Wherwell 1st X1’s skipper, Craig Beckingham, won the toss and decided to bowl first on a green pitch with overcast conditions.
The first innings ticked along nicely for Wherwell with tremendous pressure on Alton where they were just 25 runs off 10 overs. However, with such consistency from both sides, Oliver Emslie went for 21 off 7 overs for 0 and Craig Beckingham at 25 off 7 overs for 2 wickets. Their number two batsman retained consistent temperament and patience to score a well earned 46 where wickets were eventually falling around him. Whilst Wherwell’s fielding efforts were not at their peak, the likes of Nathan Young and Alex Gladwyn picked up a further 7 wickets between them. Young with 46 off 10 overs for 3 wickets and Gladwyn with 28 off 6 overs for 3 wickets. Alton finished on 196 for 7.
Wherwell’s openers rapidly got out after just six overs, putting Wherwell in a far too familiar situation. However, Stuart Taylor quickly retained Wherwell’s pride and put them on the front foot again with his much needed 50. The partnership by Charlie Ingrem (23) and Paul Whyton (17) gave Wherwell high hopes for a glimse at finishing the season off with a win. Wherwell fell short of 46 runs, finishing on 146 all out. Alton’s win means they were promoted.
Wherwell won the toss, pitch was green, weather was English. Skipper decided to bowl first on their own strip.
A rare occasion for Wherwell 1st XI playing with just 10 men occured against AWE Tadley. However the hard work was contributed with great team spirit as always regardless of the situation, where Matt Guilfoyle bowled 24 runs off 10 overs for 3 wickets, Craig Beckingham making it difficult for AWE Tadley with just 15 runs off 7 overs, and finally Ed Marsh with 28 runs off 6 overs for 3 wickets. Despite the steady bowling efforts and tough fielding work required from Wherwell, AWE Tadley’s top four batsmen proved their resilience and posted 175 for 9 after 45 overs.
Despite Wherwell going out to bat with just 10 men against a just above par total of 175, ambitions were high in Wherwell’s ability with the likes of Stuart Taylor embarking on a steady and much needed 45, but this was after a rapid loss of wickets from Wherwell’s top four batsmen which made Wherwell’s objective much harder. Nathan Young followed Taylor’s footsteps by contributing a solid 20, however the rest of the line-up were insufficient enough to provide what was required for would have been Wherwell’s 6th win of the season.
KJM sponsored travelled to Hursley with a weakened team but full of energy and knowing they should just enjoy the day regardless of result.
After losing the toss they were asked to bat on a very green strip. After losing a few early wickets, Alex Gladwyn and Matt Guilfoyle tried to rebuild the innings with some smart running. Wherwell started to rebuild until a rush of blood was the downfall of Guilfoyle as he played all around a straight ball. Thankfully the tail wagged again and took Wherwell to a well below par 114.
Knowing they were about 80 short Wherwell went about the bowling trying to restrict runs and make it difficult for the batsman. Some good fielding had IBM working hard for runs but they remained patient and guided themselves to the win after 29 overs.
A big thank you to IBM Hursley as they made us feel welcome and provided us with the best teas of the season by far.
KJM sponsored Wherwell took on Andover 3rds trying to turn around a recent run of defeats. After winning the toss Wherwell decided to bat knowing the weather was going to play a part. After only 3 over the players rushed of the pitch due to a heavy downpour. Exactly 60 minutes and after some hard work the ground was deemed playable. Wherwell lost 3 quick wickets as the pitch was damp on top and Robin Richards 5-12 from 9 overs exposed the uncovered pitch. Ollie Cox (2-35) bowled well from the other as they tied Wherwell batsman up. Elton Adamo (68) decided that attack was the best form of defence as he went about building a innings as the pitch started to recover and became playable again. Charlie Ingrem (26) and Luke Trebert (19) enabled the tail to wag as Wherwell crawled to 187 all out.
After the rain calculated lunch Andover needed 125 from 25 overs. Wherwell knew they needed to field well and perform to the best to stand a chance. Matt Guilfoyle and Stuart Taylor both taking wickets and catches put Wherwell firmly in the driving seat taking wickets on a regular basis. Alex Aldridge 20 dug in and tried to help his team nudge towards to total, he was supported by Ollie Cox as they built a partnership but the bowling attack proved to much as Matt Guilfoyle bowled great lines and lengths claiming a career best 6-24 supported by Taylor 2-45 and Nathan Young 2-11.
