KJM sponsored Wherwell 2nd XI, playing in there fourth home game in a row, lost the toss to Hungerford and were put into field with the sun beating down on the Playing Fields ground. Ollie Emslie and Harry Trebert opened the bowling and started with tight lines and good lengths, and both took a couple of wickets each in the opening spells of five overs. Hungerford were losing wickets at regular intervals with no one scoring above 20. Wherwell bowled out Hungerford for just 81. Adam Cook making a welcome return to the team cleaning up the tail with 3 for 3 off just 3 overs, and Rob Weeks also picking up 3 for 4 off 7 overs. After some tea Wherwell knew the had to keep there discipline in chasing the low total. After losing the wicket of Horne in the fifth over with the score on 18, there wasn’t any need to panic just yet as Harry Trebert 20 and Mick Ling 17 began to build a patnership taking Wherwell to the total, but when they both departed within two overs of each other with the score just on 60, and still 22 required there was a middle order collapse, and Wherwell were 70 for 7 still requiring 12, however Mark Pembry and Emslie batted sensible and saw the side home, for thier third win of the season.
KJM sponsored Wherwell lost the toss and were invited to bat first, with a strong side and on the back of 2 wins there was a positive feeling in the dressing room that unfortunately didn’t last long. Faced with steady bowlers looking for nothing more than line and length bowling the batsmen just surrendered. Only Mick Ling with 17 threatened to hang around but succumbed to a straight ball that he pulled to the fielder at square Leg with unerring accuracy. In the 22nd over Wherwell were 8 down with only 46 on the board, batting deep Paul Whyton and Harry Trebert dug in, both riding their luck more than once they got bat on ball and looked to hit the odd loose ball, most importantly they kept the visitors in the field. Whyton was eventually caught for 11 out of a partnership of 50 and when the last wicket fell partially blamed on a “wasp in my helmet” the score was a below par 99 and Trebert was 30 not out.
The bowling had to be tight but from the off there were too many loose balls as the opening bowlers tried a little too hard for wickets, the only success was a great diving catch by Oli Emslie off the bowling of Trebert and the former then produced a toe crusher for a plumb LBW but there was no further success as the visitors reached the total in half the overs with 8 wickets in hand.
KJM sponsored Wherwell hosted M & T 3rd XI off the back of their first league win. With a number of players unavailable the team had a decidedly “senior” look to it but sometimes old heads are high value and that was proven in amongst the showers under the grey sky. Losing the toss Wherwell were asked to bat and lost the skipper to a 2 man catch early on, Nigel Horne though is starting to look settled and played some gorgeous shots to all corners, a 3rd Wicket 50 run partnership with Mark Pembry (18) looked like being the bedrock of a good total until Pembry left his crease to the spinner, the keeper failed to take the ball but it rebounded off his pads and had the unfortunate batter adjudged stumped. This brought Charlie Ingrem (31) in to bat, with a knee brace on and unable to take quick singles he was on the attack from the start hitting the ball hard and far. Horne fell LBW for 32 but Ingrem carried on in style clearing the rope for an enormous 6. A mini collapse looked to have restricted the home side but some late hitting from the tail by Stephen Bonser (14), TJ Hull (6 no) and Richard Rowles (8) got the score to a competitive 129.
In reply M&T looked strong, with no regular first line bowler but plenty of options Wherwell started to chip away, Mick Ling (7-14-2) found a leading edge that was well taken on the run by Horne but the first bowling change made instant impact. Richard Rowles playing his first league match in 2 years got a ball to straighten for a plumb LBW decision, his next over though was a double wicket maiden, we shall be hearing about this for a while, but the most crucial moment was his catch off Ling to remove the well set opener. Wherwell had the visitors at 40 for 5 and decided to turn the screw, Rowles bowled unchanged for 10-32-3, Pembry picked up 1 wicket caught well by TJ Hull, Mark Saunders also got his first league scalp thanks to sharp keeping from Horne and the innings was wrapped up by a one legged Ingrem for an unexpected 25 run win. This showed once again the value of working and playing as a team.
