Wherwell made the journey to Promotion chasing Bishops Waltham on a gloriously sunny summers day knowing that the chance of promotion had likely slipped by for another year but still with plenty of positives to play for.
Skipper for the day, Alex Gladwyn, won the toss and elected to bowl first under the clear skies on what looked to be a cracking strip much to the bemusement of his team. However once the opening bowlers got loose it proved an inspired decision both Emslie and Taylor bowled with great control and were backed up in the field with Charlie Ingrem in particular excelling at cover. Early wickets and tight lines kept the home, previously free scoring, batters in check and set the tone for the day as each bowler in turn kept the pressure on and produced wickets at the right times. A fine fielding team performance highlighted by a great run out with Ingrem and Whyton combining to remove a batter clearly exposed to the Ben Stokes school of running your bat in! on what was seen a 250+ pitch the home side limped to 162 for 9 from their 45.
Wherwell came out confident following tea and Robbie Skeates set about the run chase, supported by Craig Beckingham, as if he was on a promise… the pair put on 100 before Beckingham fell to a faint glove behind for 22 and Skeates, tiring under the now humid conditions was trapped LBW for 79 but despite a couple of quick wickets and a “Golden Duck” for the skipper Young and Guilfoyle were composed enough to see the visitors record a deserved 5 wicket win with almost a quarter of the overs left.
The team look forward now to a final home match against already relegated Winterslow knowing once again that with a bit of consistency promotion is a 2016 possibility.
KJM sponsored Wherwell travelled to Oakley for the first time in a few years. After winning the toss Skipper Nathan Young thought it would be a good idea to bowl on a slightly green track. The pitch however offered very little to the bowlers. Skipper Young and Oliver Emslie opened the bowling with no success, a few bowling changes followed though as Wherwell searched for a breakthrough. Oakley openers Dique 92 and Summer 54 put on a magnificent 133 run partnership as they made Wherwell work very hard. It wasn’t till the 27 over when John Foster was introduced into the attack that they finally got the deserved breakthrough. Foster and Taylor bowled well in tandem. Foster bowled 9 overs for 41 runs – 3 wickets. Stuart Taylor was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets for 40 runs. Oakley finished 202-7.
In reply Wherwell started in true aggressive fashion as Craig Beckingham 33 and Robbie Skeates 41 built a great platform to start. The middle order however for once failed as Wherwell found themselves in serious trouble as Potter ran through the middle order for a very impressive 6 wickets for 55 runs. Nathan Young and Oliver Emslie found themselves at the crease with Wherwell 130-8 from just 25 overs. Knowing it would be a huge task they both set about chipping away at the runs slowly. Young the more aggressive of the 2 managed to get a few boundaries away as his confidence grew. Emslie 14 not out offering the ore controlled approach was a great partner for Young 53 not out as the got themselves over the line with just 9 balls to spare. The partnership was worth 74 and Wherwell highest 9th wicket partnership in league cricket for numerous years.
Wherwell still remain within a chance of promotion but must win 5 of the last 6 games.
KJM sponsored Wherwell hosted Colden Common on what was probably the hottest Saturday of the year. Wherwell lost the toss and were asked to bat. Wherwell started with serious intent as Robbie Skeates 52 and Craig Beckingham 40 put on a impressive 80 runs partnership from the first 15 overs, They both fell within a few overs of each other as Alex Gladwyn 58 and Stuart Taylor 93 carried on the impressive scoring as they shared a 100 run partnership. John Foster 31 finished the slog fest off in style Wherewll scored an impressive 336-4
In reply Colden Common tried to go big from the off but lost wickets on a regular basis. Nathan Young 4 wickets 26 runs was the pick of the bowler. Wherwell rotated the bowling allowing everyone a chance to participate and managed to bowl Colden Common out for 213.
The new covers are starting to pay back now as 549 runs were scored in just 85 overs.