31 Aug 2013 - Gavan Burden
On a glorious day at the seaside, Whitstable won the toss and elected to bat in what was a key game for The Vine.
Some excellent bowling from Miles Richardson and Tom Parsons, backed up by Skipper KP, made short shrift of a batting lineup that ignored the shorter straight boundaries in favour of the longer ones off their toes. Miles got his first 1st XI five-fer with 5 – 38 off 10 overs including a shot at a hat trick in his last over. Teeps took 4 – 26 off 7 to get to 40 league wickets for the season – well done to both – whilst KP bowled a miserly 4 overs for 11 runs and 1 wicket.
With Whitstable out for 79 there was no time pressure on the run chase. JB, with a glanced 4 off the first ball of the innings, and Olly Durell opened the batting with sharp eyes on the short straight boundaries.
Some lovely clean straight hitting saw JB ease his way through the 20s and 30 before Olly unleashed his straight driving with a couple of his own big sixes. JB ended up with 44 off 34 balls and Olly 33 of 29. In only 10 overs the Vine eased to a 10 wicket win and returned to the Vine to await news of Blackeath’s game at Sibton Park.
News of Blackheath’s win filtered through in the early evening to complete a great day and secure another year in the Premier League.
Now we look forward to welcoming Lordswood to The Vine in the last game of the season next week.