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Match Reports – 11 and 12 May 2019

15 May 2019 - Harry Robinson

Sevenoaks Vine 1st XI v. Bexley 1st XI- Kent Premier League- 11th May

Sevenoaks Vine travelled to Manor Way on Saturday for their opening Kent Premier League Match against Bexley.

Overnight rain and further morning downpours resulted in a reduced 30 overs per side game.

Vine skipper and returning Kwa-Zulu Natal Captain Luke Schlemmer lost the toss and the visitors were asked to make first use of a commendably bone dry wicket!

Recent acquisition from Tenterden Chris Vernon accompanied Vine legend John Bowden and the two left handers began the season in watchful mood. 5 runs from the first 4 overs suggested the pitch was anything but straight forward, but the duo steadily acclimatised and with that the run rate increased.

With the score on 87, Bowden fell agonisingly short of a season opening half century when he mistimed off the bowling of Shaun Evans. Vernon was joined by Kent star Adam Rouse but his stay was short lived and he perished at the hands of Left arm Spinner Fred Foster.

Vernon’s debut was moving on quickly from decent to impressive! Joined by Mike Barber, he took control of the scoring and after passing 50, he showed real pedigree to move quickly towards a debut hundred. The Vine finished on an above par 211-5 with Vernon undefeated on 104. Barber weighed in with a useful 16 and Miles Richardson a breezy 15 to put the Vine in command at Tea.

Bexley began their attempt to chase down the Vine’s formidable target in aggressive fashion but regular wickets held them back and a real chase would never materialise.

Richardson (2-40) removed danger man Basey early and the tone was set.

An impressive 59 run win for the Vine and a very encouraging start to their Premier league campaign.

The two left arm spinners were the pick of the Sevenoaks attack with skipper Schlemmer picking up 2-24 and his protégé Andrew Reid-Dick 2-28.

Lordswood are the visitors to the Vine next Saturday with a 12noon start.

Sevenoaks Vine 1st XI v. Three Bridges 1st XI- ECB National Cup- 12th May

Sevenoaks Vine faced Three Bridges in the ECB National Knockout Cup on Sunday afternoon, the first time the club has entered the competition for a number of years.

Electing to bowl, Vine openers Piers Robinson and Karl Pearson bowled consistently, offering the batsman no boundary balls. Pearson would make the breakthrough at 46-1 and would take another wicket not long after, courtesy of some tidy wicket keeping from Ben Price. Chris Vernon then found the edge of the Three Bridges overseas and the team from East Sussex found themselves reeling at 48-3. A period of long resistance was then endured, with Adam Jones and Joe Walker taking Three Bridges up to 104-4. The last ten overs saw some destructive hitting, with Three Bridges concluding their innings on a respectable 180-5.

The Vine started their innings with 10 penalty runs as a result of Three Bridges batsmen running down the middle of the wicket during their innings. Openers Chris Vernon and Karl Pearson made a steady start, before Vernon picked out mid off for 31 off the bowling of Michael Rose. Karl Pearson also fell to Rose a few overs later, and with the score at 68-2, the game was firmly poised. Luke Schlemmer and Cyrus White played particularly well in the middle overs, rotating the strike often and looking to take the game into the final five overs. However a collapse of four wickets for only 17 runs hampered the Vine chase before some elegant stroke play from Cyrus White kept the Kent side in the contest. White fell for 44 in the final over with the Vine needing 8 to win off 3 balls. The first was a dot. The second Carl Nightingale launched the ball over the long on boundary for 6. With 2 needed to win off the final ball, Nightingale targeted the short boundary. The ball appeared to be going over the boundary, but fell short into the hands of the fielder, albeit with a juggle. The Vine ultimately lost by 1 run in a dramatic contest that could’ve been won by either team.

Sevenoaks Vine U15s v. Tunbridge Wells U15s- Invicta Junior Premier League- 12th May

Losing the toss, The Vine were put in to bat, Charlie Williams and Henry Smith made a solid start before Smith nicked off to a very good catch in the slips for 7. In coming batsman Leo Bezuidenhout quickly got in to his stride, playing some lovely scoring shots before getting caught for 11. Some brief resistance led by Williams soon fell away as the Tunbridge Wells spin attack was too much for the Vine batsmen. Wickets quickly fell, with Jacob Webb ending up with the impressive figures of 3 overs, 3 maiden, 3 wickets for 0 runs! At the other end Euan Pedder also picking up 3 wickets for just 15 runs. Having already retired on 35, Williams came back in at the end adding a quick 19 to his score, before getting stumped trying to launch the ball down to Orchard Field.  The Vine ended their innings on 95 all out.

The Tunbridge Wells openers made light work of our bowling attacked with some powerful hitting to all corners of the ground. Tunbridge Wells eventually cruised to a nine wicket victory in under 13 overs.