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3rd XI Fall Short at Swanscombe and Greenhithe

17 May 2021 - Harry Robinson

Sevenoaks Vine 3rd XI played their first game of the season away at Swanscombe. Fielding a team with no fewer than 6 debutants, Vine won the toss and elected to field. Steve Brown removed one of the openers second ball with a fine catch by Mo Parvez and bowled a fine spell taking 2-24. A couple of hard missed chances proved critical as Swanscombe’s numbers 3 and 4 batted very well and enabled Swanscombe to reach 175-5 off their 30 overs. Dave Beckett, Mo Parvez and Carl Nightingale all bowled well without much luck.

In reply Steve Bezuidenhout opened with Andy Akerman and got the Vine off to a good start before he fell for 18 as the score approached 50. Akerman was rattling along and made an excellent 44 before falling LBW with the score on 79. Needing 100 off the last 16 with 8 wickets left felt achievable but the innings fell away disappointingly with only Mo Parvez making much impression but after a couple of lusty blows he fell for 14 and the Vine were 119 all out.