3rd XI Struggle Against Sheppey
7 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson
The 3rd XI came out the wrong side of a low scoring affair after a trip to Sheppey. Stuck in on a wet one, the Vineyard were well set at half way (50-1) to post a challenging total on a stodgy deck however Sheppey fought back hard in the last 10 overs, restricting the Vineyard to 124 from their allotment. Ben Harvey the pick of the batsman with a battling 47.
Sheppey came out with intent to muscle their way to the target, not hanging around for the inevitable unplayable delivery and found themselves 48-1 from the first 5 overs. You’d have thought at this point the writing was on the wall for the Vineyard and they’d be sent back to the mainland with nothing other than a hiding however a serious fight back from the change bowlers silenced the previously chirpy locals.
James Thresher and Will Ansell took 5 wickets between them, exposing the lower middle order, Thresher at one point on a hat trick. A big squeeze in the field followed by a period of lower scoring. With 25 runs required, the bubble burst and Sheppey threw caution to the wind, gaining the required runs with a couple of lusty blows, offering some half chances to the Vineyard that if taken, could have swung the result of the game. The final result – a 4 wicket loss for the 3rd XI.