Andover now face a tough battle to avoid relegation but with the spirt shown on Saturday they could and should be able to pull it off.
KJM sponsored Wherwell travelled east towards to Basingstoke for what has become a familiar trip (having played away 3 years running to Hobos). After losing the Wherwell were asked to field on probably the hottest Saturday of the year, as the bowlers rotated in the heat Wherwell struggled with the conditions as a few errors crept in. They did however get a injection of energy at second drinks as they started chipping away at the wickets wit regular success. Pick of the bowlers was Nathan Young 9.3 overs 30 runs for 4 wickets as Hobos posted a challenging 202 on a crumbling pitch, special mention to Alex Gladwyn who managed to take 5 catches in the outfield.
Wherwell started the reply in great shape as Craig Beckingham opened his arms and regularly found the boundary, unfortunately he tried 1 shot to many and sparked a mini Wherwell collapse as Wherwell found themselves in trouble. Ali bowled superbly for his 4-24 managing to get variable bounce and turn. Wherwells lower order batted with real fight as they dug in, Matt Guilfoyle counter-attacked and managed to push Wherwell close with a form finding 41. Unfortunately despite some great running from the tail Wherwell finished 12 runs short as they finished 190 all out.
With thunder-storms on the horizon KJM sponsored Wherwell did all they could to get a game on with players attending the ground before most had breakfast. Winterslow won the toss and decided to bowl on the previously covered pitch, this proved to be a crucial win of the toss as the ball nipped everywhere. Beckingham 29 and Taylor 41 the only batsman to show any true fight and dig in. Wherwells batsman have often been their own downfall and today was no different. Wherwell limped to a very disappointing 141 all out from 32 overs, a score the home team believed to be about 80 runs short.
Winterslow knew chasing this total would still tough against Wherwells bowling but each batsman dug in and valued his wicket. 141 from 45 overs would require no rash shots the batsman just took the loose balls for runs and slowly edged towards the finishing line. Some tight bowling from Matt Guilfoyle 9.3 over 1wicket 18 runs and Oliver Emslie (10-4-24-4) dragged Wherwell back into the game and ensured that the game went the distance but some big hits towards the took Winterslow over the line with 8 balls to spare.
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KJM sponsored Wherwell hosted Amesbury on what can only be described a scorchingly hot day. The wicket for the first time this season was dry, and after winning the toss the visiting skipper Dale Gower had no hesitation in bowling first. Wherwell started slowly trying to build a score. Beckingham (9) and Wickham (16) stayed put seen off the original scare in the first 5 overs. Beckingham soon departed to a good ball bringing the inform Stuart Taylor to the crease. As others lost concentration in the heat Taylor started going through the gears. Only Nathan Young stayed put and dug in for Taylor. Young finally departed for a pain staking 26 but the job was done for the team as Taylor raced towards his second league 100 of the season. Taylor brought up his 100 from 74 balls with a lovely 2 on the leg side only to get out the next ball. Wherwell ended up 178 all out.
After a few cold drinks and showers Wherwell took to the field knowing a big effort was required. Stuart Taylor was again back in the game as he got the ball to bite from a good length. Some sharp fielding from Beckingham enabled a Taylor to collect his 3rd wicket for 26 runs. Wherwell looked in complete control as they had Amesbury 50-7 but the visiting skipper Dale Gower 51 batted hard and pushed fear into the Wherwell as he dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground. Matt Guilfoyle tried his best to get the other batsman out with figures of 2-40 but it appeared nobody could break this partnership as the skipper rotated his bowling trying to buy a wicket. Thankfully Russell Ingrem 1-18 raised his hand and broke the partnership. Wherwell were suddenly back in the game and Young 4-21 got himself back into the attack to spin his team to victory thanks to a full body dive catch from Gladwyn on the boundary. Amesbury all out for 142
KJM sponsored Wherwell travelled to Compton looking to make it back to back wins in this fragmented season. Overnight rain had caught out the home side and the covers had not been used meaning there was a drying surface making the idea of bowling first highly inviting. Nathan Young called correct and had no hesitation inviting the home side to bat.
