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1st XI Miss Out Due to Duckworth Lewis Against Sandwich Town

24 May 2021 - Harry Robinson

Sevenoaks Vine once again braved some soggy weather conditions and made the trip down to the coast to play another side who had started the league season strongly.

Losing the toss the Vine were inserted and despite losing Ben Price early, league Veteran John Bowden and bowling all rounder Chris Vernon started to set about building a total. Vernon had moved to 35 before sticking a pull shot down deep mid wicket’s throat which started the comeback for Sandwich.

Bowden continued to show his 40 years of league experience holding the innings together making his way to 35 before falling to off spinner Ben Smith, who finished with 3-33.

Evert Bekker and Michael Cowdrey added 35 and 21 respectively, but after the partnership was broken, the rest of the Vine tail fell tamely, with the innings ending on 155.

Two early wickets from the Whippy Chris Vernon (2-21) had the Vine in control, but Zack Fagg 26 and Tom Chapman 60 not out left Sandwich in charge. Ageing slow bowler Karl Pearson (1-27) had Fagg removed LBW and when left arm spinner Andrew Reid Dick, inspired by a pending American love story (1-21) removed Alex Smith, the Vine had a glimmer of hope.

However rain and hail of epic proportions meant a CEAT tyres timeout and consequently bringing an early end to proceedings with Sandwich winning via the Duckworth Lewis method. Disappointing result for the Vine and will be looking to get back to winning ways on the Vine this Saturday against Bexley.