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Cricket Returns with Derby Day Wins for the 1st and 2nd XI’s. 3rd XI Record First Win of 2020

21 Jul 2020 - Harry Robinson

1st XI v. Holmesdale

Vine win Derby Day!

On a hot Saturday at Montreal Park, Holmesdale won the toss and elected to bat first. The Dale had a mixed start as they lost an early wicket as Mark Epps was caught behind off the bowling of Evert Bekker. However a partnership between opener Will McDowell and number three Ben Fawcitt attacked the opening bowlers. Into the attack came Karl Pearson and Andrew Reid Dick, who tightened up the run rate and also picking up wickets, Reid Dick claiming 3-38 from his 10 overs. Luke Blackaby played the standout innings for Holmesdale scoring 79 who formed partnerships with both Dom May and Alex McCann before falling to Joe Banks in the final overs. Some late swinging from McCann and David Hudson saw Holmesdale reach 252/9 from their 50 overs.

Vine’s innings began with John Bowden and Chris Vernon opening up and like Holmesdale lost an early wicket as youngster Will Harby claimed the prize wicket of the Vine veteran Bowden. In stepped Harry Houillon who built a substantial partnership with Vernon, scoring consistently to put the Vine in a great position before he was eventually run out for 58. Nathan Fawcitt changed the momentum of the game with three quick wickets, leaving James White to join Vernon at the crease who had remained ticking along. A mature innings from White (27) saw Vine almost through to the end, meanwhile Vernon upped the ante hitting boundaries at ease; he would go on to hit his second hundred in a Vine shirt before falling for a match winning 133. White tried to finish the job but gave Fawcitt his fourth wicket. Accustomed to the role of match winner, Joe Banks and Karl Pearson finished the chase for a Vine win with 47.3 overs gone.

Next up in the Invicta Cricket League is a trip to Linden Park.

2nd XI v. Holmesdale

A thrilling match at Orchard Field, Otford, saw a youthful Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI secure a last over victory against local rivals Holmesdale.

Batting first, Holmesdale were given a flying start by Goodwin, who made a fluent 31, before Brown (69) anchored the innings with a powerful display and then Chandraseker provided late impetus with an entertaining 56.  A total of 229 for 8 from 40 overs was an imposing one.  All credit to the young Vine attack (half the overs were bowled by Under 13 players) which bowled with admirable discipline throughout and were well backed up by an enthusiastic display in the field. Monty Thompson was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 41, while the Smith brothers, Henry and Frederick, and Henry Lewis also picked up a wicket each.

The Vine’s response was based on a solid opening partnership of 50 from Dan Martin (17) and Guy Bevan-Thomas (26) before a collapse saw them reduced to 87 for 6 as the canny Hart claimed 4 for 19 in his 8 overs. However, an excellent partnership of 63 from 13 year olds Henry Lewis (29) and Harry House kept Vine hopes alive.  Both batted with great maturity and displayed a wide array of impressive scoring shots.  House went on to score 38, joined by his father Will, as the Vine chased down 80 from the final 8 overs. Two nervy run outs saw the game hanging in the balance with the Vine 9 wickets down requiring 7 from the last over but the veteran House Senior (47 not out) struck the 4th ball for 6 to seal a memorable local derby victory.

Next up In the Invicta Cricket League, is a home fixture against Linden Park.

3rd XI v. Southfleet

First league game of the season for the Vine 3rd XI and whilst the personnel were much changed from last season, a resounding win was achieved. After losing the toss and having to field first, Ryan Gavin and Sam Seecharan produced a good economic opening spell but neither could make the breakthrough. The introduction of Arjun Sharma’s offspin did the trick as he removed both openers. Southfleet then threatened to make a challenging total but Vineet Kokkilligada and Leo Bezuidenhout ensured they did not succeed. Both picked up two wickets and gave away less than three an over as Southfleet finished on 132-6.

Having lost Matt Wilson quite early, on Charlie Williams and Sam Seecharan put on 80 together before Williams was bowled after having got a good 40. Seecharan was then joined by Vineet Kokkilligada and the two of them saw the Vine home with 10 overs to spare with Sam Seecharan finishing on 66 not out. A great start to the season, with the 3rd XI facing Oakfield Warriors next.

Development Team v. Holmesdale

At Orchard Field on Sunday, Holmesdale won the toss, and chose to bat first. 1st XI batsman Dom May got the visitors off to a fast start hoisting a few sixes into the field until he was well caught at 1st slip by Charlie Williams off Ryan Gavin’s bowling. Will Ansell soon found his length and bowled well, duly rewarded with the wicket of the number three batsman. Tight bowing all round and excellent figures of 3-39 for Robin Docherty and 2-23 for Ryan Gavin meant the Dale finished up on 227 from their 40 overs.

Hugh Piper (36) and Dan Martin (17)  opened up for vine and provided a solid platform again some decent fast bowling, putting on over 50 for the first wicket. Steady progress and good partnerships amongst the top five meant The Vine always in the game with wickets in hand, leaving us needing 75 off the last 10 0vers.

A fantastic knock of 102 by skipper Charlie Williams led the Vine from the front, but sadly could not take his team over the line. The Vine fell agonisingly short, losing the game by one run. A great game all round, which was played in good spirits with everyone contributing. Next up, Southborough at Orchard Field, next Sunday.

U15s v. Linton Park

Linton Park won the toss and elected to bat, and bat they did.  The opening pair racked up 74 at the end of the 11th over with the pace accelerating through to the 16th over when they stood on 123/2 as the Linton Kent players hit out hard.  This was actually not withstanding some disciplined Vine bowling  conceding only 1 no ball and 8 wides throughout the innings.  Of the bowlers wickets for Will Hobbs (1), James Thresher (2) and Hugh Piper (2) and unluckily wicketless for Sam Seecharan with his 4 overs for only 20 runs.  Vine were ultimately set a target of 189 for victory – a decent challenge in the conditions, which were not ideal, and a Linton attack which was peppered with quality.

Unfortunately, Vine was unable to build any momentum in the innings and got thwarted just as batsmen got set.  Linton Park benefited from the local knowledge of the ground and field placement was good, with Vine attacking strokes often going straight to fielders.  Decent pace bowling and some injudicious shots at crucial moments added to the pressure on the Vine order and at 51/5 after the 13th over it was going to be an uphill battle requiring 11.5 per over for victory.  Contributions from Sam Seecharan (16), Henry Nott (12), Hugh Piper (10) James Thresher (12*) were the only batsmen to get into double figures, with Extras top score of 34 helping us along to just pip over the 100 mark and end on 104 all out in the 23rd over.

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