wilts’ run chase didn’t go quite according to plan, with Australian Peter Rowe bagging a first-baller from Otago all-rounder Matt Bacon, who claimed his 28th wicket of the season.
But that was as good as it got for the beleaguered Brewers, as Tom Morton (25) and Godsal (14) breached the boundary rope eight times off those 41 deliveries.
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Alton’s Mark Heffernan is bowled first ball by Luke Evans [Roy Honeybone]

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Luke Evans 4-26
James Hayward