Match Reports – 16 August 2020
18 Aug 2020 - Harry Robinson
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI fixtures were all called off on Saturday due to rain.
Development Team v. Bidborough
The Development Team faced Bidborough on Sunday looking to respond following their defeat to Tunbridge Wells two weeks ago.
In a 35 over game (due to the forecasted rain), the Vine elected to bat first and put runs on the board. The top order did their job on a difficult pitch and set the platform for some late hitting with five out of the top six batsman passed 30. Hugh Piper scored 34, Charlie Williams hit another 50, Milo Denny scored a well-made 46, Ben Harvey returned to form with 33* and Cyrus White hit a quickfire 38. The Vine finished on a strong 225-5 from their 35 overs in an excellent batting performance, with a number of batsman disappointed not to push on from their excellent starts. Bidborough’s Ollie Rajah would be the pick of the bowlers with 2-52.
In response, the Vine bowling attack proved too strong for Bidborough as opening bowlers Will Gough-Cooper (2-21) and Will Ansell (0-18) bowled in good areas. The spin of Arjun Sharma (2-31), and the seam bowling of Ryan Gavin (2-21) and Leo Bezuidenhout (2-30) would remove the Bidborough middle order. Only Captain Eli Clarkson made a notable score for the home side with a well-made 26. Hugh Piper would take the final wicket, to bowl out Bidborough for 144, an 81 run win for the Vine.
The Development Team face Gravesend at Orchard Field next Sunday.
U15s v. Castle Hill/Tonbridge
To start with the match was in the balance given the weather conditions, but thankfully we persevered and got a match underway.
The Vine won the toss and elected to bat. The toss was tricky as the damp pitch could potentially offer assistance to the bowlers but we opted for runs on the board. The addition of being one player short due to an injury, the day before, perhaps was a sign things were not going to go our way on the day.
The Vine got off to a tough start. The pitch proved very difficult for the batmen to adjust to and wickets fell at very regular intervals. Combined with disciplined bowling and good fielding The Vine never really got going. There were very brief moments of some hope but as soon as The Vine tried to push on for runs they got themselves out. The result was abysmal. With 8 scores of 4 or less and a top score of 12, the match was to all intents and purposes over despite us batting to the 20th over. There was sadly no stand out batting performance in the total of 47.
To rub salt into a significant wound Castle Hill got the runs in 5 overs, without losing a wicket, making the pitch conditions look easy. A very disappointing end to the season that had some very good performances for the u15s.