Rain Washes Out 2nd XI Against Sandwich Town
24 May 2021 - Harry Robinson
Overnight rain meant a delayed start for the 2nd XI as they hosted Sandwich Town. Losing the toss and being sent into bat, the visitors made an excellent start removing captain Cyrus White cheaply for 9, as well as other opener Guy Bevan-Thomas for 16 the following over. This brought the in form Tom Harvey to the crease alongside former First Class cricketer Will House. The experienced pair saw off the opening bowlers and looked to tuck in against the less disciplined spinners and medium pacers. House would race to a run a ball 50, ably supported by Harvey who happily played second fiddle. At the half way stage, the Vine had reached 116-2 off. Harvey would fall for 44 soon after drinks and here on in, it would be the House show as the ball was dispatched to all parts of the ground. House would be rewarded with scoring his hundred in the 41st over with his son Harry at the other end. Handy contributions from Ben Anderson and Arj Sharma would allow House to play with great freedom before eventually falling for 125 from 115 balls, an innings that included twelve 4’s and two 6s. Cameos from the tail would mean the Vine would finish their 50 overs with an excellent score of 252-8.
Full of confidence, the Vine would emerge from the changing rooms knowing early wickets would leave them in good shape to come away with the 18 points. Tom Harvey was rewarded with a spell of aggressive bowling with the key wicket of Captain Craig Snell, who edged behind to Will House for 16. Henry Smith on his 2nd XI league debut at the other end bowled with great discipline and was unlucky to not be rewarded for his efforts. As the rain began to fall, history would repeat itself as Harvey had Finley Beamen edging behind for 16, also caught by Will House. With only one more ball bowled, the game was abandoned with the visitors 54-2.
The Vine can take great confidence in their batting performance in what was a difficult wicket early doors. Next up, a trip to title challengers Bexley.
Highlights from the game can be watched here: