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A Weekend of Rain (And Some Cricket)

27 Jul 2020 - Harry Robinson

1st X v. Linden Park

No fixture could be played on Saturday due to the rain. The 1st XI will travel to Tunbridge Wells next weekend.

2nd XI v. Linden Park

Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI welcomed Linden Park to Otford on Saturday.  With heavy rain forecast for later in the afternoon, it was agreed to reduce the match to 25 overs per side but ultimately even that proved too optimistic an outlook.

Linden Park batted first and posted an imposing 263 for 2 from their 25 overs, with half centuries for Messrs Cobb, Champion and Roberts.  A young Vine attack stuck to its guns well, superbly supported in the field, but will also have learned much from bowling to a powerful adult batting line up.  Monty Thompson and Henry Smith claimed the wickets.

In reply, the Vine innings stuttered against some excellent and lively paced seam bowling with only Milo Denny gaining any momentum in an excellent 42 not out.  When the rain arrived the Vine were 88 for 7 and an abandonment did not seem a bad result for the home side!

The 2nd  XI will host Tunbridge Wells next weekend.

3rd XI v. Oakfield Warriors

The 3rd XI travelled to Bexley to face a keen and eager Oakfield Warriors side in a reduced overs affair. The Oakfield batsman displayed an array of unconventional shots in compiling 224-3 from their allotted 25 overs in which the boundary was peppered throughout. The highlight of the efforts in the field being a direct hit for a run out from the last bowl of the innings by Josh Howarth ensuring the chase was restricted to the Vine requiring just 9 an over. The rate didn’t intimidate the Vine batsman who were halted in their progress by the rain at 24-0 off of 3 much to the relief of the opposition who feared their total looked inadequate after early proceedings. The 3s take a week off next week allowing them an early respite in this condensed campaign.

Development Team v. Southboorough

The Development Team welcomed Southborough to Orchard Field, looking to build upon last week’s final ball thriller against Holmesdale.

The Vine won the toss and elected to bat first; the top order got off to a decent start at 51-2 with Cyrus White (40) and Sam Seecharan (28) batting well. A quick middle order collapse to 106-5 from 15 overs entailed, before Robin Docherty (21), Charlie Williams (16) and Hugh Piper (45) helped the Vine recover to 237 all out from only 32 overs.

The Southborough chase started in less than ideal fashion for the visiting side, with Will Ansell starting proceedings with consecutive wicket maidens.  Ansell finished with fine figures of 3-17, and set the tone for the Vine defence. Wickets would be shared by Hugh Piper (3-11), Ben Harvey (2-22), Dan Martin (1-17) and Charlie Williams (1-0) as Southborough stumbled to 116 all out.

The Vine next play Tunbridge Wells away next weekend.

U15 v. The Mote

Henry Smith won the toss and elected to bat on what was to be a damp but quick drying wicket, against The Mote.

Openers Sam Seecharan and Tom Edge got us underway in style punishing bad balls and also playing solid defence when appropriate.  Tom Edge (6) was first to fall in the 8th over with 35 runs on the board.  Henry Smith and Sam Seecharan batted aggressively and both quickly reached their 35 retirement limit.  Zac Schaeffer also scored freely clobbering some mighty blows to also soon retire 35 not out.  The retired batsmen would be needed later in the innings as the boys lost some quick wickets in the middle order trying to push the run rate up.  Sam Seecharan returned to the crease with a few overs to go and in no time was on 50 and holed out to mid off.  Henry Smith returned too and ended on 39 not out with Zac Schaeffer also adding a few runs to be caught on 38.  Very good running at the end by the bottom order, rotating the strike to the big hitters, served us well and the innings ended on 165/9 after the 25 overs.

After a quick turn around, the Mote were up to bat and Will Hobbs had an excellent start dismissing the opener with the first ball of the innings. Not only this but ended the match with the best bowling figures of 2 wickets for just 4 runs in his 4 overs.  Wickets also for Rohan de Silva (1), Matt Dickerson (1) Milan Escarcega (2) and Tom Edge (1) and thanks to good fielding from all concerned two run outs as well.  The Mote were by and large out of the game by the middle of their innings and the boys did well having eight bowlers contribute.  In the end we could not quite get the last wicket with the Mote ending their innings on 103/9. Next up, our noisy neighbours, Holmesdale.

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