3rds put up a fight in the rain
31 Jul 2017 - Tom Parsons
Saturday proved to be another frustrating weekend for the Third Team. At a very wet
Southfleet ground, the Third Team were put in to bat. And what an important toss it
proved to be. The young top order never really got going, as the Southfleet openers
bowled tight and used the facilities well, restricting the Vine to 44-4 after 10 overs. Page
(19) and Bezuidenhout (14) offered some sort of resistance, however, another quick
collapse saw the Vine bowled out for 56 as the rain began to fall.
Regardless of the score, the Vine came out determined to take some early scalps and
hopefully kickstart a Southfleet collapse. Robinson bowled with good pace on a slow,
green and very wet wicket. The rain fell throughout the game, yet, never got hard enough
to be deemed unsafe despite the fielders and bowlers struggling to maintain their feet. In
all credit to the Vine, there was a great intensity in the field, at it showed, with Robinson
eventually picking up two wickets. However, the Southfleet batsmen batted sensibly and
knocked off the total in 12 overs.
Unfortunately, relegation for the Third Team seems somewhat inevitable, with five wins
needed from their last five, and other results needing to go their way. However, this won’t
stop the team from playing with passion and commitment. Next weekend, we welcome
New Ash Green CC to Orchard Field.