A lump of coal is turned into a diamond with relentless pressure, and that’s exactly what Wherwell exerted against East Woodhay. Top bowling and tight fielding giving very little opportunity.
However it started with a gift, a loopy full toss loosener from Emslie’s first ball was miscued to midwicket, the apology offered probably didn’t make the batsman feel any better. Emslie struck again finding some seam movement and both openers were gone early before a short rain break came.
Having taken two wickets for just two runs off five overs Emslie though it was best to take himself off allowing Matt Cutts and Harry Trebert to continue the attack. Matt found a length and some nip to knock over two and with tight overs both ends Harry induced a false shot. Young found some turn and Mike Cutts some pace to clear up the tail which threatened to wag but only briefly before being snuffed out for total of 117ao.
Plenty of chat about the pitch so Wherwell set about the chase in a patient and controlled manner. Every run was sacred but Matt Cutts and Cooke just kept chipping away.
As runs began to flow a bit more freely Cooke gave East Woodhay an opening but with the score already at 80 the door wasn’t open for long. Matt Cutts completed his 50 with a thumping drive through the covers with he and Emslie safely steering Wherwell to another successful chase and a 9 wicket victory.
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KJM sponsored Wherwell for a the final time this season at home to Ampfield. Skipper Robbie Skeates won his first toss in 7 games and decided to bat first, looking to make 11 wins in a row.
With only a slim chance at the league title Wherwell knew they had to be at their best, get maximum points and hope other results go their way. Ampfield struck on the 2nd ball of the innings removing Alex Gladwyn. Robbie Skeates and Matt Cutts took the attack to Ampfield and put on a strong partnership before Matt Cutts was caught out for 35 runs. Ollie Emslie came to the crease and built a solid partnership with Skeates. Emslie scored another half century before being stumped for 51 runs. Mike Cutts carried on his good form, and began dispatching the Ampfield attack. Skeates playing the anchor innings kept things moving while Mike Cutts was bludgeoning the bowlers. Skeates looking to up the ante was caught out for 90 runs. Big hitting by Mike Cutts meant Wherwell ended on a mammoth 272-5. Gavin Buckle was the pick of the bowlers ending on 1-23 in 9 overs.
Wherwell started strong, with Harry Trebert removing Ben Hatcher for 0 in the first over. With the run rate being kept low by the Wherwell opening bowlers, with pressure showing, Ampfield’s Sam Filder was run out for 1 by Nathan Young. Ampfield showed a bit of resistance with Dan Milward and Trutan Gray who blocked out until the 16th over, before N Young removed Milward for 22. Skeates then caught and bowled Gray for 33. Harry Jorrell showed some urgency with some big hits before being bowled by N Young for 23. With 5 wickets left and 10 overs go, Mike Cutts bowled Richard Williams of his first ball, then Ampfield batters frustrated Wherwell by playing and missing countless balls. Emslie took another wicket with a Jaffa. Mike Cutts got another breakthrough, leaving Ampfield 8 down and 3 overs to go. However Ampfield managed to frustrate Wherwell to see out their innings at 115-8. Mike Cutts the pick of the bowlers with. 2-2 in 5. N Young took 2 wickets, Emslie, Trebert and Skeates took the other wickets.
Wherwell finished the game with 23 points and as they were celebrating promotion, news came in that Chawton had lost against Alton and ended their season on 19.92 average points. This meant Wherwell had won the league, by averaging 20.56 points this season.
This was a fitting end to a wonderful season for Wherwell. Wherwell will be in County 3 North next season.
KJM sponsored promotion chasing Wherwell at home to Old Basing II.
Wherwell lost the toss and were put into bat on a slow surface. Wherwell openers played watchfully, seeing off the new ball. Old Basing struck in the 10th over sending back Alex Gladwyn for 12. Skipper Robbie Skeates was out caught behind on a good looking 27. The dependable Matt Cutts and Ollie Emslie were brought together but unfortunately both were dismissed soon after, leaving Wherwell 88-4 in 28 overs and in trouble. Mike Cutts and Craig Beckingham came togetherness and knew they had to up the run rate. They put together a 100+ run partnership, before C Beckingham was bowled for 34 looking for a bit hit. Mike Cutts 79 not out powered Wherwell to a total of 216-6. G Wadwan was the pick of the bowlers 1-16 in 9 overs.
