The greatest all rounder in Whamos history, Kiwi Jason Wilberforce will forever be remembered in the corridors of Whamfield. Signed for a snip at just £106,123 back in January 2007 he quickly made his mark as a Whamo player.
He performed a Desmond on debut with 2 runs and 2 wickets. Under an intensive training regime he moved up the order from 8 to eventually become an opening batsmen through sheer determination and hard work. He hit his first century and claimed his first five for in the same match on 23 November 2007, ironically against the team against whom he made his debut, as he really began to show his promise as a genuine all rounder.
With the bat, he left the club 3rd on the all time leading scorers board with 28,243 runs to his name. Included in that were 95 centuries and 131 fifties. He hit a highest score of 286* in an FC match showing his batting prowess. With the ball in hand, he took 466 competetive wickets with 11 five fors and a best of 7 for 7. He sits 5th on the list of leading wicket takers.
As he aged, Wilberforce took a very part time role as a bowler to concentrate on his batting which really excelled in the latter years of his Whamo career. His runs helped him capture the player of the season award twice in a row in seasons 19 & 20.
His Whamo career ended with a move to Wales, as he sought to continue playing regular cricket after coach Baker had informed him he was moving towards being a squad player, rather than a first team regular. At the ripe old age of 35 he still managed to draw a fee in excess of £600k. Its hard to imagine Whamo without him after 17 seasons at the club, but its testament to the player and his love of the game that he decided to move on.
He will always receive a heroes welcome at Whamfield having steered the club to many victories and 11 promotions across the 3 formats of the game. Jason – Will-ber-force be with you as you embark on the next step of an incredible career.