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Match Reports – 22 and 29 June 2019

1 Jul 2019 - Harry Robinson

22nd June

1st XI v. Sandwich Town

The Vine win another final ball thriller over Sandwich Town.

Following on from last week’s four-run win against Bickley Park, the Vine aimed to continue a strong run of form. With the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky, the Vine elected to bat first on a pitch that favoured the batsman. John Bowden (32) and Christopher Vernon (22) steered the Vine’s ship through the first few overs before the introduction of leg-spinner Jan Gray (4-34) and Alex Smith (2-78) slowed the Vine’s promising start to 78-3 off 21 overs. Bringing the game very much into the balance, Sandwich looked to take command of the innings.

Nonetheless, a combination of Luke Schlemmer’s (73) anchoring innings, Adam Rouse’s quickfire 52 and Miles Richardson’s (36) continued form helped to expertly guide the Vine through the middle stage of the innings, providing a strong platform to enter the final ten overs with 185-4 on the board. Despite tight bowling from Van Poppel (1-53) and Gray’s hattrick ball – claiming Schlemmer and Price (0) before Banks nurdled the leg-spinners chance of a hattrick for a single – stylish hitting epitomised by Pearson’s reverse sweeps (16) saw the Vine finish on 261-8 off their 50 overs.

Unfazed by the favourable batting conditions, the opening pair of James Carslaw and Miles Richardson were incredibly unlucky not claim a Sandwich scalp. Richardson narrowly missing the outside edge on numerous occasions and Carslaw challenged the batsman’s knowledge of their off stump. After seeing off the Vine’s opening pair, captain Schlemmer turned to Christopher Vernon (0-22) and Karl Pearson (0-24) to tempt the Sandwich pair but to no avail. After celebrating their 100 partnership, Andrew Reid-Dick’s illustrious left-arm spin proved too tempting and Zach Fagg (52) departed providing John Bowden with a regulatory catch in the 25th over.

Notwithstanding, Sandwich began to increase the run rate by reaching 150 in the 31st over for the loss of only one wicket. Their plan of attack proved threatening until Adam Rouse’s, albeit surprising, introduction into the bowling attack. Pairing Rouse’s (0-36) right-arm off-spin with his own left arm orthodox action, Captain Schlemmer (2-40) took economical control of the game.

Thanks to strict and tenacious bowling from the two, only 39 runs were scored between the 31st and 40th over, causing the dangerous Tom Chapman to succumb to the pressure, whilst Jordan Cox (26) and opener Finley Beaman fell quickly behind the rate. Needing 85 to win from the final ten overs, the Vine had once again entered another thrilling game. With scoreboard pressure rising and 64 to win from the final six overs, Andrew Reid Dick (4-36) capitalised upon the desperation of the batsman by dismissing Cox and Cameron Fletcher (0) within three balls. To the joy of the neutral spectator, the drama had not seized to exist. The 46th over witnessed twelve runs being scored, with opener Finlay Beaman’s (82) urge to complete a second run ended by Vernon’s steady aim from long on, running the young batsman out. An additional wicket fell in the 47th over yet Sandwich still compiled an extra ten runs and their determination prevailed, with twenty runs scored in the 48th.

With two overs left and 19 runs to win, the left-arm orthodox duo of Reid Dick and Schlemmer aimed to deprive the batsman of any boundary scoring option. The excellent spell of Reid Dick continued in the 49th over, conceding nine runs in his final over and leaving the opposition with 10 runs to win in the final over.

Having nullified Bickley Park’s attempts to win in the previous week, Schlemmer took charge of the final over. First ball, single. Followed by a dot. Another single. 8 runs to win, three balls to bowl. Déjà vu for the Vine boys. Ben Smith’s failure capitalise on his movement down the pitch was swiftly met by Ben Price’s quick hands to remove his bails and stump him. Wicket. Eight runs to win off 2 balls. Sandwich’s demand for two boundaries in the final two balls of the innings were not supplied, only two singles were hit whilst being met by the jubilant celebrations from the Vine team.

Two consecutive thrilling wins make it three from three for the Vine, who now face Premier League new boys Canterbury at home this Saturday.

2nd XI v. Sandwich Town

A tough weekend for the Sevenoaks 2nd XI as they lost their first game of the season to top of the table rivals Sandwich Town.

It was always going to be a tough match for the Vine after being put into bat and losing two wickets in the first over, Greg Adams and Evert Bekker falling without troubling the scorer. At 0-2 in came Oli Durell, who illustrated his class and excelled against a strong Sandwich attack. Durell took the innings by the horns and proceeded to assert his dominance as the middle order fell around him, eventually finishing on a superb 115. With runs added from the tail, including 30* from Piers Robinson and 14* from Freddie Young, the Vine managed to finish their 50 overs with a score of 223-9, a more than respectable and defendable total.