On a raging turner that could be a stand in for day 5 in Mumbai. Wherwell bowlers started strong keeping the old Basing run rate down. The spinners Nathan Young and R Skeates took hold of the game and immediately made dents into the old Basing batting quickly taking wickets and keeping the run rate down. N Young took 3 wickets. R Skeates took his maiden 5 wickets haul foxing the Old Basing batting line up. Wherwell cruised to the win. Bowling out Old Basing for 80 runs in 33.5 overs. Steve Turner and Harry Trebert took 1 wicket each. Only resistance coming from J Hall 27 runs. N Young 9o 2m 15runs 3w. R Skeates 8o 1m 23runs 5w.
Result leaves Wherwell in 2nd, closing in on promotion. Wherwell are away to Meadsted next weekend.
KJM sponsored Wherwell CC travelled away to Medstead. Medstead won the toss and elected to bat.
Knowing promotion was in reach, Wherwell started well with Oliver Emslie removing opener Harry Goles for a duck in the 2nd over. This was an omen of things to come, as O Emslie took hold of the Meadstead innings taking his maiden 5 haul. O Emslie bowled his 9 over spell with great skill and vigor constantly getting batters in trouble playing and missing. Wherwell strangled the run rate bowling the right lines and taking wickets at a regular intervals. Nathan Young came into the attack and removed a budding partnership in his first over. Only resistance Wherwell felt was Medstead captain Ben Trepess played a wonderful innings of 75 runs, before Robert Skeates came into the attack and removed his counterpart. Medstead were bowled out for 134 runs in 36 overs. O Emslie finished on 9o 5w 16runs. N Young and R Skeates took 2 wickets each.
Wherwell in reply started poorly losing R Skeates and Matt Cutts in the same over, leaving Wherwell 8 for 2. O Emslie and opener Alex Gladwyn steadied the ship, before A Gladwyn was caught for 15 runs. Mike Cutts came in next and played a adventurous knock of 34 before he was caught on the boundary looking for conservative 6’s. O Emslie could only watch as Wherwell lost a slew of wickets without adding many more runs to the score card. O Emslie’s vigil ended when he was caught out on 37 runs. Leaving Wherwell 20+ runs and 3 wickets in hand. In the nervy final moments, Harry Trebert was caught out for 10 runs looking for the winning runs. Jordan Trebert hit the winnings runs off the next over with a trademark sweep. Wherwell’s final score was 137 for 8. Will Hayward was the pick of the bowlers for Medstead he bowled 8o 3w 23 runs. A tense finale to the game highlighted the team spirit at Wherwell.
This result means Wherwell has gained promotion from the league and remain 2nd with a slim chance of winning the league. Wherwell are home this weekend to Ampfield.
KJM Sponsored Wherwell travelled away to Compton and Chandlers Ford II. Under overcast skies and strong winds, Wherwell lost the toss and were put into bat on a green track.
Wherwell openers started off strongly, finding runs easy to come by. Alex Gladwyn was the first to go with an attractive 27 runs. Fellow Opener Craig Beckingham was out soon after for 30 runs, leaving Wherwell 68-2. Matt Cutts was joined at the crease by Oliver Emslie. Matt Cutts set the tempo while O Emslie set about the anchor role. They put together a 139 run partnership. Matt Cutts was run out for 73 runs. The highlight of the innings being a huge Six into the nearby children’s playpen. O Emslie carried on his knock and took Wherwell to 226-5. O Emslie remained 55* not out. T Holmes was the pick of the bowlers 9o 3m 1w 25runs.
Wherwell knew batting would be easier in the Compton innings as the sun had come out and the outfield was beginning to dry. Wherwell started off well with an early wicket and bowling tight lines. Mike Cutts and Nathan Young bowled a great first spell limiting Compton’s run rate. Matt Guilfoyle returning from his early retirement took the second wicket early in his spell, sending D Bhatnagar back for 16. Compton consolidated their innings, batting watchfully until N Young got wherwell’s 3rd breakthrough in the 29th over, removing D Wareham for 33. Wherwell strangled the Compton run rate bowling the right lines, while also taking wickets at regular intervals. J Richardson bowled superbly and along with O Emslie finished Compton’s innings for 150 all out. J Richardson took 3 wickets. Mike Cutts, O Emslie and M Guilfoyle took 2 wickets each, while N Young took 1 wicket. Standing Skipper Emslie bowled an amazing 6 maidens in his 8.2 overs. Wherwell were also electric in the field, ensuring pressure was alway in Compton.
This result leaves Wherwell 2nd in the league. Wherwell are home to Old Basing II next weekend.
KJM Sponsored Wherwell were at home to Rowledge CC. Rowledge won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track.
