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2nd XI Suffer First Defeat of Season at Bexley

1 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

The Vine 2nd XI suffered their first loss of the league season, away to Bexley 2nd XI on a day where for the first time this season, the weather looked to be set fair. The Vine were asked to field on a good batting pitch, after not having an umpire meant conceding the toss. Bexley got off to a great start putting on 70 for the first wicket before Thomas Harvey bowled an exceptional spell of 10 overs 2-26, a great diving catch by Guy Bevan-Thomas behind the stumps for the second. Freddie Young picked up a single wicket, ably assisted by Joe Banks who bowled a probing spell and was unlucky not to end with a wicket. Opening bowler Matthew Dalton came back at the death and did pick up a wicket however, meaning Bexley finished on 222-5. The Vine’s run chase didn’t get off to the best start with both openers falling early on, leaving Thomas Harvey and Will House a tough job of rebuilding the innings. Harvey went on to pass 50, supported by Cyrus White who departed for 48. Unfortunately a collapse ensued and the Vine quickly lost wickets in successive overs. A late cameo of 25 off 15 balls by Joe Banks batting at number 11 (due to an injury whilst fielding ) wasn’t enough for the Vine, who ended up finishing 47 runs short. The 2ndXI will look to bounce back quickly in the A21 derby against Tunbridge Wells at home next weekend.