After tea it was Sandwich Town’s turn. With a nice opening partnership spell from Tom Parsons and Piers Robinson, with Parsons trapping both opening batsman LBW. In came Sandwich’s number three batsman, Ben Chapman, who made the crease his own. In similarity to Durell’s innings for the Vine, Chapman expertly anchored the Sandwich innings. Despite a flurry of wickets for Vine bowlers Evert Bekker (2-45), Mike Thompson (1-41) and Matt Dalton (1-32) in the middle overs, it was not quite enough as Sandwich completed their chase with just 5 balls remaining, and Chapman finishing unbeaten on 105.

With a few missed opportunities in the field, and not quite enough runs on the board, it was a tough day at the office for the 2nd XI and certainly not the one they hoped for. Now sitting in third place, the 2nd XI must now re-focus with Tenterden away this weekend if they hope to challenge for the title this season.

3rd XI v. Minster

The Sevenoaks Vine 3rd XI continued their winning run and extended their lead at the top of the league by defeating second placed Minster 3rd XI by eight wickets.

Having won the toss skipper Hugo Tudor put Minster in to bat. The Vine’s bowling was very disciplined and made scoring very difficult for the opposition. Will Ansell and Johnny Coleman bowled the first 12 overs conceding only 23 runs between them but failed to make the breakthrough. A double change brought Byron Cooper-Fogarty and Mike Martin into the attack and yielded instant results with Cooper-Fogarty producing another devastating spell and taking 4-4 off 8 overs; Cooper-Fogarty has now taken 15 wickets for 32 runs from just 23 overs this season. Martin also bowled very tightly and removed one of the openers. With the score at 61-5 after 30 overs, an attempt at hitting out finally came and Minster managed to get to 107-7 after their 40 overs with Hugo Tudor picking up a couple of late wickets.
Given the nature of the wicket the Vine were taking nothing for granted but after Tony Ansell and Andy Akerman had fallen early on, there followed a very assured partnership between Adrian Spurling (43 not out) and Will Peters (45 not out) .Anything loose was dispatched to the boundary and the target was reached in only 15 overs.
The Vine now play host to the Mote 3rd XI at Orchard Field and will look to continue this excellent start to the season.

Development Team v. Bexley

The Vine Development side travelled to Bexley for their first game of the summer. With a few senior players and an abundance of youth, the Vine lost the toss and were sent into the field.

Henry Smith and Rohan de Silva opened up, bowling some lovely deliveries with little luck on a pitch with not much for the seamers. Spinners Charlie Williams and Dan Martin all bowled with immense control and were all unfortunate to not be rewarded for their efforts, whilst Mike Martin took the prized wicket of Anish Patel for 24. Henry Gillespie bowled tidily and earned his first senior wicket in difficult circumstances- captain James Carslaw and part time wicketkeeper Piers Robinson were at their very best in the field stopping everything in its tracks, however it was felt Bexley were given too many runs, finishing with a score of 239-3.

The Vine’s innings begun in sensible fashion with Dan Martin and Sam Collens (10) playing some lovely shots. Collens was unfortunately run out backing up too far at the non strikers end which begun a collapse for the Vine with James Carslaw (3) and Mike Martin losing their wickets early on. The middle order came and went, despite some resistance from Piers Robinson (21) but it was Dan Martin who would star with the bat with 68. The Vine eventually fell 99 runs short on 139 all out.

29th June

1st XI v. Canterbury

Following last week’s dramatic victory away at Sandwich Town, and full of confidence having won four of their last five games, the 1stXI welcomed Canterbury to the Vine.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first, openers Ben Price and Oli Durell looked to make the most of the fast paced wicket and outfield. The pair raced to 66 before Durell was caught on the boundary for a promising 14. Ben Price would fall soon after for a destructive 56, with the score 87-2. Schlemmer then fell for 16 which brought the in form Adam Rouse to the crease with run machine Mike Barber. The pair put on 75 for the fourth wicket, before Rouse fell for 40 off Ben Rutherford. In similarity to Rouse, Barber lost his wicket to Rutherford caught and bowled, for a well made 84. Handy cameos from Miles Richardson (19) and Chris Vernon (22) took the Vine up to a respectable 280-9 from their 50 overs, falling 20 short of their target of 300.

