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1st XI Continue Winning Ways at The Nevill Whilst 2nd and 3rd XI’s Struggle

4 Aug 2020 - Harry Robinson

1st XI v. Tunbridge Wells

The 1st XI continued their winning ways beating Tunbridge Wells away from home. Batting first, the Vine got off to a poor start losing Evert Bekker and Chris Vernon early on. Harry Houillon (48) and Oliver Durell (67) brought some stability to the innings and alongside some swift cameos from Ant Shales (24) and Vikas Kokkiligada (33), the Vine posted a healthy total of 226.

The Tunbridge Wells innings begun in similar fashion, with openers Chris Williams and Michael Waller losing their wicket early to Chris Vernon and Karl Pearson respectively. Sam Stickler (53) and Christian Davis (97) recovered well for the home side, before a middle order collapse ensued, led by the bowling of Pearson (3-36) and Harry Bevan-Thomas (2-44). Matt Barker (21*) would give the home side some hope, but would run out of partners as the Vine bowled out Tunbridge Wells just eleven runs short of their target.

A good win for the 1st XI sets them up nicely against Linden Park next week; another win would see the VIne unbeaten in the first round of fixtures in the Invicta Cricket League.

2nd XI v. Tunbridge Wells

A youthful 2nd XI were second best to an experienced and skillful Tunbridge Wells side on Saturday.

The Vine won the toss and elected to bat first with openers Cyrus White (26) and Vineet Kokkiligada (20) taking the score to 63 before Kokkiligada was bowled by Tunbridge Wells stalwart Nigel Keess. The breakthrough brought about a quick and devastating collapse as the Vine fell to 93-7. Captain Will House illustrated his class with the bat, smashing 77 from 71 balls to take the Vine to a score of 182, a score which was defendable, but required quick wickets.

Sadly for the Vine, the wickets never came as the Tunbridge Wells opening batsmen, Viraj Bhatia (103*) and Jonny Shepherdson (63*) completed the chase within 25 overs. Only one real chance was given to the Vine in the process which was a dropped catch in the slips off the bowling of Harry Robinson. In particular, Bhatia’s illustrious strokeplay allowed the opener to reach his hundred and hit the winning runs on the same ball. A hard lesson learned for a youthful Vine side with five players under the age of 15. Next up, the 2nd XI face Linden Park.

3rd XI v. Lingfield

The 3rd XI travelled to Lingfield for a friendly game, which proved to be a low scoring thriller. The Vine won the toss and batted first. The innings never really got started as the Vine fell to 50-8, with only three players reaching double figures. Some sweet hitting by Josh Haworth (22) allowed the Vine to put some runs on the board, before being bowled out for 76.

A good start would be needed with the ball to defend the total; Henry Lewis (2-12) would make an early breakthrough. Lingfield for the most part looked like they would reach the total comfortably, before a swift collapse from 56-3 to 73-6 gave the Vine a glimmer of hope. Wickets for Dan Martin (2-2) and Douglas Ramchandran (2-9) wouldn’t prove enough, as Lingfield completed the chase eight wickets down.

The 3rd XI face Swanscombe and Greenhithe next, as they return to league action.

Development Team v. Tunbridge Wells

A young SVCC Development team travelled to the Nevill to take on an experienced and exuberant Tunbridge Wells team.

Having won the toss, Tunbridge Wells batted first and set off at a fast pace, despite an early wicket for debutant Conor Driscoll. It turned out to be  a long day in the field for the Vine with the opposition scoring 309 for 4 with some excellent batting. 1st and 2nd XI batsmen Ian McLean and Hugo Williams would top score with 97 each.

Facing an uphill battle openers Dan Martin and Sam Seecharan batted diligently and put on 30 for the first wicket but after Seecharan fell, wickets fell regularly, thanks to tight bowling, a couple of unfortunate run outs and poor decision-making. Despite a nice cameo with the bat at the end by Joe Banks, the Vine ended up eight down and well short of the challenging target.  A tough day but a good learning experience for a young side.

U15s v. Holmesdale
The U15s travelled to Holmesdale on Sunday morning; the hosts won the toss and got off to a decent start although wickets each for Monty Thompson, Matt Dickerson and Rohan de Silva kept the opposition honest.  A good partnership for the 4th wicket ensued with the two batsmen retiring not out after reaching 35.  Not much batting followed with only one other batsman getting into double figures.  Two run outs were testament to a solid fielding performance too.  Wickets in the end were shared around, with Kieran Daley ending with 2 for 9 off 3 overs and Henry Smith with 2 for 8 off 3 overs the pick among the bowlers and Edward Fussel taking two good catches.  Overall it was a good effort in the field but Holmesdale kept the scoreboard ticking along throughout and left Vine needing just over 6 an over to win.

Zac Schaeffer and Tom Edge opened very responsibly, taking their time initially to get well set and see off the openers.  Once the second string bowlers were on Zac Schaeffer punished the ball with gusto and got to 35 not out in no time.  The rest of the batmen all contributed; Tom Edge (18), Henry Smith (16), Leo Bezuidenhout (19), Rohan de Silva (17) and seemed like we had the run rate (and bowling) under control.  At 140 in the 21st over needing 17 off 4, a win seemed in reach.  With the openers returning for their finishing spells, runs became a little hard to come by and after a few nervy dot balls and a run out we got the winning runs with two balls to spare.  In the end a perfectly timed innings by the Vine boys where they held their nerve to see us home.  Special mention to Monty Thompson who kept his composure at the death and with Kieran Daley confidently took us to a very exciting win and enjoyable match.

Holmesdale has often been a tough test for our U15’s over many years and finally we have managed to turn the tables.