Premier League vs. Holmesdale CC at Bitchet Green
This is always a keenly contested match, local bragging rights on the line. Holmesdale hosted The Vine at their lovely second ground just outside of Seal. Despite the poor weather each side were keen to get a match in. Henry Lewis won the toss and had no hesitation sending in the “Stallions”.
What followed was our best bowling performance this season on an admittedly helpful pitch. Having said that, we discussed bowling full and at the stumps and the boys executed those plans well. Will Hobbs and Henry took the new ball and immediately had the opposition on the back foot. Will ending with 3/6 off 3 overs, Henry getting 2 wickets at the start as well as the final one (their Captain batted twice and was bowled twice by Henry – they only had 10 players), finishing with 3/9. Monty Thompson bowled at first change with some serious pace, ending up with 2/10, ably supported by Jack Overton-Fox and Kieran Daley with a wicket each. In total 8 batsmen were bowled, a much improved effort in attacking the stumps. In the end Holmesdale were dismissed for 48 off 15.3 overs, the only downside was 28 of those runs came from extras, so it may have been even better for The Vine. Having said that, the pitch was tricky and conditions slippery.
Despite the total, their Manager sounded quite confident at the break, as did the Holmesdale boys.
Small run chases can be a little scary, especially on a wet, green top. Max Robinson-Long played confidently and got a low one to be bowled for 10 (worth much more in these conditions), soon followed by another which saw us at 14-2. Enter Harry House who played the pitch better than any batsman on either side. Playing watchfully but also looking to score from lessaccurate deliveries. Harry got his eye in and soon started batting more aggressively to score 24 not out off 19 balls. A four from Alex Cliff, off his first ball, saw us home with 52-4 off 10.3 overs. A very good win, just before the heavens opened up again. We remain second on the League table.
Thanks to Will House for umpiring and Warren Daley for scoring.
Championship vs. Cowdrey CC, Tonbridge (Will Lowndes)
The Vine battled the elements to end up with a thrilling tie last Sunday.
An improved performance in the field restricted Cowdrey to 90 in their 20 Overs.
The pick of the seam bowlers were Joesph Oldfield 3 overs 2 for 7, Freddie Lowndes 3 overs 1 for 12 and Lewie McPhersen 3 overs 1 for 13. There was also same good quality spin bowling with Ben Cole and Lizzie Piper taking wickets as Cowdrey tried to up the run rate.
In reply Will Taylor (8) and Luke Dimond (11) got Vine off to a solid start. Then an excellent 25 from Alec Shaeffer seemed to leave Vine on course for victory with about 20 runs needed in the last 6 overs. However, Cowdrey had a couple of good bowlers who dried up the runs. In the end Vine needed some lusty blows form Matt Dickinson (11 not out) to draw the scores level with one ball remaining.
Last ball missed, Vine ran a single to the keeper the non-striker getting home, but to their credit Cowdrey kept their heads to run the other batsman out at the bowlers end.
The players were a bit disappointed not to have got the victory, which was good to see, and Sunday should prove a good lesson in run chasing.
Regardless it was an improved all round performance and great commitment from the players and parents as we endured several rain breaks.
Thank you to Andrew Schaeffer for scoring and his entourage of umbrella holders keeping him and the score book dry!