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Match Reports – 8 August 2020

10 Aug 2020 - Harry Robinson

1st XI v. Linden Park

The 1st XI made it three wins from three, with a 23 run win over Linden Park.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Vine lost opener Chris Vernon early on. Youngsters Harry Houillon (25) and Hugh Piper, who would go on to make his maiden 1st XI fifty, would take the score up to 86 before Houillon lost his wicket. A minor batting collapse from 117-3 to 126-6 would pull the home side back into the contest, before Oliver Durell would hit a game changing 43 from 35 balls, ably supported by the patient Harry Bevan-Thomas. A cameo from club stalwart John Bowden (31*) would take the Vine up to a respectable 229 all out, with wickets shared amongst the Linden Park bowlers; the pick of the bowlers would be Justin MacVicar with 4-23 from seven overs.

Linden Park would get off to an electrifying start thanks to Graeme Francis and Justin MacVicar with the score 24 from the first three overs, before Evert Bekker removed Francis for 13. MacVicar would soon fall victim to the bowling of Chris Vernon. Finn Hulbert (59) and Oliver Bone (61) would take the home side with striking distance, but both lost their wickets at crucial times. The combination of Chris Vernon (3-34), Harry Bevan-Thomas (2-30) and John Bowden (2-37) caused Linden Park’s lower middle order and tail to stumble to 206 all out.

Another fine win for the 1st XI sets them up nicely to take on neighbours Holmesdale at Orchard Field on Saturday.

2nd XI v. Linden Park

The 2nd XI fell agonisingly short of a comeback victory against Linden Park on Saturday.

With the sun beating down at Orchard Field, the Vine won the toss and elected to bat first with openers Cyrus White (20) and Guy Bevan-Thomas (7) looking comfortable before Bevan-Thomas managed to tickle one through to the keeper down the leg side. As in previous weeks, the innings never really got started as the top order failed to capitalise on the good wicket on offer. Captain Will House stepped forward once again and blasted an effortless 73* to take the Vine up to 162 all out; a performance far below expectation with a strong batting line up.

A good start would be needed with the ball to defend the sub-par total, and was delivered by Freddie Smith and Harry Robinson. Smith had the opener Elliot Wild trapped LBW for 20, whilst Robinson clean bowled the number three for a duck. Will House would replace Robinson at the Pavilion end and take a double wicket maiden first over, hitting the top of middle stump on both occasions. James White would also take a wicket. Linden Park were struggling at 36-5. Some wayward bowling coupled with aggressive stroke play from Ben Cobb (38) took the visitors up to 84, before other opener Richard Prescott edges behind off the returning Harry Robinson (2-33). Stalwart John Harvey (29) combined with Cobb to take Linden Park to 130, before both fell in quick succession. The score soon became 135-9, but the eleventh wicket partnership would win the game for the visitors by one wicket.

With half the league season complete, the 2nd XI travel to Montreal Park on Saturday hoping to do the double over Holmesdale.

3rd XI v. Swanscombe and Greenhithe

The 3rd XI hosted Swanscombe and Greenhithe on the Vine on Saturday, losing by two wickets.

Batting first, the Vine lost opener Dan Martin (4) and number three, Josh Haworth (9) early on, but would recover well thanks to Charlie Williams (64) and captain Matt Wilson (50), who both would be disappointed not to go on further. Handy contributions from Arjun Sharma (28), Simon Williams (14) and Freddie Lewis (21*) would help the Vine get up to a respectable score of 219 all out.

The visitors started the chase well with all of the top five making double figures. Henry Smith would remove opener Rohan Lynch for 15, whilst Matt Wilson would take the wicket of the number three, Jasdeep Jandhu for 27. Arjun Sharma would however be the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-30, taking the important wicket of Steven Towell for 58, Sonny Phull for 25, and Anees Sharma for 28, thanks to a remarkable backwards diving high catch from Charlie Williams. The away side always looked in control of the chase, despite two bizarre late run outs, and a wicket for Dan Martin, and would reach the target with two overs to spare.

Egerton will be welcomed to the Vine next weekend by the 3rd XI.

U15s v. Tunbridge Wells

The U15s won the toss and elected to field.  Letting a strong Tunbridge Wells side set a total for Sevenoaks Vine to chase was seen as the best approach for a competitive match.

Tunbridge Wells got off to an aggressive start seemingly treating the match as a 20/20 encounter.  Tunbridge Wells kept up the run rate with both openers finishing their innings on 35 retired.  The large ground left many gaps in the field and there were many quick singles and long chases to the boundary; often with the boundary winning due to a very fast outfield.  The bowling  was very disciplined conceding only 3 wides and 4 no balls in the innings.  The fielding too was good resulting in three run outs, although there were a couple of occasions where we missed some golden opportunities.  Will Hobbs ended with the best return of 25/2 off 4 overs, and wickets for James Thresher (13/1 off 2 overs) and Milan Escarcega (23/1 off 2 overs).  Kieran Daley also bowled well with his 3 overs only going for 14 runs. Tunbridge Wells ended up setting a competitive 173/7 off their 25 overs.

Hugh Piper & Henry Nott opened for the Vine and found the going tough with some very disciplined bowling.  Scoring was hard and we stood at 15/0 after 5 overs. Hugh Piper fell for 11 trying to force the rate, caught behind, bringing Zac Schaeffer to the crease.  Henry Nott fell in the 12 over for 5 with the Vine at 40/2.  Henry Smith joined the fray and hit out aggressively reaching his 35 retired limit in just 30 balls.  James Thresher also batted well reaching his 35 run limit in 35 balls. This was a great fight back by the boys who were feeling the run rate pressure. Leo Bezuidenhout & Milan Escarcega saw the innings out and we ended well short on 129/3.

The game was once again played in good spirits. The boys were expecting a strong contest and well done to them for never giving up throughout.