2nd XI Slump to Defeat Against Tunbridge Wells
7 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson
The 2nd XI slumped to their second successive defeat, this time at the hands of Tunbridge Wells.
The Vine elected to bat after winning the toss and made a good start with openers Hugh Piper and Mike Thompson sharing an opening stand worth 43 before Thompson bottom edged a short ball onto his own stumps. Piper followed the next over smashing a long hop straight to the hands of short midwicket, departing for 19. The in form Thomas Harvey played some classic sweep shots before a ball rolled back onto his own stumps and suddenly The Vine were 58-3. Few contributions from the middle order saw the Vine then collapse to 84-9 with spinners Joe McCaffrey, Mark Mclean and Ewan Pedder brushing the middle order a side sharing seven wickets between them. Tailenders Karl Pearson and Harry Robinson frustrated the visitors with a 23 run partnership before the former was trapped LBW. The Vine were bowled out for a poor 107.
Knowing early wickets would be essential to getting some form of reward from the fixture, The Vine turned to seamers Henry Smith and Harry Robinson, the latter dismissing Wells stalwart Tim Luckhurst for just 4. Opener Ed Harwood along with number three Hugo Williams became increasingly comfortable on a flattening wicket, and soon began to play their shots towards the end of the powerplay. Harwood would be eventually dismissed for 47 by Mike Thompson, with Karl Pearson taking a high, swirling catch. It would however be Hugo Williams’ day as the batsman finished proceedings with successive sixes to take the Wells to an eight wicket victory.
The Vine will look to make amends away at Beckenham following what was a very poor day at the office.