KJM sponsored Wherwell travelled to sparsholt wondering how much of a game would get played as the grey clouds threatened to halt play again. Losing the toss they were asked to bat on a very hard green wicket. Starting with intent Jez Wickman and Ed John built a steady opening partnership scoring all round the wicket. Ed John (13) started to look in form before squaring himself up in front of all 3 stumps for a easy LBW decision. Beckingham played sensibly scoring square of the wicket to nudge his way to 22 before also playing across the line for a plumb LBW. Wickham and Gladwyn tried to get the run rate up and this was the doing for Wickham 75 as he was bowled middle stump. Wherwell had a collapse as they pushed for a big total. Wherwell ended 220 all out.
In reply Sparsholt knew 220 was going to be tough only Foster 53 offered any resistance as he stroked a clever 53 before chipping to mid on. Wherwell bowled tight lines on what was a good batting wicket Sparsholt batted for points and protected wickets as well as they could, they ended on 162-9 from 45 overs . Pick of the bowlers N.Young 3-26 from 9 overs, Guilfoyle 2-15 from 6, Taylor 2-22 from 10 and H Trebert 1-15 from 8.
KJM sponsored Wherwell hosted Crown Taverners in a mid table clash. Wherwell won the toss and elected to bowl on a flat batting strip knowing using the new ball would be key and so it proved. Stuart Taylor 3-32 and Christian Nicel 2-20 opened the bowling and bowled tight lines creating chances by keeping the run rate down. Both picked up wickets in first few overs as the pace proved too much. A full stretch leap from Young in the slips ensured Wherwell maintained real pressure as Wherwell knocked over the top order. Rob Hodgkison 89 not out and Jerry Comfort offered Crown taverners only real meaningful innings as they were restricted to a well below par 156-7.
In reply Wherwell were very watchful as Ryan Larbey and John Comfort bowled great lines at a good pace ensuring Wherwell only scored 8 runs from first 9 overs. This didn’t affect Wherwell though as they soon found the grove and started finding boundaries with ease. Elton Adamo hitting some big shots for 38 until he got bowled around the legs by Rob Hodgkison. Christian Nice’ls fine form with the bat continued as he hit a forceful 68 not out well supported by Gladwyn 24 not out to enable Wherwell to reach the target with 13 overs remaining.
KJM sponsored made the short journey to London Road 2 pitch, to find a wicket that looked dull and lifeless, After winning the toss Wherwell inserted their hosts and with no real back bone to their innings Andover soon collapsed away as Wherwell took wickets at regular intervals bowled out there hosts for just 117, with the pick of bowlers Mark Pettman 3-25, Stuart Taylor 2-15 and Matt Guilfoyle 2-20.
After some tea openers Craig Beckingham and Stuart Taylor took to the crease. Taylor in a fine run of form began taking the attack apart and after losing Beckingham for just three. Christian Nicel strolled to the crease and with Taylor the pair really took on the attack and eased Wherwell the total, with Taylor ending up on 76 not out and
Nicel 25 not out.
KJM Sponsored Wherwell made the trip to Hobos just outside of Basingstoke, in an unlikely turn of events captain Stuart Taylor won the toss and for a change Wherwell chose to bowl first on a very average looking strip. This decision soon proved to be vindicated with the Wherwell bowlers taking regular wickets. The visiting side bowled Hobos out inside 21 overs for just 57. Nathan Young 3 for 4, Christian Nicel 3 for 12, Matt Guilfoyle 3 for 14 and Stuart Taylor 1-15 picking up all the wickets.
After an earlier than anticipated tea Wherwell made a steady start to chasing the runs down, despite losing Craig Beckingham early. Stuart Taylor and Christian Nicel decided they would take the attack on, knocking the ball to all parts of the ground and chasing down the runs in just 10 overs. A comfortable nine complete and an early finish the team then decided to head back to Wherwell to support the 2nd XI on.
KJM sponsored Wherwell entertained unbeaten and top of the league Steep. Losing the toos Wherwell were put into field and it was always going to be a batsmen’s day. The innings was built on Knight 79 and Noble 89 who forming a huge partnership.They both excellently rotated the strike in the hot summers afternoon wearing down the Wherwell bowlers. When Noble ran out of steam and skied one to the keeper. A few other contributions from others saw Steep to a very good score 231.
