1st XI End Sandwich Town’s Unbeaten Run
27 Jul 2021 - Harry Robinson
Sevenoaks Vine welcomed Sandwich Town to the Vine on Saturday in what proved to be a cracker of a match. The Vine knew a win against top of the table Sandwich was a must in order to keep their premier league hopes alive.
Losing another toss, Captain of the ship Luke Schlemmer took too the field with his side. Some tight early bowling from paceman Miles Richardson and bowling all rounder Chris Vernon kept the runs down with the latter picking up two early wickets, before the curly haired James Carslaw picked up the key wicket of Tom Chapman, caught by a diving Mike Cowdrey. Robbie Goatham steadied the ship for Sandwich adding a well complied 76, and well supported mainly by Rory Smith who made a swift 46.
However wickets fell steadily with the ever patrolling Neil Reid Dick once again being the pick of the Vine attack. The nimble footed spinner, showed off some of his best moves on his way to taking a brilliant 4-41 off his ten overs.
Chasing 215 the Vine got off to a solid start, despite losing opener Harry Houillion early in the reply. Vernon and the bearded Evert Bekker added 65 for the second wicket before Vernon fell tamely for 34. Bekker continued his positive innings making 56 before falling to leg spinner Jan Gray. The Sandwich twirler being the pick of the Town attack finishing with 4-39.
However under some pressure, in came muscle man Mike Cowdrey. Determined to bring the action, he did just that hitting a marvellous 61 runs off 42 balls including 3 mammoth sixes, showing that all the gym work was paying dividends.
He fell leaving Miles Richardson and young debutant Charles Williams still needing 36 with an evenly poised finish set up. Miles showed composure and class in his 32 not out, while Williams stole the show, clumping the ball through the covers with glorious composure of a man with confidence far older than him. He ended with 25 not out, including hitting the winning runs.
A great all round team performance from the Vine with some great momentum building heading into another big weekend next week visiting league chasers Bexley before a rearranged clash at home on Sunday against Blackheath.