1st XI Roll Over Blackheath to Continue Winning Start
17 May 2021 - Harry Robinson
In a weekend where the weather threatened to ruin most fixtures across the Kent League, Sevenoaks Vine made the trip along the A2 with hope, rather than expectation of getting a full game in.
Despite the weather, the Vine won the nickel flick and asked the hosts to bat first on a green surface. In form paceman Miles Richardson continued where he left off from last week, taking 3 early wickets in an opening spell full of pace, bounce and enthusiasm. Richardson was ably supported by recalled left arm James Carslaw. The seamer provided control and was rewarded with the vital wicket of Tanweer Sikander.
Despite a couple of short rain delays, and overs being reduced, the Vine remained in control. A change in the bowling saw Karl Pearson introduced, raring to go after his Deliveroo refreshments at the rain break. He continued to apply pressure and supported Chris Vernon who found some swing. Figures of 1-17 and 2-5 respectively left Blackheath reeling at 56-7.
The final three wickets were picked up in timely fashion by spin twins Luke Schlemmer and Andrew Reid Dick. Both left arm spinners, but offering totally different qualities left the Blackheath tailenders in a world of strife. Schlemmer, returning impressive figures of 2-3 with his leg stump darts while the spin and drift of Reid Dick on patrol around off stump finished the innings off with Blackheath being dismissed for a well below par 70.
Another rain delay left the Vine chasing a revised total of 63. Vernon and Price opened the innings for the visitors, and despite the former leaving early, Price put on a hard hitting display. 36 from 26 balls including two mammoth maximums off former Kent bowler Ivan Thomas took the Vine to the brink of victory, before Price was run out after a mix up with Captain Schlemmer. The final runs were knocked off in swift fashion, leaving the Vine joint top and an unbeaten start to the 2021 season, They will be looking to continuing this run, with a trip to Sandwich this coming Saturday.