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3rd XI Win Back to Back at Orchard Field

1 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

The Vine 3s hosted New Ash Green and having won the toss elected to bat. The New Ash Green opening bowlers proved hard to score off and the pressure they built got them some well deserved wickets. The Vine found themselves on 55-5 after 24 overs and in deep trouble. Sam Harvey (68)  and Nick Bryant (51) then led a brilliant counter attack adding 100 in a little over 13 overs driving the Vine to a competitive score of 162-9 off their 40 overs. The New Ash Green got off to a solid start and Neil Howick scored an enterprising 42 as they reached 72-2 at the half way stage. However the required run rate crept up as the Vine bowlers slowly but surely gained control. Carl Nightingale picked up a couple of wickets in an excellent spell , Nick Bryant bowled a decent spell and skipper Hugo Tudor was economical but it was the Smith brothers who were the stars. Fred ended with 4-17 and brother Henry 3-26 as New Ash Green were dismissed for 139. Keeper Andy Akerman took three good catches and Arj Sharma despite his first ball exit when batting crucially got the ninth wicket with a direct hit run out.