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Match Reports – 4 May 2019

7 May 2019 - Alan Smith

1st XI v. Holmesdale (Home- Abandoned)

On a cold blustery day, The Vine welcomed Holmesdale in their last pre-season friendly before the league campaign begins.

Having lost the toss, The Vine were put into bat in challenging conditions with flurries of hail and wind. Opening batsman Bowden would fall early on, however, his partner Vernon on debut made a timely 66 before losing his wicket trying to be more expansive. The loss of a few quick wickets brought another new recruit Price, who continued his good start in Vine colours making 85, ably supported by White 25. Due to inclement weather conditions, The Vine declared at tea for 241-8.

Vine youngsters Carslaw and Robinson began proceedings with the ball in the second innings with Carslaw troubling the batsmen early with his consistent line, length and swing. Carslaw was unfortunate to not get a wicket of his own, whilst his opening partner Robinson found the outside edge of the batsmen. However, proceedings came to a close 5 overs in with Holmesdale at 19-1 with the weather coming out on top in this affair.

The Vine begin their league campaign at Bexley CC next weekend after a promising pre-season.

2nd XI v. Holmesdale (Away- Win)

The Vine 2nd XI faced local rivals Holmesdale in their final pre season fixture. Losing the toss, the Vine were asked to bat first on a green and wet wicket. This decision seemed to pay dividends with the Vine losing Harvey and Anderson early on. White and Bevan-Thomas looked to rebuild the innings, and did so punishing any bad ball on offer from the Holmesdale batsman. White soon fell for a fluent 33, with Bevan-Thomas departing soon enough for a well-made 30. Two more quick wickets fell and the Vine suddenly found themselves reeling at 92-6. Youngsters Edge and Ramchandran however had other ideas; Ramchandran in particular was unfazed, finding the boundary at ease. Ramchandran brought up his maiden senior 50 with a glorious drive, only to be dismissed the following ball. Unfortunately, the tail failed to wag and the Vine were all out for 176, off 33 overs.

Following some heavy showers over tea, the quality of the wicket had clearly deteriorated. Opening bowlers Christie and Robinson looked to make use of the bowler friendly conditions, hoping to challenge the batsman with every ball. Robinson would pick up the first wicket in the second over, trapping the batsman LBW, and would pick up his second in the same fashion an over later. Christie next tempted Holmesdale’s number three into a loose shot to be caught at point, and with the top three dismissed for only seven runs, the Vine were on top. Robinson (3-35) and Christie (2-34) would go on to take one more wicket each after a rain, hail and lightning break. The damage had been done in the first fifteen overs by the opening pair, which allowed Young and Gough-Cooper (1-22) to bowl without pressure. Young would go on to take 3-21 off his six overs, before Ramchandran rounded off a fine team performance with the final wicket. The 2nd XI begin their league campaign against last year’s winners Bexley on the Vine.

3rd XI v. Egerton (Home- Win)

Sevenoaks Vine 3s began their league season on Saturday playing at Otford against Egerton and secured a good win. Having won the toss and elected to bat, Rory Easton (56) and Will Peters (19) got the innings off to a flyer with 60 on the board after only 10 overs. Peters was caught mistiming one but Adrian Spurling (65) maintained the momentum playing very fluently. After a brief but encouraging debut performance from Henry Smith(11) Matt Wilson (39no) in partnership with Steve Bezuidenhout (19no) led us to an impressive 224-4 off 40 overs. This was all despite the weather which had interrupted play twice in conditions more suited to winter sports.

Egerton began slowly with Johnny Colman and Will Ansell bowling well but the openers then accelerated and had reached 92 off 19 overs before Byron Cooper-Fogarty clean bowled Egerton’s key man Luke Alexander (61). With the pressure of chasing 7 an over the Egerton innings fell away. Cooper-Fogarty bowled a great spell and ended up with 5-24, Hugo Tudor took 1-44 off his 10 before Mike Martin (2-12) and Rory Easton (1-2) wrapped the innings up on 145 with Martin taking the last wicket off the penultimate ball wrapping up a win by 79 runs . This all despite the weather trying to thwart the Vine right at the end.

The 3rd XI travel to Gravesend RF next week looking to continue their encouraging start to the season.

U15s v. Holmesdale (Home- Win)

On a Sunny, cold and damp morning, captains, Olly Pryal and Charlie Williams tossed up. Holmesdale won the toss and understandably put the Vine into bat. Keen to make a solid start the opening pair, Milo Denny and Charlie Williams confidently walked to the crease. Williams managed a single off the first over to get off the strike. During the second over and in his excitement to keep the score board ticking over, he nicked off to Alec Martin. The umpire did not hesitate to give it out. By the look given to the umpire, Charlie did not agree!

Incoming batsman Ben Harvey joined Denny at the crease, and put on an impressive partnership, making light work of the Holmesdale bowling attack. Denny retired at 35 and Ben scoring a solid 25 before being trapped LBW by Ben Wentzel. Robin Docherty coming in at 4, continued with the fast scoring pace quickly retiring having scored 38. Cameos from Harry Spurling, Will Gough-Cooper and Leo Bezuidenhout, followed up by important runs scored by Henry Smith, George Mylod, Will Ansell and Josh Haworth gave us an impressive total of 176.

The Vine took to the field with enthusiasm and plenty of chat! An early run out from the fielding of Robin Docherty and the quick hands of  keeper Denny, gave us an early advantage. Ben Wentzel and Alec Martin gave us a bit of stubborn resistance. Martin retired at 35, having been shockingly dropped on 34 (no names mentioned!) and Wentzel falling for 23. The rest of the Holmesdale line up clearly couldn’t cope with the Vine bowling attack, with no one else getting to double figures. Holmesdale were eventually bowled out for 91. The Vine can reflect on this solid performance in the week ahead before facing A21 rivals Tunbridge Wells at home next Sunday.