1st XI Unable to Chase Down Tunbridge Wells at The Nevill
7 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson
Within the cricketing world, not many games are more highly anticipated than the ‘A21 Derby’ which was as always fiercely contested between Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks Vine on the Nevill.
On a good wicket, The Wells won the toss on a what looked like a good wicket and elected to bat first. Disaster struck for the home side first ball when captain Chris Williams was out caught at fine leg off a vicious bouncer from Vine opening bowler Miles Richardson.
Will and Sam Stickler set about re-building and withstood a fine opening spell from Richardson (2-29) and Matt Dalton. Both were dismissed in their 40s and the Vine continued to apply pressure with the spin bowling of the ever patrolling Neil Reid Dick, fresh from a midweek break in Oxford. Reid Dick (1-46) and overseas Luke Schlemmer (2-29) kept the pressure on and chipped away at the Wells middle order. Schlemmer claimed the important wicket of Sam Stickler, ably supported by the cardio king Michael Cowdrey taking a fine diving catch at mid off. Tunbridge Wells had set up a late innings onslaught however the introduction of seasoned veteran John Bowden scuppered any chances. Bowden, showed his experience, claiming 4 wickets for 10 runs in 2.4 overs to wrap up the Innings, with the home side finishing on 221.
A good start was vital for the Vine to chase down this score, however once again the Vine’s top order failed to make any significant contributions with only Bowden (25) and Ben Price (14) making double figures from the Vine’s top six. Seamer Dave Smith was the pick of the Wells bowlers with the blonde bombshell returning impressive figures of 4-19 from his 10 overs. The bearded Evert Bekker scored a fine 50 and was ably supported by some end of innings big hitting from Reid Dick (4) to take the Vine to 155 all out.
Another disappointing performance from the Vine, but with some favorable fixtures in the coming weeks, will be looking forward to getting back on home soil this weekend and securing a win to get their season back on track.