1st and 2nd XI lose, 3rd XI Win Thriller
25 Aug 2020 - Harry Robinson
1st XI v. Linden Park
The 1st XI lost by 71 runs to Linden Park.
2nd XI v. Linden Park
The 2nd XI experienced another tough weekend, falling victim to the experience of Linden Park on Saturday.
The Vine won the toss and elected to bat first and got off to a flying start with 20 from 2 overs. However, as per previous weeks, the batsman failed to value their wickets as the top three fell for just 24 runs between them. Things went from bad to worse for the Vine as they fell to 70-6. Meanwhile, Tom Harvey seemed to playing a different game to the other Vine batsman as he regularly dispatched the ball to the boundary with power and ease. Ably supported by Douglas Ramchandran (17), the Vine recovered to 120 before Ramchandran misjudged a spinning delivery and was stumped. Running out of partners, Harvey motored and reached a fantastic 97, before being run out. The Vine were all out for 196, a below par total.
The Vine started their defence well removing four of Linden Park’s batsman cheaply, thanks to Will Ansell (2-45) and Harry Robinson (2-27) who was unlucky not to pick up a few more wickets in his nine over spell. However, this would be all the wickets the Vine would take, despite Tom Harvey’s efforts. Adam Champion (89*) and James Beck (46*) would complete the chase for Linden Park with 9 overs to go.
Another disappointing performance for the youthful 2nd XI who face the daunting challenge of Tunbridge Wells next weekend.
3rd XI v. Egerton
Egerton visited the Vine to play the 3rd XI on Saturday . Having won the toss Egerton elected to bat and despite some woeful catching, slipped to 74-5 as Peter Thresher, Will Gough-Cooper and James Thresher picked up regular wickets. Egerton then rallied as a 50 partnership raised the prospect of an imposing total before Carl Nightingale with 3 wickets and Hugo Tudor with 2 restricted them and the innings finished on 161.
In reply the Vine got off to a quick start with Andy Akerman looking in good touch before falling for 15 and it was left to Arjun Sharma to lead the reply. He reached a good 50 before being caught in the deep with 72 still needed. Skipper Hugo Tudor then produced a captains innings of 60 not out well supported by Peter Thresher as the Vine knocked off the runs to win by 2 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
Development Team v. Gravesend
The Development Team welcomed Gravesend to Orchard Field. The Vine won the toss and elected to bat first, getting off to a flying start thanks to openers Cyrus White (44) and Charlie Williams (62) who put on over a hundred runs together. Both the openers would be disappointed to not convert their starts into bigger scores. Handy contributions from Milo Denny (43) and Leo Bezuidenhout (31) led the Vine to a hefty score of 210-7 from their 35 overs, with wickets shared around the Gravesend attack.
In response, the visitor’s chase never really got going as Will Gough-Cooper (3-15) and Ryan Gavin (1-39) restricted Gravesend to 54-4 from their first 14 overs. The spin of Robin Docherty (1-4) and Ben Harvey (2-18) would further restrict the runs for the visitors. A run out, and a wicket apiece of Harry Robinson and Leo Bezuidenhout would ultimately bowl Gravesend out for 126, ensuring a comfortable 84 run win for the Vine.
Development Team v. Sidcup
The Vine Development Team won the toss and elected to bat at home against Sidcup Sunday Xl. Dan Martin and Josh Haworth opened up the innings for the Vine and after losing a couple of early wickets, it was up to Josh Haworth to solidfy the innings and play the anchor role. Douglas Ramchandran came in at 5 and played a classy knock before being dismissed for 25, skipper Arjun Sharma came in and hit a handy 30 making a good partnership with Josh Haworth who was still batting sensibly at the other end. During this period there was some rain and the players had to evacuate the pitch quickly. The skipper was dismissed after play resumed and soon after the remaining wickets fell. Josh Haworth finished up with top score 43 and well deserved as the Vine managed to reach 150 all out with about 8 balls to spare.
In reply the bowlers couldn’t seem to find the right line and length as Sidcup raced to 58-0 off 10 overs. They managed to chase the total without losing a wicket off 23.5 overs and retiring two of their batsman. Pick of the bowlers was Henry Smith with 5 overs for 20 runs. Not the best day out for the bowlers but a good learning curve for the youngsters as they play more cricket.