Wheater has no keeper complaints

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Adam Wheater insists he has no issue at giving up the wicketkeeping gloves as long as he remains part of a successful Hampshire side.

The former Essex man was selected as a specialist batsman for the second game in succession to accommodate Michael Bates behind the stumps.

And Wheater showed that he is well worthy of that selection with a run-a-ball 87, that included 11 fours as the home side reached 332 for seven at stumps on day one of their Championship clash with Derbyshire.

Wheater said: ‘It probably reflects on how strong the club is at the moment and how well Batesy is playing.

‘Ideally, I would like the gloves but you can’t argue with the way he catches the ball and the runs he is scoring at the moment.

‘I’m happy to be playing for Hampshire, whether that is with the gloves or not.

‘That decision is not up to me and they know I want to keep wicket.

‘But with a winning side, what can you do?

‘I’m just happy to be a part of that winning side at the moment.’

While Wheater felt he had enjoyed the odd moment of fortune, he was happy to make the most of his opportunity.

And he was determined to play in his trademark aggressive way, while rivals Derbyshire occasionally seemed to struggle to find consistency with the ball.

He said: ‘I would have taken that at the start of the day but I rode my luck as well.

‘I was dropped when I was on six but you have to take that bit of luck.

‘I’m happy with the way I am playing.

‘I could have wound my neck in a bit and knuckled down a bit more and played a bit more defensively.

‘But I always felt there was a ball with my name on it so I wanted to get as many runs as I could on the board before that happened.

‘The ball wasn’t doing a great deal and I think Derbyshire might hold their hands up and say they didn’t bowl as well as they could.

‘But we always felt there was a ball in there that could do something.

‘We felt there was enough in there to take a wicket.’

Wheater now believes Hampshire should be looking at a first innings total of beyond 350.

He said: ‘When I got out after tea, I said that 350 would be a good score.

‘We’ve got three wickets left and if we can get to 380, the guys would be chuffed to bits with that.

‘There is a lot of grass on the wicket and that is not going to change throughout the game.

‘You can only tell once we bowl on it but the feeling in the changing room is that we are in a good spot and if we can add to the overnight score, that would be great.’