2nd XI Fight Back With Five Wickets in Two Overs To Beat Hayes
17 May 2021 - Harry Robinson
The Vine beat Hayes 2nd XI in a thriller in the second league game of the season. Another rain affected game meant conditions were tough for both sides, and after a delayed start the Vine were put into bat by the opposition on a wet and green looking surface. The Vine managed to put a score of 200-7 on the board, declaring to try and force a result due to the intermittent weather, with contributions shared amongst Thomas Harvey, Henry Procter, Cyrus White, Joe Banks and Arjun Sharma. With the bad weather still causing issues, 40 overs were available for either side to win or the game would have been declared a ‘No Result’.
Things didn’t start to well for the Vine with the Hayes openers getting off the mark at a good tempo; things went from bad to worse for the Vine as the Hayes skipper passed 50 and took the total to 164-4 with 10 overs to go. Spinners Joe Banks and Freddie Young bowled tidy spells and did everything they could to restrict the Hayes batmen, Banks with 3 wickets and Young with a single scalp. With Hayes looking set for a comfortable victory, a miraculous passage of play ensued in one of the best fightbacks the 2nd XI have seen in recent years. Matt Dalton took 2 wickets in two balls, giving the Vine a chance to pull off something spectacular. With the score at 193-6, it was still looking out of reach for the Vine until Dalton picked up his third wicket of the day, a great catch being held by Nick Bryant in the process. The crowds were building up around the Vine and a great atmosphere buzzed around the ground, which spurred on fellow opening bowler Harry Robinson to pick up the 8th wicket of the innings. With Hayes still needing 8 to win with 2 wickets in hand, a few maiden overs put the game on a knife’s edge with the score 193-8 going into the final over. Harry Robinson had ice in his veins holding his nerve to pick up the final 2 wickets with 3 balls of the game to spare, leading to emphatic celebrations from those watching around the ground as the ball crashed into the stumps with a perfect yorker. The final 4 wickets were taken without a run scored, an amazing performance by the Vine bowlers to take the side to the top of the Kent 2nd XI Premier League.
Highlights from the game can be watched here