This was felt to be a stiff target for Wherwell to chase down, but the Steep opening pair were in a charitable mood and failed to find their normal tight lines. The second wicket pair of Taylor 34 and Beckingham exceeded 50 and worried looks were on the faces of the Steep fielders. However, Steep had strength in depth and the change bowlers soon broke the stand. It remained tough going as Wherwell showed they had a deep batting line up. The scoring rate was accelerating worryingly Adamo and Guilfoyle showed some enterprising shots to keep Wherwell in the hunt, but in the end it wasn’t enough and although the winning margin of 25 runs suggests a relatively easy victory but it was not so, Steep managed to scrape home and maintain their unbeaten run and stay top of the league.
KJM sponsored Wherwell always knew this trip would be a tough one and so it proved under the blazing sun they were asked to bat first on what looked a good track. Taylor and John started well but both fell as the pitch showed some variable pace and bounce. Once again indiscipline showed as the middle order got them selves out with a combination of poor shot choice and bad luck. At one point Wherwell were struggling at 56 for 8 but some clean hitting from Charlie Ingrem and Christian Nicel go the total to 132 which was at least something to bowl at.
The bowlers came out after tea and ripped through the Petersfield top order, Taylor taking 1 for 2 from his initial 6 over spell and Nicel bowling unchanged in the heat for 10 overs 3 for 23 injected panic into the home side. This was summed up when a hit over the top was chased down by Dave Langford who was the only player awake to the fact the ball had plugged in the soft outfield and whilst the batsmen admired his shot Langford got the ball back in quickly and a relay to the keeper found the batsman well short and highly embarrassed. At this point Peterfield were 16 for 5 but the ball went soft and what movement there was faded as the 6th wicket pair dug in, rode their luck and built a partnership that took them to the brink of victory, only being parted with 4 required thanks to a rare Dave Langford catch. This made little difference to the result as the home team claimed a 4 wicket win with 4 overs to spare.
KJM sponsored Wherwell hosted AWE Tadley on a damp strip. Losing the toss Wherwell were asked to bat. Stuart Taylor was dropped in the third over and this proved costly as he went on to punish the visitors scoring 76, unfortunately only Elton Adamo offered real support with a well crafted 32 as the home side labored to 167 all out. In reply Craig Beckingham was given the opportunity to open the bowling and his tight lines forced a early run out. Taylor, 4-40, bowled with typical aggression but the match changer was Ollie Emslie who pulled off a superb over the head catch. This gave WCC a boost as Matt Guilfoyle Emslie Harry Trebbert and Nathan Young all rotated the bowling and picked up the remaining wickets leaving Tadley 15 short on 152 all out
KJM sponsored Wherwell 1st XI travelled to Midhurst in West Sussex. Wherwell won the toss and bowled first. Midhurst scored 139 all out on a damp surface, S Lush top scoring with 66. Stuart Taylor 3-30 Matt Guilfoyle 3-21 Nathan Young 2 -22 Christian Nicel 1-14 were the wicket takers. In reply Stuart Taylor 11 Nathan Young 30 opened the batting getting Wherwell off to a good start with contributions from Elton Adamo 21 Alex Gladwyn 35no Dave Langford 15 and Matt Guilfoyle 11no saw Wherwell comfortably home to the total and ending up on 140-4.
KJM sponsored Wherwell travelled into Wiltshire to play against Steeple Langford. Both skippers knowing the toss was crucial. Wherwell lost it and were made to bowl. Christian Nicel got a early breakthrough but it was always going to tough fielding first in the heat on a lovely batting track. Steeple Langford built a total as they started shifting through the gears going from 90-2 from 27 overs to 270-6 from 45. Pick of bowlers Nicel 1-22 from 10.
In reply Ed John teed off early but succeeded in getting out in the 5th over and 1 over later Craig Beckingham was run out. Alex Gladwyn 55 and Stuart Taylor 74 both batted well but ran out of energy and ended with both chipping balls in the air resulting in straight forward catches. Dave Langford with 37no and Christian Nicel 57no played well but couldn’t quite get Wherwell to the total and ended up 256-4.
KJM sponsored Wherwells good start to the season came to a grinding halt against Dinton as the batsman went missing in the sun. Wherwell posted a well below par 110 all out from 33 overs. Knowing it would be very difficult to defend Wherwell had to attack from the off. A wicket in the 3rd over got Wherwells hopes up but that was to be it till Dinton had all but won the won game. The return of Nicel from the farm end helped Wherwell pick up a bowling point as he took 2 wickets but this wasn’t enough as Dinton cruised to
112-3 after just 25 overs.