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Development side beat local rivals in thriller.

7 Aug 2017 - Tom Parsons

Sunday saw the Development Team back in action on the Vine against fierce rivals

Tunbridge Wells. After losing the toss, the Vine were placed into the field and duly

accepted the challenge. Charlie Oster bowled with serious pace and bounce, so much so,

the slip cordon were almost standing on the edge of the thirty yard circle. However, it was

Bryant who got the early break through with the Tunbridge Wells opener looking to

maximise the use of the short boundary in the power play overs, but only managed to

chip the ball to James at midwicket.

The frontline seam attack of Oster, Bryant and James bowled tightly throughout the first

half of the innings, yet, it was the spin of young Charlie Williams (7 overs, 29 runs, 1

wicket ) and Arthur Sackville-West (7 overs, 30 runs, 2 wickets) that saw the quick

tumbling of the middle order. However, the experience of the Tunbridge Wells captain

shone and had other ideas; Watts dispatched the ball to all parts of the boundary,

finishing on 95 not out, and leading Tunbridge Wells to a respectable total of 215-5 off

their 40 overs.

Despite the potentially daunting run rate, the Vine openers of Martin (59) and Proctor (20)

started well, leading the Vine to 44-0 off the first 10. However, a period of tight bowling

saw the Vine struggle slightly, losing the wicket of Proctor to Joseph LBW. Richardson

counter attacked the bowling with a quick cameo of 17, before seeing his middle stump

taken by young leg spinner Whitlock. Then came something of a collapse for the Vine as

Carslaw, Williams and Robinson all fell, leaving the Vine 160-6 off 33 overs. With over

seven an over needed off the final seven overs, Charlie Oster (40 not out) stepped up to

the crease and struck the ball with plenty of power. The next four overs went for over 40

runs, with Oster smacking the ball over the short boundary and onto Seal Hollow Road

numerous times. Oster then decided enough was enough and in the 38th over, finished

the game smearing 18 runs to complete the Development Team’s second win of the


With an average age of just 17 (oldest being 20 and youngest being 13), it was a fantastic

and well executed run chase by the Vine, with players such as Dan Martin, Arthur

Sackville-West and Charlie Oster excelling. Next week, the Development Team travel

away to Bells Yew Green in hope to make it three wins from four games in the Invicta

Sunday League.