Waltham pay price for poor preparation

Bishop's Waltham captain Dan Wheeler  Picture: Allan Hutchings
Bishop's Waltham captain Dan Wheeler Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Bishop’s Waltham endured a tough baptism to life in Hampshire League division one with a seven-wicket defeat against Alton II at Albany Road.

Waltham captain Dan Wheeler admitted his team were poorly prepared.

He said: ‘Things didn’t go to plan that is for sure.

‘We have only had one pre-season game and went into it massively undercooked.

‘On top of that Alton took every chance that came their way.

‘We didn’t think there was anything out there to scare us it was just a case of too many cobwebs.’

The home side were in real trouble early on as they slumped to 30 for six.

They rallied to reach a total of 109 but Wheeler knew they could never defend such a small target.

Alton then crashed 30 runs off the first three overs to rub salt into the Waltham wounds.

After that, the hosts showed a lot of fighting spirit with the visitors needing another 33 overs before winning the game.

Purbrook started strongly with a 138-run success at Sarisbury II.

New Zealander Ben Michel (58), John Moller (49) and Clark Harding guided the visitors to a an impressive 285 for nine.

Sarisbury. were bowled out for 147 with Nathan Snelling, four wickets and Aaron Dean three wickets the main destroyers.

Fareham & Crofton made a disappointing start with a three wicket home defeat at the hands of New Milton II.

Batting first the home side slumped to 128 all out with only Ben Kissane (35) showing any form.

Benedict White (three for 33) and Matt Gould (two for 9) led the fightback but it proved in vain.

United Services Portsmouth made a winning return to the top division with a 70-run victory at Andover II.

In division two, Bedhampton look like launching another title challenge after a thumping 166-run win over Petersfield.

Meanwhile in division four, James Swaine hit an unbeaten 167 to guide Emsworth to a 129-run win over Denplan Mansbridge.