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8 Jun 2013 - David Harkin

A rare lost toss saw the Sevenoaks Vine 3rd XI asked to field first against Bexleyheath 3rd XI on what looked a tremendous wicket on a glorious Saturday afternoon in Otford.

Very early on in the Bexleyheath innings it became apparent that 200 would be an absolute minimum given the supreme batting conditions and with a short boundary on one side of the wicket.

The visitors started well, putting on 80 for the first wicket at a steady rate of around 5 an over. Thomas Wilson made the break through, claiming his first wicket for the club in what would prove to be an afternoon of firsts for the Vine newcomer. Following this dismissal, the tide turned and the Vine worked really hard to reduce the run rate back down to around 4 an over, with wickets falling at crucial times. Fred Elliott was the pick, claiming three wickets, as Bexleyheath finished on 203. On any other day a very competitive score, but on this day it looked gettable.

However, losing star opener Cox for just 1 was a major blow for the home side, as he was expertly caught down the leg side with the Keeper standing up. Cue heroes of the bowling innings, Wilson and Elliott. At 5 down just after drinks with just over 100 on the board, the pair put on an unbeaten 100 partnership in little over 12 overs to see the Vine home to their fourth win of the campaign. Both ended on 54 not out.

Man-of-the-match on this occasion was Elliott but a special mention has to go to Wilson who kick started his Vine career with a maiden 50 and wicket!