Whewell hosted Whitchurch under clear blue skies with the ground looking splendid. With the visitors winning the toss wherwell were asked to bat on what appeared to be a good strip. The opening pair of Nigel Horne and Mick Ling started well and had made reasonable progress before horne was well caught behind from an inside edge, this heralded the introduction of Oliver Emslie who settled quickly and batted well with Ling. Having taken the score to 70 Emslie played a little early and chipped the ball to mid on for 19, Ling still going well was joined by Cray Sams who continued his recent good form. Ling brought up a 50 with a straight drive and with Sams the score moved towards the 150 with Ling looking set for a Ton but it was not to be as he mis-judged the line and lost his off-stump for 87. Sams carried on in the face of tight bowling and with a flurry of late wickets the home side closed on 168 for 5 with Sams 39 not out.
Having taken tea and with a spring in their step the bowlers set about their task, Emslie picked up an early wicket and Anthony Barnes bowling down the slope also got some reward in his first league appearance of the season. With wickets falling regularly Wherwell applied good pressure in the field and with some assistance from the strip Rob Weeks bowled a tidy spell picking up 2 wickets. The prize wicket fell to Ling and wherwell looked to have the match won but a late flourish from the tail took the game to the final over with the visitors needing 13 to win, Ling had the ball and with the field spread far and wide it was the vetran wherwell skipper who held his nerve and lead his team to a 6 run victory. Pick of the bowling was Emslie with 10-2-14-3 and Barnes 10-1-37-2 but the team as a whole were superb with performances in the field matching those with the bat.
Wherwell seconds travelled to Verwood when a trip to the beach might have been more appropriate. With only 10 players able to travel there was relief when the toss was won and Wherwell elected to bat on a beautiful looking strip. Early wickets came as no surprise but in the midst of a below par batting performance there were some good knocks from Cray Sams, Harry Trebert, Stephen Bonser and Nigel Horne, all making double figures but managing to find a way to get out. Wherwell were bowled out for 86 in the 27th over.
Despite a wicket in the first over from Trebert Wherwell never really looked able to restrict the home side who raced to a 9 wicket win inside 15 overs.
Wherwell suffered a 10 wicket home defeat at the hands of a strong Sparsholt side. Having lost the toss the home side were skittled for 115 with only Charlie Ingrem and Cray Sams showing resistance. The bowlers too were up against it and found the visitors opening pair impregnable as they cruised to the target of 116 with several overs to spare
KJM sponsored Wherwell travelled to Farley as the fixture list made a home & away double for the 2 clubs. Winning the toss on a flat looking strip the visitors chose to field first. With a strong youth contingent in the side Wherwell looked to contain the home team who, knowing the short boundaries square of the wicket, were keen to chase width. The home batters tried hard to get out but Wherwell were not willing to accept the opportunities. 1st change bowler Rob Weeks struck in his first over getting the ball to move back off a length and keep low, but the visitors kept missing their chances and the home teams remaining opener passed 50 and was looking good for a century when Wherwells Under 15 skipper, Nick Baughen produced an in-swinger that would have cleaned up many batsmen and had the desired effect in this case. A magnificent catch by Jordan Trebert and a direct hit run out from Charles Ingrem briefly suggested a return of fielding standards but some hard hitting and wayward bowling saw the home side to a formidable 247 for 4.
Wherwell got off to a indifferent start losing wickets at regular intervals, at 23 for 4 captain Mick Ling was joined at the crease by Ingrem. The 2 settled some nerves and began to build a partnership by exploiting the short boundaries and taking advantage of anything wayward from the bowlers. As Ingrem settled in he started to bully the bowling and quickly got into his stride bringing up his 50 with a clubbing 4, the 100 partnership was soon to follow and the home side started to look unsettled. The breakthrough came for the home side when ling on 47 was adjudged Leg before but Ingrem wasn’t finished and in tandem with Paul Whyton pushed the score past 200 and brought up his personal milestone of 100 with a trademark 6. The win never looked possible but the visitors gave it a good try but losing Whyton and Ingrem in successive overs left the result a formality as Wherwell held on for maximum batting points and a huge amount of pride in a hard fought defeat by 40 runs.
