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4th XI Beat Foxbury Exiles

27 Jul 2021 - Harry Robinson

After negotiating an abbreviated 25 over match to ensure the live watching of the Lions game – SVCC won the Toss and decided to have a bat on what proved to be a slow but relatively even pitch, and even slower outfield that appeared to have been grazed by the mower at least a week previously… Lovely ground it was though.

Hugo Cooper-Fogarty and Matt Dickerson opened the batting and had to contend with some good opening bowlers. Matt hit a couple of lovely shots before falling to an expansive drive – clearly confidence up early on! Will Lowndes came to the crease in at 3 to steady the ship and duly worked the tiring bowlers around the ground. He was ably aided by Hugo, Luke Schaeffer and Ed Neale who all made some runs before a few quick wickets around the 16th over led to a good partnership with Alec Schaeffer (18) and Nigel Taylor (50) to see us safely through to the end of innings, where some debate around the scoring from the Foxbury scribe led to a total of 150 for the opposition to chase. Special mention to Nigel who backed up an impressive 25 retired in the Old Oaks match the evening before as well as keeping in both matches so hope he’s been looked after at home today!

Hugo and Freddie Lowndes then tore in to the Openers – a couple of the older Foxbury team members, who found it hard to get them away as they both held a good line and length in the early stages. Just as they started to look dangerous, Freddie chipped in with a timely wicket as we looked to restrict the scoring in the field. Alec and Ed then came in and both took a wicket in their overs as Foxbury struggled to stay with the scoring rate. Ed would have had a couple more but for some dropped catches in the field and there looked to be some father / son bridge mending to be made after for those ones!

Matt and Byron Cooper-Fogarty then took over to see us home and both bowled tightly to keep the pressure on, and some excellent fielding (and suicidal running) led to a couple of good run-outs as we squeezed Foxbury into the close. It was excellent death bowling and special mention to Matt who bowled the penultimate over of leg-spin with aplomb – tossing the ball up beautifully, taking a good wicket and making the Foxbury bats work hard for runs. We ended up running out winners by 10 runs.

A great blend of youth and experience in the team and some good cricket lessons learnt over the afternoon and hopefully these can be taken into future matches for the Vine – a cracking bunch of lads and a very enjoyable afternoon of Cricket with particular mention to the Foxbury team who played the game in a great spirit.