Wantage & Grove Rove to Chalgrove – Radley v Wantage I (A) – Cherwell Div 5C WL

Haiku Review Hope springs eternal We had it in our own hands But we lost again Full Review Arriving to Radley’s second ground in the curious village of Chalgrove, the team were buoyed by notions of glory. Perennial achievers of second place (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2021 and probably others), Wantage held their own destiny in their hands – namely, beat mid-table Radley and win the Division above our friends and rivals Dorchester, who were hosting bottom club Sunningwell. Concerns about the way the pitch had handled last season were raised, but on…continue reading →

Eynsham (home) – Cherwell 5C – WL

The final home game of the season was here already , and hasn’t the season flown ! It seems just the other day it was the first game of the season and we were all looking out the window at the rain – or was that just the other day ? Three successive defeats for the 1’s is far from the sort of form wanted at the business end of a season and a visit from Eynsham , whom had held us to a hard fought draw earlier in the season and were…continue reading →

WAGCC V Garsington 1s 12th August 2023

Right… me again! Flippin ek, someone else needs to start doing something because as I sit in bed (21:28 Friday Night) with my son screaming at me (3rd week straight!) I am not sure I have a huge amount to say… Well, we bowled first on a fairly good track considering the rain we had for the past 2 days, and more showers forecast throughout.Things didn’t get off to a good start with my first over getting thumped for 14 off the first over… I would like to say that there was a…continue reading →

WAGCC 1st XI v Oxford Downs (@Cokethorpe school) Sat 29th July 2023

With rain last week, and the earth feeling decidedly damp, The WAG turned up to CokethorpeSchool to face off against the strongest team (in my opinion) we have played this year.The wind was howling across the ground, and there was a particularly strong fire in the bellies of the WAG bowlers after Spenny won the toss and chose to field first. If I’m honest, I was really only paying attention to my bowling, as running into a headwind really tested my stamina which we all know is pretty poor at the best of…continue reading →

Wootton & BH (Home) – Cherwell 5C – WLD

Occupying dizzying heights at the top of the league, WAGCC began the second half of the season against Wootton & Boars Hill.  With the prospect of rain and plenty of showers around, both sides were keen to bowl first. Dave Spencer strode confidently out to ‘win’ the toss - this was not to be the case and he sheepishly gestured that we were batting instead.  Pad up Colin and TPL and let’s see that opening partnership we saw so often last season. Alas not. The 15th ball saw Colin chop onto his stumps…continue reading →

Risinghurst (Home) – Cherwell 5C – WLD

Openers for Wantage and Grove, form on display,Mercer and Lane, a partnership's ballet.But Lane fell, caught, unable to go far,Rehman's bowling dismissing him back to the bar. Wiggins arrived, smashing his first ball off the teeBut a barn-bound shot was Rehman's gleeJonny at four, his languid form and convictionBhardwaj's catch confirmed Spenny's unwanted prediction. A solid start wasted, and hopes teetering tooMercer cruising towards fifty, out LBW.Bhu partnered with Binners, one young and one old,The elder, he fell, out caught and bowled 96-5, a partnership was now the needed,So Summersbee and Binners steadily…continue reading →

Garsington (Away) – Cherwell 5C WLD

With Mabbs having more important things to do this week than write another match report, you’re stuck with me again this week! [Edit: Congrats Mr and Mrs Mabbs!] It’s been many years since we last made the trip to Garsington, and oh what a different day that was, wet, gale force winds, and cold… today the opposite, hot, dry, and barely a cloud in the sky (at the start at least). It’s also the start of the win-lose-draw portion of the season, different format, different tactics, could Skip win the toss to take…continue reading →

Cairns Fudge (A) – Cherwell 5C WL

Good day everyone, and welcome to the match report for the great grudge match between Wantage & Grove CC 1st XI v Cairns Fudge CC – Saturday 3rd June 2023 On a gloriously sunny day in June, The WAGCC travelled to Stanton-St-John for a fixture that most of the players had been waiting with great anticipation for, for a good few years. The last time we played them was in the OCA and for whatever inexplicable, your writer had never actually beaten Fudge at their place. Half of the Wantage team sat in…continue reading →

Oxford Downs 3s (Home) – Cherwell 5c

After a successful previous week chasing a low total against Sunningwell, the 1s returned to the home of (Wantage) cricket to face Oxford Downs – the sun was out and the weather set fair, so the skipper was well minded to bat first. Luckily, despite losing his first toss of the year, the Downs’ skipper saw it differently and decided to insert Wantage. Col and TPL strolled out to start our innings and it was a watchful start – Bello opened with a maiden, and A. List also didn’t concede a run off…continue reading →

Sunningwell (A) Cherwell 5C WL

Match Report: Sunningwell vs. Wantage & GroveLeague: Cherwell Cricket League - Division 5C 2023Venue: SunningwellDate: Saturday, 20th May 2023Start Time: 13:00Toss: Wantage & Grove won the toss and elected to field. Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because the clash between Sunningwell and Wantage & Grove in the Cherwell Cricket League - Division 5C was a rollercoaster of hilarity and excitement. Picture a sunny afternoon at Sunningwell, where the stage was set for an epic battle between these two teams. Sunningwell Innings: Right from the get-go, Wantage & Grove showed off their…continue reading →