New Milton remain rooted to the ECB Southern Premier League basement after being shot out for 82 and comprehensively thrashed by nine wickets by Alton at Fernhill.
They have managed to eek out only eight bonus points from three heavy defeats and didn’t get any from this particular mauling.
Tom Arnold (17) got the Green & Golds off to a 21-run start before Toby Salmon (3-17) began the rot by taking two wickets in consecutive balls.
Arnold’s departure, the first of three victims for the impressive Ben Mortimer, pictured, (3-24), triggered the loss of four more wickets and saw New Milton take lunch seven down.
“Ben was virtually unplayable at times,” said Alton skipper Scott Myers.
“He picked up two under the helmet and caused plenty of playing and missing by the batsmen.”
Gutsy resilience by father Steve and George Watts took some time out of the game, but from 80-7, New Milton lost their last three wickets for two runs, two of them to Julian Ballinger (2-13).
Once Alex Hammond smacked seven fours in a blazing 36 off 24 balls, Alton were on their way.
Jake Lilley found himself on the receiving end, his three overs costing 39 runs, as Dan Harris (38 not out), like Hammond brutal on anything short, swept Alton to a nine-wicket win off 13.1 overs.