Following the wet 2012 season it was no surprise that the 2013 season started with rain in the air and a soft pitch. With a strong wind blowing straight up the ground Wherwell fielded first and initial exchanges were favoring the home side, Charlie Ingram and Harry Trebert bowled good lines and kept the batsmen honest but without success as the chances offered early were not taken. The first 12 overs went slowly supported by rain and wind but the change of bowling added momentum to the batting side, Mick Ling introduced himself to bowl into the teeth of a strong blow and immediately found the line difficult to control, after a watchful first over consisting of 10 balls the Winterslow opening batsman cut loose hitting hard to the on-side and within 4 overs had gone from 20 to 50 despite loosing his young opening partner. With the 1st XI sat watching from the pavilion having found their opposition unwilling to play Nathan Young had managed to win the bun fight to play in the 2nds and came down the hill with his off cutters, his 10 overs were the only bowling highlight taking 4 for 28 as the visitors finished on 189 for 6.
Wherwell as a batting side never really got started, in fact it was ironic that on a damp pitch “ducks” were plentiful, only the talented Jacob Williams (more to come this season) with 15 and Craig Sams with 17 got the home team into the batting points as they were rolled over for a disappointing 50. The positives for most of the home batters, “it can only get better!”
With most league cricket finished for the season it was a pleasing mix of youth and experience that formed the KJM sponsored Wherwell team that visited Winterbourne. The home side had already won the division and with their 1st XI also confirmed champions of their division both sides had some big guns on display.
Wherwell lost the toss and was invited to bowl, with Harry Trebert (2 for 38) taking the new ball in partnership with Christian Nicel (1 for 21 from 8)youth and experience were head to head and to his credit youth struck first with Trebert getting the breakthrough thanks to a sharp Stuart Taylor catch, Nicel was once again the victim of dropped catches seeing 3 go down and finally resulted to full and straight to get his rewards. The change bowlers particularly Rory Griffin ( 2 for 25) strangled the home sides middle order with the growing consistency he has shown this season. The home side had struggled to drinks with 6 wickets down and only 90 on the board, the introduction of Taylor (4w for 6r) showed the difference in squad strength as he ripped through the tail and could have had a worthy hat-trick but for one of the 6 dropped catches and when Taylor picked up his third wicket with a comfortable return catch the home side were all out for 112.
With some excellent home made sponge cake nestling nicely in the stomach Mick Ling ( 29 no) opened the batting with Taylor who carried on with the bat where he had finished off with the ball. His first ball should have been his last but was dropped at square leg, they always say when you are dropped make them pay and he truly did! he raced through 30 before his partner was off the mark and proceeded to hit anything off line to the boundary. By the time he fell caught at slip for a sparkling 59 the score was 90 and the game effectively won. Nigel Horne( 15 n.o.) walked in at 3 off the back of his maiden half century and the fielders sensing a chance of a couple of quick wickets closed in, this though just meant they had to run further to pick the ball up a Horne unleashed some sumptuous cover drives to take the team to the brink of victory and fittingly it was Ling who hit the winning runs with a beautifully executed pull for 4 to complete a maximum points 9 wicket victory for the visitors.
A depleted 2nds team took on Centurions. With only a few bowlers available the task was always going to be tough. Brendan Tasker 43-2, Rob Weeks 47-2 and Charles Ingram 3runs -4 wickets were the pick of the bowlers as they bowled them out for 163. In reply Wherwell started well with Mick Ling (28) and Nigel Horne 68 not out, (first ever league 50) providing a foundation for which Wherwell hoped to kick on but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as they fell 8runs short of the target. 155-3.