2nd XI Come Out on Top In Run Fest at Sandwich Town
27 Jul 2021 - Harry Robinson
After a two week break due to rain and the ‘pingdemic’, the 2nd XI took on Sandwich Town away at The Butts, knowing a win was required. Captain Cyrus White strolled out to the middle and correctly guessed the coin toss, electing to bat first on a flat wicket.
The loss of Hugh Piper in the second over was unexpected, but from then on, it would be one way traffic as The Vine batting proved to be sensational. Opener Milo Denny along with White built a fantastic platform, with both players notably playing the ball excellently through the cover region. The pair put on 150 between them in 33 overs before White tried to muscle one over mid off, only to be caught on 66. The platform gave Nottinghamshire Academy star Sam Seecheran license to hit big, and that he did, as he blasted 87 not out, including a number of straight sixes. Meanwhile at the other end, Milo Denny would trickle his way to his maiden senior hundred, a top effort considering the heat and humidity. Denny would be eventually caught for 107, leading The Vine to a total of 290-4 from their 50 overs.
The Vine defense would begin in excellent fashion as Harry Robinson (1-42) would take a wicket with his first ball of the innings, bending back Oliver Collins’ off stump. Captain Craig Snell would played some trademark shots before Matt Dalton (1-56) trapped him LBW for 20, and with the score 44-2 after 10, the Vine were in the ascendency. The introduction of UAE Under 16 Kai Smith proved crucial for Sandwich Town, and it soon became clear that the home side had a gem in their ranks. Smith played the ball with incredible ease and timing, and the Vine knew the game was on his young shoulders. The introduction of spin from 20 overs proved crucial for the Vine as Harry Bevan-Thomas (2-23) and Andrew Blincoe (1-54) limited the scoring options for the Sandwich batsman; it would be Blincoe who would remove Smith for 85. Some lusty blows from James Bolt (54) and Phil Rowcroft (24) confirmed the full set of batting bonus points for the visitors, but the Vine had far too many runs on the board. Sandwich Town would finish 254-8 from their 50 overs meaning a 36 run victory for the Vine.