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3rd XI Get Off the Mark With Win Over Oakfield Warriors

24 May 2021 - Harry Robinson

Sevenoaks Vine 3rd XI travelled to Bexley to play Oakfield Warriors and elected to field as the wicket looked like it would be hard for batting. This assessment proved correct with runs proving very hard to come by. Monty Thompson and Will Gough-Cooper opened the bowling picking up a wicket each before Carl Nightingale produced an excellent spell of seam bowling taking 4-19 leaving Oakfield on 63-6 with Tom Edge having pouched a couple of very good catches in the covers to help the bowlers. Andrew Blincoe on his debut bowled well before a few loose deliveries allowed Oakfield to move up to 90-6. Andrew then removed the last four batsman in his next four deliveries to wrap up the innings in spectacular fashion.

The Vine reply followed a very similar pattern with runs still hard to come by. Steve Bezuidenhout , Andy Akerman ,Will Peters and Tom Edge all came and went cheaply whilst Dave Carr looked to have got in before he too went for 15 leaving the match in the balance with the score at 41-5. Hugo Tudor and Matt Wilson then steadied the ship and seemed to be taking the team towards victory until Tudor ran out Wilson for a well made 23 with 20 still needed. With luck on their side Tudor (21 not out) and Carl Nightingale (5 not out) got the required 20 and the Vine 3rd XI won by 4 wickets.