Heffernan lifts Alton 2nd XI

By Farnham Herald in Cricket

MICHAEL Heffernan, after enduring a wretched run of form for the first team, hit a sparkling 66 for Alton 2nd XI who returned from Havant Park with a four-wicket victory.

It was a second successive win for Alton who are fighting for survival in the Southern Premier League Division Three.

Havant II, with a strong top order, chose to bat first and the dangerous Peter Hopson soon fell to a sharp catch by Dan Scott off Toby Salmon. Skipper Simon Loat and former England U19 player Josh McCoy got the scoreboard moving and the Brewers needed a bit of luck to break a stand of 58, Loat being run out by Pat Sampson’s deflection.

Harry Gadd, who had put Alton to the sword earlier in the season, reverse-swept Sampson straight to Joe Paul at point and Havant were 83-3.

McCoy was still there, though, and the home side had advanced to 138 when the returning Salmon dismissed him for 68, thanks to a fine catch by Matt Pein.

Alton then seized control and Havant collapsed to 158 all out, Pein and Ian Carpenter cleaning up the late order.

The speedy McCoy reduced Alton to 18-2 and then 35-3 before Heffernan was joined by Joe Paul in a vital partnership, taking the Brewers to 83-4.

Heffernan, calmly waiting for the bad ball, moved to his 50. He and young Pein managed to repel the returning McCoy and the visitors were 18 runs from their target when Heffernan was caught for 66.

Pein and Carpenter put the final touches to another morale-boosting win for the Brewers.

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