Wheater insists there’s no quick fix to Championship fortunes

Hampshire's Adam Wheater in action last night. Picture: Robin Jones
Hampshire's Adam Wheater in action last night. Picture: Robin Jones
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Adam Wheater believes Hampshire’s tremendous one-day performances have little bearing on their Championship troubles and insists: It’s a totally different game.

The wicketkeeper hit an explosive 70 as the Royals recorded a 46-run success over Derbyshire at the Ageas Bowl in their latest Yorkshire Bank 40 encounter.

Aside from a century against Loughborough University, it was the former Essex wicketkeeper’s highest score in a Hampshire shirt as he smashed three sixes and six fours in his fiery 41-ball innings to boost the total to 277 for eight.

But while some supporters remain confused over the stark contrast in fortunes in the club’s Championship form and the limited overs, Wheater offered an interesting insight.

He said: ‘There are different skills you need for the different formats.

‘It just so happens that we have put in better performances in the one-day stuff.

‘Batting is completely different. You develop an innings in a four-day game but in one-day cricket you have to score straight away.

‘In bowling, you don’t need the bumpers, yorkers and slower balls – it’s more about the repetition of hitting an area. The Dukes ball swings all day and the white ball doesn’t swing really.

‘But the white ball also spins a bit more because it’s a bit more tacky and we play on different wickets.

‘A prime example is how some of the division one sides are doing.

‘They are at the top of the table in division one but not in one-day cricket.

‘It’s vice versa for us at the moment.’

And Wheater admitted that Hampshire are a different animal in the limited overs games at present, although they are trying to bridge the gap.

He said: ‘Results would suggest we have been better suited to one-day cricket over the past couple of years.

‘When you are that good at one-day cricket, you are going to want to improve the four-day stuff.

‘Ultimately, it boils down to hard work to see where it gets you and that’s what the lads are doing.

‘If you are there or thereabouts in three competitions, you know about it. But we are here to try to win every game we can.’

Wheater’s form with the bat has been patchy with just one other half-century so far this term.

But he has had little opportunity to impress in the 40-over competition with the top order in such excellent form before this game.

He said: ‘Maybe I have been a little bit guilty of getting in and getting out in the four-day stuff.

‘But if I keep putting in performances like that, I will be in a happy place at the end of the summer.

‘It was good that I had a chance to get myself in, which rarely happens when the top order fires.

‘I enjoyed that and they (Derbyshire) probably didn’t execute their skills as well as they should have.

‘I think they could have been a little bit better with their bowling and fortunately, I got a few away.

‘I naturally play quite attacking.

‘And I wanted to play my natural game to see where it took us.

‘It was a good win.’