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Sevenoaks Vine beat Wimbledon

3 May 2014 - Tom Parsons

Sevenoaks Vine made it 3 wins from 3 friendlies as they beat a strong Wimbledon side on Saturday. Captain Tom Parsons won the toss and elected to bat on a sluggish surface and his Sevenoaks side managed to muster up a respectable 218-7 from their 45 overs. Opener John Bowden made a patient 44 before Oliver Howick scored his second 50 in successive games to give the visitors a chance to finish aggressively with wickets in hand. Solid partnerships between Bowden and Olly Durrell and Howick and the returning Anthony Shales enabled a base for a late order flourish from Chris Hammond and Michael Barber.

Wimbledon got off to a great start in their reply with them being on 66-0 after 10 overs, however the introduction of spin twins Tom Coldman and overseas signing Nick Sale bought about crucial wickets for the Sevenoaks side and from there the game changed completely and Wimbledon collapsed to 170 all out. Coldman, Sale, Howick and Luke Blackaby shared the wickets with some top contributions in the field from Michael Barber behind the stumps and a run out which finished off a resounding win for Sevenoaks Vine.

Competition for places in the first team really hots up with Sevenoaks travelling to Beckenham for their first league game next Saturday.

Tom Parsons

1st XI Captain

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