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1st XI Unable to Chase Down Bexley

1 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

On the first weekend of the season where Mother Nature didn’t rear her ugly head, Sevenoaks welcomed the Bexley Bats to the Vine. The Vine, looking to get off on the right foot where left reeling when James Carslaw evidently landed on the wrong one and rolled his ankle in the warm up.

Losing the toss, Bexley made first use of a green wicket and started slowly with bowling all rounder Chris Vernon (1-41) and Miles Richardson bowling a tight opening spell. However, just one early wicket saw Calum Basey (74) and Shaun Evans put on 112 for the second wicket and set a solid base for Bexley to post a decent score. The ever patrolling Neil Reid Dick with figures of 1-29 from his ten overs, ensured Basey was a swift two man job, when he and price combined to have him removed stumped.

Shaun Evans, ably supporter by Ex Kent professional Adam Ball (26) and Matthew Stiddard was unlucky to fall short of a league hundred, ending on 98* with Bexley setting an imposing 253 from their 50 overs.

The Vine got off to a reasonable start with gloveman Ben Price and Chris Vernon adding 26 for the first wicket before both fell to the impressive Jas Singh (2-39). The evergreen John Bowden, operating in his 5th decade of league cricket was once again the pick of the Vines batting, top scoring with 39. Useful contributions from Mike Barber 20 and some lusty blows from muscleman Mike Cowdrey 32 gave the Vine some hope, however the spin of Bexley skipper Adam Riley (2-24) and Freddie Foster (3-37) left the Vine innings in tatters. With the game gone, the curly haired James Carslaw joined senior statesman Karl Pearson to guide the Vine to 2 extra batting points with the innings finishing on 183-8 from the 50 overs.

Another disappointing performance from the Vine, one they will hope to bounce back from in time for the trip to Tunbridge Wells for the ‘Invicta Derby’.

Highlights of the game can be viewed here