In full knowledge that 280 was more than chaseable, the Vine looked to make early inroads into the Canterbury batting line up. Tom Parsons struck early twice, dismissing openers Bradley Goldsack and Elliot Lewis. Justin MacVicar and Stuart Drakeley rebuilt, before MacVicar was stumped off the bowling of Andrew Reid-Dick, who would then also collect the wicket of Drakeley for 51 soon after. Adam Rouse was then introduced into the attack, and proved to be an asset with the ball once more. Sam Burt edged behind for 15 to Ben Price off the bowling of Rouse (2-23), who would then pick up the wicket of Isaac Dikes for 45.  The Cantebury chase would then collapse, losing their last four wickets for just 26 runs. Andrew Reid Dick would take two, finishing with impressive figures of 4-46, with Karl Pearson and debutatnt Freddie Young picking up one each for their efforts.

Another professional performance from the 1st XI keeps the Vine in 3rd place, and will look to keep the pressure on Beckenham and Bexley as they travel to bottom placed HSBC next weekend.

2nd XI v. Tenterden

Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI travelled to Tenterden on Saturday, looking to bounce back from a frustrating defeat last weekend.

On one of the hottest days of the summer so far, the Vine won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat. The innings started brightly with John Bowden striking 10 off the first over, which set the intent for the rest of the innings. After a positive start the Vine found themselves at 39-2 after 7 overs, with Evert Bekker and Cyrus White joining at the crease. Bekker started extremely brightly with his first seven scoring shots reaching the boundary. The pair continued to tick the rate over nicely and the Vine passed the one hundred run mark in only the fifteenth over. Two runs short of his half century and the hundred run partnership, Bekker was trapped unluckily LBW. With another wicket falling in quick succession the score sat at 138-4 in the 20th over. James White came to the crease and batted with the utmost maturity throughout the middle overs and quickly passed 50; eventually falling for a well made 72, bringing the 149 run partnership to an end. The Vine continued to put away the bad ball throughout the rest of the innings and ended on a mammoth 344, with Cyrus White finishing on 108 not out.

With spirits high at the half way mark, the Vine were not complacent and were wary of the fact that it was a very good pitch. Nonetheless, opener James Carslaw made the breakthrough in the first over trapping the opposition captain LBW for 4.  Sevenoaks Vine’s other opening bowler Piers Robinson made the most of early swing and continued to challenge both edges of the Tenterden batsmen, picking up two wickets in quick succession.  The stand out performance of the day however came from Matt Dalton who took 5-22 off 7 overs in a fierce spell of bowling. Dalton bowled with both consistency and aggression on a slow and low pitch, cleaning up the middle order in a man of the match performance. Alan Gibson bowled nicely at the end of the innings picking up the wicket of Tenterden’s only set batsman, and accompanied by a fantastic run out from Evert Bekker, Tenterden finished all out for 88.

This convincing victory means Sevenoaks Vine go into next week’s home game against Bromley Common with high spirits and will look to put pressure on Sandwich and Bexley who currently sit just above them in the League.

3rd XI v. The Mote

Having lost the toss on a blisteringly hot day, the Vine 3rd XI had to field first at Orchard Field as they welcomed The Mote.

Johnny Coleman opened up with Harry Robinson, fresh from a long spell on the sidelines with injury, looking to make an early breakthrough. Both bowled tidily enough, with Robinson only going for eight runs from his opening five overs, but failed to take a wicket. It took an inspired and athletic piece of fielding from Steve Bezuidenhout to run out one of the openers with a direct hit.

First change yielded an entertaining two overs from Harry Elliott with a wicket as well as several no balls and wides. Whilst at the other end, Will Ansell removed the other opener who nicked a very good leg cutter taken by wicketkeeper Andy Akerman. At this stage the Mote 3rdXI were 54-3 but a 66 run partnership followed to put the Vine under pressure. The introduction of spin in the form of Dan Martin and Hugo Tudor however changed the game, with the former finishing with impressive figures of 4-29. The Mote innings quickly folded as they collapsed to 154 all out.

The Vine chase began steadily as openers Andy Akerman and Dan Martin respected some tight bowling from The Mote, but also pounced on any loose deliveries. With the chase looking comfortable, a lapse in concentration from Dan Martin saw him stumped for 31. Enter his father Mike Martin, who alongside Andy Akerman steadily completed the Vine chase with seven overs to spare. Akerman would finish 76 not out, whilst Martin would finish on 39 not out.

The Vine now sit comfortably top of the Kent Regional Cricket League 2A Central, 30 points ahead of Kings Hill albeit with a game in hand. Still unbeaten, the Vine travel to longstanding rivals Snodland Community CC in a top of the table clash.