Stuart Taylor and Craig Beckingham took the new ball and immediately batting looked difficult with inconsistent bounce and pace troubling the batters, it was Taylor who made the breakthrough having the open adjudged caught behind with the score struggling to stay ahead of the overs, a brief flurry from the home side number 4 pushed the scoring rate to nearly 3 an over and the home side looked set for a reasonable score with wickets in hand but Wherwells change bowlers were all on song and the home side stalled and stuttered from 51 for 2 to 106 all out. Nathan Young with 3 for 32 was the most successful bowler and 2 wickets a piece for Matt Guilfoyle and Russel Ingrem plus a superb run out by the latter combination showed how tight Wherwell have become as a team backing up each other in the field and placing bodies on the line.
With a low target Craig Beckingham and Jeremy Wickham opened the batting, Beckingham looked in a hurry but went for a shot too many and was caught at point, Gladwyn too looked the be positive but perished in the same manor. This brought Taylor to the crease off the back of a league ton in his previous match. What had looked a difficult pitch matched with tidy bowling suddenly appeared to be a carpet with gentle throw downs. Taylor defended his first ball then hit his second for 6, this set a tone for an onslaught that took the game away from the home side, with the watchful Wickham supporting Taylor smashed the ball to all parts and raced towards 50. He fell for 48 to a catch on the boundary looking to hit the ball into next week, Wickham too perished going for an out of character slog sweep, but Charlie Ingrem following instructions to “knock it about and do it in singles” went 6 – 4 game over. Wherwell took the win with 6 wickets and 26 overs remaining.
Wherwell 1st XI travelled North to Donnington, a lovely setting though heavily affected by the bad weather the pitch whilst flat was clearly going to present a challenge for batters. Therefore when the toss was won by the home side there was no surprise when they asked Wherwell to bat.
Craig Beckingham and Jeremy Wickham made a slow but solid start under testing conditions, the outfield being slow meant boundaries were hard to find, Beckingham was first to depart for a gritty 17, this brought Stuart Taylor to the crease, it didn’t take him long to settle and once in to his stride the slowness of the outfield was bypassed as the first match ball was lost, down a rabbit hole most likely, in a nearby field. Wickham was content to play a supporting role and the 2 took the score past 100 with Taylor reaching 50 with a 6 taken on the boundary only for the fielder to fall back over the line. Spurred on by some friendly suggestions that he should buy a lottery ticket Taylor continued to dispatch the ball to all parts. Wickham departed for 35 but a brisk 17 from Alex Gladwyn kept the momentum flowing. There was no shock when Taylor bludgeoned a 4 through extra cover to bring up his 100 but this was followed by disbelief when the bowler slipped in delivery of the next ball and the resulting skidder found middle stump. Some late strikes and good running from Nathan Young (12) and Paul Whyton (12 n.o) saw Wherwell post a above par total of 208 for 7.
The Donnington response never really got going, opening the bowling for the first time Wherwells Babu off his shortened run due to the length of the ground! had the home batters struggling to see the ball never mind score a run, he was soon rewarded with wickets picking up 2 in his first spell and would ultimately complete a return of 10 overs 5 maidens 2 for 10, Taylor appeared stiff after his exertions with the bat but once into his stride he made the openers wish they were still in the pavilion, the first bowling change appeared to bring some respite for the home batters as they opened their shoulders and looked for boundaries, both T Oliver (16) and R Sheppherd (30) hit to the short boundary but fell to the ever improving bowling of Harry Trebert. The youngster bowled some unplayable balls in his 6 overs and took 2 for 29. With the top 4 all gone by drinks Donnigton effectively shut up shop and looked to bat out 45 overs with as few wickets lost as possible. Wherwell tried some options giving the leg spin duo of Gladwyn and Wickham a go, both got turn and bounce and wickets as a reward with Craig Beckingham also chipping in with 4-1-8-1 the result was never in doubt. Unable though to claim the full quota of bowling points as the home side edged their way a final total of 129 for 8.