Wherwell initially started well as Oliver Emslie bowled the opener Paul Shaylar for 1. Rowledge took the attack to Wherwell scoring over 6 runs an over at the end of the 10th over with the loss of only one wicket. Mike Cutts and Steve Turner took quick wickets to restrict the run rate and slow the scoring. Removing Max Whitley and Ollie Rayman for 35 runs each. Wherwell bowling tight lines and taking wickets at regular interval restricted Rowledge to 200-7 in 45 overs. O Emslie, Mike Cutts and S turner took 2 wickets each. Skipper Robbie Skeates bowled 1 over and taking the wicket of a well set Tom Silver who was on 45 runs.
In reply Wherwell lost a quick wicket with captain R Skeates being caught for 3 runs. Alex Gladwyn and Matt Cutts were going well, until Matt Cutts was bowled for 23. Wherwell’s Mr dependable Oliver Emslie came in next and played the anchor role. Rowledge then removed A Gladwyn for a well made 32. Mike Cutts came in next and took the attack to Rowledge scoring a quick 21, before being bowled. Craig Beckingham rolled back the years to score a powerful 47 not out and took Wherwell home with O Emslie 49 not out. Wherwell reached the target in 41 overs, ending on 201-4. Ollie Rayman was the pick of the bowlers for Rowledge with 2 wickets.
This result keeps Wherwell 2nd in the league. Wherwell are away to 3rd placed Compton and Chandlers Ford CC next weekend.
KJM Sponsored Wherwell travelled away to Stockbridge at Leckford. Under overcast skies, Wherwell lost the toss and were put into bat.
Stockbridge started well, sending back both Wherwell openers in quick succession. The innings rebuild fell at the feet of Matt Cutts and Oliver Emslie. They set about their jobs smartly putting away any bad balls they faced to the boundary and constantly rotating the strike. Matt Cutts bought up his 50 with a square drive. He was sent back soon after, ending on 60 runs. They put on a 93 run partnership. Mike Cutts came into bat at 5 and played the innings of the day, scoring powerful 68 not out at a strike rate of 200. This included reaching his half century with a monstrous 6. Oliver Emslie playing the anchor role reached his 5th 50 of the season. Emslie was caught out for 56 runs. Nathan Young looking for quick runs showcased his powerful hitting before being stumped for 19 runs in 8 balls. Wherwell ended the innings for 241-6. Vokes was the pick of the bowlers 9 o 4m 20runs 2 wickets.
Having heard that 280 was the par score, Wherwell knew they had to be at their best in the field to win. But this turned out to be another day to remember for Harry Trebert, who took his 3rd 6 wicket haul of the season. H Trebert started off strongly taking 2 wickets in the first over of the Stockbridge innings. Bowling strong channels, H Trebert kept troubling the batsman who were unable to face his menacing spell. He ended on 6 for 38. Special mention to O Emslie who took a flying one handed catch at point for Harry Trebet’s 5th wicket to remove J Vokes who was looking dangerous. Wherwell finished off the innings for 89 runs in 25 overs. Only resistance coming from A Burton 22 and J Vokes 17. Nathan Young took 2 wickets and the other 2 were shared by Oliver Emslie and Steve Turner.
This result leaves Wherwell 2nd in the league. Wherwell are at home to Rowledge this weekend.
KJM sponsored Wherwell CC won the loss for just the second time this season and opted to field first.
Twyford openers G & M McKenzie both showed promising intent early on but Wherwell replied with a convincing bowling attack toppling nearly their entire line up restricting their innings to just 31.3 overs.
All bowlers took a slice of the pie with tremendous effort on a rock solid pitch making it difficult for all batsmen of the day. H Trebert 9o 24r 1w, O Emslie 6o 35r 1w, N Young 3o 24r 1w and S Turner 6o 23r 2w. Jug avoidance for the local ringer Mike Cutts 7.3o 16 r 4w, fines are due.
Wherwell opened with R Skeates and A Gladwyn. Both built a solid partnership enjoying their time in the middle although was throttled by majestic bowling on the glamerous Wherwell pitch.
R Skeates was caught for 60 putting him second in Wherwell’s most runs scored so far, just 30 behind current leader Matt Cutts. A Gladwyn was caught for 26 and securing his top spot in the Wherwell’s batting averages so far.
Matt Cutts (22*) and O Emlsie (4*) wasted no time with a quick fire partnership to see the victory home. Cricket was the winner. This puts Wherwell second on the table and promotion is edging closer with just six matches left.
No game for Wherwell next week. Next game for Wherwell is away to Stockbridge 27/07 who are third in the table.